Sydney Harbour – How did it get so wet? An RAHS/NAW Excursion

The distinctive sandstone of Sydney’s cliffs and rock shelters is the product of hundreds of thousands of years of geological history. Within this ancient landscape, the original Australians have been witness to massive changes in climate and environment over at least the past 40,000 years. One of the most obvious to us now is Sydney Harbour, which was created as the rising sea level gradually flooded an occupied river valley. Join geoarchaeologist Sam Player for a walk around Blackwattle Bay and into Pyrmont to look … Read More

Convict Women in the Female Factories of New South Wales

Our recent sharing of the online petition from Parramatta Female Factory Friends, ‘Declare the Parramatta Female Factory a site of world heritage significance’ received much attention and reached over 4000 people. Just added to the RAHS website is ‘Convict Women in the Female Factories of New South Wales’ written by RAHS President, Associate Professor Carol Liston, which you can access by clicking on the following link: The petition is also still online and available to sign here:

The 2015 RAHS Conference Website is now online and bookings are open

The Royal Australian Historical Society is pleased to announce that the 2015 RAHS Conference website is now online: The theme is ‘Migration Matters’ and the vibrancy and diversity of Bankstown makes it the perfect location for this year’s conference. Explore the conference website, which contains the full conference program, including tours, booking details, transport and accommodation information and much more. (Please note: To attend a tour you must be an attendee of the conference) Download a conference program and … Read More

A 2014 NSW Heritage Grants Project – Chinese Life Stories of the Sutherland Shire

Lucky When Dropped, Lan Wang 2006 - Chinese Digital Story Image

In 2014 The Gymea Community Aid and Information Service (GCAIS) received a NSW Heritage Grant administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government. Applications for 2015/2016 NSW Heritage Grants are now open. Click here for information. The Gymea Community Aid and Information Service (GCAIS) is well known in the Sutherland Shire for its wide-ranging community service work including work with immigrant communities who live in the Sutherland Shire. GCAIS is also interested in preserving the … Read More

RAHS EXCURSION: Sydney Jewish Museum

Join RAHS librarian Donna Newton on a visit to the Sydney Jewish Museum. The Museum provides visitors with eight exhibition areas, life-size sculptures and dioramas. Visitors view original documents and newspapers and interact with multimedia displays. The permanent exhibitions show many aspects of Jewish life, culture and history in Australia and overseas. Click here for booking information.