Recovered Lives

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Australian Dictionary of Biography has teamed up with Inside Story and the Canberra Times to publish the obituaries of twenty-eight Australian women who have been previously been overlooked. These include women like Julia Moore, one of the first women allowing into Australia’s diplomatic service in 1943, and Jessie ‘Chubbie’ Miller, an international record-setting aviatrix. You can read more about these remarkable women on the Inside Story website. Alongside this project, the ADB is calling for nominations for its colonial women project. Founded … Read More

Ethel Foster (1870 – 1955)

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 Royal Australian Historical Society would not be where it is today without the remarkable contributions of one of its founding female members, Josephine Ethel Foster. Born in Paddington in 1870, Ethel – as she preferred … Read More

Nancy-Bird Walton (1915-2009)

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. Born in Kew, NSW, in 1915, Nancy-Bird Walton stayed true to her name as a pioneering female pilot in Australia from the time she received her commercial licence at age 19 until her death in 2009. … Read More

Whole Histories: Keeping the stories alive (2019)

Yass and District Historical Society invite you to their annual conference Whole Histories: Keeping the stories alive at St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong, from Friday 10 May to Sunday 12 May 2019. The conference features two keynote addresses:J Jeff Brown, Surveyor-General – Unlocking history with maps and survey plans Kevin Bradley, Assistant Director General at the National Library of Australia – Local history resources at the National Library of Australia Other speakers and topics include: Dr Mathew Trinca … Read More

NSW Premier’s History Awards 2019

Entries for the 2019 NSW Premier’s History Awards are now open The NSW Premier’s History Awards were first presented in 1997 to honour distinguished achievements in history by Australian citizens and permanent residents. Held annually, the awards assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication, and encourage everyone to appreciate and learn from the work of our historians. Nominations are sought for the following prizes: Australian History Prize – for a major work of non-fiction, published in … Read More

Historic NSW assets added to UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 Australia’s first ever recorded Census (1828), the Harriet and Helena Scott Collection of meticulous scientific butterfly and moth artworks (1850) and Ethel Turner’s handwritten Seven Little Australians manuscript (1893) are amongst eleven items and collections today inscribed onto the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register at a ceremony hosted by the State Library of NSW. NSW State Archives’ Executive Director Adam Lindsay said that the assets from the NSW State Archives, Australian Museum and State … Read More

Malthusianism and the prosecution of Thomas Walker

Inspector Bremner, Daily Telegraph, 3 January 1901, p.4.

Written by Christine Yeats, RAHS President The twenty-eight year old Thomas Walker, spiritualist, secularist, free-thought lecturer, journalist and politician, encountered the full force of the law when he presented the last of his series of Thursday evening lectures in the Secular Association’s rooms at 20 Oxford Street in Darlinghurst on 9 April 1885. [1] The subject of his lecture was Moral and scientific checks to over-population; or large families and poverty. [2] Walker was an advocate of the views of … Read More

Darwin: Territory Tribute

To celebrate Darwin’s unique military history, military history enthusiasts are invited to attend the inaugural Territory Tribute series of events in Darwin from 19 February to 24 April 2019. Designed to commemorate and acknowledge the Territory’s unique military history, as well as its continuing strategic military role in Australia’s defence, Territory Tribute features a range of events bookended by the Bombing of Darwin Day Commemorations on 19 February, and a star-studded and inspiring Anzac Day eve concert event, the Overture … Read More