As part of a suite of Family History units that The University of Tasmania offers, for the first time in 2016 the university is running a unit entitled Writing the Family Saga, commencing on 27 June and continuing until the 6th August. The unit is fully online and HECS Scholarships are available that cover half of the tuition fees for the unit, meaning that the cost of the unit is $391 in addition to the Student Services and Amenities Fee … Read More

2016 RAHS Winter Calendar of Events released today

The Royal Australian Historical Society is very pleased to announce the release of the RAHS 2016 Winter Calendar of Events. Click here to view the events and make online bookings on the RAHS website. Click here to download a copy of the 2016 RAHS Winter Calendar of Events. We have a program of day and evening lectures to suit many interests, including joint events with Oral History NSW and History Council of NSW plus tours to the Lucy Osborn-Nightingale Foundation … Read More


From ABC News Thursday 5th May: “The National Library of Australia’s online archive Trove will cease to add to its collection after failing to secure dedicated funding in this week’s federal budget. Sue McKerracher, chief executive of the Australian Library and Information Association, said the news was a blow to local historians, humanities researchers and individuals delving into their family histories. Trove was launched in 2009 and since has digitised millions of records from its own collection as well as … Read More

Heritage Aspects of the Powerhouse Museum Precinct

The RAHS has received a number of copies of the booklet ‘Heritage Aspects of the Powerhouse Museum Precinct – Some notes motivated by the planned destruction of these buildings’ compiled by Tom Lockley. Click here to view and download the booklet. Expressions of support, corrections, additional material, suggestions for action, and offers of assistance would be very welcome to the publishers of this booklet. Email: tomlockley@gmail.com or phone 0403 615 134.


The aerodrome at Narromine, 40km west of Dubbo, NSW, has hosted an aviation museum since 2002 but has recently been upgraded and greatly expanded. A new 500 square metre wing has been added, which includes several aircraft, innovative lighting and a large screen for audiovisuals. The museum tells the century-long story of aviation in the region through memorabilia, photographs and documents. The aerodrome is among Australia’s most historic aviation sites. Its story starts in 1919, when the Great Air Race … Read More

Caretakers of our Past: The first 50 years of Sutherland Shire Historical Society, 1966-2016

Sutherland Shire Historical Society (SSHC) and Oral History Association of Australia member, Elizabeth Craig, has provided the RAHS with information on her new publication Caretakers of our Past: the first 50 years of Sutherland Shire Historical Society, 1966-2016, which tells the story of how the SSHC came into being, its achievements and challenges the Society has faced. The following link provides more information on Elizabeth’s book and how to purchase this 166 page, full-colour illustrated publication, which will officially launched … Read More

Download the RAHS Events Calendar from today

The RAHS Calendar of Events is now downloadable from our website in PDF format. Click on the ‘Our Events’ section on the RAHS website: We have also provided a link to this section on our homepage; just look for the image on the left and click here. As each is released we will update the RAHS Events Calendar in these two places online, as well as make announcements on the RAHS Blog, eNewsletter (Click here and scroll down to subscribe) … Read More

‘Squatting’ on Crown Lands in New South Wales by J. F. Campbell. Edited and annotated by B. T. Dowd, 1968.

Dairy cattle, Cowra farm, NSW c.1910 [RAHS Photograph Collection] In 1968 the Royal Australian Historical Society published J. F. (John Fauna) Campbell’s Squatting on Crown Lands in New South Wales, edited and annotated by Bernard T. Dowd. Drawing on articles written for the Society’s Journal in 1929 and 1931, the publication is informative and easy to read. As Dowd wrote in his Introduction: “The republication by the Society of two of his most important Journal articles will be welcomed and … Read More