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


‘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


‘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