Things you only know if...

We've quizzed some of the most interesting people in Sydney about the things only they'd know

(L-R) Angie Goto using the sign for 'Auslan' and Sue Wright signing 'visual'
Photograph: Anna Kucera(L-R) Angie Goto using the sign for 'Auslan' and Sue Wright signing 'visual'

One of the best things about Sydney is the cool mix of people who make it such an awesome place to live. There are Sydneysiders who help others, making our arts and culture venues more accessible or volunteering their time in life-threatening situations. There are locals who devote their time to educating others about their passion, be it the wonders of the night sky or how to feed a dugong in captivity. And then there are those who blow our minds with facts that we may never have encountered if we didn’t ask – what do Sydney owls eat? And who were our first astronomers?

Find out the things you’ll only know if… from each of our interviews so far.

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Things you only know if you’re an Aboriginal cultural tour guide
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Things you only know if you’re an Aboriginal cultural tour guide

"I think it's important that we learn all of the history of Australia. It actually will act as a healing process."

Things you only know if you’re Guide Dog puppy raisers
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Things you only know if you’re Guide Dog puppy raisers

"You’re not training them to be Guide Dogs yet, you’re training them to be good, obedient, loving dogs."

Things you only know if you’re an SES volunteer
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Things you only know if you’re an SES volunteer

“It could be a tree down on a house or water coming in through the ceiling.”

Things you only know if you’re a Gig Buddy
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Things you only know if you’re a Gig Buddy

“Will’s a friend that Gig Buddies helped me make.”

Things you only know if you’re Auslan tour guides
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Things you only know if you’re Auslan tour guides

“My sign name is like a thumb going above my head in a circle, but it’s tilted on the side, which means I’m not absolutely perfect.”

Things you only know if you’re an Indigenous astronomer
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Things you only know if you’re an Indigenous astronomer

“Indigenous Australians were the first people on our continent to look up and take meaning from the night sky.”

Things you only know if you’re a dugong keeper
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Things you only know if you’re a dugong keeper

“We feed them lettuce – between 60-80 kg daily.”