HISTORY WEEK 2017 DEADLINES

History Week 2017 (2-10 September) is almost here, with event registration and Speaker Connect deadlines fast approaching! The theme for History Week 2017 is ‘popular culture’. As History Week enters its 20th year, History Council of NSW members are invited to celebrate popular culture across the decades, investigate its construction and analyse its impact on communities and individuals. How has popular culture, whether it be music, theatre, dance, film, television, sport or fashion, changed over time? Who defines it, and why? What … Read More

OUR LATEST UPLOAD TO YOUTUBE: ‘Direct Hit: The Bombing of Darwin Post Office’

On Wednesday 3rd May at History House, Brett Bowden, Professor of History and Politics at Western Sydney University told the story of the bombing of Darwin during World War II; the Post Office in Darwin at the time suffered a direct hit. Taking cover in a slit trench in the backyard of the Postmaster’s residence were nine members of the Postmaster-General’s Department, including the Postmaster, his wife and daughter – all nine were killed instantly. The presentation is now available … Read More

2017 TROVE ROADSHOWS

May and June 2017 Join the Trove team as they help you find out more about making your organisation’s content available in Trove, improving the discovery of your collection, and options for digitisation. There will be two separate presentations in each location – one for larger organisations (collections larger than 20,000 digital items) and another for smaller organisations. Larger organisations – find out how to make your collections available, increase the number of your collections within Trove and improve how … 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

RAHS/ASHET Lecture: Yaralla, Concord – its landscape heritage

Yaralla, Concord

Join the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology (ASHET) and speaker Stuart Read on the evening of Thursday 27 April for a lecture on the ‘Yaralla’ estate in Concord, Sydney. Hidden in inner-west Sydney, on the Parramatta River are 2 peninsulae marking the domain of the Walker family: merchant Thomas and only child, Eadith. Both were willed to NSW’s people as convalescent hospitals. Yaralla (Dame Eadith Walker Convalescent Hospital)’s expansive grounds are a little-known surprise. Paddocks in Concord … Read More

ARTS NSW CULTURAL GRANTS – NOW OPEN

Applications are now open for the Arts NSW Cultural grants program. This program supports local history and heritage projects that facilitate the understanding of the history of the people and places of New South Wales. The Society will distribute $50,000 in grants in 2017, which will be awarded at the RAHS Conference in Cowra in October. This year applications must be made using the online grants management system SmartyGrants. If you have not used this system before and plan to … 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

HAZEL DE BERG AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ORAL HISTORY

Oral History event, RAHS

Oral History Australia has established an award to recognise people who have made an outstanding contribution to the cause of oral history in Australia. The Award is not restricted to members of Oral History Australia. The inaugural award was presented at the International Oral History Association Conference Sydney in 2006. To commemorate her pioneering work in oral history, the award has been named the Hazel de Berg Award for Excellence in Oral History. Closing date for the applications for the … 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

Wauchope District Regional Seminar – final session confirmed

The third and final session for the upcoming RAHS/Wauchope District Regional Seminar has been confirmed. RAHS President Carol Liston and RAHS Senior Vice President Christine Yeats will present Research tips and tactics – Advice on ways to organise your research so that it is more focused and productive. This session is in addition to the following: Accessing Land Titles Records: How to access them from home and understand what they mean – Associate Professor Carol Liston will provide advice and … Read More

An Evening with ASHET: 1914 Grand Prix Delage – Resurrecting a Sole Survivor

Spend an evening with our friends from the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology (ASHET) and guest speaker Philip Guilfoyle on Tuesday 28th February at History House: ‘1914 Grand Prix Delage – Resurrecting a Sole Survivor’ Hear the story of the resurrection of the only surviving 1914 Grand Prix Delage car in the world – a vehicle of technical and historical significance – using digital technology and additive manufacturing to re-manufacture the engine block casting. These methods can … Read More

Writing ‘New South Wales and the Great War’ – Our next free Day Lecture

On Wednesday 1st March at History House Naomi Parry, co-author of New South Wales and the Great War, will discuss the impact of the First World War on the ordinary citizens of NSW, not just in the theatres of combat but at home in our cities, towns and rural communities, and reveal some of the treasures from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales, State Records NSW, the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park and regional libraries and museums, … Read More

SKIRTS ON SACRED BENCHES!

Historic Re-enactment at Parliament House In the same year that the first woman swam across the English Channel and Mussolini’s decree banned all women in Italy from holding public office, back home our very own Millicent Preston Stanley, the first woman MP in New South Wales, fought her extraordinary battle for the rights of mothers to retain custody of their infant childen. From the Public Galleries of the Legislative Assembly Chamber, travel back to 1926 to witness Millicent go head … Read More

EPIC JOURNEYS: CROSS-CONTINENTAL EXPEDITIONS IN AUSTRALIA AND THE USA

The nineteenth century Burke and Wills and Lewis and Clark expeditions in Australia and the United States respectively were amazing feats of stamina and courage. Mike’s talk outlines the rationale for the expeditions and reviews their parallels while highlighting some of the incredible events that occurred during them. Mike Dorany is on the committee of the Burke and Wills Historical Society. During 2015 he spent three weeks following the Burke and Wills track from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. … Read More

RAHS/Wauchope District Regional Seminar – 18th March

Join us in Wauchope on Saturday 18th March, in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, for our next regional seminar. RAHS President Carol Liston will provide guidance to assist researchers in accessing and using the historically significant records that Land and Property Information is making available through its SIX Portal. RAHS Senior Vice President Christine Yeats will discuss the range of printed and archival resources available to researchers to assist in discovering how your ancestors may have … 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

SAVE THE DATE! ORAL HISTORY AUSTRALIA CONFERENCE

The Oral History Australia Conference is being held in Sydney from 13th-16th September 2017. The conference theme, ‘Moving memories: Oral history in a Global World’ promises to stimulate interesting discussion amongst participants. International guest speakers include Indira Chowdhury (India) and Dalia Leinarte (Lithuania). Learn about current work in oral history in Australia and overseas, explore how it makes a contribution, and exchange ideas with others; To learn about how oral history is being used in different ways across museums, galleries, … 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