Together in Adversity: Influenza History Then & Now

Written by RAHS Councillor, Dr Peter Hobbins Tenterfield, practically on the Queensland border, has long been regarded as the birthplace of Australian Federation. Yet just three decades after Henry Parkes’ 1889 Tenterfield Oration, the tenuous federal system he advocated was severely challenged by the influenza pandemic. Indeed, in early 1919 Tenterfield itself was the site of major ructions over quarantine between the Commonwealth, NSW and Queensland Governments – nearly six months before the disease itself afflicted the community. Happily, the … Read More

The Flu Roadshow Hits the Road!

Following the highly successful 2018 RAHS Conference, we ran the inaugural influenza pandemic workshop at Port Macquarie Library on 22 October. Involving a dozen delegates, the session was broken into two halves: a presentation by Dr Peter Hobbins on the global and local impact of the ‘pneumonic influenza’ over 1918–19, followed by an interactive discussion between all participants. Those present evoked stories dear to them, from the impact of the flu upon medical and nursing staff in France in 1918, … Read More

Australian Heritage Festival 2019: Registrations Open

Australian Heritage Festival

Australian Heritage Festival 2019 – Connecting People, Places and the Past 18 April – 19 May 2019 The Australian Heritage Festival is created with the vision of recognising and celebrating the significance of our natural, historic and Indigenous heritage places and ensuring they are valued by Australians, protected for future generations and cared for by the community. The National Trust of Australia is proud to coordinate the festival nationally, supported by the Australian Government. The key dates for individuals and … Read More

RAHS/ANZSHM Seminar – Military Medicine: Then & Now

The Royal Australian Historical Society in conjunction with the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine (ANZSHM) present: Military Medicine: Then & Now This seminar will explore aspects of military medicine and provide insights into how technological developments have transformed medicine on and off the field. Speakers/Presentations:  Trained Nurses in World War I: The Australian Experience – Clare Ashton is a nurse with a strong research interest in nursing during World War I. She has organised and led … Read More

Ku-ring-Gai Historical Society: Workshop & Lecture

Ku-ring-gai Historical Society will be hosting two events at their family history meeting on Saturday, 3 November 2018. This includes: Workshop – How to use Trove (Christine Yeats) at 11am Trove, the National Library’s search engine and database, helps researchers find and use online resources relating to Australia. It brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collecting organisations across Australia. Thanks to Trove, historic newspapers, gazettes, books, images, maps, music, archives and more are just … Read More

A Walk around Pioneer Memorial Park

City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA) present: A Walk around Pioneer Memorial Park Join historian and COSHA member Ken Hall as he takes attendees to the Eastern Suburbs Pioneer Memorial Park. The park is a heritage listed landmark of NSW, where memorials of early pioneers and prominent citizens of the colony of New South Wales still stand today. Created in 1976 through the dedicated effort of Fred W. Read and fellow Botany Cemetery Trustees, Pioneer Memorial Park has 746 surviving memorials … Read More

Black Armada: Australia’s Role in Indonesian Independence

Join member of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Anthony Liem for his lunchtime lecture and film screening of Indonesia Calling (1946). Directed by Joris Ivens, this documentary explores the refusal of seamen and waterside workers to man Dutch ships containing arms and ammunition for attacks on the Indonesia Republic. Demonstrations in the street and a rally in the Domain are shown, as a variety of speakers, such as the General Secretary of the Waterside Federation, Jim Healey and members of various associations … Read More

RAHS Excursion – Walking Tour of Curlew Camp

Tom Roberts, 'The camp, Sirius Cove', 1899 [Image courtesy of the Art Gallery of NSW]

Join RAHS Fellow David Carment for a walking tour of Curlew Camp, located in Mosman on Little Sirius Cove’s eastern shore. Established in the late 19th century, some of Australia’s best known artists – including Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton – spent quite long periods of time living in tents at the site and painting the nearby scenery. David Carment will discuss Curlew Camp’s history and the fascinating evidence of the artists’ occupation that can still be seen today. DETAILS: … Read More