2017 RAHS Conference

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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 important role to play in ensuring that their communities’ history does not get lost and that members of the broader community can find out about their work so that they too can learn and contribute to this history. Lost communities can be remembered and found through written archival records, photographs and voice recordings. The digital … Read More

RAHS/Oral History NSW Workshop – Capturing Memories: Oral History in the Digital Age

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A practical workshop for all interested in recording the experiences of family, friends, local community, history of museum items or any other project incorporating memories of the past. Are you interested in recording the memories of your family, your community or your workplace? Then come along to this very popular and informative workshop to equip you to undertake oral history interviews. Workshop leaders will be Pauline Curby, an experienced oral historian and Andrew Host, whose 35 years experience as a … Read More

RAHS Day Lecture – Kilmainham to Kalgoorlie: The Life and Times of Hugh Mahon

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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 minister. Dr Jeff Kildea, is Adjunct Professor in Irish Studies at UNSW and was Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin in 2014. He is … Read More

RAHS/WEA: Trove – A “flagship discovery service” for all researchers

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Mention the National Library’s wonderful search engine Trove and images of digitised newspapers come to mind, including that most salacious of papers the Sydney Truth. However, Trove is so much more. It brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collecting organisations big and small across Australia under one umbrella. Join Christine Yeats archivist, librarian and professional historian and discover some of the mysteries of Trove as she guides you along its research byways and pathways. … 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

LENNOX HEAD HERITAGE COMMITTEE – ‘SURFING LENNOX’

To coincide with the 10-year anniversary of the Lennox National Surfing Reserve in February 2018, a ‘Surfing Lennox’ crew are compiling a book documenting the history of surfing around the Lennox region. Robyn Hargrave, Convenor, Lennox Head Heritage Committee explained, “In 2008 the Surfing Reserve was recognised as a site of environmental, cultural and historical significance to the Australian surfing culture. We have assembled an experienced volunteer ‘surf-crew’ working with the Lennox Head Heritage Committee to preserve our surfing history.” … Read More