RAHS 2018 Conference – Port Macquarie’s History & Heritage

Surveying the Past, Mapping the Present Saturday 20 October – Sunday 21 October 2018 As most of our subscribers/followers will know, the 2018 RAHS Conference is being held at Port Macquarie this year. In 1905, previous RAHS President Frank Walker described Port Macquarie as ‘one of the most delightful holiday resorts in the State of New South Wales’ and was a place ‘saturated with historical associations’. [1] While Walker’s observation was made 113 years ago; the same could easily be … Read More

New Event Added: RAHS Excursion – Yaralla Estate

The historically significant Yaralla Estate is one of the last of the large nineteenth century estates remaining in metropolitan Sydney. The Estate is considered to be of rare State significance because it incorporates an entire 1790s land grant within its boundaries. On 28 October 2018 the City of Canada Bay Heritage Society will host its second Yaralla Open Day for the year. All money raised is used for the preservation of the Yaralla and Rivendell estates, both being the Walker Estates bequeathed … Read More

RAHS/NSW ISAA Lecture – Charles Dickens and his Performed Readings

The Royal Australian Historical Society and the NSW Chapter of the Independent Scholars Association (ISAA) present:  Charles Dickens and his Performed Readings: A New Art Form In his third professional career after journalism and fiction, Charles Dickens brought his novels alive on the platform to enthralled crowds in over 400 public presentations.  He was unique among contemporary novelists in developing a career as a reader of his own work, in terms of histrionic brilliance.  This presentation will explore why the readings were … Read More

Building the Railway under Sydney 1916–32

The Royal Australian Historical Society and the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology (ASHET) present – By Muscle of Man and Horse: Building the Railway under Sydney 1916–32 A chance discovery of a long missing photo album by Sydney Trains’ staff during an office relocation in 2016, led to the scanning of 1500 construction photos of the City Railway between 1916 and 1935. Sorted and analysed, using Bill Phippen’s detailed knowledge of the history of the work and his professional … Read More

Russell Workman – Images of Sydney in the 60s & 70s

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts presents: Russell Workman – Images of Sydney in the 60s & 70s Join photographer Russell Workman for a nostalgic glimpse back in time, featuring a selection of his photographs taken in and around Sydney during the 1960s and 1970s. From people on the streets to cityscapes and legendary music gigs, many of these images have recently been scanned and restored from his extensive archive of photographs and slides. With images taken both as a schoolboy … Read More

John Oxley’s Journey to Port Macquarie

John Oxley's Journey to Port Macquarie

A message from Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard: A gala fundraising premiere performance of the play John Oxley’s Journey to Port Macquarie will be staged at Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard on Sunday 14 October 2018. The play relates the story of the brave party who travelled from Bathurst to Port Macquarie and then back to Sydney and is based on the book, I Went with John Oxley by local author, Richard Grimmond. The performance will be followed by light … Read More

Woodford Academy Exhibition: Dust

Woodford Academy: Dust

The last artistic event of the Woodford Academy’s 2018 program ‘Dust: An exhibition about insects, collections and heritage buildings’ opens on Saturday 15 September. Dust brings together artists and museum professionals to explore the processes of collection care underway at the Blue Mountains oldest colonial buildings, the Woodford Academy. In an Australian first, the Academy buildings will be progressively wrapped and left to ‘cook’ over the coming summer, eradicating the infestation of insects that have taken up residence in the … Read More

Heritage Council NSW: Portraits of New South Wales

Portraits of New South Wales

Portraits of New South Wales was commissioned by the Heritage Council of NSW to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Heritage Act 1977. Portraits of New South Wales celebrates and highlights the diverse heritage of NSW by telling the stories behind a selection of items on the State Heritage Register. The text provides a glimpse into the history of New South Wales presented through the places that we value and want to keep. Some items listed on the register are government … Read More