160th Anniversary of Parramatta Park

160th anniversary of Parramatta Park

A message from Parramatta Park:  The area of Parramatta was known by the Darug people as Burramatta (‘Burra’ meaning eel and ‘matta’ meaning creek) and was managed by the Burramatta clan for many thousands of years before European settlement in 1788. The early governors of the British colony established and lived in what is now known as Old Government House – just one of the many heritage-listed buildings that pepper Parramatta Park. But 160 years ago, in 1858, 246 acres … Read More

RAHS Day Lecture – Where Australia Collides with Asia

RAHS Day Lecture

Where Australia Collides with Asia: The Epic Voyages of Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace and the Origin of ‘On the Origin of Species’  Join us on Wednesday, 6th June for our free monthly day lecture at History House. Ian Burnet will discuss the epic voyages of natural history of Continent Australia and the British naturalists Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Each of these naturalists made huge contributions to our understanding of the unique flora and … Read More

Oral History NSW Excellence in Community History Award

Oral History event, RAHS

The Oral History NSW Excellence in Community History Award (new in 2018) acknowledges the work of individuals or community groups who are recording the histories of their communities. Eligible projects may include the development of new oral history collections, digital and multimedia projects (including websites or podcasts) and printed publications based on oral history interviews. The winner of the award receives $500. Eligibility Applicants must be members of OHNSW and undertaking projects based in the ACT and/or NSW Eligible projects … Read More

Quill and Spade – Pioneer Garden Writing in Australia

Australian Garden History Society present: Quill and Spade – Pioneer Garden Writing in Australia Garden making wasn’t easy for the women and men who settled in Australia between 1788 and 1888. The more literate members of the community sought books and journals from overseas. They also joined agricultural and horticultural societies, and from the 1830s onwards, gardening books and nursery catalogues written and published in Australia began to circulate. The presentation will consider the sources of gardening advice and information used … Read More

At Home and Down the Pub: Working Class Archaeology in Tasmania

Lane Cove Historical Society’s monthly meeting falls during National Archaeology Week and will feature guest speakers from the University of Sydney’s Archaeology Department. Join Dr James Flexner, Pamela Chauvel and Amelia O’Donnell as they focus on the excavations at Triabunna and Maria Island. About the Speakers: Dr James Flexner is a lecturer in historical archaeology and heritage at the University of Sydney. His main research interests are in landscape archaeology and historical archaeology, with a geographic focus on Oceania. A significant … Read More

‘On Your Bike’ Exhibition

On Your Bike

Coinciding with Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club’s 110th anniversary, On Your Bike will display lovingly preserved and rarely seen photographs, ephemera and vintage bikes from the DHBC’s heyday – before cars pushed bikes off the road. Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club formed in 1908 and is one of Australia’s longest running bicycle clubs. Over the years some of the country’s best cyclists have been members of this club, including Lionel Cox who won gold in the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games. This exhibition also … Read More

2018 Australian Heritage Festival COSHA Lecture – The Good Old Bad Old Days

City of Sydney Historical Association

City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA), as part of the 2018 Australian Heritage Festival presents: The Good Old Bad Old Days  Join cultural historian, author, broadcaster and performer Warren Fahey, as he tells the stories of the 2011 postcode of Sydney’s inner-east that offers a fascinating history of Sydney’s high life, low life and sometimes, very low life. Warren will deliver an eclectic romp through the social history of Sydney’s most famous neighbourhood from: Scenic rollercoaster rides at Rushcutters Bay White … Read More

Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum: Guided Tours

Lithgow SAF Museum

As part of the LithGlow 2018 and National Trust’s Australian Heritage Festival, Lithgow SAF Museum is offering a rare opportunity to walk back in time through the historic Small Arms Factory site. A guided tour will take you into four old production buildings, one of them the original 1912 Main Workshop where the rifles for World War I soldiers were manufactured. The machines are no longer in place, but the atmosphere and spectre of industry remains. You can almost feel … Read More