Pathfinders: A History of Aboriginal Trackers in NSW

 ‘Aboriginal trackers hold a mythical yet obscure presence in the history of the continent. Bennett weaves back into the nation’s historical narrative these Aboriginal heroes and heroines.’  – Professor John Maynard From the explorer to the pioneer, the swagman to the drover’s wife, with a few bushrangers for good measure, Europeans play all the leading roles. A rare exception is the redoubtable tracker. With skills passed down over millennia, trackers could trace the movements of people across vast swathes of … Read More

An ‘Advantageous Retreating Ground’ – The Blue Mountains and Resistance Warfare in the Sydney Region and the Bathurst War

The Blue Mountains Historical Society invites you to the first of their regular monthly meetings and public talks. Dr Stephen Gapps will present on ‘An “Advantageous Retreating Ground” – The Blue Mountains and Resistance Warfare in the Sydney Region 1788-1817 and the Bathurst War 1822-1824’. He is currently working on a new book, “The Bathurst War – The first Wiradjuri war of resistance 1822-1824.” His talk will introduce his listeners to his research, the connection between conflict in Sydney and … Read More

Paterson and Lawson

The City of Canada Bay Heritage Society invites you to hear a talk on A.B ‘Banjo’ Paterson & Henry Lawson Henry Lawson and AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson made their marks in Australian culture and literature with their classic bush poetry – painting the face of a young nation – but behind the stories, poems and legends lie two men who despite having many similarities in early life took very different paths in life. About the Speaker: Tim Hunter has a long … Read More

Australia Day 2020: Pot Luck with History & Book Sale

Call into History House on Australia Day for a chance to visit our beautiful heritage building. While you are here, browse our book sale and listen to historians speaking about the events, people and places that have contributed to Australia’s history. There will be twenty-minute talks every half-hour between 11:30am and 3pm. There is no need to book, just turn up! DETAILS: When: Sunday 26 January 2020, 10am – 4pmWhere: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000Cost: Free

Outside Off

This blog is part of a monthly series that will chart episodes of cricketing history to demonstrate how the arcs of societal change and cricket intersect. Written by RAHS Volunteer Maximilian Reid. The creation of cricket, a sport for the landed English gentry, has been levelled and is now played and enjoyed by all. It was certainly not intended this way and the arcs by which societal change and cricket intersect is neither simple nor easy. Cricket, despite being traditionally … Read More

Criminal Characters – Transcribe Prison Records

Criminal Characters is a research project that investigates the criminal careers and life histories of Australian offenders from the end of the convict period through to the Second World War. The site offers a number of resources for learning about the history of crime in Australia. You can also get hands-on experience of Australia’s criminal past by transcribing historical crime records, thereby helping to create a permanent and invaluable resource for future generations! Site data will help researchers answer the … Read More

Myths of War – ABC Podcast

Myths of War is an eight-part history podcast series that ‘looks for the truth in Australian military history — and explores why we sometimes believe the opposite.’ Hosted by historian Mark Dapin, author of Australia’s Vietnam: Myth vs History, the series tackles some of the biggest misconceptions of Australian military history, examining their origins and why they have been misremembered into the present. The series can be listened to on the ABC Radio National website, where you will also find … Read More

Christmas Close

The Royal Australian Historical Society would like to thank everyone who was able to attend our Christmas Party earlier this month. The event always serves as a great opportunity to catch up with our members and friends – and for those who have never been to History House before – to meet RAHS staff, councillors and volunteers. We wish all readers a happy Christmas and a safe holiday. We would like to thank you for your support throughout 2019 and … Read More