ORAL HISTORY AUSTRALIA CONFERENCE 2017

13 – 16 September – Learn about current work in the oral history field in Australia and overseas – Learn about how oral history is being used in different ways across museums, galleries, libraries, archives, universities, historical consultancies and within families – Catch up with old friends and make new ones There are many ways to get involved: you can submit proposals for a 20 minute paper, a 5 minute lightning talk or participation in a roundtable discussion. Click here … Read More

‘SYDNEY CEMETERIES – A FIELD GUIDE’

A message from City of Sydney Historical Association: ‘SYDNEY CEMETERIES – A FIELD GUIDE’ It might seem like a strange thing to do but City of Sydney Historian Dr Lisa Murray compares a visit to a cemetery to visiting a sculpture park or museum and encourages everyone to visit cemeteries like they visit their local park. Lisa will talk about her new book and tell us some of the strange and interesting stories of many of Sydney’s cemeteries and the … Read More

BLUE MOUNTAINS FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY INC. SEMINAR

‘Settling the Blue Mountains’ This Seminar will be held in Springwood in the Blue Mountains on Saturday 9th September 2017. from 9:00am until 4:00pm in the Baptist Church Hall, 313 Macquarie Road, Springwood. Application forms may be downloaded by clicking here. The Seminar is priced at $40 per person and includes Morning Tea and Lunch. Applications close on Friday 1st September, 2017.

PayPal Accounts and Incorporated Associations

Is your society an incorporated association under the Associations Incorporation Act? Does your society also have a PayPal account through which you can make and receive payments? Incorporated associations seeking to open a PayPal account may have run into difficulties because the association is not a company or other corporation under the Corporations laws, and so has not been able to open an account. It seems there may be issue that incorporated associations, as they exist under legislation in the … Read More

Sirius: Still the brightest star in the night sky

One heritage building saved – at least for the time being. The NSW Land and Environment Court recently found the former State Minister for Heritage had ‘misdirected himself’ as to the meaning of ‘undue financial hardship’, and had failed to determine a building’s heritage significance, despite a recommendation from the Heritage Council supporting listing. The building is the Sirius apartment building in The Rocks, overlooking Sydney Cove. Sirius is the physical evidence of the deal struck to end the Green … Read More

WHEN TELLING A GOOD STORY IS NOT ENOUGH: THE ART OF CITING AND REFERENCING SOURCES

History House

Have you ever come across information in a history that has no source? Or tried to trace a footnote only to find it either doesn’t exist, or makes no reference to the information? Or found a citation that was garbled or so abbreviated it was meaningless? Had trouble distinguishing between information and interpretation? In this age of ‘fake news’, this session will provide some clues to identifying or avoiding ‘fake history’ and help you remain sane and able to trust … Read More

2017 HERITAGE GRANTS PROGRAM – APPLICATIONS OPEN

The Heritage Grants program is one of the Community, Youth and Senior heritage projects funded by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and provides funding to individuals and community groups for local historical research. The program is designed to facilitate the dissemination of local Australian stories, expression of the diversity of Australian culture as it impacts on communities, and to highlight and localise pivotal Australian historical events and issues. Click here to learn more about the program and to download … Read More

HILL END GOLD and HILL END HEARSAY

RAHS Affiliate History Hill Museum’s Malcolm Drinkwater has published two books now in their third editions. ‘Hill End Gold’ and ‘Hill End Hearsay’ were first published in 1982 and are the result of fifty years of curiosity, hands on education and passion. As Malcolm says “personal encounters with history”. Both books complement each other – Hill End Gold covers geology, mining methods and more, while ‘Hearsay’ expands with a personal association and oral history to show how a gold town … Read More