The RAHS is currently working on replacing its existing catalogue system which is no longer accessible online. As an interim measure, we have provided excel spreadsheets containing catalogue information for all of our collections except the RAHS Photograph Collection : this excel spreadsheet is currently under construction.

[last updated: 13/04/2021]

The Catalogues


The Book Catalogue is comprised of research and reference titles that specialise in NSW local and community history, as well as general works on NSW history and includes: publications; significant contributions held in our Rare Books Room; reference collections; ephemera including souvenir programs, pamphlets and brochures; bibles; maps; directories and almanacs; newspaper clippings; CDs/DVDs; microfilm/microfiche sources.

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Last updated: 11 March 2021

Access indexes to the Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society (JRAHS) and History magazine and its predecessor the Newsletter, and an index of Proceedings from RAHS Conferences 1964-1995.

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Last updated: 26 April 2021

The Manuscripts Catalogue is comprised of material generated by historians and antiquarians from the nineteenth and twentieth century historians and antiquarians including Frank Walker, Charles H Bertie, Henry Selkirk, Macleod Morgan, Captain J.H. Watson, Norman Selfe and many others.  Items include ephemera, photographs, drawings, correspondence, diaries, lectures, theses, diaries and journals, maps, and plans – much of it original.

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Last updated: 1 March 2021

The Press Clippings Collection comprises 66 volumes of newspaper clippings; souvenir booklets; small monographs; postcards and photographs from the collections of Mrs Foster and Captain JH Watson gathered between 1880s and 1930s.

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Last updated: 1 March 2021

The Glass Slides Collection includes the donations of Captain James H Watson, Percy W Gledhill, AW Pearse WW1 images, Else Rae-Mitchell and Mr A G & Mrs J E Foster’s rare images of the Devonshire Street Cemetery taken as it was being demolished in 1901 and the Bloxham collection from 1890s - 1930s documenting locations Sydney CBD, the Central Coast, Illawarra, New England and Riverina areas.

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Last updated: 1 March 2021

The Affiliated Societies Serials Collection consists of journals, newsletters, bulletins, leaflets, magazines and annual reports that are unique to each Society/Organisation. The Royal Australian Historical Society has well over 500 Affiliated Society newsletters dating back to the mid-1930s and is considered to be a repository.

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Last updated: 25 February 2021

The RAHS Photograph Collection is an accumulation of a vast number of images since the formation of the Society, providing a valuable snapshot of local and regional New South Wales.

This catalogue is under currently under construction. Please contact library@rahs.org.au for further assistance.

Inaugural member and keen photographer, Frank Walker, contributed approximately 2000 slides taken as his cycled 22,562 miles around NSW, Victoria and Tasmania from 1896 – 1905. Frank Walker also donated 34 books to the Society and was responsible for 48 manuscripts, 18 journal articles, and over 60 photographs. The glass slides provide an invaluable snapshot of NSW country towns for this period and his manuscripts and journal articles often detail his research.

This catalogue is under currently under construction. Please contact library@rahs.org.au for further assistance.

The RAHS is in the process of migrating digitised images from its collection to a new image library database. The project is ongoing and has been made possible by generous grants from the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet (2012) and the Office of Environment and Heritage (2014).

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Last updated: 14 April 2021