Building the Railway under Sydney 1916–32

The Royal Australian Historical Society and the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology (ASHET) present – By Muscle of Man and Horse: Building the Railway under Sydney 1916–32 A chance discovery of a long missing photo album by Sydney Trains’ staff during an office relocation in 2016, led to the scanning of 1500 construction photos of the City Railway between 1916 and 1935. Sorted and analysed, using Bill Phippen’s detailed knowledge of the history of the work and his professional … Read More

Russell Workman – Images of Sydney in the 60s & 70s

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts presents: Russell Workman – Images of Sydney in the 60s & 70s Join photographer Russell Workman for a nostalgic glimpse back in time, featuring a selection of his photographs taken in and around Sydney during the 1960s and 1970s. From people on the streets to cityscapes and legendary music gigs, many of these images have recently been scanned and restored from his extensive archive of photographs and slides. With images taken both as a schoolboy … Read More

John Oxley’s Journey to Port Macquarie

John Oxley's Journey to Port Macquarie

A message from Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard: A gala fundraising premiere performance of the play John Oxley’s Journey to Port Macquarie will be staged at Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard on Sunday 14 October 2018. The play relates the story of the brave party who travelled from Bathurst to Port Macquarie and then back to Sydney and is based on the book, I Went with John Oxley by local author, Richard Grimmond. The performance will be followed by light … Read More

Woodford Academy Exhibition: Dust

Woodford Academy: Dust

The last artistic event of the Woodford Academy’s 2018 program ‘Dust: An exhibition about insects, collections and heritage buildings’ opens on Saturday 15 September. Dust brings together artists and museum professionals to explore the processes of collection care underway at the Blue Mountains oldest colonial buildings, the Woodford Academy. In an Australian first, the Academy buildings will be progressively wrapped and left to ‘cook’ over the coming summer, eradicating the infestation of insects that have taken up residence in the … Read More

Heritage Council NSW: Portraits of New South Wales

Portraits of New South Wales

Portraits of New South Wales was commissioned by the Heritage Council of NSW to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Heritage Act 1977. Portraits of New South Wales celebrates and highlights the diverse heritage of NSW by telling the stories behind a selection of items on the State Heritage Register. The text provides a glimpse into the history of New South Wales presented through the places that we value and want to keep. Some items listed on the register are government … Read More

Eryldene Historic House & Garden Open Weekend

Historic House and Garden

The Waterhouses of Eryldene in Gordon lived full and interesting lives. Tour the house and discover how the various family members approached the adventure of life. Hear the stories – personal, domestic, cultural and political from their height of productivity, through retirement, illness, and all the cycles of life. Visit Eryldene and enjoy the exhibition of beautiful smocked dresses for babies and children and also for stillborns and premature babies, made by The Smocking Arts Guild of NSW. Their aim is to … Read More

Blue Mountains Historical Society Public Talk: My Dearest Jack

  A message from the Blue Mountains Historical Society: Kate O’Neill will explore another fascinating Woodford woman in her talk, My Dearest Jack. The founder of Central Mountains History, which is dedicated to revealing and celebrating the unique, rich history of the Central Blue Mountains – including the Woodford Academy, Kate is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Local Family and Applied History at the University of New England (UNE). The Woodford Academy for Boys was founded in 1907 by distinguished … Read More

George Hedgeland: Stained Glass Artist and Sydney Surveyor

George Hedgeland

City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA) present: George Hedgeland: Stained Glass Artist and Sydney Surveyor Join Angela Phippen as she tells the story of George Hedgeland, who like many other 19th century migrants, came to Australia for a new or better life. George was an English artist and stained glass artist, who became a pastoralist in Queensland and later a surveyor of Sydney streets. This illustrated talk will tell the story of George’s extraordinary and varied life, as well as the poignant … Read More