SLNSW Family History Next Steps

The State Library of New South Wales is hosting an educational seminar on family history research and the sources you can access through the State Library’s unique collections. The seminar is part of the Library’s Launch into Library Research series and is targeted at experienced family history researchers who want to learn how to take the next steps in their family research. Participants will enjoy a number of informative and engaging sessions on topics such as: Uncovering your convict ancestor’s … Read More

2019 Transport Heritage Grants

The 2019 Transport Heritage grants are now open!The 2019 Transport Heritage grants are now open! The Transport Heritage Grants Program is a NSW Government funded program, administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS), and supported by Transport Heritage NSW (THNSW). The grants program aims to help the NSW community rediscover the culture, the events and the people that shaped transport in NSW over the past 160 years, as well as support the restoration and conservation of our valuable heritage assets. It … Read More

2019 Conference: Book Now

BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN FOR OUR 2019 CONFERENCE:  ‘Illuminating the Past’ in Tamworth, NSW (14-15 September) Take advantage of our EARLY BIRD SPECIAL by AUGUST 12 to save $25 Attendees will be treated to a variety of enlightening and informative sessions as we explore Tamworth’s past and the different historical forces that have shaped the region from the nineteenth century to today. Attendees will discover new resources and techniques to inspire and support your next history project, while also learning … Read More

The 1918–19 Pneumonic Influenza in Goulburn

By Madeline Young, Local Studies Assistant at the Goulburn Mulwaree Library The 1918–19 pneumonic influenza outbreak or “Spanish flu” was one of the worst medical disasters in global history. The virus that originated in Europe killed more people worldwide than World War One itself.1The 1918–19 pandemic swept through Australia when the country was at its lowest. As crowded ships carrying soldiers returned from the European front, the virus had the perfect environment to spread and mutate among the ships inhabitants, … Read More

James Dunk Book Launch

Dr James Dunk’s book launch at History House last Wednesday evening was a success. Those who attended were treated to a lovely series of talks and a jovial atmosphere. Dr Dunk’s new book is Bedlam at Botany Bay (NewSouth Publishing, 2019), and is a history of madness in the colony of New South Wales. For those who enjoyed James’ talk, you will be pleased to know that he will be returning to speak at History House in future. More information … Read More

Bookings for Tamworth Conference

Bookings for the September RAHS Conference in Tamworth will be open next week. Those wishing to attend the conference will be able to book online. Alternatively, participants will be able download and complete a booking form, which can be returned either by post to History House, 133 Macquaire Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 or email to In the meantime, take a moment to browse our historical postcards of Tamworth from the 1930s, courtesy of Murray’s Snapshots.

The Burial Files – new podcast unearths Sydney’s spooky past

More than 250,000 people travel through Sydney’s Central Station every day! But, did you know it was once the final destination for thousands of Sydneysiders? The State Library of NSW’s new podcast series – The Burial Files – digs up the forgotten stories of the Devonshire Street Cemetery and the remains of some 30,000 Sydneysiders buried there between 1820 and 1900. Over six episodes, you’ll hear from leading historians, curators, archaeologists, forensic experts and railway enthusiasts – each revealing a … Read More

Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to the RAHS members who were awarded the Medal of the Order and Member of the Order Australia this Queen’s Birthday. Medal of the Order (OAM) Ms Margaret Jan Koperberg OAM, For service to community history Ms Ellen Margaret Waugh OAM, For service to community history, and to arts education Mrs Caroline Wilkinson OAM, For service to community history Member of the Order (AM) Mrs Nancy Deloi Bosler AM, For significant service to seniors, and to the community