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

Copyright Amendment Bill

On 22 March 2017 the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill will end perpetual copyright for unpublished materials. As a result millions of historical manuscripts will be freed into the public domain on 1 January 2019. The Australian Libraries and Copyright Committee released a statement on the tabling of the Copyright Amendment Bill ─ Captain Cook’s Diaries Free Thanks to Copyright Bill. The full Press Statement is available by clicking here. According … Read More

THE CONVICT LOTTERY by Peter Edwards

An invitation from the City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA): Peter Edwards is a member of Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) and also one of the earliest members of City of Sydney Historical Association. He was a committee member for several years, only resigning when he needed more time to finish his book. After many years of research Peter Edwards has completed his book, The Convict Lottery. You are invited to attend the launch, which has been arranged by City … Read More

HAZEL DE BERG AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ORAL HISTORY

Oral History event, RAHS

Oral History Australia has established an award to recognise people who have made an outstanding contribution to the cause of oral history in Australia. The Award is not restricted to members of Oral History Australia. The inaugural award was presented at the International Oral History Association Conference Sydney in 2006. To commemorate her pioneering work in oral history, the award has been named the Hazel de Berg Award for Excellence in Oral History. Closing date for the applications for the … Read More

New Publications in the RAHS Library

The History of Moorefield Racecourse, Sydney, Australia, 1888 – 1951 by Anne Field – Also available as hard copy or eBook from the author: http://annefield.net.au/category/moorefield-racecourse The Summit of Her Ambition – The Spirited Life of Marie Byles by Anne McLeod. Marie Byles – Lawyer, feminist, environmentalist, mountaineer, Buddhist – the exceptional story of the first woman to practise law in New South Wales. Also available from the author: www.annemcleod.com.au The Business of the Lane Cove River from 1788 by Brian … 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

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