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February 2020

RAHS Day Lecture – Ten Remarkable Australians

February 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Free

Ian Macfarlane examines the lives of ten Australians who made their mark abroad. All were born in colonial Australia before Federation, but achieved prominence in the twentieth century before and immediately after the First World War.

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RAHS Guided Tour – Sydney Town Hall – SOLD OUT

February 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George St
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$13 – $15

The Sydney Town Hall is a late 19th-century heritage-listed town hall building in the city of Sydney, housing the chambers of the Lord Mayor of Sydney.

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RAHS Guided Tour – Reserve Bank of Australia Museum

February 26 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Reserve Bank of Australia Museum, 65 Martin Place
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$5

The Reserve Bank of Australia Museum tells the story of Australia’s banknotes against the background of the nation's economic and social development, from colonial settlement through to the current era.

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March 2020

RAHS Day Lecture – The Making of Martin Sparrow and the History in the Fiction

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Free

Peter Cochrane is best known as an Australian historian but he has recently made the transition to successful novelist with his novel The Making of Martin Sparrow (Penguin 2018). Peter will discuss the life and times of Martin Sparrow, how he came to write the book and history’s part in the exercise.

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RAHS / WEA Workshop – Basic Conservation Guidelines

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

In this presentation, Tegan Anthes will explore conservation fundamentals such as handling, cleaning, display and storage of a variety of objects, and provide some demonstrations of techniques that you can use and when you should call a conservator.

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New Members’ Evening 2020

March 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Free

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.

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Orange Regional Seminar – Looking to the Future and Discovering the Past

March 14 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
$20

Join us for an exciting regional seminar in Orange to learn about history in your local community and gain practical skills for your historical research. Topics will include how cemeteries can be used as sources for studying the local history of an area, research tips and strategies from experienced professional historians, and insights into the various sources available on Trove and the new Historical Land Records Viewer (HLRV).

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Goulburn Regional Seminar – Researching the History of Your House

March 16 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Riversdale Homestead, 2 Twynam Drive
Goulburn, NSW 2580 Australia
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$20

Have you ever wanted to go back in time and find out more about the history of your house and the area where you live? This seminar will discuss how to search for your property’s previous owners, learn about what it might have looked like – inside and outside − 50, 60 or 100 years ago and suggest strategies for discovering more about the history of your locality.

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RAHS/OHNSW Seminar – An Introduction to Oral History

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Royal Australian Historical Society, 133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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$25 – $30

This seminar introduces historians of all kinds to the possibilities and pitfalls of 'making memories' or doing oral history interviews with people about their experiences of the past.

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April 2020

RAHS Day Lecture – The True Story of Gundagai’s Dog on the Tuckerbox: Tourists, Truth and the Insouciance of Souvenirs

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

Gundagai’s statue of the Dog on the Tuckerbox, about half way between Melbourne and Sydney, was arguably Australia’s most popular purpose-built tourist attraction for half a century from its unveiling in 1932. Richard White will use the monument as a case study to consider the ways in which the past is visualised as it is turned into tourism.

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RAHS Guided Tour – Museum of Freemasonry

April 8 @ 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Museum of Freemasonry, Level 3, 66 Goulburn Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$13 – $15

The Museum of Freemasonry contains an extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery and porcelain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, jewels and regalia. Items belonging to famous Freemasons are also on display. The collection is housed in a building considered the finest example of Brutalist Architecture in the Southern Hemisphere.

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RAHS Guided Tour – Old Darlinghurst Gaol

April 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
National Art School, Forbes Street
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010 Australia
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$22 – $25

The old Darlinghurst gaol is one of Australia’s oldest and best preserved examples of colonial sandstone architecture, which over the last two centuries has transformed from a place of abject misery to one of Australia’s premier arts institutes.

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