‘Coalfaces’ by Darian Zam

“My first week living in Mount Kembla, I met an 85-year-old man at the pub. He said to me, ‘Why don’t you paint my portrait, then?’ I thought to myself, ‘You cheeky bugger, who do you think you are?’ Then I went home to that cold, rattling old house I had rented and realized, ‘Actually, that’s a great idea.’ Thus, a project was born.” When artist and writer Darian Zam left Sydney in 2008, he assumed it would be a … Read More


The Heritage Grants program is one of the Community, Youth and Senior heritage projects funded by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and provides funding to individuals and community groups for local historical research. The program is designed to facilitate the dissemination of local Australian stories, expression of the diversity of Australian culture as it impacts on communities, and to highlight and localise pivotal Australian historical events and issues. Click here to learn more about the program and to download … Read More

A 2016 Heritage Grant-funded project – ‘Long Bay’ by Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy will be releasing his 2016 Heritage grant supported publication Long Bay in late 2017. Patrick has recently set up a website and Facebook page to help spread the word of his forthcoming publication. The Long Bay prison is historically significant as the only prison in Australia to be planned with separate prisons for men and women. The women’s prison, which opened in August 1909, was one of the earliest purpose-built female prisons in the world.  Situated on a … Read More


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


Applications are now open for the 2016 Transport Heritage Grants Program, a NSW Government funded program, administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS), and supported by Transport Heritage NSW (THNSW). The grants program aims to help the NSW community rediscover the culture, the events and the people that shaped transport in NSW over the past 160 years, as well as support the restoration and conservation of our valuable heritage assets. It runs on an annual basis to assist eligible … Read More

Latin American Life Stories of the Sutherland Shire Oral History Project

During 2015 and 2016 Gymea Community Aid & Information Service carried out an oral history project with people of recent Latin American origin who have made the Sutherland Shire their home. Latin American Life Stories of the Sutherland Shire Oral History Project was supported by the Arts NSW Cultural Grants program, administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society. Ten interviews were conducted, seven women and three men with one interview conducted with a Spanish interpreter. The project explored the experience … Read More


From the website of the NSW Department of Justice, Liquor and Gaming: 2015/16 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WAR MEMORIALS GRANTS PROGRAM Applications for the Community Development War Memorials Grants Program are open and will close at 5pm, Wednesday, 27 July 2016. If you are seeking funding for a repair or an upgrade to an existing war memorial, commemorative plaque or community hall, read on, as you may be eligible under this grants program. FUNDING FOCUS The funding round will specifically focus on … Read More

Researching the History of Sydney’s Public Statuary

What do public statues in Sydney tend to memorialise? Considered collectively, what can they tell us about the motives of those who sponsored them and those who crafted them? As a form of historical record keeping, what might our public statuary tell us about the things we value, or used to value, in our history? RAHS member, Barry Walsh, a lifetime resident of Sydney, is researching Sydney’s public statuary with a view to examining these questions. With the help of … Read More