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

Kilmainham to Kalgoorlie: The Life and Times of Hugh Mahon

Join us on Wednesday 4th October for our next Day Lecture – ‘Kilmainham to Kalgoorlie: The Life and Times of Hugh Mahon’ with guest speaker Dr Jeff Kildea. 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 … Read More

2017 RAHS SPRING CALENDAR

The 2017 RAHS Spring Calendar is now available to download and view online. There are still a few places available for RAHS Senior Vice President Christine Yeats’ workshop ‘Trove – A “flagship discovery service” for all researchers’, and our long-running Day Lecture series continues on the first Wednesday of the month. RAHS President Carol Liston will present ‘Land Title Records’, providing guidance to assist researchers in accessing and using the historically significant records that Land and Property Information is making … Read More

History is Hot: Postgraduate students present their research

History House

The ‘History is Hot’ series is an opportunity for RAHS members and friends to hear about recent research findings in Australian history and how they impact our understanding and interpretation of the past. You are invited to join postgraduate students who will discuss their research projects. Click here to book online or email history@rahs.org.au. Date and Time: Thursday November 2 @ 6pm – 7.30pm Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney Cost: Free – Elicia Taylor, PhD candidate, University of Newcastle ‘Unspeakably … Read More

2017 RAHS Conference Program Takes Shape

The speaker program for the upcoming 2017 RAHS Conference in Cowra on 28-29 October has well and truly come together since our last update. The program will feature a number of skills-based presentations – valuable learning opportunities for all. Jenna Bain from the State Library of NSW will present ‘From New York to Nimbin: Amplifying the Library’s sound archive via open-source and the machine’, sharing the successful development and implementation of ‘Amplify’, a platform for the delivery and transcription of … Read More

Geotechnical Investigations at History House

Preliminary work on the History House Building Project commenced on Thursday 3 August with a limited excavation of the Phillip Lane loading bay to carry out geotechnical investigations into the foundations of the 1970s addition to the original 1870s heritage building. This addition replaced the rear service wing, which was demolished to build the History House auditorium. The geotechnical investigations will provide the necessary information on the nature of the piles, their location and strength test. The History House Building … Read More

2017 RAHS CONFERENCE WEBSITE LAUNCHED

‘Finding Lost Places, Lost People’ The website for the upcoming RAHS Conference in Cowra NSW is now online and bookings are open! Browse the conference program, choose your conference history tours, and start planning a fantastic weekend in Cowra in October. http://www.rahs.org.au/2017-rahs-conference/ The theme of the 2017 RAHS Conference is ‘Finding Lost Places, Lost People’. 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 … 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

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

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

MOREE REGIONAL SEMINAR – SATURDAY 8TH JULY

The RAHS in conjunction with Gwydir Family History Society Inc. presents the Moree Regional Seminar. Bookings are open for the RAHS’ next regional seminar, funded by Create NSW, this time in Moree NSW. Learn about accessing and using Land Title Records with RAHS President Carol Liston. RAHS Senior Vice President Christine Yeats will discuss the resources available for researchers wanting to discover how houses were furnished by our ancestors, and the wealth of Government Gazettes which are now available online … 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/ASHET Lecture: Yaralla, Concord – its landscape heritage

Yaralla, Concord

Join the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology (ASHET) and speaker Stuart Read on the evening of Thursday 27 April for a lecture on the ‘Yaralla’ estate in Concord, Sydney. Hidden in inner-west Sydney, on the Parramatta River are 2 peninsulae marking the domain of the Walker family: merchant Thomas and only child, Eadith. Both were willed to NSW’s people as convalescent hospitals. Yaralla (Dame Eadith Walker Convalescent Hospital)’s expansive grounds are a little-known surprise. Paddocks in Concord … 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

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

CULTURE AND OUR CITY – City of Parramatta Cultural Plan Consultation

A message from the City of Parramatta: It is an exciting time for culture, arts and entertainment in the City of Parramatta. We are experiencing a period of dramatic change and transformation. Our City is rapidly growing, building and evolving. We are on a fast-track to becoming Sydney’s central city. A smart global city that sets the vision for great Australian cities. A Cultural Discussion Paper has been developed to capture the many conversations and community feedback about our cultural … 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