Mary Jane Beattie (1839-1907)

Written by Dr Catherine Bishop, Macquarie University To celebrate Women’s History Month in 2020, the Royal Australian Historical Society will continue our work from last year to highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our webpage, Women’s History Month. Among the pieces of furniture exuding appropriate historic ambience in RAHS’s History House in Macquarie Street is a magnificent sideboard. The silver plaque attached to the top acknowledges … Read More

Iza Coghlan (1868-1946)

Iza Coghlan

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer To celebrate Women’s History Month in 2020, the Royal Australian Historical Society will continue our work from last year to highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our webpage, Women’s History Month. Over one hundred years ago, the gender imbalance in the medical profession was even greater than it is today. There were simply no women medical students, and certainly no … Read More

Rose Quong (1879-1972)

Rose Quong

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer To celebrate Women’s History Month in 2020, the Royal Australian Historical Society will continue our work from last year to highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our webpage, Women’s History Month. Rose Quong was one of Australia’s first great actors. During a career that spanned decades, continents, from stage to screen, Rose not only performed alongside some of the most … Read More

NLA Community Heritage Grant (CHG) 2020

A message from the National Library of Australia: Applications for the 2020 Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program are now open. Applications close 5pm, Monday 4 May 2020 (AEST). For details on how to apply, visit the guidelines and application form. The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections … Read More

2020 RAHS COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Posted on 10 March 2020 The 2020 RAHS Council Elections has commenced. Voting papers were sent to all financial members last week. Five nominations were received for four positions. Details on the nominees are outlined below: FACTUAL STATEMENTS ON CANDIDATES: Nominee: Phillip Black Nominated by: Jan Koperberg, Susan Tracey Thirty-five years experience in heritage advocacy and local history. Founding member of South Sydney Heritage Society. RAHS member since 1988, serving two terms on RAHS Council. Retired geologist; teacher; curator; tourism-provider. … Read More

Isabel Letham (1899-1995)

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer To celebrate Women’s History Month in 2020, the Royal Australian Historical Society will continue our work from last year to highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our webpage, Women’s History Month. In May 1980, Pam Burridge won the country’s inaugural women’s surfing championship at age fifteen. Among the crowd of spectators was eighty-year-old Isabel Letham. When interviewed, she remarked: … Read More

Law in War: Freedom and Restriction in Australia during the Great War

‘Law in War gives us insights into the law and Australia’s Great War that Charles Bean declined to publish ninety-odd years ago. Pioneering, full of wonderful life and energy, the result has been worth waiting for.’ – Professor Peter Stanley, UNSW Canberra During the Great War law was used in everyday life as a tool to discriminate, oppress, censor and deprive many Australians of property, liberty and basic human rights. A nation often amends its laws during war, not least … Read More

Mary Ann Bugg (1834-1905)

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer To celebrate Women’s History Month in 2020, the Royal Australian Historical Society will continue our work from last year to highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our webpage, Women’s History Month. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this webpage contains the images and names of people who have passed away. Proud Worimi woman, mother of an estimated … Read More