Dead Central @ SLNSW

Thousands of people travel through Central Station every day, but how many know what once lay beneath it? Dead Central will take you on a journey back to 19th century Sydney, to rediscover a place you thought you knew. This haunting story is told through a 35-minute audio recording using your own device. We recommend that you bring your own headphones for the best sound experience. When: Saturday 25 May to Sunday 17 November Where: Exhibition Galleries, State Library of New South Wales Time: 9.00am to 8pm Admission: … Read More

Influenza at The King’s School

Contributed by Jenny Pearce For most boys the news that the start of the new school year was to be delayed would bring shouts of jubilation. However, for the 260 or so boys enrolled at The King’s School in Parramatta in 1919, the extra leave was but one consequence of a crisis that was gripping the world. For the School, ‘la grippe’ or the ‘Spanish flu’ meant a delay to the start of the 1919 school year. No day boys … Read More

Update on History Magazine

Dear members and friends, As you all might know, recently there has been a change of staff at the RAHS.  But not to worry, we have not dropped the ball on our upcoming publications. In fact, the June edition of History has been sent out to print and the good news is that they should start arriving in the post from next week. While we cannot reveal the cover yet, we do have a sneak peak from President Christine Yeats’ article on … Read More

Convict Love Tokens

Written by RAHS Volunteer and Copywriter, Christina King This blog post is part of a series entitled ‘The Convict Experience: Love, Life and Liberty Beyond the Chains’. Each month we will explore a different – and often rather unusual – type of primary evidence historians can use to hear convict voices telling their own stories. Movingly known as ‘leaden hearts’[1] and ‘likened to portable graffiti’[2], convict love tokens have been described as ‘a unique chance to see the convicts as … Read More

Library and Information Week 2019

Public Library print from an Album of Sydney, circa 1906 [RAHS Photograph Collection]

Prepared by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer “A little library, growing larger every year, is an honourable part of… history… A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries of life.” – Henry Ward Beecher Australian Library Week was first celebrated in 1968 and renamed Library and Information Week in 2000. It is held annually during the last week of May to encourage communities to recognise the invaluable contributions libraries make towards Australian education, society, and history. This year’s … Read More

Judy Birmingham and the origins of Australian Historical Archaeology

Judy Birmingham and Andrew Wilson at the junction of the Birdsville and Oodnadatta tracks on Central Australia fieldwork in 1994. [Photograph by Alistair Patterson]

Before National Archaeology Week commences on Sunday, 19 May 2019, the RAHS is holding a pre-launch lecture entitled, “I want a really good man and I have written to Professor Mallowan …” Judy Birmingham and the origins of Australian Historical Archaeology Judy Birmingham is well known for her roles in the development of historical archaeology and cultural heritage management, yet she arrived at Sydney University in 1961 on the basis of her credentials as a Near Eastern and Mediterranean archaeologist. A … Read More

The Snowy: A History (New Edition)

The Snowy: A History

By Siobhán McHugh The Snowy: A History tells the extraordinary story of the mostly migrant workforce who built one of the world’s engineering marvels. The Snowy Scheme was an extraordinary engineering feat carried out over twenty-five years from 1949 to 1974 – one that drove rivers through tunnels built through the Australian Alps, irrigated the dry inland and generated energy for the densely populated east coast. It was also a site of post-war social engineering that helped create a diverse … Read More

Using Criminal Records as Sources of History

There is continuing fascination with crime – true crime or fictional accounts of “murder most foul”. Join RAHS President Christine Yeats for a workshop on how various nineteenth and early-twentieth century criminal records available in NSW, can be used by historians and writers for research into past crimes or ones that only exist in the writer’s imagination. Christine Yeats will discuss some of these key records, including material at the State Archives, newspaper accounts and other related records. Christine will … Read More