Double Pass Giveaway – Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019)

The RAHS, courtesy of Transmission Films, are giving away 10 in-season double passes to see the upcoming Australian Vietnam War film Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (in cinemas August 8). Directed by Kriv Saunders (Red Dog) and staring an all-Australian cast, the film tells the harrowing and heroic tale of the Anzac soldiers who fought in the Battle of Long Tan. Synopsis: Amid a rubber plantation called Long Tan, Major Harry Smith (Travis Fimmel) and his dispersed company … Read More

William Bligh – Hero or Villian? Ground-breaking new exhibition

The Australian National Maritime Museum will open their latest exhibition Bligh – Hero or Villain? this week – the first major exhibition the Museum has created after undergoing a dramatic and stunning brand refresh.       The exhibition is a radical new take on one of Australian history’s most divisive characters. It tells two very different sides of the same story – Bligh as hero, and Bligh as villain – asking the visitor to decide by casting their vote at the end of the exhibition. “History is generally … Read More

Latest Community Story: 1919 Influenza in Lithgow

The Lithgow & District Family History Society have provided our latest community story about the impact of the 1919 pneumonic influenza. Read more here While you are there: Take a moment to read through our other community stories Download our detailed NSW influenza proclamation timeline, or Download the RAHS research guide to assist your own investigation into its local or family impact. Find out more: An Intimate Pandemic: The Community Impact of Influenza in 1919

New Resources from Regional Seminars

A number of informative and educational handouts have been added to the Regional Seminars’ page on the RAHS website. As well as accessing resources from past seminars, the new additions to the page include the 2018 Southern Highlands, 2019 Bathurst, and the recent 2019 Shellharbour Regional Seminars. The recent handouts added to the site include practical tips and strategies from experienced historians that are sure to assist your research, including on how to organise your research, how to get the … Read More

Devonshire Street Cemetery

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer The Devonshire Street Cemetery, also known as the Sandhills or Brickfield Cemetery, was a widely used and indeed “notoriously overcrowded” burial ground in operation between 1820 and 1867. [1] Located at Brickfield Hill, today a part of Surry Hills, the cemetery was resumed in 1901 to allow for construction of Sydney’s new Central Railway Station. While relatives were permitted to apply for the return of their deceased loved ones, approximately 30,000 remains were relocated … Read More

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