An Introduction to Oral History at History House

The RAHS and Oral History NSW (OHNSW) present ‘An Introduction to Oral History: Key Principles that Everyone Should Know’ at History House on Friday 21st April. This talk introduces historians of all kinds to the possibilities and pitfalls of ‘making memories’ or doing oral history interviews with people about their experiences of the past. It asks why oral histories matter as an historical source, and explores the various ways in which they can be used. Come along and hear Oral … Read More

History House – Development Application Approved

We would like to thank all our members and friends for their ongoing generous support of the History House Project. City of Sydney approved the Development Application on 3 January 2017 so we will be moving forward in earnest with our project plans, including additional fundraising, in 2017. If you wish to donate to the project you can do so online or download a donation form via the RAHS website – click here and go to ‘Support Our Project’. There … Read More

TARELLA OPEN DAY – SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017

From our friends at Blue Mountains Historical Society: TARELLA OPEN DAY – SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017 Tarella, the Blue Mountains Historical Society’s historic cottage, and an Exhibition of the art work of its curator, Linsi Braith, will be open for viewing from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Sunday 26 February 2017 at 99 Blaxland Rd, Wentworth Falls. Linsi beautifully paints old advertising signs as a hobby. If you are curious about this slightly different style of art, come and explore. Enjoy … Read More

SAVE ST ALBANS COMMON

A message from Save St Albans: Since 1824 St Albans Common has been in use as common land. This has its roots in the traditional “Common” of England and is designed to compensate “villagers” for the small size of their allotments. Perpetual succession to the St Albans Common was granted on 4 March 1853 to five trustees, who were to act on behalf of the “Settlers, Cultivators and other Inhabitants of the District”, and is still run by the Commoners … Read More

SKIRTS ON SACRED BENCHES!

Historic Re-enactment at Parliament House In the same year that the first woman swam across the English Channel and Mussolini’s decree banned all women in Italy from holding public office, back home our very own Millicent Preston Stanley, the first woman MP in New South Wales, fought her extraordinary battle for the rights of mothers to retain custody of their infant childen. From the Public Galleries of the Legislative Assembly Chamber, travel back to 1926 to witness Millicent go head … Read More

EPIC JOURNEYS: CROSS-CONTINENTAL EXPEDITIONS IN AUSTRALIA AND THE USA

The nineteenth century Burke and Wills and Lewis and Clark expeditions in Australia and the United States respectively were amazing feats of stamina and courage. Mike’s talk outlines the rationale for the expeditions and reviews their parallels while highlighting some of the incredible events that occurred during them. Mike Dorany is on the committee of the Burke and Wills Historical Society. During 2015 he spent three weeks following the Burke and Wills track from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. … Read More

‘WOMEN’S BUSINESS: MIDWIVES ON THE MID NORTH COAST OF NSW TO 1950’ by Noeline Kyle

‘WOMEN’S BUSINESS: MIDWIVES ON THE MID NORTH COAST OF NSW TO 1950’ by Noeline Kyle The book details the training, careers, family life, business enterprises, travel to and between towns/villages, friendships and partnerships with other midwives or nurses, community participation and their contribution to the profession and their communities of more than 200 midwives and the 70 hospitals they established or managed. Normally $35, Noeline is offering a pre publication purchase price of $25 if purchased before 22 May 2017. … Read More

UNESCO MEMORY OF THE WORLD AUSTRALIAN REGISTER – INSCRIPTION CEREMONY

The Inscription Ceremony for new entries on the UNESCO Memory of the World Australian Register was held at the Canberra Museum + Gallery on 9 February. Seven items were added to the register. They included the James Tyson Papers. The Deniliquin & District Historical Society – one of the RAHS affiliates – holds part of this collection. This is the first time that documentary material held in a local historical society has been inscribed on the Australian register. Click here … Read More