150 Years on Pyrmont Peninsula: The Catholic Community of Saint Bede 1867–2017

The Parish of St Bede, Pyrmont invites RAHS Members and friends to the launch of the book ‘150 Years on Pyrmont Peninsula: The Catholic Community of Saint Bede 1867 – 2017’ (ATF Press) This parish history by Colin Fowler will be launched by historian Edmund Campion. St Bede’s Church – 43 Pyrmont Street Pyrmont Sunday 5th February at 3pm The launch will mark the commencement of the community’s celebration of the sesquicentenary of Saint Bede’s Pyrmont. Light refreshments will be … Read More


Several dozen titles have been added to the RAHS Shop this week, covering a range of Australian history topics across several decades. www.rahs.org.au/shop Browse these titles and more: ‘The Grand Parade: A History of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales’ ‘Hawkesbury Settlement Revealed: A New Look at Australia’s Third Mainland Settlement, 1793-1802’ ‘Australia’s Heritage Sketchbook’ ‘Parliament of New South Wales 1856 – 1965’ ‘A Source of Inspiration & Delight: The Buildings of the State Library of New South … Read More


The Royal Australian Historical Society, the Madden Family and Halstead Press are pleased to announce the long awaited publication of the late Lesley Muir’s investigation into political corruption, developer donations and the impact of powerful lobby groups on the design and construction of Sydney’s metropolitan railway and tramway network in the 19th century. With an introduction by Elizabeth Farrelly, ‘Shady Acres’ foreshadows the transport shortcomings that the city and its suburbs endure today. SPECIAL OFFER $45 To order online, click … Read More


calendar events

Our Calendar of Events for the summer season has just been released. We have excursions to Government House, the Australian National Maritime Museum and The Rocks Discovery Museum/YHA Big Dig Site planned (numbers are limited so book early to secure your place). Guest speakers at History House will present a range of history topics, including the occupational pursuits of Greek-Australians, New South Wales and the Great War, and the life of Marie Byles – the first female solicitor of NSW, … Read More

Expressions of Interest: A Women’s History Project – ‘The Governors’ Ladies’

Expressions of Interest                               www.rahs.org.au/governors-ladies-project The Royal Australian Historical Society, at the invitation of Mrs. Hurley, wife of the Governor of New South Wales, invites Expressions of Interest in this project. Mrs. Hurley is interested in the stories of the women who lived at Government House and has asked the Royal Australian Historical Society to manage the project. The Governors’ Ladies were not always wives: there … Read More


The 2016 Transport Heritage Grants awards were held on Saturday 19 November at the recently opened Sydney Bus Museum in Leichhardt. This year’s grants awarded more than $165,000 to not for profit organisations across NSW to help fund projects to conserve and restore heritage assets, as well as educate the community about the history of transport in NSW. Congratulations to all recipients! Click here to see the full list of transport heritage grant recipients.

Hilary Bell: The History of Sydney in Verse – The Marvellous Funambulist of Middle Harbour and Other Sydney Firsts

City of Sydney Historical Association SATURDAY 12TH NOVEMBER AT 2PM ‘Hilary Bell: The History of Sydney in Verse: The Marvellous Funambulist of Middle Harbour and Other Sydney Firsts’ Writer Hilary Bell will talk about her new book and the historical firsts it contains. This is an entertaining history of unexpected ‘firsts’ that have happened in Sydney. From the first use of ether by a dental surgeon, to Quong Tart’s first tea rooms, the book explores a number of people, places … Read More

‘Snowy Campbell: Australian Pioneer Investigator of the Human Brain’

This new book by Malcolm Macmillan, Professorial Fellow, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, has been published by Australian Scholarly Publishing. Beginning in 1901, Alfred Walter (Snowy) Campbell began investigating the cytoarchitectonic structure of the whole human brain and published his findings between then and 1904. In 1905, when his ‘Histological Studies on the Localisation of Cerebral Function’ was published by the Royal Society (London) it immediately made him the world authority on the subject. By the 1930s his … Read More