‘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


Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) journalist Esther Han interviewed RAHS President Associate Professor Carol Liston about her concerns on the government’s land titles registry privatisation plans. In September 2015, the Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet announced reforms to separate the regulatory and operational functions of Land and Property Information NSW (LPI). Since this announcement, Carol has been raising community awareness of the serious changes to land record accessibility due to the closure of the LPI online shop and … Read More

‘How Devonshire Street Cemetery Sydney is Presented Today as Public History in our Digital Online World’

Historian Cathy Dunn will speak on the technologies that are being used by public historians and the general public to access collections and research materials and discover more information and resources on this old cemetery of Sydney (1819 – 1901). Gone are the days of travelling and spending hours or even days in libraries and archives repositories doing research, plodding through catalogue cards and even struggling with placing microfilm reels on the film readers. What technology and online media platforms … Read More


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

THE FREEMASONS’ ARMS: Heraldry On The Level

A message from The Australian Heraldry Society Inc: FIRST MEETING FOR 2017 – ‘THE FREEMASONS’ ARMS: Heraldry On The Level’ – to be delivered by Ben Franklin MA DipHeraldry Saturday 11th February 2017 Woolley Room – Level 1, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts 280 Pitt St, Sydney Doors open 10:00am, talk to commence at 10:15am. For centuries, Freemasons have played a significant, if somewhat controversial, role in the development of our society, financing major public buildings and works of charity, … Read More

150 Years on Pyrmont Peninsula: The Catholic Community of Saint Bede 1867–2017

The Parish of St Bede, Pyrmont invites RAHS Members and friends to the launch of the book ‘150 Years on Pyrmont Peninsula: The Catholic Community of Saint Bede 1867 – 2017’ (ATF Press) This parish history by Colin Fowler will be launched by historian Edmund Campion. St Bede’s Church – 43 Pyrmont Street Pyrmont Sunday 5th February at 3pm The launch will mark the commencement of the community’s celebration of the sesquicentenary of Saint Bede’s Pyrmont. Light refreshments will be … Read More


Braidwood and District Historical Society presents: THE CAPTURE OF THE CLARKES – 150TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS IN 2017 Saturday 29th April – Re-enactment of the Capture of the Clarkes Saturday 29th April – Official Dinner Sunday 30th April – Re-enactment of the trial of the Clarkes The 150th anniversary re-enactment will be at 2.30pm at the Braidwood Showground, Saturday 29th April 2017. Admittance to the showground will be available from 12.30pm (not before). This re-creation of the six-hour gun battle will … Read More


A Happy New Year to all our members and friends. We hope you have had (or are still enjoying) a relaxing break. History House reopened for 2017 on Tuesday 3rd January. Don’t forget our first event for the year is the annual ‘History House Open Day: Potluck History and Book Sale’: Call in to History House between 10am and 4pm on Australia Day for a chance to visit our beautiful heritage building, grab a bargain at our Book Fair and … Read More