Henry Reynolds, ‘This Whispering in our Hearts Revisited’

Henry Reynolds, This Whispering in Our Hearts Revisited (NewSouth Books) ‘No other historian can match Henry Reynolds’ impact on Australians’ understanding of their frontier history and its troubled inheritance.’ – Mark McKenna Listening to the whispering in his own heart, Henry Reynolds was led into the lives of remarkable and largely forgotten white humanitarians who followed their consciences and challenged the prevailing attitudes to Indigenous people. His now-classic book This Whispering in Our Hearts, constructed an alternative history of Australia through the … Read More

PHA NSW & ACT 2018 Conference: Marking Time

Professional Historians Association (PHA) National Conference 30 – 31 August 2018 State Library of New South Wales Registrations are now open for the 2018 PHA National Conference at the State Library of New South Wales. Professional historians record the history of places with direct connections to the public: in parks, on monuments, at exhibitions, in archives and publications. 2018 is the culmination of the four-year long commemoration of World War I and therefore and therefore a fitting time to reflect … Read More

Caves House and its Landscape Setting


Australian Garden History present: Caves House and its Landscape Setting A Talk by Chris Betteridge AGHS foundation member Chris Betteridge specialises in the identification, assessment, management and interpretation of historic cultural landscapes. In mid-2014 Chris and Margaret Betteridge were engaged to carry out a preliminary heritage assessment of movable heritage at Jenolan Caves within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. In 2016 Chris provided the landscape input to a conversation management plan (CMP) for the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Since … Read More

2018 Allan Martin Award Winner: Dr Peter Hobbins

We would like to congratulate RAHS Councillor, Dr Peter Hobbins for winning the 2018 Allan Martin Award, administered by the Australian Historical Association. The Allan Martin Award is a research fellowship intended to assist early-career historians further their research in Australian history. The Award commemorates the contribution to Australian History of A. W. Martin (1926-2002), in particular his interest in and encouragement of students and younger colleagues over a lifetime of teaching and research. Peter won the award for his … Read More

RAHS/WEA Workshop – Writing a Life: Key Elements of Historical Biography

RAHS/WEA Workshop

Whether your interest is a single life or group of people, this session provides an introduction to the biographical process. Coordinated by RAHS Councillor Dr Peter Hobbins, this workshop will examine various approaches and historical sources – offering practical suggestions on researching and writing your own biographical project. About the Speakers:  Dr Peter Hobbins is a historian of colonial and twentieth-century Australia at the University of Sydney. His work has explored the lives of immigrants, entrepreneurs and scientists. He has … Read More

Woodford Academy Open Day

Woodford Academy Open Day

Woodford Academy Open Day – Talk and Exhibition A message from Woodford Academy Management Committee:  Woodford Academy is proud to present: The Blue Labyrinth – Since the Dawn of Time. Join author Bruce Cameron, as he discusses the history of the Blue Labyrinth, an area of stunning natural beauty in the Blue Mountains National Park. The Blue Labyrinth is bounded by the main Blue Mountains range from Glenbrook to Wentworth Falls, stretching along Kings Tableland to Warragamba Dam and along the Nepean … Read More

The Role of the Pub in 19th Century Sydney

City of Sydney Historical Association

City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA) present: The Role of the Pub in 19th Century Sydney Join well known public historian and former City of Sydney historian, Shirley Fitzgerald, as she discusses the hotels that formed the centre of the community for many in the 19th century. Pubs are interesting in their own right, serving as fascinating case studies to extract information about Sydney’s social history. Shirley has written two books about pubs in Ultimo and Pyrmont, but also has much … Read More

Free July Day Lecture – Conjuring India

RAHS Day Lecture

Conjuring India: Strange Tales of Magic and Mystery Join us on Wednesday, 4th July for our free monthly day lecture at History House.  India has long been considered the home of magic, its wonder-workers celebrated around the world. Join John Zubrzycki as he discusses the connections in the field of magic between Australia and India dating back to 1853. This includes visiting troupes such as ‘The Men from Kabul’, Indian ‘jugglers’ who performed in Melbourne and a trial of two … Read More