THE COLONY AND ITS FLEDGLING PARLIAMENT

Over 60,000 documents, the Digitised Records of the First Legislative Council (1824-1855), are now available on website of the Parliament of NSW: http://bit.ly/2pjvYZj. The First Legislative Council, the precursor to the current NSW Parliament, is the oldest legislative body in Australia, having been established in 1823 as an advisory body of 5 appointed members. Initially the Council’s jurisdiction covered not only NSW, but also the colonies of Victoria, Tasmania, parts of Queensland, South Australia and even further afield. RAHS President, … Read More

RAHS/ASHET Lecture: Yaralla, Concord – its landscape heritage

Join the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology (ASHET) and speaker Stuart Read on the evening of Thursday 27 April for a lecture on the ‘Yaralla’ estate in Concord, Sydney. Hidden in inner-west Sydney, on the Parramatta River are 2 peninsulae marking the domain of the Walker family: merchant Thomas and only child, Eadith. Both were willed to NSW’s people as convalescent hospitals. Yaralla (Dame Eadith Walker Convalescent Hospital)’s expansive grounds are a little-known surprise. Paddocks in Concord … Read More

40 YEARS OF THE NSW HERITAGE ACT – A FORUM

Forty years on from the passing of the Heritage Act 1977, come and hear from speakers who will reflect on the state of heritage conservation in NSW – and look ahead to the next 40 years. Tuesday 18 April 9:00 for 9:30am – 12:00pm Jubilee Room at the Parliament of NSW For more information and booking details click here: http://www.pennysharpe.com/heritageforum

ARTS NSW CULTURAL GRANTS – NOW OPEN

Applications are now open for the Arts NSW Cultural grants program. This program supports local history and heritage projects that facilitate the understanding of the history of the people and places of New South Wales. The Society will distribute $50,000 in grants in 2017, which will be awarded at the RAHS Conference in Cowra in October. This year applications must be made using the online grants management system SmartyGrants. If you have not used this system before and plan to … Read More

STRICKLAND HOUSE DAY – Sunday 30th April

STRICKLAND HOUSE – 52 VAUCLUSE ROAD, VAUCLUSE A message from Woollahra History & Heritage Society Inc. On Sunday, 30th April, The Woollahra History and Heritage Society will give three talks on the history of Strickland House followed by walks around the grounds highlighting some of their interesting features. These will start at 11.00 am, 1.00 pm and 2.30 pm.  They will last an hour.  No charge to attend but donations will be gratefully accepted. Government Property NSW is carrying out … Read More

Copyright Amendment Bill

On 22 March 2017 the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill will end perpetual copyright for unpublished materials. As a result millions of historical manuscripts will be freed into the public domain on 1 January 2019. The Australian Libraries and Copyright Committee released a statement on the tabling of the Copyright Amendment Bill ─ Captain Cook’s Diaries Free Thanks to Copyright Bill. The full Press Statement is available by clicking here. According … Read More

BOOK LAUNCH – ‘Hugh Mahon: Patriot, Pressman, Politician’ Volume I: the years from 1857 to 1901’

You are invited to the launch of ‘Hugh Mahon: Patriot, Pressman, Politician’ Volume I: the years from 1857 to 1901’ by Jeff Kildea (Author of Tearing the Fabric: Sectarianism in Australia 1910-1925 (2002), ANZACS and Ireland (2007) and Wartime Australians: Billy Hughes (2008). The book will be launched by The Hon Bob Carr (formerly Premier of NSW and Minister for Foreign Affairs) at the home of the Royal Australian Historical Society: History House – 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney Wednesday 5 … Read More

CULTURE AND OUR CITY – City of Parramatta Cultural Plan Consultation

A message from the City of Parramatta: It is an exciting time for culture, arts and entertainment in the City of Parramatta. We are experiencing a period of dramatic change and transformation. Our City is rapidly growing, building and evolving. We are on a fast-track to becoming Sydney’s central city. A smart global city that sets the vision for great Australian cities. A Cultural Discussion Paper has been developed to capture the many conversations and community feedback about our cultural … Read More