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June 2017
Free

RAHS Day Lecture – A Complicated Love Affair: An Illustrated History of our Relationship with the NSW Coast

June 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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It is sometimes assumed that we have always loved our coast, so central is modern beach culture to the Australian 'national identity'. While Aboriginal people have long had an intimate relationship with their coastal countries, the love affair for white Australians took some time to develop. This talk uses artwork, maps and photographs to trace the evolution of attitudes to the NSW coastline. Dr Ian Hoskins’ Sydney Harbour: A History won the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize for History. Coast:…

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$10 - $12

RAHS/ASHET Lecture: Saving the Powerhouse Museum

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Powerhouse

The Powerhouse Museum has been a much-loved part of Sydney’s cultural landscape since 1988 but its origins lie in the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879. The rise of the Powerhouse Museum as a world class institution of decorative arts, science, technology, design and social history drew on a rich tradition of collecting, researching and teaching. In February 2015, the NSW State Government announced its intention to relocate the Powerhouse from Ultimo to Parramatta as part of a new arts and…

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$30 - $45

RAHS/Society of Australian Genealogists Tour: Millers Point

June 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Walk in the steps of the convict stonemasons, millers, sea captains and merchants of Millers Point. See the history and hear the stories of Sydney’s colourful past. The tour begins with a one hour presentation at Richmond Villa and the walk will take 60 - 90 minutes. The tour will leave from 120 Kent Street, Sydney. Numbers are limited so secure your place early! This is an event in partnership with The Society of Australian Genealogists. [button shape="rounded" size="large" float="left"…

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$10

RAHS Workshop: “Whereas we the members…” Reviewing your Organisation’s Constitution and Regulations

June 15 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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The Associations Incorporation Act 2009 in NSW (the Act) has been amended and the existing Regulation replaced with a new Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016. The changes to the association laws took effect on 1 September 2016 and include a number of amendments. This session will provide guidance on how affiliated societies can comply with the key changes. BUY TICKETS Image: The Seal of the Royal Australian Historical Society

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$22 - $35

RAHS/Society of Australian Genealogists Lecture: People of Millers Point, 1880 – 1930

June 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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This event is being held in partnership with the Society of Australian Genealogists. Gail Davis will explore the lives of those who made their homes in Millers Point in the fifty year period between 1880 and 1930. It will explore a range of sources from the NSW State archives. Gail Davis has had a long and distinguished career at State Records NSW. Gail is in charge of the research and copying services and she has undertaken numerous research projects involving…

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July 2017
Free

RAHS Day Lecture: Recovering the Reputation of Signor Augusto Lorenzini

July 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Signor Augusto Lorenzini worked as an artist decorator in Sydney in the 1880s and 1890s. When the Historic Houses Trust (now Sydney Living Museums) acquired the Lorenzini archive in 1998, the achievements of this interior decorator working in Sydney in the 1880s and 1890s was recovered. Megan Martin will recount the story of this extraordinary Italian revivalist and his world where “cupids ruled”, adorning the walls and ceilings of his most opulent commission, the "dazzling" ballroom of 'Chatsworth' in Potts…

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$20

RAHS/Gwydir Family History Society: Moree Regional Seminar

July 8 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Moree Town and Country Club, 5 Frome Street
Moree, NSW 2400 Australia
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The RAHS in conjunction with Gwydir Family History Society Inc. presents the Moree Regional Seminar. 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 provide advice and guidance to assist researchers in accessing and using the historically significant records that Land and Property Information is making available through its SIX Portal – the official source of NSW geospatial information, which also provides access…

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$12

RAHS Tour: The Australian Galleries at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

July 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Rd
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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tour galleries

Tour the Australian Galleries at the Art Gallery of New South Wales featuring some of the Gallery’s most famous and popular works and artists with RAHS Librarian Donna Newton. The focus of the tour will be 19th and early 20th century Australian paintings. Meet near the Information Desk at 10.15am. The Art Gallery representative will meet the group near the information desk with the guide at 10.30am. BUY TICKETS Image: Art Gallery…

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$32 - $35

RAHS/WEA: How to Read Old Handwriting

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

Deciphering handwritten documents still challenges some researchers. For them, a page of ‘running writing’ can be as impenetrable as Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Gail Davis (State Archives and Records) will help you to learn how to read and interpret handwritten documents, beginning with examples from the late 18th century and continuing into the 20th century. There will be a short practical component in this session. Gail Davis has had a long and distinguished career at State Archives and Records NSW. Gail is…

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$20 - $30

RAHS/OHNSW Seminar: Indigenous Oral Histories

July 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Indigenous

This seminar is for anyone interested in oral history work with members of Indigenous communities. You will hear from Associate Professor Heidi Norman, who has expertise in conducting research about Aboriginal land rights, Dr. Dino Hodge, an activist and academic renowned for his explorations of Indigenous Australian queer histories, and archivist Kirsten Thorpe, who leads the Indigenous Services team at the State Library of NSW. The session will be chaired by Kate Waters – an experienced professional historian with expertise…

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August 2017
Free

RAHS Day Lecture: Murder at Myall Creek – The Trial that Defined a Nation

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

John Hubert Plunkett was the Attorney General of New South Wales between 1836 and 1856. His most controversial role was as the prosecutor of those responsible for the Myall Creek massacre in northern New South Wales in 1838. This was Plunkett’s greatest test, as it pitted his forensic brilliance and idealism against the combined forces of the squatters (free settlers who had illegally invaded, taken over and cleared for grazing Aboriginal lands outside the areas of official government grants), the…

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RAHS Tour: By Popular Request – A Tour of Norfolk Island

August 18 - August 25
Norfolk Island, Norfolk Island + Google Map

Please note: This tour is fully booked. Norfolk Island has a unique beauty of its own, with its renowned tall majestic pines, sheer cliff faces, coral reefs and beautiful beaches. Almost one third of the island is devoted to National Parks and Reserves. But Norfolk Island is far more than a picturesque island in the South Pacific, it is paradise with a past. Elegant convict-built Georgian buildings are still in daily use and the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area…

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