2017 RAHS SPRING CALENDAR

The 2017 RAHS Spring Calendar is now available to download and view online. There are still a few places available for RAHS Senior Vice President Christine Yeats’ workshop ‘Trove – A “flagship discovery service” for all researchers’, and our long-running Day Lecture series continues on the first Wednesday of the month. RAHS President Carol Liston will present ‘Land Title Records’, providing guidance to assist researchers in accessing and using the historically significant records that Land and Property Information is making … Read More

‘Coalfaces’ by Darian Zam

“My first week living in Mount Kembla, I met an 85-year-old man at the pub. He said to me, ‘Why don’t you paint my portrait, then?’ I thought to myself, ‘You cheeky bugger, who do you think you are?’ Then I went home to that cold, rattling old house I had rented and realized, ‘Actually, that’s a great idea.’ Thus, a project was born.” When artist and writer Darian Zam left Sydney in 2008, he assumed it would be a … Read More

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor David Carment AM

The Royal Australian Historical Society warmly congratulates former RAHS President Emeritus Professor David Carment AM on being awarded the 2017 Annual History Citation this week “in recognition of his outstanding contributions to historical scholarship, and his generosity and unwavering commitment to supporting the history community, including mentoring its emerging professionals.” For more information on David Carment’s contributions and on recipients of the 2017 History Council of NSW Awards see the History Council of NSW website.

JOHN MACARTHUR – “Visionary or Villain”

City of Sydney Historical Association September Lecture JOHN MACARTHUR – ‘Visionary or Villain’ Guest Speaker – Patrick Dodd Saturday 9th September at 2.00pm Macarthur is remembered by most people for laying the foundations of the great Australian wool industry. In fact he spent so much time away from home fighting Governors and facing a court martial in England, his practical achievements owe a very great deal to the persistence and loyalty of his wife and sons. He was a complex … Read More

‘After the Griffins – stories from the Castlecrag of the thirties, forties and fifties’

To celebrate History Week and its 2017 theme of ‘Australian popular culture’, the Walter Burley Griffin Society is organising a panel of former residents to discuss living in Castlecrag in the early years of the Griffin-inspired community, covering aspects such as entertainment, fashion, the motor car and public transport, play and toys. The sons and daughters of people whose parents lived and worked with the Griffins at Castlecrag will share some of their stories in a panel facilitated by heritage … Read More

History is Hot: Postgraduate students present their research

History House

The ‘History is Hot’ series is an opportunity for RAHS members and friends to hear about recent research findings in Australian history and how they impact our understanding and interpretation of the past. You are invited to join postgraduate students who will discuss their research projects. Click here to book online or email history@rahs.org.au. Date and Time: Thursday November 2 @ 6pm – 7.30pm Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney Cost: Free – Elicia Taylor, PhD candidate, University of Newcastle ‘Unspeakably … Read More

Congratulations to RAHS Councillor Dr Peter Hobbins

Congratulations to all recipients of the NSW Premier’s History Awards and in particular RAHS Councillor Dr Peter Hobbins on being awarded the NSW Community and Regional History Prize for ‘Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia’s Immigrant Past’ which he co-authored with Ursula K. Frederick and Anne Clarke. The book is the culmination of a three-year project run by the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney, which integrated the work of archaeologists, historians and heritage practitioners to … Read More

Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney

  Our next Day Lecture – Wednesday 6th September @ 1pm-2pm Dr Paul Irish will discuss his new book Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney, which shows that Aboriginal people never disappeared from Sydney in the nineteenth century as is often assumed. Instead they lived across colonial Sydney and interacted with its residents and economy, often in unexpected ways. Paul Irish is a historian and archaeologist with heritage consultancy MDCA. For over ten years he has … Read More