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Donations and Bequests

The Royal Australian Historical Society is a not-for-profit organisation and registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be allocated to one of our three dedicated funds. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. To learn more about these funds and making a donation/bequest, read through the drop down menu below. The RAHS also accepts donations of parcels and shares.

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About the Funds

History House Building Fund: Donations to this fund will support the History House Building Project

Library Fund: This fund is used to support library projects including conservation of materials and online initiatives.

Publications and Research Fund: Donors can support the costs of RAHS publications, including the Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society and History magazine, as well as one-off publication projects.

Make a Donation


Cheques should be made payable to the Royal Australian Historical Society. Please contact us or include a note specifying where you would like us to allocate the donation.


History House Building Fund

  • Account: RAHS – Building Fund
  • Bank: Commonwealth Bank
  • BSB: 062-004
  • Account number: 1031 4375

Library Fund

  • Account: RAHS – General Online Saver
  • Bank: Commonwealth Bank
  • BSB: 062-439
  • Account number: 1048 9470

Publication and Research Fund

  • Account: RAHS – General Online Saver
  • Bank: Commonwealth Bank
  • BSB: 062-439
  • Account number: 1048 9470



Make a Bequest

A bequest links one generation to the well-being of future generations. The Society is respected for its ability to translate the wishes of benefactors into successful historical preservation, education and research activities. A legacy left to the Society is valued and used well.

You may choose to leave a particular asset, a specified sum of money, or a percentage of the total estate. Alternatively, you can stipulate that the bequest be applied to a specific purpose of the Society rather than for general purposes. A solicitor or trustee company will help with the wording of any bequest.

If you are considering a bequest to the Society in your will, please contact the Society’s General Manager at ex*******@ra**.au or call (02) 9247 8001. Privacy is respected at all times and discussions remain confidential.

Refund Policy for Donations

Last updated: 09/05/2023


The RAHS recognises the importance of donations. We have developed a donation refund policy as part of our commitment to honouring and respecting the financial contributions that people make to our organisation.

This policy outlines the circumstances under which RAHS will refund a donation.

Policy statement

The RAHS expects that anyone wishing to donate consider their decision carefully and check donation amounts during transactions.

Whilst we understand that everyone has different preferences regarding donations and that sometimes it is not convenient to give, we will not refund a donation that has been knowingly and voluntarily given to us.

Once you have donated to the RAHS, we cannot give refunds if you change your mind. Therefore, we ask that you make your decision to donate to us carefully. Please note:

  • We will refund if there was an error made by the RAHS, one of our representatives or our financial institution.
  • We may refund if the donor entered the wrong amount.
  • We may refund if there are exceptional circumstances.

Should an error in the donation amount be detected and a request for refund made after 30 days have expired, the RAHS regrets that we are unable to issue a refund.

The RAHS reserves the right to pass any refund transaction charged onto the donor. 

What you should do

You have up to 30 days to notify the RAHS of any errors and make a refund request by email or in writing.

Please send your refund request in whichever way best suits you:

  • Email: ad***@ra**.au
  • Post: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, NSW 2000

What to include

Be sure to include details of your original donation including:

  • your full name (or the name used on your credit card)
  • the donation date
  • the donation amount
  • your receipt number, and
  • the nature of the error made

What happens next?

The RAHS will review your refund request and let you know the outcome.

If your refund is approved, your original tax receipt becomes void and a new receipt will be issued (where applicable). If a donation is refunded, the associated tax receipt is no longer valid so it should be securely destroyed. Please note it is your responsibility to submit only correct receipts to the Australian Tax Office.

Refund terms and conditions

The RAHS reserves the right to deduct any bank fees, transaction charges or processing fees from the refunded amount.

Where refund requests are received more than 30 days after the transaction, the RAHS regrets that we are unable to issue a refund.

Donations can only be refunded to the same account and by the payment method the donation was made.

Should an error ever be made by the RAHS, our financial institution(s), platform partners or suppliers, a full refund will be made immediately upon notification of the error and investigation, with processing costs borne by us.

All decisions on refunds will be at the discretion of RAHS Council.

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