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January 2019

Australia Day 2019: Pot Luck with History & Book Sale

January 26 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Free

Call into History House on Australia Day for a chance to visit our beautiful heritage building. While you are here, browse our book sale and listen to historians speaking about the events, people and places that have contributed to Australia's history. There will be twenty-minute talks every half-hour between 11:30am and 3pm. There is no need to book, just turn up!

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February 2019

RAHS Day Lecture – Robert Bostock: Australia’s Slave Trader Convict & His Freed Captives

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Free

Join Emma Christopher as she discusses her new book Freedom in White and Black: A Lost Story of the Illegal Slave Trade and its Global Legacy (2018). In this lecture, Emma will focus on Robert Bostock and John McQueen – the two men shipped to Australia as convicts for their crime of slave trading.

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Australian Lebanese Family History Workshop

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$10 – $15

The Royal Australian Historical Society, the Centre for Applied History (Macquarie University), and the History Council of NSW are partnering with the Australian Lebanese Historical Society to bring together people interested in Australian Lebanese family history.

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RAHS/WEA Digitisation Workshop – Small Collections

February 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$32 – $35

Join Paul Convy as he provides advice and guidance on planning and undertaking a digitisation project.

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Flu Frenzy: Taming the 1919 Influenza Pandemic

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$10 – $15

How did Sydney cope in 1919 when influenza infected a third of the city's residents? How did the community rise to the challenge? What were their stories of suffering, sacrifice, solidarity and scandal?

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RAHS/HHA Evening Lecture – Finding Islands of my Own: Phillip Parker King

February 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$25 – $35

The Royal Australian Historical Society in conjunction with Historic Houses Association of Australia (HHA) present: Finding Islands of my Own: Phillip Parker King, the first internationally renowned Australian Mermaid at anchorage in Endeavour River, 1819, Phillip Parker King. Watercolour from album of drawings and engravings. In 1796, the four year old Phillip Parker King told Matthew Flinders: ‘I shall be a sailor like my papa and find islands of my own’. Flinders never forgot and 15 years later, in 1811, introduced…

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Smart Cities: Platforms for Liveable Cities

February 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$10 – $12

The Royal Australian Historical Society in conjunction with the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology (ASHET) presents – Smart Cities: Platforms for Liveable Cities  Cities around the world are growing exponentially. Cities are where the current global problems are coming together: climate change, energy supply, sustainability, migration, refugees and economic transformations. Rather than operating in silos, cities should take a holistic approach using their services and infrastructure as a platform from where to address issues such as: circular economy…

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March 2019

RAHS Day Lecture – The Power of the Pedal

March 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Free

Bicycles changed our lives – they meant a new and faster way to get around, (in both the country and the city), and gave rise to ways of exploring, socialising and competing. In the nineteenth century bicycles gave us ‘overlanders’, adventurers who explored new routes through rugged terrain; cycling clubs, which gave women a new kind of freedom to mix socially with men; and novel kinds of racing.

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A Walk Through Time and the Archives

March 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$5 – $10

This lecture will explore the archival research undertaken by Dr Diane Solomon Westerhuis to complete a detailed heritage study of Laurieton, NSW.

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New Members’ Evening

March 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Free

RAHS Excursion to Pilgrim Inn, Blaxland, 1934 Join us at History House for the opportunity to learn more about the RAHS and our facilities. Enjoy light refreshments in our beautiful Reception rooms while mingling with RAHS staff, Councillors and long-term members. New members can also enjoy a tour of our Library that highlights our diverse research collection. So whether you have been a member for 6 months or 50 years, please join us!   RESERVE TICKETS  

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180 Years of the Development of Wire Strainers

March 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$10 – $12

Join Dr John Pickard in this illustrated talk as he discusses the evolution of wire strainers. As the technology of wire changed from iron to steel and then high tensile steel, inventors patented their solution to the problems of straining fences.

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April 2019

RAHS Day Lecture – Where History Happened: Warragamba Dam

April 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Free

Archival photo of Warragamba Dam workers. When Warragamba dam opened in 1960, amid great fanfare, the official government booklet text stated: The building of the Warragamba Dam resulted in the flooding of the Burragorang Valley, drowning what was once the secluded haunt of aborigines and, later, a fertile farming district and popular holiday resort. The settlers have gone: the farms, guesthouses and the little schools and churches have been demolished; and water many feet deep covers the ground where they…

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