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

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