We have a couple of new additions to the RAHS Flickr Channel this month, thanks to Catherine, one of our dedicated volunteers. The Woodley 1948 Album offers the opportunity to experience a roadtrip from Sydney to Adelaide and back, 1948 style. Recording Dave Woodley’s fourteen or so day Pioneer Coach Tour in April 1948, there are plenty of images of rural towns in NSW, Victoria and South Australia as well as of Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. This album was donated … Read More

Kilmainham to Kalgoorlie: The Life and Times of Hugh Mahon

Join us on Wednesday 4th October for our next Day Lecture – ‘Kilmainham to Kalgoorlie: The Life and Times of Hugh Mahon’ with guest speaker Dr Jeff Kildea. One of Australia’s most controversial politicians in the early years of the Commonwealth, Irish-born Hugh Mahon has the distinction of being the only member expelled from the federal parliament. Imprisoned in Kilmainham with Parnell in 1881 for his political activism he fled to Australia where he became a newspaperman, MP and government … Read More

State Trustees CEO Craig Dent publishes his first book ‘The Creation of Trust’

State Trustees Chief Executive Officer, Craig Dent has published his first book, The Creation of Trust, in August 2017. The office of the Public Trustee has a long and curious past that stretches back to medieval times – the book tells the intriguing story of Public Trustees, revealing their rich heritage and casting a rarely-seen light on their often misunderstood purpose, services and contribution to society. Following his appointment as Chief Executive Officer at State Trustees, Dent began researching State … Read More


The 2017 RAHS Spring Calendar is now available to download and view online. There are still a few places available for RAHS Senior Vice President Christine Yeats’ workshop ‘Trove – A “flagship discovery service” for all researchers’, and our long-running Day Lecture series continues on the first Wednesday of the month. RAHS President Carol Liston will present ‘Land Title Records’, providing guidance to assist researchers in accessing and using the historically significant records that Land and Property Information is making … Read More

‘Coalfaces’ by Darian Zam

“My first week living in Mount Kembla, I met an 85-year-old man at the pub. He said to me, ‘Why don’t you paint my portrait, then?’ I thought to myself, ‘You cheeky bugger, who do you think you are?’ Then I went home to that cold, rattling old house I had rented and realized, ‘Actually, that’s a great idea.’ Thus, a project was born.” When artist and writer Darian Zam left Sydney in 2008, he assumed it would be a … Read More

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor David Carment AM

The Royal Australian Historical Society warmly congratulates former RAHS President Emeritus Professor David Carment AM on being awarded the 2017 Annual History Citation this week “in recognition of his outstanding contributions to historical scholarship, and his generosity and unwavering commitment to supporting the history community, including mentoring its emerging professionals.” For more information on David Carment’s contributions and on recipients of the 2017 History Council of NSW Awards see the History Council of NSW website.

JOHN MACARTHUR – “Visionary or Villain”

City of Sydney Historical Association September Lecture JOHN MACARTHUR – ‘Visionary or Villain’ Guest Speaker – Patrick Dodd Saturday 9th September at 2.00pm Macarthur is remembered by most people for laying the foundations of the great Australian wool industry. In fact he spent so much time away from home fighting Governors and facing a court martial in England, his practical achievements owe a very great deal to the persistence and loyalty of his wife and sons. He was a complex … Read More

‘After the Griffins – stories from the Castlecrag of the thirties, forties and fifties’

To celebrate History Week and its 2017 theme of ‘Australian popular culture’, the Walter Burley Griffin Society is organising a panel of former residents to discuss living in Castlecrag in the early years of the Griffin-inspired community, covering aspects such as entertainment, fashion, the motor car and public transport, play and toys. The sons and daughters of people whose parents lived and worked with the Griffins at Castlecrag will share some of their stories in a panel facilitated by heritage … Read More