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

‘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

MORE RAHS COLLECTION PHOTOGRAPHS ACCESSIBLE ON FLICKR

We have a couple of new additions to the RAHS Flickr Channel this month, thanks to Catherine, one of our dedicated volunteers. The Woodley 1948 Album offers the opportunity to experience a roadtrip from Sydney to Adelaide and back, 1948 style. Recording Dave Woodley’s fourteen or so day Pioneer Coach Tour in April 1948, there are plenty of images of rural towns in NSW, Victoria and South Australia as well as of Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. This album was donated … Read More

Kilmainham to Kalgoorlie: The Life and Times of Hugh Mahon

Join us on Wednesday 4th October for our next Day Lecture – ‘Kilmainham to Kalgoorlie: The Life and Times of Hugh Mahon’ with guest speaker Dr Jeff Kildea. 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 … 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

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

‘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

WHEN TELLING A GOOD STORY IS NOT ENOUGH: THE ART OF CITING AND REFERENCING SOURCES

History House

Have you ever come across information in a history that has no source? Or tried to trace a footnote only to find it either doesn’t exist, or makes no reference to the information? Or found a citation that was garbled or so abbreviated it was meaningless? Had trouble distinguishing between information and interpretation? In this age of ‘fake news’, this session will provide some clues to identifying or avoiding ‘fake history’ and help you remain sane and able to trust … Read More

HILL END GOLD and HILL END HEARSAY

RAHS Affiliate History Hill Museum’s Malcolm Drinkwater has published two books now in their third editions. ‘Hill End Gold’ and ‘Hill End Hearsay’ were first published in 1982 and are the result of fifty years of curiosity, hands on education and passion. As Malcolm says “personal encounters with history”. Both books complement each other – Hill End Gold covers geology, mining methods and more, while ‘Hearsay’ expands with a personal association and oral history to show how a gold town … Read More

2017 RAHS CONFERENCE WEBSITE LAUNCHED

‘Finding Lost Places, Lost People’ The website for the upcoming RAHS Conference in Cowra NSW is now online and bookings are open! Browse the conference program, choose your conference history tours, and start planning a fantastic weekend in Cowra in October. http://www.rahs.org.au/2017-rahs-conference/ The theme of the 2017 RAHS Conference is ‘Finding Lost Places, Lost People’. 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 … Read More