19th Century BLING – Goldfields Jewellery

The discovery of gold in Australia overturned the political system and landscape. Jewellery made from newly discovered gold also upset conventions of the day. It reflected the raucous political life on the goldfields and was used as a symbol of promoting ‘colonial advancement’ in the Victorian era. 19th Century BLING – Goldfields jewellery explores little known parts of history and the impact of the unique designs on the socio political landscape of Australia and beyond. This project will showcase significant … Read More


We would like to welcome all our new 2016 members, a number of who gathered at History House on Wednesday evening to enjoy refreshments in the Reception Rooms followed by a library tour. President Carol Liston gave an informal speech on the way in which membership with the RAHS connects our new members to a community with a wide-range of historical interests. Carol also gave an overview of History House. As well as the headquarters of the RAHS and home … Read More


This year’s theme is ‘Discovery & Rediscoveries’. The National Trust invites you to celebrate a fantastic range of events, talks, tours and activities that celebrate our shared heritage. The Festival provides a great opportunity for communities, individuals, local government and organisations to celebrate the places and events that have shaped our heritage. It is about sharing our stories and we need your help to make it a success. Discovery can encompass the experience of discovering something for the first time … Read More


The Premier of NSW, Mike Baird recently made an official visit to Nowra Museum to view the World War 1 commemorative display entitled Not Forgotten.  Shoalhaven Historical Society is housed in the Nowra Museum, the former Police Residence and Lock-Up (built 1901).  The Nowra Museum also houses an archival and research centre, as well as a book and photographic shop with dozens of local history publications produced by the Shoalhaven Historical Society. The Not Forgotten exhibition salutes those men and … Read More


      In the coming days and weeks we will be uploading images from the ‘Osborne Collection’ of images of Sydney in the 1920s and 1930s to our Facebook page and the RAHS Flickr Channel. This wonderful collection was kindly donated to the Royal Australian Historical Society by Lyle and Jennie Osborne in 2011. We are asking if anyone recognises the location of these beautiful images – feel free to leave a comment with the respective image. While the … Read More

Download the RAHS Events Calendar from today

The RAHS Calendar of Events is now downloadable from our website in PDF format. Click on the ‘Our Events’ section on the RAHS website: We have also provided a link to this section on our homepage; just look for the image on the left and click here. As each is released we will update the RAHS Events Calendar in these two places online, as well as make announcements on the RAHS Blog, eNewsletter (Click here and scroll down to subscribe) … 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.