‘After the Griffins – stories from the Castlecrag of the thirties, forties and fifties’

To celebrate History Week and its 2017 theme of ‘Australian popular culture’, the Walter Burley Griffin Society is organising a panel of former residents to discuss living in Castlecrag in the early years of the Griffin-inspired community, covering aspects such as entertainment, fashion, the motor car and public transport, play and toys. The sons and daughters of people whose parents lived and worked with the Griffins at Castlecrag will share some of their stories in a panel facilitated by heritage … Read More

History is Hot: Postgraduate students present their research

History House

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. Click here to book online or email history@rahs.org.au. Date and Time: Thursday November 2 @ 6pm – 7.30pm Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney Cost: Free – Elicia Taylor, PhD candidate, University of Newcastle ‘Unspeakably … Read More

Congratulations to RAHS Councillor Dr Peter Hobbins

Congratulations to all recipients of the NSW Premier’s History Awards and in particular RAHS Councillor Dr Peter Hobbins on being awarded the NSW Community and Regional History Prize for ‘Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia’s Immigrant Past’ which he co-authored with Ursula K. Frederick and Anne Clarke. The book is the culmination of a three-year project run by the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney, which integrated the work of archaeologists, historians and heritage practitioners to … Read More

Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney

  Our next Day Lecture – Wednesday 6th September @ 1pm-2pm Dr Paul Irish will discuss his new book Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney, which shows that Aboriginal people never disappeared from Sydney in the nineteenth century as is often assumed. Instead they lived across colonial Sydney and interacted with its residents and economy, often in unexpected ways. Paul Irish is a historian and archaeologist with heritage consultancy MDCA. For over ten years he has … Read More

RAHS Excursion to Camden Park House

Camden Park, conceived by John Macarthur and built by John Verge, is open one weekend a year for public viewing. This excursion by bus includes tours of the house and garden. There will be stalls for food and plant sales giving the lawns a festive air. We will also see a little of Camden itself and hear of the development of the area. This tour will be lead by RAHS Councillor Judith Dunn. Date: Saturday 16th September Cost: $25 Numbers … Read More

THE POPULAR IS POLITICAL: STRUGGLES OVER NATIONAL CULTURE IN 1970s AUSTRALIA

How did popular culture make sense of the social change of the 1970s? Was the popularity of the ocker a reaction to the women’s movement? And how did popular histories on film and television contribute to this cultural contest? The History Council NSW is proud to announce its popular Annual History Lecture will be delivered by Associate Professor Michelle Arrow, Macquarie University, as part of History Week 2017. Find out more: http://bit.ly/AHL2017 When: Tuesday 5 September 2017, 6:00-9:00pm Where: The … Read More

Central Coast Regional Seminar – Saturday 19 August

Regional Seminar

The Royal Australian Historical Society is staging one of its popular seminars with history-based workshops at Gosford City Lions Hall, East Gosford NSW. Enjoy this one-day seminar for just $20, with morning tea and lunch provided. For more information and to book online click here. RAHS President, Associate Professor Carol Liston will draw from the research that she and RAHS Treasurer Kathrine Reynolds are currently undertaking. One of the highlights in ‘Convicts from another angle’ will be a discussion about the … Read More

‘SYDNEY CEMETERIES – A FIELD GUIDE’

A message from City of Sydney Historical Association: ‘SYDNEY CEMETERIES – A FIELD GUIDE’ It might seem like a strange thing to do but City of Sydney Historian Dr Lisa Murray compares a visit to a cemetery to visiting a sculpture park or museum and encourages everyone to visit cemeteries like they visit their local park. Lisa will talk about her new book and tell us some of the strange and interesting stories of many of Sydney’s cemeteries and the … Read More