Pansy Line Tour – Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society

Explore the remnants of the Richmond to Kurrajong Railway 1926-1952 with Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society on Sunday, 28 April 2019. With the railway gone for so long, it is getting difficult to find many remnants, but experienced local guides will show you what’s left – much of which is on private property and not normally accessible. DETAILS: When: Sunday, 28 April 2019, 10am Where: Coaches will depart from the park opposite Richmond Station at 10am. Tour will return to Richmond Station around … Read More

‘Cruising About Town – The History of the Motor Car in Sydney’

City of Sydney Historical Association presents: ‘Cruising About Town – The History of the Motor Car in Sydney’ This lecture explores the transition from horses to cars and the massive transformation it produced on Sydney’s urban landscape. Photographs ranging from 1900-70 will be examined, highlighting the immense extent and pace the revolution had and its effect on Sydney’s streetscapes. Join Dick Whitaker, weatherman and historian as he tells this exciting story. Date and time: Saturday 13th January, 2pm Venue: Sydney Mechanics … Read More

Parramatta Female Factory Seeking Global Recognition

The organisations that successfully campaigned for the inclusion of the Parramatta Female Factory on the National Heritage Register, are now taking their campaign global. The Parramatta Female Factory Friends, in conjunction with the North Parramatta Residents Action Group, are urging for the site to be listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In order to foresee this, they are calling on both the State and Federal Governments to support Australia’s heritage and use their power to help achieve this outcome. … Read More

Special Offer: ‘Stories from the Sandstone’

Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia’s Immigrant Past By Peter Hobbins, Ursula K. Frederick and Anne Clarke Stories from the Sandstone reveals the sandstone engravings of those who found themselves detained at Sydney’s Quarantine Station during its 150-year history. From the early 1830s until 1984, nearly 16,000 people passed through the doors of the Quarantine Station in North Head near Manly. Winner of the NSW Community and Regional History Prize at the 2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards. Proceeds from the sale … Read More

Resources from the RAHS/PHA Trove Workshop – Saturday 25 November 2017

The slides from the joint RAHS/PHA Trove Workshop on Saturday 25 November 2017 are being made publicly available for two weeks only on this blog post. Christine Yeats, RAHS Senior Vice President, archivist, historical researcher and PHA member presented a two-hour workshop on the intricacies of TROVE and how to make your searches efficient and fruitful. There was a particular focus on advance searching, lists and the most recent addition, Government Gazettes. Refresh your knowledge and polish your skills on … Read More


The Parramatta Female Factory and Institutions Precinct was added to the National Heritage Listing on Tuesday 14th of November 2017: it is the 113th item to be classified as a national heritage place. Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said that the precinct was “highly valued for its heritage importance by the local, state and national community and this National Heritage listing will allow the Australian community to stand witness to the lives and experiences of women and children who lived there”. … Read More


Dating back to 1810, the fourth oldest surviving house in Australia stands proud on the outskirts of Liverpool overlooking the Georges River. This presentation by RAHS President, Associate Professor Carol Liston AO, will explore the fascinating social history and immense significance of Collingwood House. Date: Saturday 11 November Time: 2pm – 3pm Venue: Liverpool Regional Museum – Cnr Congressional Drive and Hume Highway, Liverpool, NSW Cost: Free Click here to register.

‘What Sydney might have been: the city that could have been…’

CITY OF SYDNEY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION presents ‘What Sydney might have been: the city that could have been…’ There were many dreams in early colonial Sydney for a world standard city and many ambitious plans were made by the Governors and architects of the time, only to be dashed by interference from the old Country and the representatives who arrived out here. Ken Hall will tell you all about the buildings roads and other structures that might have been. Date and … Read More


A two day program in November providing invaluable help with your photographs! Bookings at


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 Date and Time: Thursday November 2 @ 6pm – 7.30pm Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney Cost: Free – Elicia Taylor, PhD candidate, University of … Read More