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

Graham Sciberras0 Comments

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

Graham Sciberras0 Comments

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 Day Lecture – Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney

Graham Sciberras0 Comments

Dr Paul Irish will discuss his new book Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney, which shows that Aboriginal people never disappeared from Sydney in the nineteenth century as is often assumed. Instead they lived across colonial Sydney and interacted with its residents and economy, often in unexpected ways. Paul Irish is a historian and archaeologist with heritage consultancy MDCA. For over ten years he has been piecing together the Aboriginal history of coastal Sydney with researchers … Read More

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

Graham Sciberras0 Comments

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

Graham Sciberras0 Comments

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

Graham Sciberras0 Comments

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

Graham Sciberras0 Comments

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

Graham Sciberras0 Comments

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