Garry Wotherspoon – Paddington: A History 

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts presents: Garry Wotherspoon – Paddington: A History  Join historian Garry Wotherspoon as he shares the unique history of Sydney’s celebrated heritage suburb. The suburb we now know as Paddington has a long, ever-changing and chequered history. Paddington has been everything from a village, a home to many of the colonial gentry, the site of Australia’s first military establishment, a slum due for demolition, a haven for ‘New Australians’, one of Sydney’s first suburbs to ‘gentrify’, … Read More

Summer 2019 Calendar of Events

We are pleased to have finalised our Calendar of Events for Summer 2019. We would like to thank the Events Committee for all their hard work in putting together a great program that can be enjoyed by all. The topics for the upcoming RAHS Day Lectures are quite diverse: from exploring slave traders sent to Australia as convicts for their crime; to the 200-year history of the bicycle in Australia; and the building of Warragamba Dam.  We have collaborated with … Read More

Christmas Close

The Royal Australian Historical Society would like to thank everyone who was able to attend our Christmas Party earlier this month. The event always serves as a great opportunity to catch up with our members and friends – and for those who have never been to History House before – to meet RAHS staff, Councillors and volunteers. We wish all readers a happy Christmas and a safe holiday. We would like to thank you for your support throughout 2018 and … Read More

Efforts to Save Husky Church

In early September, a petition was created in an attempt to save Husky Church from being demolished and for Shoalhaven City Council to reconsider the heritage listing of the church and its grounds (Holy Trinity Church Group). The Church was previously listed on the Shoalhaven Local Environment Plan, but in 2006 the Shoalhaven Council voted to remove the Church from the list. The NSW Heritage Office ‘strongly objected’ to this, but the Council argued that there were ‘sufficient and adequate … Read More

History Lab Season 2: Episodes 2 & 3

History Lab Podcast

Two more episodes of 2SER 107.3’s hit podcast History Lab have recently been released, with Episode 2 investigating pattern-makers that have created some of the most recognisable designs in modern Australia culture. Episode 3 on the other hand, explores the first political endeavours to achieve international cooperation after World War One. Season 2 Episode 2: Invisible Hands Where do jelly babies come from? Mass produced things are all around us. But they all start with a single object. In this episode, … Read More

AHA Conference 2019: Local Communities, Global Networks

Local Communities, Global Networks The 38th Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference, hosted by the University of Southern Queensland’s School of Arts and Communication, invites submissions on the theme of Local Communities, Global Networks. How have the local and the global intersected, inspired and transformed experiences within and from Australia’s history? How do the histories of Indigenous, imperial, migrant and the myriad of other communities and networks inform, contest and shape knowledge about Australia today? The conference theme speaks to the centrality … Read More

Sydney Living Museums: Street Photography

A new exhibition opening at the Museum of Sydney on Saturday 8 December 2018 explores the heyday of this once popular but now forgotten genre of photography. During the mid-20th century, commercial street photographers were a familiar sight on Sydney’s streets, capturing everyday people as they strode by or stopped to pose. Taken against the vibrant background of the city streets, these photographs captured candid moments in the lives of millions of people, from uniformed servicemen and women to postwar … Read More

Paddington: A History

Paddington: A History | edited by Greg Young The first major history of Paddington – Sydney’s celebrated heritage suburb – in forty years This first major history of Paddington in forty years provides a fresh and revealing perspective on this celebrated heritage suburb in Sydney – one of the largest and most intact Victorian enclaves in the world. Leading historians and specialists explore the makeup of Paddington’s diverse community – including its Indigenous, colonial, post-war migrant, bohemian, and LGBTQ residents, and … Read More