The Oral History Australia Conference is being held in Sydney from 13th-16th September 2017. The conference theme, ‘Moving memories: Oral history in a Global World’ promises to stimulate interesting discussion amongst participants. International guest speakers include Indira Chowdhury (India) and Dalia Leinarte (Lithuania). Learn about current work in oral history in Australia and overseas, explore how it makes a contribution, and exchange ideas with others; To learn about how oral history is being used in different ways across museums, galleries, … 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

Coffs Harbour District Regional Seminar

The RAHS in conjunction with Coffs Harbour District Family History Society Inc. presents the Coffs Harbour District Regional Seminar on Saturday 29th October. Click here for more information and online bookings. For just $20 (includes morning tea and lunch) the seminar program will include: Accessing Land Titles Records: How to access them from home and understand what they mean – Associate Professor Carol Liston Researching and Recording German Migration History to Australia – Dr Kathrine Reynolds Furnishing your Ancestors House … Read More

In the wake of Dirk Hartog – the contribution of Dutch exploration to Australia’s history

Join Keynote Speaker Dr Edward Duyker OAM, FAHA, and a program of guest speakers for an all day seminar in October, which will focus on the contribution of Dutch exploration to Australia’s history. The day’s program will include the following guest speakers: Paul Brunton OAM, FAHA – The Tasman Map and its significance Linda Emery – Dutch involvement in Australia during WWII Dr Karen Entwistle – History and Operations of the VOC in Indonesia (the former Netherlands East Indies) Professor … 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 Conference Image

The RAHS is thrilled to announce the launch of the 2016 RAHS Conference website. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Times are A-Changing – History and Innovation’, which will be held at Centro CBD, in Wollongong NSW on 22nd – 23rd October. Click here to explore the 2016 RAHS Conference website where bookings can now be made online. The digital revolution is impacting how we research and produce history. There is also an increasing appetite for local and community … Read More

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.  


The RAHS and Oral History NSW (OHNSW) present ‘An Introduction to Oral History: key principles that everyone should know’ at History House on Thursday 18th August. This talk introduces historians of all kinds to the possibilities and pitfalls of ‘making memories’ or doing oral history interviews with people about their experiences of the past. It asks why they matter as an historical source and how they stand in relation to the traditional written newspapers and archives. Come along and hear Oral … Read More