History Council of NSW Awards and Prizes

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history. There a number of yearly awards and prizes outlined on the History Council of NSW website (and below) totalling $6,500 in prize money. Aboriginal History Prize – Encourages students and other beginning historians (up to post-doctoral career) in the writing of Australian Aboriginal history, including Torres Strait Islander history, from … 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

PATHFINDERS NSW – A HISTORY OF NSW ABORIGINAL TRACKERS

In May 2015 Michael Bennett, historian for the Native Title Service Corporation, recorded material for the RAHS YouTube channel about his work on bringing together his research on Aboriginal Trackers in New South Wales. You can now access Michael’s research on ‘The Pathfinders – the History of NSW Aboriginal Trackers’, which was launched in November by the Police Commissioner, Mr Scipione. The website provides an overview of the history of trackers from 1862 when the current NSW Police Force was … 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

Parramatta Female Factory – Federal Petition for World Heritage

A message from Parramatta Female Factory Friends: Parramatta Female Factory is the earliest surviving convict female site in Australia. It predates all but three of the World Heritage Convict sites. One in seven Australians are descended from the women who passed through its doors. Our Australian Identity is bound up in the histories of the female factory. The only sure way for the site to remain in public hands with access for all Australians to this heritage is for it … 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

TARELLA OPEN DAY – SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017

From our friends at Blue Mountains Historical Society: TARELLA OPEN DAY – SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017 Tarella, the Blue Mountains Historical Society’s historic cottage, and an Exhibition of the art work of its curator, Linsi Braith, will be open for viewing from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Sunday 26 February 2017 at 99 Blaxland Rd, Wentworth Falls. Linsi beautifully paints old advertising signs as a hobby. If you are curious about this slightly different style of art, come and explore. Enjoy … 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

‘WOMEN’S BUSINESS: MIDWIVES ON THE MID NORTH COAST OF NSW TO 1950’ by Noeline Kyle

‘WOMEN’S BUSINESS: MIDWIVES ON THE MID NORTH COAST OF NSW TO 1950’ by Noeline Kyle The book details the training, careers, family life, business enterprises, travel to and between towns/villages, friendships and partnerships with other midwives or nurses, community participation and their contribution to the profession and their communities of more than 200 midwives and the 70 hospitals they established or managed. Normally $35, Noeline is offering a pre publication purchase price of $25 if purchased before 22 May 2017. … Read More

UNESCO MEMORY OF THE WORLD AUSTRALIAN REGISTER – INSCRIPTION CEREMONY

The Inscription Ceremony for new entries on the UNESCO Memory of the World Australian Register was held at the Canberra Museum + Gallery on 9 February. Seven items were added to the register. They included the James Tyson Papers. The Deniliquin & District Historical Society – one of the RAHS affiliates – holds part of this collection. This is the first time that documentary material held in a local historical society has been inscribed on the Australian register. Click here … 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

Australia Day 2017 Honours – Congratulations to RAHS President, Associate Professor Carol Liston

Royal Australian Historical Society Councillors and Staff would like to take this opportunity to warmly congratulate RAHS President, Associate Professor Carol Liston, on the award Officer (AO) in General Division of the Order Of Australia, for distinguished service to the preservation and documentation of Australian history and heritage, to professional societies, and to education as a teacher and mentor. We would also like to congratulate the following recipients: Officer AO in the General Division of the Order Mr Terence Henry … 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

‘Tarella’ Open Day – Blue Mountains Historical Society

Begin the New Year with a visit to ‘Tarella’, the Blue Mountains Historical Society’s 19th century cottage and museum at 99 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls. ‘Tarella’ will be open from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Sunday 29 January 2017. Come along and explore Tarella’s story. Wander through the cottage and see how our forebears lived a hundred years ago. Learn about the evolution of a Blue Mountains holiday home from 1900 to 2015. The very popular garden stall will also be … Read More

‘This Is Where They Travelled: Historical Aboriginal Lives In Sydney’ heading to Wollongong

It is often wrongly assumed that Aboriginal people disappeared from Sydney in the nineteenth century, or lost their cultural links to the area. NSW History Fellow Paul Irish and researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal community in Sydney have created an exhibition, which maps the lives of a number of Aboriginal people with connections to the coastal part of Sydney, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their movements tell us much about their continuing cultural and family connections both … 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

‘Whole Histories’ Keeping the Stories Alive

Yass and District Historical Society Inc. presents ‘Whole Histories’ Keeping the Stories Alive Join the Yass and District Historical Society Inc. at St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 April 2017. Keynote speaker, Dr Mathew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia will join Dr Carol Liston, President of the Royal Australian Historical Society, together with fourteen speakers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, to give thought provoking presentations sure to fire the imaginations … Read More

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

A Happy New Year to all our members and friends. We hope you have had (or are still enjoying) a relaxing break. History House reopened for 2017 on Tuesday 3rd January. Don’t forget our first event for the year is the annual ‘History House Open Day: Potluck History and Book Sale’: Call in to History … Read More

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