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

PARRAMATTA FEMALE FACTORY AND INSTITUTIONS PRECINCT: NATIONAL HERITAGE LISTING ANNOUNCED

The Parramatta Female Factory and Institutions Precinct was added to the National Heritage Listing on Tuesday 14th of November 2017: it is the 113th item to be classified as a national heritage place. Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said that the precinct was “highly valued for its heritage importance by the local, state and national community and this National Heritage listing will allow the Australian community to stand witness to the lives and experiences of women and children who lived there”. … 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.

LOST IN PHOTOGRAPHS

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

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

2017 RAHS SPRING CALENDAR

The 2017 RAHS Spring Calendar is now available to download and view online. There are still a few places available for RAHS Senior Vice President Christine Yeats’ workshop ‘Trove – A “flagship discovery service” for all researchers’, and our long-running Day Lecture series continues on the first Wednesday of the month. RAHS President Carol Liston will present ‘Land Title Records’, providing guidance to assist researchers in accessing and using the historically significant records that Land and Property Information is making … 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

Congratulations to RAHS Councillor Dr Peter Hobbins

Congratulations to all recipients of the NSW Premier’s History Awards and in particular RAHS Councillor Dr Peter Hobbins on being awarded the NSW Community and Regional History Prize for ‘Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia’s Immigrant Past’ which he co-authored with Ursula K. Frederick and Anne Clarke. The book is the culmination of a three-year project run by the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney, which integrated the work of archaeologists, historians and heritage practitioners to … 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

2017 RAHS Conference Program Takes Shape

The speaker program for the upcoming 2017 RAHS Conference in Cowra on 28-29 October has well and truly come together since our last update. The program will feature a number of skills-based presentations – valuable learning opportunities for all. Jenna Bain from the State Library of NSW will present ‘From New York to Nimbin: Amplifying the Library’s sound archive via open-source and the machine’, sharing the successful development and implementation of ‘Amplify’, a platform for the delivery and transcription of … Read More

Our latest addition to YouTube: ‘Whereas We The Members: The Associations Incorporation Act 2016 and your Constitution’

‘Whereas We The Members: The Associations Incorporation Act 2016 and your Constitution’ with guest speakers RAHS Councillor Dr Bruce Baskerville and RAHS General Manager Suzanne Holohan. The Associations Incorporation Act 2009 in NSW has been amended and the existing Regulation replaced with a new Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016. The changes to the association laws took effect on 1 September 2016 and include a number of amendments. Learn how historical societies can comply with the key changes. Click here to view … Read More

BLUE MOUNTAINS FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY INC. SEMINAR

‘Settling the Blue Mountains’ This Seminar will be held in Springwood in the Blue Mountains on Saturday 9th September 2017. from 9:00am until 4:00pm in the Baptist Church Hall, 313 Macquarie Road, Springwood. Application forms may be downloaded by clicking here. The Seminar is priced at $40 per person and includes Morning Tea and Lunch. Applications close on Friday 1st September, 2017.

PayPal Accounts and Incorporated Associations

Is your society an incorporated association under the Associations Incorporation Act? Does your society also have a PayPal account through which you can make and receive payments? Incorporated associations seeking to open a PayPal account may have run into difficulties because the association is not a company or other corporation under the Corporations laws, and so has not been able to open an account. It seems there may be issue that incorporated associations, as they exist under legislation in the … 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

RAHS/Society of Australian Genealogists Seminar: Introduction to Building your Research Skills

There’s more to a successful research project than meets the eye. This seminar will offer you advice and guidance on how to make the best use of the free online indexes and digitised records on the State Archives website plus the rich resources of the Lands Kiosks, located in the State Archives reading room. You will also learn about research ethics and the online environment and finally some advice on how best to organise your research results. Click here to … Read More

Whitmore Album on Flickr

Our latest addition to the RAHS Flickr Channel is an album donated by Mr Ron Whitmore in 2015. These photos, probably dating to the late 1930s, record a trip to the Illawarra and South Coast of NSW that included Northern Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Seven Mile Beach and Jervis Bay. The unknown photographer most likely made the trip by car, which sets this album apart from many of the holiday albums that have been donated to the RAHS. Another interesting aspect … Read More

THE HUGUENOTS: FRENCH REFORMERS – THEIR FAITH & DIASPORA

A one-day conference and dinner hosted by the Huguenot Society of Australia. This year, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a major movement which changed the face of Western Christianity and European culture forever. The Huguenot Society of Australia is marking this significant anniversary with a historical conference about the French Protestants, the Huguenots, who were an important part of this movement. Speakers will consider aspects of the Huguenot story in France, in Britain and other parts of … Read More

STORIES BY THE FIRESIDE WITH PERRY MCINTYRE

An invitation from The Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee (GIFCC): The Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee are delighted to invite its supporters to a fundraising event in support of The Great Irish Famine Memorial Refugee Scholarship. Join the GIFCC by the fireside at History House and hear readings from historian, Dr Perry McIntyre. Raffle tickets will be available – visit the GIFCC Facebook page for prize information: Click here to book online. Light refreshments will be provided. Places are limited, so secure … Read More