Deborah Beck will discuss the extraordinary life of Rayner Hoff (1894-1937) − his influence on Australian art and culture, his family life, and his substantial contribution as a teacher at the National Art School in Darlinghurst.
Pompey Elliott was Australia’s most famous fighting general in WWI. No Australian general was more revered by those he led, or more renowned outside his own command. With Ross McMullin’s new book, Pompey has also become the creator of the most riveting Australian personal narrative of WWI.
Without the green bans of the 1970s and after, the face of Sydney and many other Australian cities would be very different today. This illustrated talk will cover radical unionist Jack Mundey’s leading role in the fight against the ‘slash-and-burn’ philosophy of the green ban era − with a review of his ongoing legacy and inspirational leadership over half a century of dedicated activism.
Appointed Superintendent of the Sydney Infirmary and Dispensary, Lucy Osburn, along with five other nursing sisters, arrived in Sydney on 5 March 1868. This special lecture on Osburn’s life will mark the 150th anniversary of her arrival in Sydney.
City of Sydney Historical Association presents: Surviving the 20th Century – The Rocks from 1900-2000 The Rocks and adjacent areas of Sydney Harbour fell under the ownership of the NSW Government after 1900. Plans to redevelop the area were achieved with limited success up to World War 1, and thereafter events such as the Great Depression, the Harbour Bridge and the Green Bans left their mark. Wayne Johnson will focus on some of the people, places and policies that shaped the … Read More
RAHS Day Lecture – The First Foreign Delegation to Sydney (1793): The Spanish Enlightenment voyage of Captains Alejandro Malaspina and Jose Bustamante and the plan to attack Sydney Despite a long preoccupation with French intrigues, the first foreign visitation to Sydney was by the Spanish in 1793. The visit was that of the Spanish Enlightenment voyage of the Royal Spanish Navy ships Descubriete and Atrevida, commanded respectively by Captains Alejandro Malaspina and Jose Bustamante. Arriving at Sydney in March 1793, these expeditioners and their crews … Read More
After Jørn Utzon resigned from the Sydney Opera House project in February 1966, his successor, Peter Hall was faced with the near-impossible task of completing the building. Drawing on extensive original research this lecture explores the many dilemmas that Hall faced and how he and his team deserve greater recognition.
A message from the Blue Mountains Historical Society: On Saturday 3 February 2018, the first Blue Mountains Historical Society (BMHS) monthly meeting and public lecture for 2018 will feature a presentation entitled Voice of the Mountains – A History of Radio Station 2KA by noted Blue Mountains Historian and Researcher, John Lanser. The Voice of the Mountains, Station 2KA, first went on the air on September 7th, 1935 with studios and transmitter at Medlow Bath. Early in 1937 the studios … Read More
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