National Family History Month

National Family History Month

National Family History Month (NFHM) – An initiative of Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO) Family history and genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies around the world. There are over 250,000 Australians who are members of family history related organisations and the month has broad appeal across Australia. Libraries, archives and other organisations also participate in National Family History Month. During August events will be conducted across Australia and online that focus on genealogy, family history, heraldry … Read More

Professor Robert Crawford – Researching Market Researchers

MLMSS 8907,Ashby Research Service Records, ca. 1937 – c.1972, Box 42

State Library of New South Wales present Scholar Talk: Researching Market Researchers – Behind the Scenes at the Ashby Research Service Professor Robert Crawford Although market research is often mentioned, little is known about those who conduct it. One of Australia’s pioneering market research firms was the Ashby Research Service. Established in 1936 by Sylvia Ashby, the Ashby Research Service would go on to become one of Australia’s largest market research firms before it sold out to an overseas market … Read More

Sydney Postcards: History through the Mail

  City of Sydney Historical Association present: Sydney Postcards: History through the Mail Join Robert Mills as he discusses the changing faces of Sydney throughout the years from his vast collection of postcards. One hundred years ago the postcard was a prime means of communicating with friends and business associates. Multiple mail deliveries per day ensured that messages sent in the am would be delivered in the pm (same day). Cards were also often produced for business use and advertised … Read More

SLNSW Family History Focus

Family history research is where the personal and the historic collide. Join the SLNSW for their National Family History month event. Family History Librarians will talk about unique collections held at the Library and how to take your research to the next level. The program includes the following sessions: A taste of Special Collections An online tour of the Library’s collection of manuscripts and pictures to whet your appetite for more in depth research. FindMyPast A demonstration of this useful, … Read More

Henry Reynolds, ‘This Whispering in our Hearts Revisited’

Henry Reynolds, This Whispering in Our Hearts Revisited (NewSouth Books) ‘No other historian can match Henry Reynolds’ impact on Australians’ understanding of their frontier history and its troubled inheritance.’ – Mark McKenna Listening to the whispering in his own heart, Henry Reynolds was led into the lives of remarkable and largely forgotten white humanitarians who followed their consciences and challenged the prevailing attitudes to Indigenous people. His now-classic book This Whispering in Our Hearts, constructed an alternative history of Australia through the … Read More

PHA NSW & ACT 2018 Conference: Marking Time

Professional Historians Association (PHA) National Conference 30 – 31 August 2018 State Library of New South Wales Registrations are now open for the 2018 PHA National Conference at the State Library of New South Wales. Professional historians record the history of places with direct connections to the public: in parks, on monuments, at exhibitions, in archives and publications. 2018 is the culmination of the four-year long commemoration of World War I and therefore and therefore a fitting time to reflect … Read More

Caves House and its Landscape Setting


Australian Garden History present: Caves House and its Landscape Setting A Talk by Chris Betteridge AGHS foundation member Chris Betteridge specialises in the identification, assessment, management and interpretation of historic cultural landscapes. In mid-2014 Chris and Margaret Betteridge were engaged to carry out a preliminary heritage assessment of movable heritage at Jenolan Caves within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. In 2016 Chris provided the landscape input to a conversation management plan (CMP) for the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Since … Read More

2018 Allan Martin Award Winner: Dr Peter Hobbins

We would like to congratulate RAHS Councillor, Dr Peter Hobbins for winning the 2018 Allan Martin Award, administered by the Australian Historical Association. The Allan Martin Award is a research fellowship intended to assist early-career historians further their research in Australian history. The Award commemorates the contribution to Australian History of A. W. Martin (1926-2002), in particular his interest in and encouragement of students and younger colleagues over a lifetime of teaching and research. Peter won the award for his … Read More