Cultural Grants Close 23 June 2015

This is a reminder that cultural grants will close at 5pm Tuesday 23rd June 2015. If you need support in completing the application then please contact us. The Society would like to thank Arts NSW for supporting the program that results in wonderful resources from publications to websites that promote the history of the people and places of New South Wales. Click here for more details on the grants program.


The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), the independent national regulator of charities, is running a number of governance training webinars that may be of interest to our affiliated societies. These webinars include registering as a charity, reporting to the ACNC and understanding board members’ responsibilities. Click here for more details As well as a webinar program, the ACNC have some very useful factsheets on managing volunteers, conflicts of interests and meetings. Read more. If your society is registered charity … Read More

RAHS/PHA Workshop: Digital Research in Land Titles

Secure your place for tomorrow’s RAHS/PHA Workshop: DIGITAL RESEARCH IN LAND TITLES The workshop will demonstrate how to use the digital resources of Land and Property Information NSW to research land or people. RAHS/PHA Members $20/Non-Members $25 Date and Time: Thursday May 28 @10.30am – 12.30pm There is also one space left for an introductory visit to the LPI search room for a fee of $6.00 will be available afterwards from 1:30pm – 2:30pm, which will include assistance with any … Read More

‘Squatting’ on Crown Lands in New South Wales by J. F. Campbell. Edited and annotated by B. T. Dowd, 1968.

Dairy cattle, Cowra farm, NSW c.1910 [RAHS Photograph Collection] In 1968 the Royal Australian Historical Society published J. F. (John Fauna) Campbell’s Squatting on Crown Lands in New South Wales, edited and annotated by Bernard T. Dowd. Drawing on articles written for the Society’s Journal in 1929 and 1931, the publication is informative and easy to read. As Dowd wrote in his Introduction: “The republication by the Society of two of his most important Journal articles will be welcomed and … Read More

RAHS Webinar: Beyond the Blue Mountains: Following the Road from Bathurst

Image: Presbyterian Tennis Club, Gulgong NSW c. 1870s [RAHS Manuscript Collection] Take a tour ‘Beyond the Blue Mountains’ and follow the road from Bathurst with Suzanne Holohan, RAHS General Manager and Graham Sciberras, RAHS Digital Media. Explore photographs, manuscripts and audio/visual content, plus some of the recently uncovered gems that make up this newly launched grant-funded project. Find out what is still to come, our plans for its future and how you can become involved. Click here to register. All … Read More

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Howick St. Bathurst, NSW, undated, [Frank Walker Glass Slide Collection]

Last Friday we distributed the first issue of our resigned RAHS eNewsletter and our subscribers will be receiving another eNews later this week. We would love all our Facebook friends to receive our regular eNews so if you haven’t subscribed yet you can do so on by heading to the RAHS website home page and scroll down to the bottom of the page: If you have already subscribed but didn’t receive last week’s eNews we welcome you to resubscribe … Read More


  The Royal Australian Historical Society is proud to announce the launch of its ‘Beyond the Blue Mountains: Following the Road from Bathurst’ project. This project, nine months in the making, has brought with it wonderful opportunities for the Society. In particular, it has facilitated a renewed engagement with its own collection of photographs, glass slides, and rare manuscripts relevant to the Inland Settlement of New South Wales, the area of history on which the project is based. RAHS President … Read More

2015 Annual General Meeting

The RAHS 2015 Annual General meeting took place on Tuesday 21 April 2015.  The following items were adopted: Annual Report for the year ended 31 December, 2014 (as printed in the March 2015 issue of History magazine) Financial Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2014 (summary of Financial Statements as printed in History magazine. A full statement of accounts is available to members on request) Financial Statements printed in History magazine. A full statement of accounts is available to … Read More