Blue Mountains Historical Society – Tarella Open Day

Blue Mountains Historical Society

A message from the Blue Mountains Historical Society: Begin the New Year with a visit to Tarella, the Blue Mountains Historical Society’s 19th century cottage museum at 99 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls. Tarella will be open from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm on Sunday 28 January 2018. Come along and explore Tarella’s story. Wander through the cottage and see how our forbearers lived a hundred years ago. Learn about the evolution of a Blue Mountains holiday home from 1900 to … Read More

Yass & District Historical Society Inc Conference – ‘Whole Histories: keeping the stories alive’

Yass District Historical Society Inc invites you to join them for their 2018 Conference, Whole Histories: keeping the stories alive at St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March. The Conference will continue the theme of their April 2017 Conference, specifically examining Australian history in all its facets and its presentation to modern audiences through museums, seminars, technology, publications and the interaction between historians and family historians. Whole Histories features three keynote speakers: Dr … Read More

Free February Day Lecture at History House

RAHS Day Lecture – The Poisoned Chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House

RAHS Day Lecture – The Poisoned Chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House  In February 1966 Jørn Utzon spectacularly resigned from the Sydney Opera House project, never to return. His successor, Peter Hall, was faced with the near-impossible task of completing the building by steering the project thought the gridlock of problems that had defeated Utzon. Drawing on extensive original research this lecture explores the many dilemmas that Hall faced, the circuit-breaker solutions that facilitated progress – and suggests that … Read More

RAHS History House Open Day: Pot Luck History and Book Sale

Call into History House between 10am and 4pm on Australia Day for a chance to visit our beautiful heritage building. While you are visiting, check out our Book Sale and listen to historians speaking about the events, people and places that contributed to Australia’s history. There will be interesting ten minute talks every half hour between 11:30am and 3:30pm. There is no need to book, just turn up! Click here to view / download the Speakers’ Program. Date and time: Friday … Read More

Scholarly Musings: ‘The Life and Death of Oliver Bainbridge’

State Library of New South Wales presents – Scholarly Musings: ‘The Life and Death of Oliver Bainbridge’ Frank Nelson (‘Oliver Bainbridge’) was the son of a bush schoolmaster who claimed descent from Horatio Nelson. After an early indiscretion he changed his name, becoming Oliver Bainbridge, ‘explorer and anthropologist’. He supported himself by giving public lectures and writing books on India, China and Japan. Heavily involved in Balkan politics from 1913, he wrote propaganda pamphlets during World War I. His apparent assassination … Read More

‘Cruising About Town – The History of the Motor Car in Sydney’

City of Sydney Historical Association presents: ‘Cruising About Town – The History of the Motor Car in Sydney’ This lecture explores the transition from horses to cars and the massive transformation it produced on Sydney’s urban landscape. Photographs ranging from 1900-70 will be examined, highlighting the immense extent and pace the revolution had and its effect on Sydney’s streetscapes. Join Dick Whitaker, weatherman and historian as he tells this exciting story. Date and time: Saturday 13th January, 2pm Venue: Sydney Mechanics … Read More


What does it mean to be a public cultural institution in the 21st century? What does it mean to work in one? GLAMSLAM 2018 will be hosted by the UTS Australian Centre for Public History on 1 March 2018. Combining discussion about questions facing the sector with provocations, Lightning Talks, showcase booths and opportunities to meet and GLAMJAM these issues with each other, GLAMSLAM 2018 aims to map out the challenges and opportunities facing Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums, and to … Read More

Recognition of LGBTIQA* People in Australian History

  The RAHS Council recently acknowledged the historical significance of the results of the Same Sex Marriage Postal Survey, announced on 15 November 2017, in which 61.6% of Australians supported a change in the Marriage Act 1961 to allow two people of the same sex to marry. On 7 December the House of Representatives passed the same-sex marriage bill – constituting a milestone event in accepting LGBTIQA people as both part of our diverse community and history. Bearing in mind the RAHS’ … Read More