In November 2016 RAHS Guest Speaker Dr Charmaine Robson was kind enough to allow us to record her presentation ‘The Derby Leprosarium and its Aboriginal Inmates’, which we can now share with our members and friends on the RAHS YouTube Channel. In 1936, when Hansen’s disease (leprosy) in the Kimberley region of Western Australia became a cause for concern to state and federal governments, a leprosarium was built near the town of Derby for the detention and treatment of Indigenous … Read More


Several dozen titles have been added to the RAHS Shop this week, covering a range of Australian history topics across several decades. 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


The 2016 Transport Heritage Grants awards were held on Saturday 19 November at the recently opened Sydney Bus Museum in Leichhardt. This year’s grants awarded more than $165,000 to not for profit organisations across NSW to help fund projects to conserve and restore heritage assets, as well as educate the community about the history of transport in NSW. Congratulations to all recipients! Click here to see the full list of transport heritage grant recipients.

ROCK THIS CITY – A new publication by Gaye Sheather

Newcastle in the 1970s and 1980s was a powerhouse of rock with dozens of bands performing every night of the week in the city’s pubs and clubs. ‘Rock This City’ is a personal account of the times, the bands and the venues by someone who was there to see icons such as DV8, Cold Chisel and The Heroes. From women rockers to the Star Hotel riot, author Gaye Sheather captures a time and a spirit that fuelled a city. Click … Read More

HERSTORY – An exhibition of the lives of the Parramatta Female Factory Women

This exhibition in the Lucas Gallery of Hambledon Cottage tells the story of the Factory Women of Parramatta – their courage in the face of hardship and loss as well as their enduring spirit and legacy for not only their thousands of descendants but for all Australians. HERSTORY is an opportunity for descendants, family and history buffs to discover more about the legacy of the Founding Mothers of this nation. The significant site of the Female Factory with its layers … Read More


SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2016 In September this year, Hawkesbury City Council’s Cultural Services Branch will be staging the inaugural ‘Dr Rex Stubbs OAM Commemorative History Symposium’. Dr Stubbs was a former Hawkesbury mayor and was well known for his support of the arts and for his love of local history and heritage. The symposium will be held on Saturday 3 September 2016 in the Tebbutt Room, Deerubbin Centre, which is during History Week – with its theme of ‘Neighbours’. Members of … Read More

RAHS Seminar at Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre in August

Join us at Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre on Saturday 6th August for the next RAHS seminar. The seminar is only $20 to attend and the program will include: Land Title Records – Associate Professor Carol Liston will provide advice and guidance to assist researchers in accessing and using the historically significant records that Land and Property Information is making available though its SIX Portal – the official source of NSW geospatial information which also provides access to authoritative land … Read More