People of the River: Lost Worlds of Early Australia

A landmark history of Australia’s first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both Aboriginal and British.

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A landmark history of Australia’s first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both Aboriginal and British.

‘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

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

RAHS/Thredbo Historical Society: Sydney Cocktail Function and Anniversary Book Launch

Thredbo Historical Society invites you to evening cocktails and the launch of its 60th anniversary book by Chas Keys. The story of Thredbo’s sixty years is a story to which many individuals, companies and institutions have contributed. This 176 page book interspersed with glamour photos, speaks of the pioneers and legends of Thredbo, the Company that has directed and overseen the development of the village and the principal community institutions that have taken root there. Tuesday 27 June 2017 (5.30 … Read More

RAHS WINTER 2017 CALENDAR RELEASED

Regional Seminar

Explore the many events that make up our Winter calendar – download the PDF version here http://bit.ly/2rio2th or from the RAHS website http://www.rahs.org.au/events-overview/ We have something for everyone this Winter – learn how to access and use Land Title Records, tour Victoria Barracks, Millers Point or the Art Gallery of NSW, attend a seminar at State Archives and Records NSW on building research skills, and be part of our regional seminars in Moree and the Central Coast, funded by Arts … Read More

AUSTRALIAN LIVES: AN INTIMATE HISTORY by Anisa Puri and Alistair Thomson

Australian Lives: An Intimate History illuminates Australian life across the 20th and into the 21st century: how Australian people have been shaped by the forces and expectations of contemporary history and how, in turn, they have made their lives and created Australian society. From oral history interviews with Australians born between 1920 and 1989, fifty narrators reflect on their diverse experiences as children and teenagers, in midlife and in old age, about faith, migration, work and play, aspiration and activism, … Read More

PAUL IRISH ‘HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW – THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE OF COASTAL SYDNEY’

In 2016 Historian Paul Irish and researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal Community produced a successful exhibition on Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney at History House, ‘This is Where They Travelled: Historical Aboriginal Lives in Sydney’. Paul has now released a publication ‘Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney’, which is available from all good book stores or online through NewSouth Books. Paul was also interviewed recently by Wendy Harmer on ABC Radio and his website ‘Coastal … Read More

‘The Making of the Australian Working Class’

Join History Council NSW at Ashfield Library on 8th June for ‘The Making of the Australian Working Class’. Book now for this free event! Sources for the mobility of ideas that explain the strength of working class culture in Australia are scarce. Traditionally, historians have focused on educated and mainly middle class Irish rebels, English Chartists, and Scottish martyrs to interpret the rise of working class culture in Australia. By shifting historical focus away from these sources and the ‘crime’ … Read More

RAHS Day Lecture: Direct Hit – The Bombing Of Darwin Post Office

Join us at History House on Wednesday 3 May for our next free day lecture. Brett Bowden will present ‘Direct Hit – The Bombing Of Darwin Post Office’. On the floor of the Northern Territory Parliament is a small plaque that reads: “ON 19 FEBRUARY 1942 AN ENEMY BOMB FELL HERE AND KILLED TEN PEOPLE.” It commemorates a major event in Australian history when 188 Japanese fighters and bombers launched a deadly air raid on Darwin. Among the targets was … Read More

A 2016 Heritage Grant-funded project – ‘Long Bay’ by Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy will be releasing his 2016 Heritage grant supported publication Long Bay in late 2017. Patrick has recently set up a website and Facebook page to help spread the word of his forthcoming publication. The Long Bay prison is historically significant as the only prison in Australia to be planned with separate prisons for men and women. The women’s prison, which opened in August 1909, was one of the earliest purpose-built female prisons in the world.  Situated on a … Read More

Copyright Amendment Bill

On 22 March 2017 the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill will end perpetual copyright for unpublished materials. As a result millions of historical manuscripts will be freed into the public domain on 1 January 2019. The Australian Libraries and Copyright Committee released a statement on the tabling of the Copyright Amendment Bill ─ Captain Cook’s Diaries Free Thanks to Copyright Bill. The full Press Statement is available by clicking here. According … Read More

BOOK LAUNCH – ‘Hugh Mahon: Patriot, Pressman, Politician’ Volume I: the years from 1857 to 1901’

You are invited to the launch of ‘Hugh Mahon: Patriot, Pressman, Politician’ Volume I: the years from 1857 to 1901’ by Jeff Kildea (Author of Tearing the Fabric: Sectarianism in Australia 1910-1925 (2002), ANZACS and Ireland (2007) and Wartime Australians: Billy Hughes (2008). The book will be launched by The Hon Bob Carr (formerly Premier of NSW and Minister for Foreign Affairs) at the home of the Royal Australian Historical Society: History House – 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney Wednesday 5 … Read More

New Publications in the RAHS Library

The History of Moorefield Racecourse, Sydney, Australia, 1888 – 1951 by Anne Field – Also available as hard copy or eBook from the author: http://annefield.net.au/category/moorefield-racecourse The Summit of Her Ambition – The Spirited Life of Marie Byles by Anne McLeod. Marie Byles – Lawyer, feminist, environmentalist, mountaineer, Buddhist – the exceptional story of the first woman to practise law in New South Wales. Also available from the author: www.annemcleod.com.au The Business of the Lane Cove River from 1788 by Brian … Read More

‘WOMEN’S BUSINESS: MIDWIVES ON THE MID NORTH COAST OF NSW TO 1950’ by Noeline Kyle

‘WOMEN’S BUSINESS: MIDWIVES ON THE MID NORTH COAST OF NSW TO 1950’ by Noeline Kyle The book details the training, careers, family life, business enterprises, travel to and between towns/villages, friendships and partnerships with other midwives or nurses, community participation and their contribution to the profession and their communities of more than 200 midwives and the 70 hospitals they established or managed. Normally $35, Noeline is offering a pre publication purchase price of $25 if purchased before 22 May 2017. … Read More

‘Blue Mountains Maps Through Time’ – Meeting and Public Talk

Saturday, 4 February 2017 – 99 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls On Saturday, 4 February 2017, the first Blue Mountains Historical Society (BMHS) monthly meeting and public lecture for 2017 will feature a presentation entitled ‘Blue Mountains Maps Through Time’ by noted Blue Mountains Historian and Cartographer, Brian Fox. It will be a show and tell presentation which, among other things, will feature an 1815 George Evans map, several rare maps of Wentworth Falls and other maps which will be used … Read More

DERBY LEPROSARIUM ON YOUTUBE

In November 2016 RAHS Guest Speaker Dr Charmaine Robson was kind enough to allow us to record her presentation ‘The Derby Leprosarium and its Aboriginal Inmates’, which we can now share with our members and friends on the RAHS YouTube Channel. In 1936, when Hansen’s disease (leprosy) in the Kimberley region of Western Australia became a cause for concern to state and federal governments, a leprosarium was built near the town of Derby for the detention and treatment of Indigenous … Read More

‘How Devonshire Street Cemetery Sydney is Presented Today as Public History in our Digital Online World’

Historian Cathy Dunn will speak on the technologies that are being used by public historians and the general public to access collections and research materials and discover more information and resources on this old cemetery of Sydney (1819 – 1901). Gone are the days of travelling and spending hours or even days in libraries and archives repositories doing research, plodding through catalogue cards and even struggling with placing microfilm reels on the film readers. What technology and online media platforms … Read More