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Friends of Callan Park: 25th Anniversary

Friends of Callan Park: 25th Anniversary

Written by Hall Greenland (President, Friends of Callan Park) Yes, we have been in action for 25 years protecting Callan Park’s wonderful heritage parklands and buildings, campaigning to locate modern mental health services on the site and ensure community use and appreciation of this unique site. We have had a measure of success – thanks to your support and that of the wider community. 2023 marks a milestone we thought deserved a celebration. – Invitation from Friends of Callan Park. The...

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Public Lecture: The Miracle of D-Day, 6 June 1944: 80th Anniversary

Public Lecture: The Miracle of D-Day, 6 June 1944: 80th Anniversary

A free public lecture presented by Noel Phelan at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park Join the Military History Society of NSW for a free public lecture at the Anzac Memorial at Hyde Park to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. This year, we commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944. Operation Overlord was the greatest amphibious assault in history, a crucial turning point in World War II, and a miracle of planning, logistics, coordination and...

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The Letters of Charles Harpur and His Circle

The Letters of Charles Harpur and His Circle

A presentation by the authors of a new collection of letters from Australian poet Charles Harpur The Moruya and District Historical Society are hosting a presentation by the authors of a new Sydney University Press publication on the letters of poet Charles Harpur (1813–1868), who had a close association with the Eurobodalla region. The Letters of Charles Harpur and His Circle, selected and edited by Paul Eggert and Chris Vening, is the first collection in print of the letters of Australian...

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The Home Curator Workshop

The Home Curator Workshop

Presented by Gay Hendriksen (Rowan Tree Heritage and Cultural Services) Do you have special objects you want to preserve into the future? Whether you are a family historian, private collector or have special objects you want to know how to care for, there is something in this workshop for you. Learn about organising, preserving and sharing to a professional standard so that you can ensure your shoebox of papers or photos or a house or shed filled with your favourite objects will survive. Bring...

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The 2024 June Roughley Memorial Lecture

The 2024 June Roughley Memorial Lecture

Professor Grace Karskens to present the 2024 June Roughley Memorial Lecture Join the Dural and District Historical Society for the 2024 June Roughley Memorial Lecture in August. Professor Grace Karskens’ highly acclaimed book, People of the River: Lost Worlds of Early Australia, is a history of both the Aboriginal people and the settlers on Dyarubbin, the Hawkesbury/Nepean River, from deep time to the nineteenth century. Grace will also speak about her collaborative work with the Dharug and...

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Sydney’s Condemnation and Demolition Books

Sydney’s Condemnation and Demolition Books

Sydney's Condemnation and Demolition Books: A talk by Laila Ellmoos, City Historian In this talk for the City of Sydney Historical Association, City Historian Laila Ellmoos will talk about the history of the City of Sydney's Condemnation and Demolition Books, a key photographic collection held in the City Archives comprising almost 5,000 photographs and associated glass plate negatives. The City Building Surveyor’s department used photographs to document the city’s profound transformation in...

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Lydham Hall Historic House and Museum Reopens

Lydham Hall Historic House and Museum Reopens

St. George Historical Society's Historic House and Museum reopens to the public One of the oldest homes in the St George area has reopened to the public. The NSW State Heritage-listed Lydham Hall is a sandstone villa built in the Victorian era. The home contains a unique collection of heritage items. After a stroll through the museum, relax on the verandah with freshly baked scones and a pot of Twinings tea in vintage cups and saucers while the kids play old-fashioned games on the lawn. The...

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PDHS Australian Heritage Festival Program

PDHS Australian Heritage Festival Program

Parramatta and District Historical Society Australian Heritage Festival Program The Parramatta and District Historical Society are staging talks and tours as part of the National Trust's Australian Heritage Festival and in celebration of the Hambledon Cottage bicentenary. Parramatta – The Inland Port Walk Hear stories of Parramatta's connections with Sydney through industry, travel and leisure. Explore the old Queens Wharf and the location of the Commissariat Store, Barracks and grain store....

