A walk up Laurie Street

Written by Dr Diane Solomon Westerhuis In a joint lecture with the Independent Scholars Association, Dr Diane Solomon Westerhuis delivered a lecture at History House on Tuesday, 12 March 2019. Her topic, A walk through time and the archives focused on the archival research she undertook to complete a detailed heritage study of Laurieton, NSW. For those who were unable to attend, Diane has provided an overview of her work. This research began in 2018 when I undertook an intriguing … Read More

Miles Franklin (1879-1954)

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Royal Australian Historical Society will highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our new webpage, Women’s History Month. The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize, awarded every year to the most outstanding novel depicting Australian life in any of its phases. The Award is named after Stella Maria Miles Franklin, … Read More

Pansy Line Tour – Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society

Explore the remnants of the Richmond to Kurrajong Railway 1926-1952 with Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society on Sunday, 28 April 2019. With the railway gone for so long, it is getting difficult to find many remnants, but experienced local guides will show you what’s left – much of which is on private property and not normally accessible. DETAILS: When: Sunday, 28 April 2019, 10am Where: Coaches will depart from the park opposite Richmond Station at 10am. Tour will return to Richmond Station around … Read More

Vivian Bullwinkel (1915-2000)

Studio portrait of Staff Nurse Vivian Bullwinkel, Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS), in service dress uniform [Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial, P03960.001]

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Royal Australian Historical Society will highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our new webpage, Women’s History Month. When remembering the sacrifices made by Anzac soldiers in the World Wars, it is important to recognise the Australian servicewomen who stood alongside them. Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel was a veteran of the Second World War, … Read More

Appeal for Letters: Italian Migrants & Australia

A letter from PhD student Lawrence Rhoads Italian migrants used letters to connect with their community in Italy and here in Australia. Through letters, migrants gave news, shared stories, and expressed their hopes and desires. Buried within the letters’ pages are the unheard voices of many migrants who left behind friends and family for a new life in Australia. They provide a valuable window for us to tell history from the perspective of those who experienced it. My name is … Read More

Evelyn Scott (1935-2017)

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Royal Australian Historical Society will highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our new webpage, Women’s History Month. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this webpage contains the images and names of people who have passed away. Indigenous rights activist and social justice campaigner Dr Evelyn Scott lived an accomplished and … Read More

Maritime History Prizes

Writers, publishers and readers of maritime history are invited to nominate works for maritime history prizes totalling $7000, sponsored jointly by the Australian Association for Maritime History and the Australian National Maritime Museum. Nominations for the 2019 round close on 31 July 2019. Every two years, the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Australian Association for Maritime History sponsor two prizes: the Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize and the Australian Community Maritime History Prize. Both reflect the wish … Read More

Create NSW Regional Seminar: Bathurst

William Street, Bathurst, n.d. [RAHS Photograph Collection]

The RAHS Regional Seminar program promotes the study, writing and dissemination of Australian history. It aims to develop historical expertise in the community that will support history and heritage projects. This regional seminar will offer participants practical advice on assessing key record sources, followed by a range of case studies on applying this to research projects. Speakers/Topics: Associate Professor Carol Liston will highlight the range of records now available online that can help researchers investigate land settlement in the Bathurst … Read More