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September 2016
$10 - $12

RAHS/ASHET – Caldwell-Vale: the men and their engineering

September 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
History House,
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Caldwell-Vale

Ingenious or even pioneering engineering does not necessarily lead to fortune or lasting fame for Australia’s engineers. Why not? Felix Caldwell can be credited with inventing the first 4-wheel drive and 4-wheel steering motor vehicles, as well as being the first to install internal combustion motors into railway locomotives, in Australia. Henry Vale manufactured the first steam locomotive to be built in Australia. This talk examines the ingenious and pioneering mechanical engineering output of these two men and their various…

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October 2016
$35 - $40

RAHS Seminar: In the wake of Dirk Hartog – the contribution of Dutch exploration to Australia’s history

October 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
History House,
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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This is an image of Hessel Gerritszoon’s 1627 map of the north west coast of Australia. The title is “Caert van’t Landt van d’Eendracht” which translates as “Chart of the Land of Eendracht”. It is so named because that part of the coast was first and foremost charted by Dirk Hartog in the Eendracht in 1616. This work is in the Public Domain [Scan of the copy belonging to the National Library of Australia]

Join Keynote Speaker Dr Edward Duyker OAM, FAHA, and a program of guest speakers for an all day seminar in October, which will focus on the contribution of Dutch exploration to Australia's history. The day’s program will include the following guest speakers: Paul Brunton OAM, FAHA – The Tasman Map and its significance; Linda Emery – Dutch involvement in Australia during WWII; Dr Karen Entwistle – History and Operations of the VOC in Indonesia (the former Netherlands East Indies); Professor…

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Free

RAHS Day Lecture – Sailing with Cook: James Burney’s Writes of Passage

October 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History House,
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Sailing with Cook

James Burney sailed on Captain Cook’s second voyage of exploration between 1772 and 1773. Burney took on extraordinary responsibilities on his first great sea voyage, one of the most significant voyages in the history of the South Pacific. He decided to keep a private journal for his family’s amusement and so began a distinguished career encompassing navigation and writing. Suzanne Rickard is a writer, editor and historian, and has written on the National Library of Australia’s collections and contributed to…

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$32 - $35

RAHS/WEA Lecture: Writing Engaging Family and Local History

October 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
History House,
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Nulla Nulla

Dr Noeline Kyle will draw on her extensive knowledge and expertise in family and local history research and writing to provide practical and straightforward advice. An invaluable session for family historians, genealogical organisations, local and community historians. Dr Kyle has published and spoken widely in the fields of women’s history, education and family history. Click here to book online with WEA. Image: Parish of Nulla Nulla - Image from Dr Noeline Kyle's website - http://www.writingfamilyhistory.com.au

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2016 RAHS Conference

October 22 @ 8:00 am - October 23 @ 3:00 pm
Centro CBD,
28 Stewart St
Wollongong, New South Wales 2500 Australia
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RAHS Conference Image

The theme of the 2016 RAHS Conference is Times Are A-Changing – History and Innovation. The conference will be held at Centro CBD, Wollongong on 22-23 October 2016. The digital revolution is impacting how we research and produce history. There is also an increasing appetite for local and community history that connects people to their identity and place. History plays a critical role in advocacy campaigns to ensure that these places remain part of our cultural landscape in this era…

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$10 - $12

RAHS/ASHET: Newcastle’s First Water Supply – The ‘Walka’ Scheme

October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
History House,
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Walka Scheme

Newcastle’s first water supply, the Walka Scheme, was initiated in 1876 with the appointment of a Commission to investigate the needs of the area, was kicked along by the appointment of the eminent English Civil Engineer William Clark in 1877, and constructed by the NSW Department of Public Works. The construction of the scheme led directly to the formation of the Hunter District Water Board to allow management of the scheme when completed. The scheme appears to have included the…

