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

Technology and tradition combine in an evocative exploration of Indigenous history

Acclaimed artist Robert Andrew will showcase three new works exploring his Australian Indigenous history with use of contemporary technology in ‘Robert Andrew: Our mutable histories’ at Museum of Brisbane from 3 March to 16 July 2017. Commissioned by Museum of Brisbane, Andrew’s works uncover, reveal and re-present aspects of Australian Indigenous history that have been previously hidden, distorted and denied, and have been largely formed by unravelling the effects of colonialism on his own family history. ‘Our mutable histories’ gives … Read More

RAHS/Wauchope District Regional Seminar – 18th March

Join us in Wauchope on Saturday 18th March, in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, for our next regional seminar. RAHS President Carol Liston will provide guidance to assist researchers in accessing and using the historically significant records that Land and Property Information is making available through its SIX Portal. RAHS Senior Vice President Christine Yeats will discuss the range of printed and archival resources available to researchers to assist in discovering how your ancestors may have … Read More

COLONIAL HERITAGE OF WESTERN SYDNEY APP BY CAMDEN COUNCIL

Sydney’s first European settlement in 1788 was along the waterways, starting from Sydney Harbour, then the Parramatta River and soon after along the river systems of the Hawkesbury Nepean Rivers. Download this app and examine the earliest colonial settlements along these river systems which span the local government areas of Hawkesbury, Penrith, Liverpool and Camden Councils. This combined area has been named “HoWS” being an abbreviation of “Heritage of Western Sydney”. Click here for more information and to download from … Read More

Australia Day 2017 Honours – Congratulations to RAHS President, Associate Professor Carol Liston

Royal Australian Historical Society Councillors and Staff would like to take this opportunity to warmly congratulate RAHS President, Associate Professor Carol Liston, on the award Officer (AO) in General Division of the Order Of Australia, for distinguished service to the preservation and documentation of Australian history and heritage, to professional societies, and to education as a teacher and mentor. We would also like to congratulate the following recipients: Officer AO in the General Division of the Order Mr Terence Henry … Read More

‘Blue Mountains Maps Through Time’ – Meeting and Public Talk

Saturday, 4 February 2017 – 99 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls On Saturday, 4 February 2017, the first Blue Mountains Historical Society (BMHS) monthly meeting and public lecture for 2017 will feature a presentation entitled ‘Blue Mountains Maps Through Time’ by noted Blue Mountains Historian and Cartographer, Brian Fox. It will be a show and tell presentation which, among other things, will feature an 1815 George Evans map, several rare maps of Wentworth Falls and other maps which will be used … Read More

SAVE THE DATE! ORAL HISTORY AUSTRALIA CONFERENCE

The Oral History Australia Conference is being held in Sydney from 13th-16th September 2017. The conference theme, ‘Moving memories: Oral history in a Global World’ promises to stimulate interesting discussion amongst participants. International guest speakers include Indira Chowdhury (India) and Dalia Leinarte (Lithuania). Learn about current work in oral history in Australia and overseas, explore how it makes a contribution, and exchange ideas with others; To learn about how oral history is being used in different ways across museums, galleries, … Read More

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM HISTORY PRIZES

The Australian National Maritime Museum, with the Australian Association for Maritime History (AAMH), jointly sponsors two maritime history prizes every two years. Both prizes promote a broad view of maritime history that demonstrates how the sea and maritime influences have been central to shaping Australia, its people and its culture. The 2017 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Prize of $4,000 To be awarded for a book treating any aspect of maritime history relating to or affecting Australia, written or co-authored … Read More

‘Tarella’ Open Day – Blue Mountains Historical Society

Begin the New Year with a visit to ‘Tarella’, the Blue Mountains Historical Society’s 19th century cottage and museum at 99 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls. ‘Tarella’ will be open from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Sunday 29 January 2017. Come along and explore Tarella’s story. Wander through the cottage and see how our forebears lived a hundred years ago. Learn about the evolution of a Blue Mountains holiday home from 1900 to 2015. The very popular garden stall will also be … Read More

‘This Is Where They Travelled: Historical Aboriginal Lives In Sydney’ heading to Wollongong

It is often wrongly assumed that Aboriginal people disappeared from Sydney in the nineteenth century, or lost their cultural links to the area. NSW History Fellow Paul Irish and researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal community in Sydney have created an exhibition, which maps the lives of a number of Aboriginal people with connections to the coastal part of Sydney, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their movements tell us much about their continuing cultural and family connections both … Read More

Historic Houses Association of Australia International Tour 2017

HHA UK TOUR 2017 – Houses and Gardens of England by Dr James Broadbent 20 May – 8 June 2017 Join a small group of like-minded people on this three-week, fully escorted, private coach tour visiting wonderful historic houses and gardens from Kent to Cornwall and Oxfordshire to Norfolk, and finishing in the lake district of Cumbria. There will be an emphasis on the period 1780-1930 and the work of architects, designers, gardeners and patrons whose work, from the late … Read More

‘HISTORIANS AND JOURNALISTS JOIN FIGHT AGAINST BAIRD GOVERNMENT’S LAND TITLES SELL-OFF’

Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) journalist Esther Han interviewed RAHS President Associate Professor Carol Liston about her concerns on the government’s land titles registry privatisation plans. In September 2015, the Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet announced reforms to separate the regulatory and operational functions of Land and Property Information NSW (LPI). Since this announcement, Carol has been raising community awareness of the serious changes to land record accessibility due to the closure of the LPI online shop and … Read More

DERBY LEPROSARIUM ON YOUTUBE

In November 2016 RAHS Guest Speaker Dr Charmaine Robson was kind enough to allow us to record her presentation ‘The Derby Leprosarium and its Aboriginal Inmates’, which we can now share with our members and friends on the RAHS YouTube Channel. In 1936, when Hansen’s disease (leprosy) in the Kimberley region of Western Australia became a cause for concern to state and federal governments, a leprosarium was built near the town of Derby for the detention and treatment of Indigenous … Read More

‘How Devonshire Street Cemetery Sydney is Presented Today as Public History in our Digital Online World’

Historian Cathy Dunn will speak on the technologies that are being used by public historians and the general public to access collections and research materials and discover more information and resources on this old cemetery of Sydney (1819 – 1901). Gone are the days of travelling and spending hours or even days in libraries and archives repositories doing research, plodding through catalogue cards and even struggling with placing microfilm reels on the film readers. What technology and online media platforms … Read More

‘Whole Histories’ Keeping the Stories Alive

Yass and District Historical Society Inc. presents ‘Whole Histories’ Keeping the Stories Alive Join the Yass and District Historical Society Inc. at St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 April 2017. Keynote speaker, Dr Mathew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia will join Dr Carol Liston, President of the Royal Australian Historical Society, together with fourteen speakers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, to give thought provoking presentations sure to fire the imaginations … Read More

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

A Happy New Year to all our members and friends. We hope you have had (or are still enjoying) a relaxing break. History House reopened for 2017 on Tuesday 3rd January. Don’t forget our first event for the year is the annual ‘History House Open Day: Potluck History and Book Sale’: Call in to History … Read More

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