The Stranger’s Guide: Sydney in 1861

The Stranger’s Guide is a new walk by the City of Sydney’s history and curatorial team which recreates a tour from the mid-19th century. Discerning descriptions by James Waugh, who wrote the travel guide more than 150 years ago, provide a glimpse of Sydney life in 1861. A website with a selection of detailed, and animated, watercolours of must see places from the city’s past can be viewed here: To experience the full walk download the Sydney Culture Walks … Read More


As well as receiving our quarterly History magazine andbi-annual Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, if you join before the end of the year you will also receive: • Copy of Shady acres: politicians, developers and Sydney’s public transport scandals 1872-1895 / Lesley Muir; introduction by Elizabeth Farrelly• Royal Australian Historical Society Pen• Collection of Macquarie Street A4 posters(Offer available while stocks last) Other benefits of becoming a member• Free Access to the RAHS• Research advice from RAHS Librarian• … Read More

Caroline’s Dilemma: A Colonial Inheritance Saga

‘A truly impressive work of historical recovery, on a major scale’. — Professor Penny Russell, University of Sydney Caroline Kearney faced a heart-breaking dilemma. Caroline was a 31-year-old mother of six when her husband died in Melbourne in 1865. Having no legal rights herself to the sheep station in Wimmera, Victoria that her late husband owned, she had great hopes that her sons would inherit it. But that was not to be. Her husband’s will, written on his deathbed, offered … Read More

History House: Upcoming Events this Nov & Dec

November and December are shaping up to be exciting times at History House this Spring and Summer seasons. November marks the return of the History Is Hot! series in collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney. Join us for an evening of short talks, as graduate students present their research into Australian History. Our Day Lectures are sure to entertain too. Rosemary Kerr will talk about how the ‘great Australian road trip’ has loomed large in the Australian imagination, while … Read More

Researching the History of Your House

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? Create NSW, the RAHS and NSW State Archives & Records are hosting a joint research seminar that 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 … Read More

NAA Postgraduate Scholarships

Postgraduate Scholarships promote research into Australian History The second round of 2019 scholarships for Masters and PhD students has been jointly announced by the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and the Australian Historical Association (AHA). Postgraduate students have until 31 October to apply for funding of up to $2375 in digitisation services, plus facilitated access to records in the National Archives collection. The scholarships are open to both Australian and international postgraduate students of Australian history. Since their commencement in … Read More

Rae Else-Mitchell Collection

RAHS Volunteers, Megan Edwards and Bron Stepowski, have been working on scanning and uploading the Society’s Library collections to Flickr Commons – an online social media site that shares ‘the hidden treasures from the world’s public photography archives’. The latest instalment is a series from the Rae Else-Mitchell Collection, which documents a bush walk through the Blue Mountains between c.1938-1940, and includes a number of panorama shots and topographical maps. Megan Edwards has written a concise introduction: Rae Else-Mitchell (1914-2016) … Read More

The Value of History Statement

‘The study of the past and the telling of its stories are critical to our sense of belonging, to our communities and to our shard future.’ ‘History shapes our identities, engages us as citizens, creates inclusive communities, is part of our economic well-being, teaches us to think critically and creatively, inspires leaders and is the foundation of our future generations.’ This is the Value of History Statement, launched by Dr Stephen Gapps, President of the History Council of NSW, during … Read More