Convict Flash Language

Written by RAHS Volunteer and Copywriter Christina King This blog post is part of a series entitled ‘The Convict Experience: Love, Life and Liberty Beyond the Chains’. Each month we will explore a different – and often rather unusual – type of primary evidence historians can use to hear convict voices telling their own stories. Previous editions on Convict Tattoos and Love Tokens are still available to read online. What was flash language and who used it? Originating in the … Read More

‘The Bible in Australia’ wins 2019 NSW Premier’s History Prize

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 NSW Premier’s History Awards. The awards recognise the achievements of Australian historians whose work sets the standards for historical research and publication. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian MP said, “These awards celebrate the great achievements of Australian historians who provide compelling insights into our past and allow the stories of our nation to be retold for generations to come.” This year’s winner of the Australian History Prize was The Bible in Australia: A Cultural … Read More

A Centenary Since The Flu

RAHS Councillor Peter Hobbins has been busy compiling new community stories for the ‘An Intimate Pandemic‘ project. The project has been growing steadily and these latest additions are timely reminders that September 2019 marks the centenary of the influenza’s abatement in NSW. As Dr Hobbins writes, ‘we round out a year of RAHS activities designed to encourage community historians across the state to consider the pandemic’s lasting legacies.’ New additions come courtesy of Maris Bruzgulis, Geoff Burch, and Professor Ian … Read More

History Week 2019: What’s Happening in Your Neighbourhood

History Week starts this weekend and amongst the many organisations hosting talks, tours and exhibitions, some of the Royal Australian Historical Society’s Affiliated Societies will be participating in the festivities. Liz Benson will be at the Blue Mountains Historical Society on Saturday 7 September to give a talk on the History of a Blue Mountains Local – The Significance of the Wollemi Pine to Blue Mountains Natural History. On the Central Coast, Brisbane Water Historical Society will host an open … Read More

Update on September History Magazine

The September issue of History Magazine is fast-approaching completion and will be ready in time for the 2019 RAHS Conference (which if you have not booked already, don’t forget bookings close on 9 September). As well as Tamworth’s history, the Conference program features fascinating topics on the UNESCO Memory of the World project; managing local community and family collections; and early cinema and travelling picture showmen. Professor Martin Gibbs, whose research interests are in the historical and maritime archaeologies of … Read More

GLAMSLAM Live: Podcast Recording

The Australian Centre for Public History, UTS will be hosting GLAMSLAM Live on 20 August 2019 in partnership with the City of Sydney and 2SER. The event is a live recording of GLAM City, the Australian Centre for Public History’s radio show on 2SER – GLAM stands for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. GLAM City is a weekly podcast about what is going on in Sydney’s cultural scene and is hosted by historians Tamson Pietsch and Anna Clark. “GLAM Activist? … Read More

HCNSW History Week 2019

History Week 2019 is fast approaching and the History Council have uploaded a detailed program of events that will be taking place across New South Wales between 31st August and 8th September. The theme this year is ‘Memory and Landscapes’. The theme will explore our relationship with landscapes, including our spiritual, physical, social and cultural connections to place, our memorialisation of historical events and figures in monuments and memorials, and changes to landscapes over years, centuries and millennia. Amongst the … Read More

Digging Deeper into Our History: Orange Regional Seminar

The Royal Australian Historical Society, in conjunction with Orange City Library, will be hosting another of our popular regional seminars. The theme will be ‘Digging Deeper into Our History’ and will appeal to anyone interested in learning about Australian history as well as practical skills and strategies to conduct your own historical research. Whether you want to know more about your convict ancestor, the early land tenure of your community, or simply want to know where to look, this regional … Read More