RAHS History House Open Day: Pot Luck History and Book Sale

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Call into History House between 10am and 4pm on Australia Day for a chance to visit our beautiful heritage building. While you are visiting, check out our Book Fair and listen to historians speaking about the events, people and places that contributed to Australia’s history. There will be interesting ten minute talks every half hour between 11.30am and 3pm. There is no need to book, just turn up! Image: History House pre-1870. The townhouse, which has become known as History House, … Read More

2017 RAHS Christmas Party

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2017 christmas party

Join us to celebrate the festive season and the Royal Australian Historical Society’s achievements in 2017. This is a wonderful opportunity for members to meet RAHS staff, Councillors and other long-standing members. For catering purposes please RSVP by Friday 1st December. Image: ‘A Jolly Christmas’ 1909 [RAHS Collection]

RAHS/ASHET: Corrugated Iron – Australia’s Iconic Building Material

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This very visual presentation supported by many photographs from Sydney to the outback, shows the extensive use of corrugated iron in Australia. It explores the many reasons why it became such a popular material, embraced by the working class and at first spurned by major builders – until Prince Albert ordered a corrugated iron room at Balmoral Castle. Australians generally proved to be innovative metal workers and used the material in a great variety of ways from housing to the … Read More

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