The Burial Files – new podcast unearths Sydney’s spooky past

More than 250,000 people travel through Sydney’s Central Station every day! But, did you know it was once the final destination for thousands of Sydneysiders?

The State Library of NSW’s new podcast series – The Burial Files – digs up the forgotten stories of the Devonshire Street Cemetery and the remains of some 30,000 Sydneysiders buried there between 1820 and 1900.

Over six episodes, you’ll hear from leading historians, curators, archaeologists, forensic experts and railway enthusiasts – each revealing a little-known piece of history about a place we thought we knew! 

Episode 1 – Hidden History (now available): Human remains were recently discovered at Central Station. How long have they been there? 

Episode 2 – Consecrated Ground (available 17 June): From a peaceful resting place to an abandoned wasteland. 

Further episodes will be released over successive weeks. 

Photograph taken by Mrs Josephine Ethel Foster, c. 1901

The Burial Files has been produced by Sabrina Organo, the State Library’s Creative Producer of Multimedia. 

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