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Exciting New World: Australian Life in the 1920s and 1930s

November 6 @ 10:30 - 18:00

$15 – $25

Join the RAHS for a special online event which will delve into an Exciting New World: Australian Life in the 1920s and 1930s.

The interwar years were decades of great change for Australia as people adjusted to a new way of life in a post-pandemic world. 100 years later, we are still in the midst of our own pandemic. Who knows what exciting new world lies in wait?

Session A: The morning session (10.30am – 12.30pm) will feature three exciting presentations on life and leisure in the 1920s and 1930s. Graham Shirley (RAHS Councillor) will present on changes to entertainment media and its impact. Scott MacArthur (Marrickville Heritage Society) will discuss 1920s architecture, including its aspirational and health-based aspects. Dr Anna Wong (Director, ACT Historic Places) will give a presentation on the furnishing of Calthorpes’ House from the Beard Watson catalogues.

Session B: The afternoon session (4.00pm – 6.00pm) will feature the President’s Address, the presentation of Certificates of Achievement, and raffle prizes (retain your receipt for a chance to win). Our popular Business Session will also make a return, providing an opportunity to discuss the management of historical societies.

Raffle prizes include: Ancestry DNA Kit and 12-month World Deluxe Subscription; 2-year RAHS Membership; Christmas Cake.

About the speakers:

Graham Shirley has worked as a director, writer and researcher on Australian historical documentaries. He has conducted numerous oral histories and is co-author of Australian Cinema: The First 80 Years (Currency Press, 1983 & 1989). From 2006 to 2014 he worked for the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, initially as a senior curator and subsequently as NFSA Historian. In mid-2014 he returned to freelance researching, writing and consulting. He is an RAHS councillor and a member of the Professional Historians Association (NSW & ACT).

Scott MacArthur is a conservation architect, and is currently in his ninth year as President of the Marrickville Heritage Society. He is a previous winner of a NSW Government Heritage Volunteer Award and an RAHS Special Achievement Certificate in recognition of his work with the Society to champion the built heritage of the former Marrickville LGA.

Dr Anna Wong manages Lanyon Homestead, Mugga Mugga Cottage and Calthorpes’ House – three heritage places that showcase Canberra’s ecological and cultural history. From her multi-faceted career as historian, archaeologist, curator and heritage manager, Anna is passionate about story-telling through objects, people and places – particularly through the history of food, gardening, music and decorative design. She is currently researching how heritage supports community well-being and resilience.



November 6
10:30 - 18:00
$15 – $25


Royal Australian Historical Society
(02) 9247 8001
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