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

TRANSPORT HERITAGE GRANTS PROGRAM – APPLICATIONS OPEN

Applications are now open for the 2017 Transport Heritage Grants Program, a NSW Government funded program, administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society supported by Transport Heritage NSW. 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 organisations and individuals … Read More

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

Indigenous Oral Histories – An RAHS/Oral History NSW joint seminar

From community-driven and university-based projects, to the collecting initiatives of libraries, archives and museums, the oral history work being undertaken with Indigenous communities across Australia is extensive. In this seminar, you’ll hear from Associate Professor Heidi Norman, who has expertise in conducting research about Aboriginal land rights, Dr. Dino Hodge, an activist and academic renowned for his explorations of Indigenous Australian queer histories, and archivist Kirsten Thorpe, who leads the Indigenous Services team at the State Library of NSW. The … 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

RAHS WINTER 2017 CALENDAR RELEASED

Regional Seminar

Explore the many events that make up our Winter calendar – download the PDF version here http://bit.ly/2rio2th or from the RAHS website http://www.rahs.org.au/events-overview/ We have something for everyone this Winter – learn how to access and use Land Title Records, tour Victoria Barracks, Millers Point or the Art Gallery of NSW, attend a seminar at State Archives and Records NSW on building research skills, and be part of our regional seminars in Moree and the Central Coast, funded by Arts … Read More

WRITING ‘NEW SOUTH WALES AND THE GREAT WAR’ – Dr Naomi Parry

We are very pleased to be able to share our latest podcast uploaded to the RAHS YouTube Channel – Writing ‘New South Wales And The Great War’ with historian Dr Naomi Parry – http://bit.ly/2qqaWeE Originally an RAHS Day Lecture, Naomi kindly took time to return to History House for this recording soon after. In this often moving presentation, Naomi discusses the impact of the First World War on the ordinary citizens of NSW, not just in the theatres of combat … Read More

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

HISTORY WEEK 2017 DEADLINES

History Week 2017 (2-10 September) is almost here, with event registration and Speaker Connect deadlines fast approaching! The theme for History Week 2017 is ‘popular culture’. As History Week enters its 20th year, History Council of NSW members are invited to celebrate popular culture across the decades, investigate its construction and analyse its impact on communities and individuals. How has popular culture, whether it be music, theatre, dance, film, television, sport or fashion, changed over time? Who defines it, and why? What … 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

2017 TROVE ROADSHOWS

May and June 2017 Join the Trove team as they help you find out more about making your organisation’s content available in Trove, improving the discovery of your collection, and options for digitisation. There will be two separate presentations in each location – one for larger organisations (collections larger than 20,000 digital items) and another for smaller organisations. Larger organisations – find out how to make your collections available, increase the number of your collections within Trove and improve how … Read More

RAHS Day Lecture: Direct Hit – The Bombing Of Darwin Post Office

Join us at History House on Wednesday 3 May for our next free day lecture. Brett Bowden will present ‘Direct Hit – The Bombing Of Darwin Post Office’. On the floor of the Northern Territory Parliament is a small plaque that reads: “ON 19 FEBRUARY 1942 AN ENEMY BOMB FELL HERE AND KILLED TEN PEOPLE.” It commemorates a major event in Australian history when 188 Japanese fighters and bombers launched a deadly air raid on Darwin. Among the targets was … 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

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

THE COLONY AND ITS FLEDGLING PARLIAMENT

Over 60,000 documents, the Digitised Records of the First Legislative Council (1824-1855), are now available on website of the Parliament of NSW: http://bit.ly/2pjvYZj. The First Legislative Council, the precursor to the current NSW Parliament, is the oldest legislative body in Australia, having been established in 1823 as an advisory body of 5 appointed members. Initially the Council’s jurisdiction covered not only NSW, but also the colonies of Victoria, Tasmania, parts of Queensland, South Australia and even further afield. RAHS President, … 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