Sasha Nekvapil (1919-2014)

A young Sasha Nekvapil in the Snowy Mountains. [Image courtesy Thredbo Historical Society]

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Royal Australian Historical Society will highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our new webpage, Women’s History Month. For many Australians, skiing at Thredbo is a winter holiday pastime. What people may not realise is how much these iconic ski-fields owe to Czechoslovakian migrant Alexandra Nekvapilová, known during her years in Australia as Sasha Nekvapil. … Read More

Thancoupie (1937-2011)

Portrait of Thanakupi, by Kerry Trapnell. [Image courtesy of the Art Gallery of NSW]

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Royal Australian Historical Society will highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our new webpage, Women’s History Month. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this webpage contains the images and names of people who have passed away. Dr. Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher James of the Thanakwithi people went by her totemic name of … Read More

Edith Cowan (1861-1932)

Edith Cowan, ca.1895-1900. [Image courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia, BA2843/29]

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Royal Australian Historical Society will highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our new webpage, Women’s History Month. Edith Cowan is familiar to most Australians as one of the faces on our fifty-dollar banknote, commemorating her achievement as the first Australian woman to serve as a member of parliament. Throughout her life she worked … Read More

A walk up Laurie Street

Written by Dr Diane Solomon Westerhuis In a joint lecture with the Independent Scholars Association, Dr Diane Solomon Westerhuis delivered a lecture at History House on Tuesday, 12 March 2019. Her topic, A walk through time and the archives focused on the archival research she undertook to complete a detailed heritage study of Laurieton, NSW. For those who were unable to attend, Diane has provided an overview of her work. This research began in 2018 when I undertook an intriguing … Read More

Miles Franklin (1879-1954)

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Royal Australian Historical Society will highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our new webpage, Women’s History Month. The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize, awarded every year to the most outstanding novel depicting Australian life in any of its phases. The Award is named after Stella Maria Miles Franklin, … Read More

Pansy Line Tour – Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society

Explore the remnants of the Richmond to Kurrajong Railway 1926-1952 with Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society on Sunday, 28 April 2019. With the railway gone for so long, it is getting difficult to find many remnants, but experienced local guides will show you what’s left – much of which is on private property and not normally accessible. DETAILS: When: Sunday, 28 April 2019, 10am Where: Coaches will depart from the park opposite Richmond Station at 10am. Tour will return to Richmond Station around … Read More

Vivian Bullwinkel (1915-2000)

Studio portrait of Staff Nurse Vivian Bullwinkel, Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS), in service dress uniform [Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial, P03960.001]

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Royal Australian Historical Society will highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our new webpage, Women’s History Month. When remembering the sacrifices made by Anzac soldiers in the World Wars, it is important to recognise the Australian servicewomen who stood alongside them. Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel was a veteran of the Second World War, … Read More

Appeal for Letters: Italian Migrants & Australia

A letter from PhD student Lawrence Rhoads Italian migrants used letters to connect with their community in Italy and here in Australia. Through letters, migrants gave news, shared stories, and expressed their hopes and desires. Buried within the letters’ pages are the unheard voices of many migrants who left behind friends and family for a new life in Australia. They provide a valuable window for us to tell history from the perspective of those who experienced it. My name is … Read More