The Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS)

Posted on 24 February 2021 The 2021 RAHS Council Elections has commenced. Voting papers were sent to all financial members this week. Five nominations were received for four positions. Details on the nominees are outlined below: FACTUAL STATEMENTS ON CANDIDATES: Nominee: Lynne Allen Nominated by: Christine Yeats, Kathrine Reynolds RAHS Councillor since 2013 and Chair of Affiliated Societies Committee since 2014. Served on RAHS Executive Committee since mid-2014, becoming Vice President 2019. Nominee: Craig McPherson Nominated by: Peter Hobbins, Christine … Read More

RAHS Facebook account blocked

Dear Members and Friends, The Royal Australian Historical Society Facebook account is currently being blocked alongside other Australian media organisations, including ABC News. A message has been sent to Facebook asking to explain why this decision has been made, considering the RAHS is a small not-for-profit organisation whose primary goal is the promotion of Australian history. While this issue is being managed, our members and friends can continue to stay up to date with our latest news and events through … Read More

Members Only Area Now Online

We are pleased to announce that our Members Only area is now online. Login to access members-exclusive content, including digital images, journals and magazines, digital discounts and more.

The Making of ‘Braidwood District Hospital 1858-2000’

The majority of us were born with a nurse in attendance and will most likely die with a nurse in attendance. In initiating their book, Braidwood District Hospital 1858-2020 History & Photographic Memories, ex-nurses, Ros Maddrell and Elaine Collins wanted to celebrate and honour the nursing fraternity’s long service to Braidwood’s community.

RAHS Summer Book Sale

The RAHS invites our members and friends to our ticketed book sale at History House from Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December. The book sale will run between 10am – 2.45pm, with a limit of ten visitors per each one-hour session. In line with current COVID-19 safety recommendations, ticket holders will need to sign-in and follow social-distancing guidelines.

People of the River: Lost Worlds of Early Australia

A landmark history of Australia’s first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both Aboriginal and British.

Land and Community Life – RAHS / Create NSW Western Sydney Seminar

Join the RAHS for two special online seminars on the history of land and community life in Western Sydney. Held over two consecutive Tuesday mornings in November, Associate Professor Carol Liston AO, RAHS President Christine Yeats, and RAHS Councillor Judith Dunn will discuss the history of land settlement, the history of the Parramatta cemeteries, and show you practical skills to help you research using online tools such as Trove and HLRV. Tuesday 10 November 2020 | 10.30 am – 12.00 … Read More

‘Bedlam at Botany Bay’ wins 2020 NSW Premier’s History Award

Congratulations to James Dunk who was awarded the NSW Premier’s History Award in the Australian History Prize category for his book Bedlam at Botany Bay. Bedlam at Botany Bay reveals the story of madness in the early years of New South Wales. Taking as its subject the convicts, free settlers and military officers that made up colonial society, and using a variety of sources, Dunk reveals how the stresses and struggles of life in a penal colony at the edge … Read More

Outside Off – My Brother Jack

Written by Maximilian Reid, RAHS volunteer ‘Our Don Bradman’ Australian stories flow with cricket. Perhaps none more so than Donald Bradman, whose bronze statues, street names and ubiquitous average of 99.94 are full throated in their praise.  This edition of Outside Off is not. In keeping with past editions, we seek to illustrate Australian society through cricket afforded by cricket’s unique moral dimensions. One of the most complex moral dimensions of cricket and one mirrored in today’s is faith. Faith … Read More

The Digitisation of Sir John Monash’s Personal Papers

The National Library of Australia has digitised the Personal Papers of Sir John Monash, which are now freely available online through Trove. Amongst the collection, which includes his Gallipoli diaries, you will find various ephemera that Monash collected during his lifetime, including: correspondence, diaries, notebooks, drafts of manuscripts, press cuttings, pamphlets, souvenirs, printed items, photographs, glass slides and other memorabilia relating to all aspects of his life and career. Sir John Monash (1865-1931) was a leading military figure in the … Read More

History of Liverpool in 60 Objects

A new online exhibition curated by the Liverpool and District Historical Society tells the History of Liverpool in 60 Objects. The exhibition, which chronicles the social development of Liverpool, was inspired by the British Museum’s History of the World in 100 Objects and motivated by the recent celebration of the Society’s 60th birthday in 2019. “One of the challenges in curating the 60 items was the strength of our collection”, says Glen op den Brouw, President of the Liverpool and … Read More