‘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


The Royal Australian Historical Society would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe festive season. The office and library at History House will close at 12pm Friday 22 December 2017 and will re-open at 9am Tuesday 2 January 2018. We sincerely thank our members and friends for their interest, participation and support throughout 2016 and we look forward to another productive year in 2017.


Several dozen titles have been added to the RAHS Shop this week, covering a range of Australian history topics across several decades. www.rahs.org.au/shop Browse these titles and more: ‘The Grand Parade: A History of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales’ ‘Hawkesbury Settlement Revealed: A New Look at Australia’s Third Mainland Settlement, 1793-1802’ ‘Australia’s Heritage Sketchbook’ ‘Parliament of New South Wales 1856 – 1965’ ‘A Source of Inspiration & Delight: The Buildings of the State Library of New South … Read More


calendar events

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


As the St. George and Sutherland Shire Leader reported last week, “Dolls Point residents have claimed a victory after it was announced that The Scots College will take over historic home Primrose House.” RAHS Member and Sans Souci historian Garry Darby was one of hundreds of local residents who fought against the sale; afraid the building would be sold then demolished. Congratulations to all involved – click here to read the full story.


Tramjatra is a celebration of the tramway cultures that unite Melbourne and Kolkata – the only cities outside Europe that have used trams continuously since the 19th century. The 20th anniversary celebrates the tramways friendship between these two cities and, to celebrate the occasion, trammies, artists, and passengers have decorated the interior and exterior of trams across Melbourne and Kolkata. Click here to read the article.