‘Health, Medicine and Society: Challenge and Change’

Melbourne, Tuesday 11 July – Friday 14 July 2017 You are invited to attend the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine’s 15th Biennial Conference: “Health, Medicine and Society: Challenge and Change” to be held over four days in Melbourne in July 2017. The ANZSHM promotes the study of the history of the health sciences in Australia, the Pacific, and more broadly. Melbourne 2017 promises to be the largest and most exciting of these conferences, bringing together … Read More


In November 2016 RAHS Guest Speaker Dr Charmaine Robson was kind enough to allow us to record her presentation ‘The Derby Leprosarium and its Aboriginal Inmates’, which we can now share with our members and friends on the RAHS YouTube Channel. In 1936, when Hansen’s disease (leprosy) in the Kimberley region of Western Australia became a cause for concern to state and federal governments, a leprosarium was built near the town of Derby for the detention and treatment of Indigenous … Read More

‘How Devonshire Street Cemetery Sydney is Presented Today as Public History in our Digital Online World’

Historian Cathy Dunn will speak on the technologies that are being used by public historians and the general public to access collections and research materials and discover more information and resources on this old cemetery of Sydney (1819 – 1901). Gone are the days of travelling and spending hours or even days in libraries and archives repositories doing research, plodding through catalogue cards and even struggling with placing microfilm reels on the film readers. What technology and online media platforms … Read More

‘Whole Histories’ Keeping the Stories Alive

Yass and District Historical Society Inc. presents ‘Whole Histories’ Keeping the Stories Alive Join the Yass and District Historical Society Inc. at St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 April 2017. Keynote speaker, Dr Mathew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia will join Dr Carol Liston, President of the Royal Australian Historical Society, together with fourteen speakers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, to give thought provoking presentations sure to fire the imaginations … Read More


City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA) presents: RUSSELL WORKMAN – IMAGES OF SYDNEY: 1960s SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2017 at 2.30pm Russell Workman is a professional photographer who worked at both the Nicholson Museum and the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney for many years, specialising in the photography of artefacts. He has taught TAFE courses but today he concentrates on heritage photography projects. This will be a brand new exhibition of Sydney heritage photography. *Please note the changed … Read More

THE FREEMASONS’ ARMS: Heraldry On The Level

A message from The Australian Heraldry Society Inc: FIRST MEETING FOR 2017 – ‘THE FREEMASONS’ ARMS: Heraldry On The Level’ – to be delivered by Ben Franklin MA DipHeraldry Saturday 11th February 2017 Woolley Room – Level 1, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts 280 Pitt St, Sydney Doors open 10:00am, talk to commence at 10:15am. For centuries, Freemasons have played a significant, if somewhat controversial, role in the development of our society, financing major public buildings and works of charity, … Read More

150 Years on Pyrmont Peninsula: The Catholic Community of Saint Bede 1867–2017

The Parish of St Bede, Pyrmont invites RAHS Members and friends to the launch of the book ‘150 Years on Pyrmont Peninsula: The Catholic Community of Saint Bede 1867 – 2017’ (ATF Press) This parish history by Colin Fowler will be launched by historian Edmund Campion. St Bede’s Church – 43 Pyrmont Street Pyrmont Sunday 5th February at 3pm The launch will mark the commencement of the community’s celebration of the sesquicentenary of Saint Bede’s Pyrmont. Light refreshments will be … Read More


The RAHS has received the Australian Charities Not for Profit Commission’s (ACNC) Registered Charity Tick. The Registered Charity Tick was formally launched on 14 December 2016 at Mission Australia’s Surry Hills facility in Sydney. ACNC commissioner Susan Pascoe explained how the tick would be a “visible badge of credibility” indicating an organisation is registered with the regulator and has met financial reporting and governance standards. The Australian Charities Report 2015 was also launched on the same day. The main findings of … Read More