RAHS History House Open Day: Pot Luck History and Book Sale

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Call into History House between 10am and 4pm on Australia Day for a chance to visit our beautiful heritage building. While you are visiting, check out our Book Fair and listen to historians speaking about the events, people and places that contributed to Australia’s history. There will be interesting ten minute talks every half hour between 11.30am and 3pm. There is no need to book, just turn up! Image: History House pre-1870. The townhouse, which has become known as History House, … Read More

2017 RAHS Christmas Party

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2017 christmas party

Join us to celebrate the festive season and the Royal Australian Historical Society’s achievements in 2017. This is a wonderful opportunity for members to meet RAHS staff, Councillors and other long-standing members. For catering purposes please RSVP by Friday 1st December. Image: ‘A Jolly Christmas’ 1909 [RAHS Collection]

RAHS Day Lecture: Nature and Education in Early Twentieth Century New South Wales

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The reform of education for children aroused interest throughout the world at the turn of the twentieth century. At the same time, scientists, naturalists and others became increasingly concerned about the natural environment. Nature study, a newly conceived school subject, brought these two concerns together. This lecture introduces individuals from New South Wales who devoted themselves to advocacy for the natural world and provided crucial support for nature study. Dr Dorothy Kass is an Honorary Postdoctoral Associate at Macquarie University. … Read More

RAHS/WEA – Annabella Boswell’s Table: Researching Family History Through Objects

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Annabella Boswell's

Researching objects belonging to a family can give them greater meaning and significance but can also lead the researcher to investigate other histories (of technology and transport for instance) that are rarely considered in constructing family histories. Carolyn Williams will discuss this with reference to her research on ‘Prince Charlie’s Table’, a table owned by the early colonial diarist, Annabella Boswell. Carolyn Williams is a retired university researcher from Western Sydney University who has recently taken up family history. Click … Read More

RAHS Seminar: Land Title Records

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Land

RAHS President, Associate Professor Carol Liston, will provide advice and guidance to assist researchers in accessing and using the historically significant records that Land and Property Information is making available though its SIX Portal – the official source of NSW geospatial information, which also provides access to authoritative land and property information. Image: Cumberland County 1840 [Wikimedia Commons]

RAHS Evening Event – History is Hot: Postgraduate students present their research

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History House Fundraiser Champagne Supper

The ‘History is Hot’ series is an opportunity for RAHS members and friends to hear about recent research findings in Australian history and how they impact our understanding and interpretation of the past. You are invited to join postgraduate students who will discuss their research projects. – Elicia Taylor, PhD candidate, University of Newcastle ‘Unspeakably happy and content’: unmarried Australian women and First World War service Historical analysis of Australian women’s overseas service during the First World War has typically … Read More

RAHS Day Lecture – Women’s Business: Midwives on the Mid North Coast of NSW to 1950

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womens

Dr Noeline Kyle will discuss her research into 200 midwives and more that 80 private hospital on the Mid North Coast of NSW. This research began in 1979 when she was writing a biography of her great grandmother Mary Kirkpatrick and culminated in her latest publication Women’s Business: Midwives on the Mid North Coast of NSW to 1950. Noeline will discuss the training, career details, and family life of midwives who worked in country towns and outline the complex and … Read More

2017 RAHS Conference

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Uncovering hidden stories helps us better understand the past and can challenge our understanding of how the present came to be. Historical societies have an important role to play in ensuring that their communities’ history does not get lost and that members of the broader community can find out about their work so that they too can learn and contribute to this history. Lost communities can be remembered and found through written archival records, photographs and voice recordings. The digital … Read More