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. While you are visiting, check out our Book Fair and listen to historians speaking about the events, people and places that contributed to Australia’s history. There will be interesting ten minute talks every half hour between 11.30am and 3pm. There is no need to book, just turn up! Image: History House pre-1870. The townhouse, which has become known as History House, … Read More

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.  

RAHS/ASHET: Corrugated Iron – Australia’s Iconic Building Material

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This very visual presentation supported by many photographs from Sydney to the outback, shows the extensive use of corrugated iron in Australia. It explores the many reasons why it became such a popular material, embraced by the working class and at first spurned by major builders – until Prince Albert ordered a corrugated iron room at Balmoral Castle. Australians generally proved to be innovative metal workers and used the material in a great variety of ways from housing to the … Read More

COLLINGWOOD: AN HISTORIC HOUSE IN LIVERPOOL

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

LOST IN PHOTOGRAPHS

A two day program in November providing invaluable help with your photographs! Bookings at www.sag.org.au

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