About History House
History House has been the home of the Royal Australian Historical Society since 1970. However, the building has a long and fascinating history dating back to 1871.
History House is located at 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales. It is situated opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens, within easy walking distance from Wynyard, Circular Quay, Martin Place and St. James railway stations.
Built to be a Parramatta politician’s home, the last 150 years have seen the building change owners, names and uses. Below are some insights into the building’s evolution, which will be incorporated into the heritage interpretation of the site.
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A Place almost lost to Sydney
In 1889, when the building was a boarding house, it was almost lost to flames. The unsuccessful arsonist was tried and received a sentence of seven years of penal servitude. Read more.
A Place for Politics
Discover how a largely forgotten 1889 political corruption scandal was brought to light as part of the research to support a National Heritage List nomination for Macquarie Street. Read more.