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 and snap up a bargain at our book sale. There will also be ten-minute talks every half hour between 11:30am and 3pm on different aspects of Australia’s history.

‘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

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/PHA: Trove Workshop

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Christine Yeats, RAHS Senior Vice President, archivist, historical researcher and PHA member will present a two-hour workshop on the intricacies of TROVE and how to make your searches efficient and fruitful. There will be a particular focus on advance searching, lists and the most recent addition, Government Gazettes. Refresh your knowledge and polish your skills on this ever growing resource. This is a joint PHA NSW/ACT and RAHS event.  

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