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

Left: Mont Clair, Liverpool St, Darlinghurst; Centre Top: Ballina, Darley Street, Darlinghurst; Centre Bottom: The Savoy, Hardie St, Darlinghurst; Right: The Metro (formerly the Minerva), Orwell St, Potts Point [Courtesy Angela Phippen]

In August, the RAHS made the difficult decision to postpone our 2021 Conference in light of the COVID-19 situation in Greater Sydney and NSW. While we look forward to welcoming our members and affiliates to the postponed conference in Bathurst in 2022, we have some exciting news to conclude what has been a turbulent year for us all.

The RAHS is pleased to announce a special event held online via Zoom on Saturday 6 November 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?

The special event begins with a morning session (10.30am – 12.30pm) featuring 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.

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 your chance to win). Our popular Business Session will also make a return, providing an opportunity to discuss the management of historical societies.

For further information and bookings visit the event website