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/WEA: Trove – A “flagship discovery service” for all researchers

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Mention the National Library’s wonderful search engine Trove and images of digitised newspapers come to mind, including that most salacious of papers the Sydney Truth. However, Trove is so much more. It brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collecting organisations big and small across Australia under one umbrella. Join Christine Yeats archivist, librarian and professional historian and discover some of the mysteries of Trove as she guides you along its research byways and pathways. … Read More

RAHS Seminar: Land Title Records

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Land

Dr 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 its SIX Portal – the official source of NSW geospatial information, which also provides access to authoritative land and property information. Profits from this event will be allocated to the RAHS Building Fund. Image: Cumberland County 1840 [Wikimedia Commons]

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

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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 … Read More

RAHS/OHNSW Seminar: Indigenous Oral Histories

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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 … Read More

RAHS/WEA: How to Read Old Handwriting

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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 … Read More

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

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