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

RAHS Day Lecture – Kilmainham to Kalgoorlie: The Life and Times of Hugh Mahon

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One of Australia’s most controversial politicians in the early years of the Commonwealth, Irish-born Hugh Mahon has the distinction of being the only member expelled from the federal parliament. Imprisoned in Kilmainham with Parnell in 1881 for his political activism he fled to Australia where he became a newspaperman, MP and government minister. Dr Jeff Kildea, is Adjunct Professor in Irish Studies at UNSW and was Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin in 2014. He is … Read More

RAHS/WEA: Trove – A “flagship discovery service” for all researchers

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Mention the National Library’s wonderful search engine Trove and images of digitised newspapers come to mind, including that most salacious of papers the Sydney Truth. However, Trove is so much more. It brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collecting organisations big and small across Australia under one umbrella. Join Christine Yeats archivist, librarian and professional historian and discover some of the mysteries of Trove as she guides you along its research byways and pathways. … Read More

RAHS Excursion: Camden Park House

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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. Attendees meet at Strathfield Station or Liverpool … Read More

RAHS Excursion: Victoria Barracks, Paddington

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This is a History Week 2017 event. Join us for a tour of Victoria Barracks, one of the best-known examples of military architecture in Australia. The Regency-style building was designed by Lieutenant-Colonel George Barney and constructed using locally quarried sandstone between 1841 and 1849. Important Note: For security purposes, at the time of booking it is essential that you provide the number and type of current identification and that you bring this along with you on the day. Examples include … Read More

RAHS Day Lecture – Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney

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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 been piecing together the Aboriginal history of coastal Sydney with researchers … Read More

RAHS/ASHET – Flying the ‘Southern Myth’: Pioneering Flight Simulation in Australia

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In 1957, trainees at the Qantas Technical School in Sydney reported “scrounging around” to build a Lockheed Super Constellation. Christened the ‘Southern Myth’, it was not a flyable airliner, but rather a facsimile flight station “able to simulate practically any emergency that could arise”. Knocked together from “scrap” components, circuits, plywood and paint, it was expected to train over 200 flight crew within 6 months. Often overlooked in aviation history, from the 1930s flight simulators developed rapidly in technological complexity. … Read More

RAHS/Central Coast Family History Society: Regional Seminar

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Regional Seminar

The RAHS in conjunction with Central Coast Family History Society present the next regional seminar in its program funded by Create NSW. Convicts from another angle 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 will be a discussion about the convict petitions that are held at The National Archives UK. The WWI Soldier’s Return: Was it a land fit for heroes?  RAHS Senior … Read More