The C.H.Bertie & Hugh Wright Memorial Library contains a valuable research collection of more than 60,000 items on Australian history. The collection includes publications, photographs, manuscripts, press clippings, ephemera, maps, journals, newsletters of our affiliated and other societies, a complete set of the Society’s Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, as well as Sands Directories and the NSW Statistical Registers.

Opening Hours: COVID-19 restrictions

Due to COVID-19, we currently have visitor restrictions and other safety measures in place.  Please contact us to discuss before planning a potential library visit.


Royal Australian Historical Society, First Floor, History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Research Enquiries

RAHS Librarian, Donna Newton

Phone: (02) 9247 8001




The Library collection of the Royal Australian Historical Society is the result of over hundred years of acquisition and donation of materials by our members, publishers and authors, grant recipients and the public.

If you wish to donate to our Library, please contact Donna Newton, RAHS Librarian, during office hours Monday-Friday for an initial discussion.  Donations may need to be assessed by the RAHS Library Committee to ensure that they are suitable for our collection and can be appropriately housed and managed by the Society.