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July 2016
$10 - $12

RAHS/ASHET: The CSIRO WiFi Technology Story

July 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
History House,
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Dr John O’Sullivan with the prototype array antenna for the ASKAP radio telescope [Photo courtesy CSIRO].

In 1990 a small CSIRO team began working on a vision of a computer network that used wireless rather than wires or optical fibre but would operate at similar speeds to the best wired networks. This work led to the invention and patenting of the technology that underpins the high speed Wi-Fi that we now take for granted. It has spawned a successful start up company Radiata which, in 2000 produced the first chips meeting the new standard incorporating our…

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Free

RAHS Special Event: A Celebration of RAHS Volunteers

July 29 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History House,
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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RAHS Excursion - Regentville May 18, 1929 [RAHS Photograph Collection]

Join us at the home of the RAHS, History House, to celebrate the invaluable contribution made by our team of hardworking and dedicated volunteers. RAHS volunteers bring to the Society a huge range of skills and expertise from indexing, organising and arranging library materials, researching, proofreading and reviewing online content, lecture podcast and online exhibition production and so much more. Anyone interested in becoming an RAHS volunteer is more than welcome to attend. Make new friends and enjoy a mid-winter…

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August 2016
Free

RAHS Day Lecture: Yabba – Cricket’s Legendary Barracker

August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History House,
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Yabba

Yabba (Stephen Harold Gascoigne) grew up in the slums of Glebe to become one of the great characters of Australian cricket. He was a genuine talent, a wit, an actor and a crafter of words, who called out clever comments at appropriate times. He had the asset of a gravelly booming voice. Yabba's story is about how an uneducated working-class man thrust himself forward to become a celebrated barracker and much-loved entertainer. Although he died in 1942, his reputation has…

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$20

RAHS/Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre: Seminar

August 6 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre,
80 Rickard Rd
Bankstown, NSW 2200 Australia
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Belmore to Bankstown

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 2016 RAHS/Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre Regional Seminar program will include: Land Title Records – Associate Professor Carol Liston will provide advice and guidance to assist researchers in accessing and using the historically significant records that Land and Property Information is making available though…

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$25 - $30

RAHS/OHNSW: An Introduction to Oral History – key principles that everyone should know

August 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
History House,
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Oral History NSW President Professor Paula Hamilton [Image courtesy of Oral History NSW]

This talk introduces historians of all kinds to the possibilities and pitfalls of ‘making memories’ or doing oral history interviews with people about their experiences of the past. It asks why they matter as an historical source and how they stand in relation to the traditional written newspapers and archives. Come along and hear Oral History NSW President Professor Paula Hamilton discuss the value of oral history and share examples from her own oral history practice. Paula will discuss its value…

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$20

RAHS/Central Coast Family History Society: Regional Seminar

August 20 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Gosford City Lions Hall,
rear of 8 Russell Drysdale Street
East Gosford, NSW 2250 Australia
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Market Day Gosford

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 2016 RAHS/Central Coast Family History Society Regional Seminar program will include: Land Title Records – Associate Professor Carol Liston will provide advice and guidance to assist researchers in accessing and using the historically significant records that Land and Property Information is making available though…

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September 2016
$5

RAHS/History Council of NSW: The Role of the Botanic Gardens in our understanding of innovative gardens created since the 1980s

September 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
History House,
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Botanic Garden 1940

Tying in with an exhibition at the State Library of NSW in September, Howard Tanner will examine the continuity and relevance of the Sydney Botanic Gardens over 200 years. Howard Tanner is a Sydney-based architect and author who has written widely on landscape design and history. A former National President of the Australian Institute of Architects his career as an architect, author and educator is influenced by his abiding interest in history and landscape. [button shape="rounded" size="large" float="left" href="/product/rahshistory-council-of-nsw-the-role-of-the-botanic-gardens-in-our-understanding-of-innovative-gardens-created-since-the-1980s/" info="none"…

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Free

RAHS Day Lecture: Kismet – the Australian Gallipoli POWs

September 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History House,
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Soldiers Gallipoli

So much has been written about Gallipoli yet the experiences of the 67 Australians captured there by the Turkish army has generally been ignored. The research required to uncover their history took ten years, through historical sources drawn from Australian, British and Turkish archives, resulting in some surprising findings about their experiences. For 14 years Jennifer Lawless was the History Inspector for the NSW Board of Studies. Her research resulted in a doctorate from the University of New England. She…

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$10

RAHS Tour: Lucy Osburn-Nightingale Foundation Museum

September 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Lucy Osburn-Nightingale Foundation Museum,
First Floor, Nightingale Wing, Sydney Hospital Complex, 8 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Lucy Osburn

Join RAHS Librarian Donna Newton for a guided tour coordinated by the Museum Curator of the Lucy Osburn-Nightingale Foundation Museum, walk back in time and experience life at Sydney Hospital from 1860 onwards. Learn about a bygone era in medical and nursing care and see its many fascinating historical artefacts, exhibitions and photographs. This tour includes the historic Kanematsu Collection of Morbid Anatomy showing pathology specimens dating back to the 1890s, Lucy Osburn's original 'Walking Out' costume and nurses' register,…

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$20

RAHS Tour: Historical Tour of Sydney Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital

September 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Sydney Hospital,
8 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Sydney Hospital

Join RAHS Librarian Donna Newton for a tour of the Sydney Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital. Co-ordinated by the Friends of Sydney Hospital volunteers, this tour’s highlights include the impressive Hospital Boardroom, the Grand entrance, the beautiful Chapel of St Luke the Physician and the Robert Brough Memorial (Courtyard) Fountain. Learn about the buildings as the continuation of earlier medical establishments dating from its tent beginnings in 1788, Macquarie’s Rum Hospital to the present buildings, and the architects and the politics…

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October 2016
$35 - $40

RAHS Seminar: In the wake of Dirk Hartog – the contribution of the 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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Dirk Hartog Plate

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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$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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