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

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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. Image: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1929, photographer Henry Gustav Hirsch Magaard … Read More

RAHS/Gwydir Family History Society: Moree Regional Seminar

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Please note: The latest issue (March 2017) of History magazine advertises this seminar as taking place on Saturday 15th July. The date of the seminar has been changed to Saturday 8th July. 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 … Read More

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

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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 … Read More

RAHS/Society of Australian Genealogists Tour: Millers Point

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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. Image: Windmill Street, Millers … Read More

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

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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: … Read More

RAHS/National Archaeology Week Tour: Central Park, Broadway – Evolution from fresh water creek and brewery to high-end urban village

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Central Park is a 2 billion dollar urban development situated on the site of the former Carlton and United Brewery, which represents the last of the major city breweries to survive in New South Wales. The site’s rich historical period, spanning over 200 years, includes expansion from a fresh water creek running through shrubs and sand dunes via the city’s first Military Gardens to an important industrial and residential site. The layout and some of the components of the site, including … Read More

RAHS Excursion: Visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum

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The Australian National Maritime Museum is Australia’s national centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, research and archaeology. It was planned and built more than 20 years ago as part of the massive Darling Harbour and Pyrmont redevelopment. The museum was the site’s showpiece and remains the Australian government’s most visible national cultural institution in Sydney. Getting there: If you are coming from the eastern suburbs of Sydney you can catch the 389 bus to the Museum from North Bondi. There is … Read More

RAHS Day Lecture: Direct Hit – The Bombing Of Darwin Post Office

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On the floor of the Northern Territory Parliament is a small plaque that reads: “ON 19 FEBRUARY 1942 AN ENEMY BOMB FELL HERE AND KILLED TEN PEOPLE.” It commemorates a major event in Australian history when 188 Japanese fighters and bombers launched a deadly air raid on Darwin. Among the targets was the Darwin Post Office, which suffered a direct hit. Taking cover in a slit trench in the backyard of the Postmaster’s residence were nine members of the Postmaster-General’s … Read More