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

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

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

Armidale Family History Group 2017 ANNUAL SEMINAR

Saturday, 21 October 2017 @ 9.15am – 4.00pm Research Centre, Kentucky Street, Armidale NSW ‘AN AMAZING RESOURCE – OUR FEMALE ANCESTORS’ Dr Catherine Bishop ‘Not Just Pin Money: Colonial Women in Business’ Graham Wilson OAM ‘Go Bush Young Lady or Get Out’ Jillian Oppenheimer, OAM ‘Difficult times for our Pioneer Women’ Dr Catherine Bishop ‘Challenging Women? Living Alone on the early 20th Century Australian Frontier’ Click here for more information.

A new addition to the RAHS Flickr Page – Woodley – 1936 Album

Our latest addition to the RAHS Flickr page is a fascinating album of photographs donated to The Royal Australian Historical Society by Ray Woodley of Palmerston North, New Zealand in 2015. The album records a 1936 trip to Australia made by Ray’s uncle, Dave who lived in Wellington, New Zealand. Click here: www.flickr.com/photos/royalaustralianhistoricalsociety/albums Like a Facebook page today, the photos in this album show us the curated version of Dave’s trip as it was presented to friends and family. But … Read More

Indigenous Oral Histories – An RAHS/Oral History NSW joint seminar

From community-driven and university-based projects, to the collecting initiatives of libraries, archives and museums, the oral history work being undertaken with Indigenous communities across Australia is extensive. In this seminar, you’ll hear from Associate Professor Heidi Norman, who has expertise in conducting research about Aboriginal land rights, Dr. Dino Hodge, an activist and academic renowned for his explorations of Indigenous Australian queer histories, and archivist Kirsten Thorpe, who leads the Indigenous Services team at the State Library of NSW. The … Read More

LIVERPOOL TO HOLDSWORTHY RAILWAY

Moorebank Heritage Group has shared with us the upcoming exhibition and events on the historically significant LIVERPOOL TO HOLDSWORTHY RAILWAY, the only railway constructed during WWI by the Commonwealth for military purposes. Exhibition from Saturday 8 July to Saturday 2 September 2017 at Liverpool Regional Museum – 462 Hume Highway, Liverpool Bookings required at mylibrary.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/whats-on

PROTECT PARRAMATTA’S HERITAGE: OBJECT TO PARRAMATTA NORTH DRAFT DCP AND DA/1124/2016

Attendees of the 2016 RAHS Conference in Wollongong would have heard Suzette Meade, President of the North Parramatta Resident’s Group (NPRAG), discuss the work NPRAG has carried out to protect and promote Parramatta’s heritage. To view Suzette’s presentation on YouTube, click here. Suzette has set up a template submission portal to enable people to easily make a submission objecting to the Draft DCP and the first DA from Urban Growth NSW, which is to approve the subdivision of Fleet Street … Read More

PAUL IRISH ‘HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW – THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE OF COASTAL SYDNEY’

In 2016 Historian Paul Irish and researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal Community produced a successful exhibition on Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney at History House, ‘This is Where They Travelled: Historical Aboriginal Lives in Sydney’. Paul has now released a publication ‘Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney’, which is available from all good book stores or online through NewSouth Books. Paul was also interviewed recently by Wendy Harmer on ABC Radio and his website ‘Coastal … Read More

‘The Making of the Australian Working Class’

Join History Council NSW at Ashfield Library on 8th June for ‘The Making of the Australian Working Class’. Book now for this free event! Sources for the mobility of ideas that explain the strength of working class culture in Australia are scarce. Traditionally, historians have focused on educated and mainly middle class Irish rebels, English Chartists, and Scottish martyrs to interpret the rise of working class culture in Australia. By shifting historical focus away from these sources and the ‘crime’ … 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

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

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF AUSSIE DIGGER HUMOUR – ONE WAY AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD

A message from the NSW Lancers Memorial Museum: 10am to 4pm daily, 6th and 7th May 2017 After the solemnity and reflection of ANZAC Day, the NSW Lancers Memorial Museum is running an unusual exhibition showing how Diggers have poked fun at danger, injury, appalling conditions and the pompous (usually Officers), from the Boer War in 1899 to the present day. Using a rich and rare collection of soldier’s diaries, cartoons, official and unofficial trench news sheets, unit publications and … Read More

A 2016 Heritage Grant-funded project – ‘Long Bay’ by Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy will be releasing his 2016 Heritage grant supported publication Long Bay in late 2017. Patrick has recently set up a website and Facebook page to help spread the word of his forthcoming publication. The Long Bay prison is historically significant as the only prison in Australia to be planned with separate prisons for men and women. The women’s prison, which opened in August 1909, was one of the earliest purpose-built female prisons in the world.  Situated on a … 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