Criminal Characters – Transcribe Prison Records

Criminal Characters is a research project that investigates the criminal careers and life histories of Australian offenders from the end of the convict period through to the Second World War. The site offers a number of resources for learning about the history of crime in Australia. You can also get hands-on experience of Australia’s criminal past by transcribing historical crime records, thereby helping to create a permanent and invaluable resource for future generations! Site data will help researchers answer the … Read More

Myths of War – ABC Podcast

Myths of War is an eight-part history podcast series that ‘looks for the truth in Australian military history — and explores why we sometimes believe the opposite.’ Hosted by historian Mark Dapin, author of Australia’s Vietnam: Myth vs History, the series tackles some of the biggest misconceptions of Australian military history, examining their origins and why they have been misremembered into the present. The series can be listened to on the ABC Radio National website, where you will also find … 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 2019 and … Read More

Images of Regional Australia

Our volunteers have recently updated the RAHS Flickr account. The site continues to grow as a resource for historical images and photographs. The latest addition is a series of photographs, postcards and glass slides that depict various settings from around regional Australia and is drawn from a number of the RAHS Library collections. From Broken Hill to Bathurst, Goulburn to Grafton, this series captures these unique sites from the past and offers insights into how they have changed and remained … Read More

The Great War: Aftermath and Commemoration

 ‘What were the legacies of the Great War in Australia? In this new book, our leading historians contemplate the aftermath and provide much-needed critical reflection on its commemoration across the course of a century.’ — Christina Twomey From the late twentieth century as we moved closer to the centenary of the start of the First World War, Australia was swept by an ‘Anzac revival’ and a feverish sense of commemoration. In this book, leading historians reflect on the commemorative splurge, … Read More

Archibald Henry Reynolds (1885-1980)

Daniel Non is a student intern volunteering at the RAHS. During his time here, he has decided to research the library collections and write about aspects of history that are of interest to him. As the observance of the First World War Centenary comes to an end, I have decided to investigate the life and military service of Archibald Henry Reynolds – a veteran of the 1915 Gallipolli campaign. The RAHS Library Manuscripts Collection holds his original diary. I have … Read More

Encounters 2020

2020 marks 250 years since Captain James Cook and the HMB Endeavour charted the East Coast of Australia. The Australian National Maritime Museum’s extensive 14 month Encounters 2020 program looks at this historic event and its lasting impact on Modern Australia. The Museum will journey around the Pacific, meeting the cultures that Cook encountered 250 years ago in exhibitions like HERE: Kupe to Cook, and the National Library of Australia’s Cook and the Pacific. Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander’s Legacy examines the … Read More

Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park

By RAHS volunteer Elizabeth Heffernan On 24 November 1934, sixteen years after the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918, the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park first opened its doors. An estimated one-hundred-thousand spectators attended the ceremony. Eighty-five years later it remains an iconic national monument, commemorating the “ENDURANCE, COURAGE AND SACRIFICE” of Australia’s fallen soldiers in the First World War. [1] For all its timeless splendour, however, the road to the Memorial’s opening was not an easy … Read More