RAHS Day Lecture – Kilmainham to Kalgoorlie: The Life and Times of Hugh Mahon

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One of Australia’s most controversial politicians in the early years of the Commonwealth, Irish-born Hugh Mahon has the distinction of being the only member expelled from the federal parliament. Imprisoned in Kilmainham with Parnell in 1881 for his political activism he fled to Australia where he became a newspaperman, MP and government minister. Dr Jeff Kildea, is Adjunct Professor in Irish Studies at UNSW and was Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin in 2014. He is … Read More

RAHS Excursion: Victoria Barracks, Paddington

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This is a History Week 2017 event. Join us for a tour of Victoria Barracks, one of the best-known examples of military architecture in Australia. The Regency-style building was designed by Lieutenant-Colonel George Barney and constructed using locally quarried sandstone between 1841 and 1849. Important Note: For security purposes, at the time of booking it is essential that you provide the number and type of current identification and that you bring this along with you on the day. Examples include … Read More

RAHS/ASHET – Flying the ‘Southern Myth’: Pioneering Flight Simulation in Australia

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In 1957, trainees at the Qantas Technical School in Sydney reported “scrounging around” to build a Lockheed Super Constellation. Christened the ‘Southern Myth’, it was not a flyable airliner, but rather a facsimile flight station “able to simulate practically any emergency that could arise”. Knocked together from “scrap” components, circuits, plywood and paint, it was expected to train over 200 flight crew within 6 months. Often overlooked in aviation history, from the 1930s flight simulators developed rapidly in technological complexity. … Read More

RAHS/Central Coast Family History Society: Regional Seminar

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Regional Seminar

The RAHS in conjunction with Central Coast Family History Society presents the next regional seminar in its program funded by Arts NSW. The seminar will include: The WWI Soldier’s Return: Was it a land fit for heroes? – Christine Yeats will discuss two important records relating to the men and women returning from WWI – Australia’s WWI Repatriation files relating to the Australian soldiers physically or mentally disabled by the war and the post-war Soldier Settlement Schemes. Details on a … Read More

RAHS/Society of Australian Genealogists Seminar: Introduction to Building your Research Skills

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There’s more to a successful research project than meets the eye. This seminar will offer you advice and guidance on how to make the best use of the free online indexes and digitised records on the State Archives website plus the rich resources of the Lands Kiosks, located in the State Archives reading room. You will also learn about research ethics and the online environment and finally some advice on how best to organise your research results. Click here to … Read More

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

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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 … Read More

RAHS/OHNSW Seminar: Indigenous Oral Histories

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From community-driven and university-based projects, to the collecting initiatives of libraries, archives and museums, the oral history work being undertaken with Indigenous communities across Australia is extensive. In this seminar, you’ll 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 … Read More

Whitmore Album on Flickr

Our latest addition to the RAHS Flickr Channel is an album donated by Mr Ron Whitmore in 2015. These photos, probably dating to the late 1930s, record a trip to the Illawarra and South Coast of NSW that included Northern Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Seven Mile Beach and Jervis Bay. The unknown photographer most likely made the trip by car, which sets this album apart from many of the holiday albums that have been donated to the RAHS. Another interesting aspect … Read More