Women of the RAHS: An Anniversary

Minnie Lee and her husband Alfred

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Intern A charming and gracious personality, a shrewd and clever brain, a genius for friendship, hers were no mean gifts … So described the obituary for Mrs Minnie Lee née Dodds (1860-1938) in the Sydney Morning Herald in 1938. A tireless worker for the women’s movement in Sydney for forty years, Minnie was involved in a number of societies and organisations during her lifetime. These included the Australian Red Cross, the Society of Women Writers … Read More

The Real Sacred River: Truth-Telling and the Power of Regional Histories

Regional history is a powerful way to explore the implications, possibilities and challenges of truth-telling that includes but goes beyond frontier violence and massacre history. In this lecture, Grace Karskens will present some of the findings from a current collaborative project, ‘The Real Secret River: Dyarubbin’.

Dawn O’Donnell (1927-2007)

Dawn O'Donnell, 1993

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Intern To celebrate Women’s History Month in 2021, the Royal Australian Historical Society will continue our work from previous years to highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our webpage, Women’s History Month. “Convent girl turned ice skater [who] became the godmother of Sydney’s Golden Mile”. [1] So begins the hour-long documentary on Dawn O’Donnell, Croc-A-Dyke Dundee, perfectly summarising the vibrant life and … Read More

Bligh’s Bounty logbooks recognised by UNESCO

The logbooks of William Bligh, which document the most notorious mutiny in history, were officially inscribed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World register on Friday 26 February 2021.

Jessie Street (1889-1970)

Jessie Street representing Australia at the United Nations, circa 1945.

Written by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Intern To celebrate Women’s History Month in 2021, the Royal Australian Historical Society will continue our work from previous years to highlight Australian women that have contributed to our history in various and meaningful ways. You can browse the women featured on our webpage, Women’s History Month. Feminist, activist, and diplomat Lady Jessie Street was an instrumental figure in Australian and world politics during the twentieth century. Today the Jessie Street Trust provides funding for … Read More


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