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$20

RAHS/Coffs Harbour District Regional Seminar

October 29 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cavanbah Centre,
191 Harbour Drive
Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450 Australia
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Procession at the corner of Grafton Street and High Street, Coffs Harbour c.1925
[Coffs Harbour Collection, courtesy of Coffs Harbour Regional Museum]

The RAHS in conjunction with Coffs Harbour District Family History Society Inc. presents the Coffs Harbour District Regional Seminar. The RAHS 2016-2018 regional seminar program is supported by grant funding from Arts NSW. The goal of the program is to develop historical expertise in the community that will help support history and heritage projects. The seminar program will include: Accessing Land Titles Records: How to access them from home and understand what they mean - Associate Professor Carol Liston will…

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$95 - $105

RAHS/OHNSW: Capturing Memories – Oral History in the Digital Age

October 29 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
History House,
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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OHNSW Logo

'Capturing Memories - Oral History in the Digital Age' is a practical workshop for all interested in recording the experiences of family, friends, local community, history of museum items or any other project incorporating memories of the past. Are you interested in recording the memories of your family, your community or your workplace? Then come along to this very popular and informative workshop to equip you to undertake oral history interviews. Workshop leaders will be Janis Wilton, an experienced oral…

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November 2016
Free

RAHS Day Lecture: The Derby Leprosarium and its Aboriginal Inmates

November 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History House,
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Collection No: BA575
Format: photographic negative
Size: 24x36mm
Negative Base: acetate
Capture Device: AGFASCAN XY-15 Plus transmission
Capture Details: ColorExact 2.5.1
History Change: none
Colour: black and white
Colour Management: grey gamma 2.2
Control  Targets: greyscale
Input Resolution: 8bits 3264ppi
Output Resolution: 300dpi
Dimensions: 3245x4799px
Digitisation Date: 20040628
Orientation: landscape
Custom:

In 1936, when Hansen’s disease (leprosy) in the Kimberley region of Western Australia became a cause for concern to state and federal governments, a leprosarium was built near the town of Derby for the detention and treatment of Indigenous people with the disease. Over the next fifty years, at least 1200 were sent to Derby under mandatory detention laws, hundreds of whom died while there, or spent decades as inmates. This talk takes us inside the leprosarium to explore both…

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$20

RAHS Excursion: Royal Australian Navy’s Garden Island

November 3 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm
View of Garden Island from the Domain, c.1890s [RAHS Photograph Collection]

Please Note: This event is now fully booked. Join the RAHS on a 90-minute tour of Australia’s most fascinating Naval heritage site. Highlights include the Naval Chapel, Captain Cook Dry Dock, the HMAS Kuttabul Memorial and relics of the Hammerhead Crane. After the tour visit the RAN Heritage Centre where displays range from large weapons to personal mementos from naval events spanning over more than 100 years. Getting to Garden Island: The last ferry for our tour will depart Circular…

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RAHS Excursion: Full Day Tour Comparing Two Macarthur Properties – Bella Vista Farm and Elizabeth Farm

November 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Elizabeth Farm

Join RAHS Councillor and tour guide Judith Dunn on a tour of two Macarthur Properties in October. Participants will be collected from the shuttle bus stop in Darcy St. Parramatta (right outside Parramatta Station) at 10am and travel to Bella Vista Farm, bought by John Macarthur in 1801. Enjoy complementary morning tea before a tour of the house, kitchen and five slab buildings on this 20-hectare property. The Friends of Bella Vista are an affiliate of RAHS and will be…

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$12 - $15

RAHS Lecture – Facts and Fictions: Pictures as Historical Evidence

November 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
History House,
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Slider Image 1_Frontal Claim Lowes Paddock Gulgong

It is a truism that pictures never lie, except that they do, or at least only tell half the story. Images are like any other historical artefact or text: they are deliberately created in specific contexts, often from a particular viewpoint. This talk will examine some ways to read pictures as evidence, and to understand what they are really saying. Richard Neville is the Mitchell Librarian and Director Education & Scholarship at the State Library of NSW. With a research…

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