Commemorating the victims and heroes of ‘Spanish flu’?

In the lead up to our joint lecture with the City of Sydney, Flu Frenzy: Taming the 1919 Influenza Pandemic, RAHS Councillor Dr Peter Hobbins recently wrote an article in The Conversation, ‘100 years later, why don’t we commemorate the victims and heroes of “Spanish flu”’? Peter’s article reminds us of the devastating impact the “Spanish flu” had in Australia. Despite only lasting for just over a year, the influenza was responsible for the death of 50-100 million people worldwide. In Australian … Read More

William Macarthur and the empire of science

[Image courtesy State Library of NSW]

State Library of New South Wales:  Scholar Talk William Macarthur played an important role in the emergence of science for industry. Born in NSW in 1800, Macarthur lived a cosmopolitan youth overseas before returning to the colony in 1817. Macarthur went on to connect with a community of international thinkers who transcended the politics of nation states: the so-called empire of science. Whether classing wool and making wine or exhibiting eucalypts with Aboriginal names in Europe, Macarthur stoked a curious … Read More

Tarella Open Day 2019

Beichart Ropeway to Ruined Castle Shale Mine, 1881. [Image courtesy of M. King]

This is the first formal opening of Tarella for 2019. Please join the Blue Mountains Historical Society and view the new items they currently have on display from the recently accessioned Florence Evelyn Moore Collection. The Sun Room Gallery also has a new exhibition to start the new year, An Aerial Disaster for John Britty North. The exhibition displays artefacts related to the collapse of the Bleichert Aerial Ropeway at Katoomba in 1889 or January 1890. These artefacts are largely from the Private Collection of … Read More

The Seventies: The personal, the political and the making of modern Australia

The Seventies by Michelle Arrow

By Michelle Arrow | NewSouth Books In 1970 homosexuality was illegal, God Save the Queen was our national anthem and women pretended to be married to access the pill. By the end of the decade conscription was scrapped, tertiary education was free, access to abortion had improved, the White Australia policy was abolished and a woman read the news on the ABC for the first time. The Seventies was the decade that shaped modern Australia. It was the decade of ‘It’s Time’, … Read More

Australian Lebanese Family History Workshop

The Royal Australian Historical Society, the Centre for Applied History (Macquarie University), and the History Council of NSW are partnering with the Australian Lebanese Historical Society to bring together people interested in Australian Lebanese family history. Do you want to research, record and tell your family story/stories? Come and hear Alissar Chidiac, Cecile Yazbek, Nola Bramble, Glen Kalem, Emil Dan and Dr Paula Abood give brief overviews  of the different ways they have approached the documentation and telling of Lebanese Australian family histories. Then join other … Read More

RAHS Day Lecture – Robert Bostock: Australia’s Slave Trader Convict & His Freed Captives

Join us as we hold our first monthly day lecture for 2019! Join Emma Christopher as she discusses her new book Freedom in White and Black: A Lost Story of the Illegal Slave Trade and its Global Legacy (2018). Emma’s book provides a unique glimpse into the daily operation of a slave-trading business on the West African coast, despite both Britain and the United States having outlawed transatlantic slave trade by 1808. In this lecture, Emma will focus on Robert Bostock and … Read More

Australia Day 2019: 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: Saturday 26 January 2019, 10am – 4pm Where: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Cost: Free

Garry Wotherspoon – Paddington: A History 

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts presents: Garry Wotherspoon – Paddington: A History  Join historian Garry Wotherspoon as he shares the unique history of Sydney’s celebrated heritage suburb. The suburb we now know as Paddington has a long, ever-changing and chequered history. Paddington has been everything from a village, a home to many of the colonial gentry, the site of Australia’s first military establishment, a slum due for demolition, a haven for ‘New Australians’, one of Sydney’s first suburbs to ‘gentrify’, … Read More