Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival

Banjo Paterson’s Waltzing Matilda is known worldwide; many Australians can recite a string of his poems; and his work has been converted to song and theatre. What better way to celebrate this great Australian’s life and work than through a Festival in the district in which he was born. Molong Historical Society invites you to an afternoon tea at the Old Woolshed (built 1848) at Gamboola, 3306 Mitchell Highway Molong on Saturday 15 February 2020. From 2pm you can enjoy … Read More

Orange Regional Seminar – Looking to the Future & Discovering the Past

The Royal Australian Historical Society is staging one of its popular regional seminars in conjunction with Central West Libraries. It will appeal to anyone who wishes to learn more about historical records for the study of local history, including land title research, discovering the secrets cemeteries can reveal, and improving your research using Trove (the National Library of Australia’s free online database). As RAHS President Christine Yeats explains, ‘you don’t have to be an expert to come to the seminar … Read More

Applications Open – Australian Historical Association Prizes 2020

Ann Curthoys Prize The Australian Historical Association and the editors of History Australia are pleased to announce that applications are open for the Ann Curthoys Prize. The Prize is awarded for the best unpublished article-length work by an Early Career Researcher (within 5 years of PhD graduation) in any one or combination of the following fields in which Ann has published: Australian history;  feminist history;  Indigenous history;  transnational/comparative/colonial history;  history and theory. The winner will be awarded $750 in prize money and a citation, presented … Read More

Pathfinders: A History of Aboriginal Trackers in NSW

 ‘Aboriginal trackers hold a mythical yet obscure presence in the history of the continent. Bennett weaves back into the nation’s historical narrative these Aboriginal heroes and heroines.’  – Professor John Maynard From the explorer to the pioneer, the swagman to the drover’s wife, with a few bushrangers for good measure, Europeans play all the leading roles. A rare exception is the redoubtable tracker. With skills passed down over millennia, trackers could trace the movements of people across vast swathes of … Read More

An ‘Advantageous Retreating Ground’ – The Blue Mountains and Resistance Warfare in the Sydney Region and the Bathurst War

The Blue Mountains Historical Society invites you to the first of their regular monthly meetings and public talks. Dr Stephen Gapps will present on ‘An “Advantageous Retreating Ground” – The Blue Mountains and Resistance Warfare in the Sydney Region 1788-1817 and the Bathurst War 1822-1824’. He is currently working on a new book, “The Bathurst War – The first Wiradjuri war of resistance 1822-1824.” His talk will introduce his listeners to his research, the connection between conflict in Sydney and … Read More

Paterson and Lawson

The City of Canada Bay Heritage Society invites you to hear a talk on A.B ‘Banjo’ Paterson & Henry Lawson Henry Lawson and AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson made their marks in Australian culture and literature with their classic bush poetry – painting the face of a young nation – but behind the stories, poems and legends lie two men who despite having many similarities in early life took very different paths in life. About the Speaker: Tim Hunter has a long … Read More

Australia Day 2020: Pot Luck with History & Book Sale

Call into History House on Australia Day for a chance to visit our beautiful heritage building. While you are here, browse our book sale and listen to historians speaking about the events, people and places that have contributed to Australia’s history. There will be twenty-minute talks every half-hour between 11:30am and 3pm. There is no need to book, just turn up! DETAILS: When: Sunday 26 January 2020, 10am – 4pmWhere: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000Cost: Free

Outside Off

This blog is part of a monthly series that will chart episodes of cricketing history to demonstrate how the arcs of societal change and cricket intersect. Written by RAHS Volunteer Maximilian Reid. The creation of cricket, a sport for the landed English gentry, has been levelled and is now played and enjoyed by all. It was certainly not intended this way and the arcs by which societal change and cricket intersect is neither simple nor easy. Cricket, despite being traditionally … Read More