Family History Month at Springwood Library

August is Family History Month at Springwood Library – Monday 1st to Friday 5th August @ 10am – 1pm Free Introduction to Family History Resources with the Blue Mountains Family History Society General Introduction to State Records for Family History – Wednesday 3rd August @ 10.30am Talk presented by Gail Davis, Senior Archivist, State Records NSW – Booking Essential 4723 5040 Springwood Library – 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood NSW Click here to explore the Blue Mountains Library network.  

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

THE WRECKS OF HOMEBUSH BAY

City of Sydney Historical Association presents ‘THE WRECKS OF HOMEBUSH BAY’ Saturday 13th August 2016 at 2.00PM Most Sydneysiders have no idea we have our very own ship’s graveyard in Homebush Bay. They were all abandoned at the end of their useful lives mostly in the 1970s and now adorn the landscape at what is now Wentworth Point. These wrecks are also a photographer’s dream come true. As well as the old ships there, many items of maritime structures still … Read More

TRANSPORT HERITAGE GRANTS PROGRAM – APPLICATIONS OPEN

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

HISTORY WITH A DIFFERENCE – NEXT WEEK AT HISTORY HOUSE

Join us next Wednesday 29th June at History House for ‘HISTORY WITH A DIFFERENCE: RESEARCHING AND WRITING THEMATIC HISTORY WITH A LOCAL FOCUS’ Taking a thematic approach, Paul Convy will discuss the history of Lebanese immigration to Australia and the contributions made by the Lebanese, in common with all immigrants to New South Wales, to our local and national cultural landscape. Using the major themes of Lebanese settlement in NSW from the 1880s: migration; commerce and labour; rural and urban … 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

THE WORST WOMAN IN SYDNEY: THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF KATE LEIGH

On the 7 July, author and historian Leigh Straw will presenting a talk on her new true-crime biography The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh at the Jam Gallery, Bondi Junction. The legend of Kate Leigh, Sydney’s famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and drug dealer, has loomed large in TV’s Underbelly and every other account of Sydney’s criminal history from the 1920s to the 1960s. But she has never had a biography of her … Read More

WOLLONGONG CENTRAL LIBRARY – 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Wollongong Central Library is holding an Open Day on Friday 24 June 2016 to celebrate 70 years of service to the community. The first public library in Wollongong opened on Saturday 29 June 1946. You are invited to attend an Open Day and join in the celebrations. Activities for the day include a Wollongong Library local history talk by Joseph Davis at 10.30am, Jazz Swing Singer Ali Montgomery and the official birthday celebrations from 2-4pm and a Murder Mystery Night … Read More