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

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 Tour – ‘Transformations: The Art of the Scott Sisters’ at Australian Museum

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Join RAHS Librarian Donna Newton on a guided tour by the exhibition curator of Transformations: The Art of the Scott Sisters at the Australian Museum. From the 1850s the Scott Sisters, Helena and Harriet Scott, collected, studied and drew the butterflies and botany of New South Wales in precise detail. This exhibition showcases the extraordinary work of the Scott sisters. Cost includes entry to the Australian Museum and the guided tour of the exhibition. Image: Scott Lepidoptera Australia Plate 4 … Read More

RAHS Day Lecture – The Summit of Her Ambition: The Spirited Life of Marie Byles

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Marie Byles was the first female solicitor of NSW, a feminist activist for equal rights in law, and a devoted conservationist who worked to reserve National Parks and helped introduce mindfulness meditation to the West. Guest Speaker, Anne McLeod, has worked in the film industry for thirty years then gained a degree in Adult Education and worked as Training Coordinator. She writes on biographical and environmental subjects. Image: Marie Byles at graduation, University of Sydney, c.1921 [Wikimedia Commons]