RAHS 2018 Cultural and Heritage Grants Now Open

The following grant programs, administered by the RAHS on behalf of the NSW Government, are now open:  Create NSW Cultural Grants Program – this program assists historical research and publication of local, community and regional history projects in NSW.  The Heritage Grants Program – this program funded by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, provides funding to individuals and community groups for local historical research projects.  The RAHS would like to thank Create NSW and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage for … Read More

Botany Bay Family History Society Heritage Fair

To coincide with the 2018 Australian Heritage Festival, Botany Bay Family History Society are hosting a Heritage Fair on Saturday, 28 April. Whether you are just starting to research your family history, or have hit a brick wall, experts will be available all day to assist you. There will be interesting and informative free talks throughout the day, as well as sales tables, local art and craft exhibitions and sales. Programme  10:45am – Jean Campbell, Beginning Your Family History 12:00pm – Melissa … Read More

Perry McIntyre, ‘Free Passage: Convict Family Reunion in Australia 1788-1852’

Free Passage tells the story of convict men and their wives who petitioned the government to enable women and their families to immigrate to Australia. These convict men and their families worked the system set up by government to encourage family life in the developing settlements. This book traces the complex and changing regulations governing convict family reunion, showing how personal negotiation influenced the outcome. It also examines the individual experiences of convict men and the families left behind when … Read More

New Seminar Added – Documentary Heritage and the Australian Memory of the World Register

The Royal Australian Historical Society in conjunction with the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World (AMOW) Committee present: Documentary Heritage and the Australian Memory of the World Register This seminar will include a keynote address by the Mitchell Librarian, Richard Neville, who will discuss Miles Franklin’s last private diary, which is now held at the State Library of NSW. Other speakers and topics include: Dr Roslyn Russell (Chair, UNESCO AMOW Committee) – the process of nominating items of documentary heritage for inscription on … Read More

History Council of NSW: ‘How to get a Job in History’

Can you make a living working as a historian? What does a ‘history professional’ actually do? For many students and early career professionals interested in history, finding employment opportunities beyond their tertiary studies can be both challenging and daunting. Join the History Council of NSW for an informal session featuring a diverse range of guest speakers working in the history sector. Hear ‘lightning talks’ from historians, museum curators, researchers, podcasters and other history professionals as they share their experiences and … Read More

Back to St Bartholomew’s Day

The Friends of St Bartholomew’s, supported by Blacktown City Council present: Back to St Bartholomew’s Day 2018  Blacktown City Mayor Stephen Bali MP said the annual event is an important way to recognise St Bartholomew’s Church, one of the most historically thsignificant buildings in Blacktown. “St Bartholomew’s Church and Cemetery, Prospect, was built in 1841 and is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Western Sydney,” Mayor Bali said. “Back to St Bartholomew’s Day is an opportunity for the people of … Read More

Blue Mountains Historical Society Monthly Talk

Blue Mountains Historical Society

A message from the Blue Mountains Historical Society: On Saturday 7 April 2018, Blue Mountains Historical Society’s monthly talk at the History Centre will be presented by Max Hill and is entitled Living in the Kedumba Valley. The Society’s brief AGM for members will precede the talk. Join Max as he takes us through the history of Kedumba, discussing how it has been home to many people including: the traditional owners, the Gundungurra and the Kill, Fitzpatrick, Woollam, Dawson, Bennett, Maxwell, … Read More

‘The 1857 Dunbar Disaster’

City of Sydney Historical Association presents: The 1857 Dunbar Disaster Join researcher and historian, John Lanser as he discusses Sydney’s most famous wreck. On the night of 20 August 1857, while Sydney slept, the Dunbar arrived off Port Jackson in a rising south-easterly gale. Shortly after midnight breakers were sighted ahead and the vessel, now on a lee shore, was carried side on to the rocks between the lighthouse and The Gap. Within minutes the hull began to break up, … Read More