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

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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 Seminar: Land Title Records

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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/OHNSW Seminar: Indigenous Oral Histories

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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 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/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