Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer The Devonshire Street Cemetery, also known as the Sandhills or Brickfield Cemetery, was a widely used and indeed “notoriously overcrowded” burial ground in operation between 1820 and 1867.  Located at Brickfield Hill, today a part of Surry Hills, the cemetery was resumed in 1901 to allow for construction of Sydney’s new Central Railway Station. While relatives were permitted to apply for the return of their deceased loved ones, approximately 30,000 remains were relocated … Read More
The State Library of New South Wales is hosting an educational seminar on family history research and the sources you can access through the State Library’s unique collections. The seminar is part of the Library’s Launch into Library Research series and is targeted at experienced family history researchers who want to learn how to take the next steps in their family research. Participants will enjoy a number of informative and engaging sessions on topics such as: Uncovering your convict ancestor’s … Read More
The 2019 Transport Heritage grants are now open!The 2019 Transport Heritage grants are now open! The Transport Heritage Grants Program is a NSW Government funded program, administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS), and supported by Transport Heritage NSW (THNSW). The grants program aims to help the NSW community rediscover the culture, the events and the people that shaped transport in NSW over the past 160 years, as well as support the restoration and conservation of our valuable heritage assets. It … Read More
BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN FOR OUR 2019 CONFERENCE: ‘Illuminating the Past’ in Tamworth, NSW (14-15 September) Take advantage of our EARLY BIRD SPECIAL by AUGUST 12 to save $25 Attendees will be treated to a variety of enlightening and informative sessions as we explore Tamworth’s past and the different historical forces that have shaped the region from the nineteenth century to today. Attendees will discover new resources and techniques to inspire and support your next history project, while also learning … Read More
By Madeline Young, Local Studies Assistant at the Goulburn Mulwaree Library The 1918–19 pneumonic influenza outbreak or “Spanish flu” was one of the worst medical disasters in global history. The virus that originated in Europe killed more people worldwide than World War One itself.1The 1918–19 pandemic swept through Australia when the country was at its lowest. As crowded ships carrying soldiers returned from the European front, the virus had the perfect environment to spread and mutate among the ships inhabitants, … Read More
Dr James Dunk’s book launch at History House last Wednesday evening was a success. Those who attended were treated to a lovely series of talks and a jovial atmosphere. Dr Dunk’s new book is Bedlam at Botany Bay (NewSouth Publishing, 2019), and is a history of madness in the colony of New South Wales. For those who enjoyed James’ talk, you will be pleased to know that he will be returning to speak at History House in future. More information … Read More
Bookings for the September RAHS Conference in Tamworth will be open next week. Those wishing to attend the conference will be able to book online. Alternatively, participants will be able download and complete a booking form, which can be returned either by post to History House, 133 Macquaire Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 or email to email@example.com. In the meantime, take a moment to browse our historical postcards of Tamworth from the 1930s, courtesy of Murray’s Snapshots.
More than 250,000 people travel through Sydney’s Central Station every day! But, did you know it was once the final destination for thousands of Sydneysiders? The State Library of NSW’s new podcast series – The Burial Files – digs up the forgotten stories of the Devonshire Street Cemetery and the remains of some 30,000 Sydneysiders buried there between 1820 and 1900. Over six episodes, you’ll hear from leading historians, curators, archaeologists, forensic experts and railway enthusiasts – each revealing a … Read More