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

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

Technology and tradition combine in an evocative exploration of Indigenous history

Acclaimed artist Robert Andrew will showcase three new works exploring his Australian Indigenous history with use of contemporary technology in ‘Robert Andrew: Our mutable histories’ at Museum of Brisbane from 3 March to 16 July 2017. Commissioned by Museum of Brisbane, Andrew’s works uncover, reveal and re-present aspects of Australian Indigenous history that have been previously hidden, distorted and denied, and have been largely formed by unravelling the effects of colonialism on his own family history. ‘Our mutable histories’ gives … Read More

‘Tarella’ Open Day – Blue Mountains Historical Society

Begin the New Year with a visit to ‘Tarella’, the Blue Mountains Historical Society’s 19th century cottage and museum at 99 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls. ‘Tarella’ will be open from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Sunday 29 January 2017. Come along and explore Tarella’s story. Wander through the cottage and see how our forebears lived a hundred years ago. Learn about the evolution of a Blue Mountains holiday home from 1900 to 2015. The very popular garden stall will also be … Read More

‘This Is Where They Travelled: Historical Aboriginal Lives In Sydney’ heading to Wollongong

It is often wrongly assumed that Aboriginal people disappeared from Sydney in the nineteenth century, or lost their cultural links to the area. NSW History Fellow Paul Irish and researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal community in Sydney have created an exhibition, which maps the lives of a number of Aboriginal people with connections to the coastal part of Sydney, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their movements tell us much about their continuing cultural and family connections both … Read More

RUSSELL WORKMAN – IMAGES OF SYDNEY: 1960s

City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA) presents: RUSSELL WORKMAN – IMAGES OF SYDNEY: 1960s SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2017 at 2.30pm Russell Workman is a professional photographer who worked at both the Nicholson Museum and the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney for many years, specialising in the photography of artefacts. He has taught TAFE courses but today he concentrates on heritage photography projects. This will be a brand new exhibition of Sydney heritage photography. *Please note the changed … Read More

RAHS SUMMER 2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS RELEASED!

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Our Calendar of Events for the summer season has just been released. We have excursions to Government House, the Australian National Maritime Museum and The Rocks Discovery Museum/YHA Big Dig Site planned (numbers are limited so book early to secure your place). Guest speakers at History House will present a range of history topics, including the occupational pursuits of Greek-Australians, New South Wales and the Great War, and the life of Marie Byles – the first female solicitor of NSW, … Read More

‘THE SELL: AUSTRALIAN ADVERTISING 1790s TO 1990s’

A New Exhibition at the National Library of Australia: ‘The Sell: Australian Advertising – 1790s to 1990s’ Step back in time, into the ads of Australia’s past. Ephemeral by nature, often lasting in impact, advertising surrounds us. It aims to inform us and influence how we live, what we buy and how we spend our leisure time. It may not reflect our reality, yet it can affect how we remember the past. Through highlights from the Library’s vast collections, this … Read More