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Hambledon Cottage: Celebrating 200 Years

Hambledon Cottage: Celebrating 200 Years

A History Milestone Is Being Celebrated! Hambledon Cottage will be celebrating its Bicentenary on 13th April. This is a significant milestone for this remarkable Parramatta landmark, once owned by pioneers John Macarthur and Elizabeth Macarthur, founders of the fine wool industry in Australia. Parramatta and District Historical Society, custodians of this extraordinary colonial heritage site, will present a week of community activities, including a Bicentennial Day celebration, house tours, a...

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Vacy to Gresford – People and Places

Vacy to Gresford – People and Places

Paterson Historical Society to launch new book: Vacy to Gresford – People and Places The Paterson Historical Society's new book, Vacy to Gresford – People and Places, will be launched on Sunday, 17 March 2024, by Mr Dave Layzell MP, Member for Upper Hunter. The book was written by Society member and long-time historian Dr Brian Walsh. It covers the people and places along the Paterson and Allyn Rivers between Vacy and Gresford. The book reveals how a whole new European society emerged along...

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Closure of Griffith Genealogical and Historical Society

Closure of Griffith Genealogical and Historical Society

Written by Christine Gavin (President, Griffith Genealogical and Historical Society) There was an end of an era when the Griffith Genealogical and Historical Society closed its doors at the end of December 2023 after 42 years. Over time, it became more and more difficult to get members to run the Society due to the ages and medical issues of the active members, and our membership was dwindling. The majority of our assets and resources have been donated to the Griffith City Library. Many...

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Invitation to anniversary at Camp Cove, 21 January 2024

Invitation to anniversary at Camp Cove, 21 January 2024

The Woollahra History and Heritage Society invite you to the anniversary of the first landing The Woollahra History and Heritage Society (WHHS) invites you to the anniversary of the first landing of Captain Arthur Phillip RN on 21st January 1788 in Sydney Harbour at Camp Cove after rowing from Botany Bay. This event is on Sunday, 21st January 2024 at 6.00 pm, at Governor Phillip’s Memorial Monument*, top end Pacific Street, Laings Point, Camp Cove, Watsons Bay. Join us, bring friends, a rug...

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2023 Certificates of Achievement and Appreciation

2023 Certificates of Achievement and Appreciation

2023 Certificates of Achievement RAHS Affiliated Societies are critical in promoting local and community history. The RAHS Certificates of Achievement honour the wide-ranging contributions made by their members. Nominated by Australian Computer Museum Society Murray Irwin For his commitment and service since 2003. Murray has served as Membership Officer and Secretary since 2020. Through his generosity and dedication, Murray has raised significant funds by selling, collecting and recycling...

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2023 Ian Jack Memorial Lecture: Macquarie and the Towns

2023 Ian Jack Memorial Lecture: Macquarie and the Towns

2023 Ian Jack Memorial Lecture Macquarie and the Towns The Hawkesbury Historical Society warmly invites you to attend the Ian Jack Memorial Lecture on Thursday, 26th October 2023, at 7.30 pm, in St Matthew’s Anglican Parish Hall, Moses Street, Windsor. The special guest speaker is Dr Iain Stuart, BA (Hons), M Env Sci, PhD, President of the Royal Australian Historical Society. Iain Stuart is a professional historian. He is currently the President of the Royal Australian Historical Society. Iain...

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Vale: Australian Society for the History of Engineers and Technology (2003–2023)

Vale: Australian Society for the History of Engineers and Technology (2003–2023)

Written by Mari Metzke (ASHET Secretary) The Australian Society for the History of Engineering and Technology (ASHET) first met as a group on 10 April 2003. Our chosen venue was the Auditorium at History House, as many of the founding members were associated with the RAHS. At that time, I worked at the RAHS dealing with all the needs of about 350 Affiliated Societies scattered around NSW. Initially, I had been approached by retired engineer Ian Arthur, who was at that time an active member of...

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