People of the River: Lost Worlds of Early Australia

A landmark history of Australia’s first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both Aboriginal and British.

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A landmark history of Australia’s first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both Aboriginal and British.

ST MATTHEW’S ANGLICAN CHURCH WINDSOR BICENTENARY EVENTS

The oldest remaining Anglican church by foundation stone in Australia turns 200 years old on 11 October 2017 – the state-listed St Matthew’s Anglican Church Windsor. The church was started by Henry Kitchen and completed by Francis Greenway. Its commanding presence in the upper Hawkesbury valley came early in the European history of the third mainland settlement of Australia. St Matthew’s has NSW State listing as one of the finest and earliest Christian precincts in the country comprising an 1810 … Read More

LENNOX HEAD HERITAGE COMMITTEE – ‘SURFING LENNOX’

To coincide with the 10-year anniversary of the Lennox National Surfing Reserve in February 2018, a ‘Surfing Lennox’ crew are compiling a book documenting the history of surfing around the Lennox region. Robyn Hargrave, Convenor, Lennox Head Heritage Committee explained, “In 2008 the Surfing Reserve was recognised as a site of environmental, cultural and historical significance to the Australian surfing culture. We have assembled an experienced volunteer ‘surf-crew’ working with the Lennox Head Heritage Committee to preserve our surfing history.” … Read More

A new addition to the RAHS Flickr Page – Woodley – 1936 Album

Our latest addition to the RAHS Flickr page is a fascinating album of photographs donated to The Royal Australian Historical Society by Ray Woodley of Palmerston North, New Zealand in 2015. The album records a 1936 trip to Australia made by Ray’s uncle, Dave who lived in Wellington, New Zealand. Click here: www.flickr.com/photos/royalaustralianhistoricalsociety/albums Like a Facebook page today, the photos in this album show us the curated version of Dave’s trip as it was presented to friends and family. But … Read More

Indigenous Oral Histories – An RAHS/Oral History NSW joint seminar

From community-driven and university-based projects, to the collecting initiatives of libraries, archives and museums, the oral history work being undertaken with Indigenous communities across Australia is extensive. In this seminar, you’ll hear from Associate Professor Heidi Norman, who has expertise in conducting research about Aboriginal land rights, Dr. Dino Hodge, an activist and academic renowned for his explorations of Indigenous Australian queer histories, and archivist Kirsten Thorpe, who leads the Indigenous Services team at the State Library of NSW. The … Read More

MOREE REGIONAL SEMINAR – SATURDAY 8TH JULY

The RAHS in conjunction with Gwydir Family History Society Inc. presents the Moree Regional Seminar. Bookings are open for the RAHS’ next regional seminar, funded by Create NSW, this time in Moree NSW. Learn about accessing and using Land Title Records with RAHS President Carol Liston. RAHS Senior Vice President Christine Yeats will discuss the resources available for researchers wanting to discover how houses were furnished by our ancestors, and the wealth of Government Gazettes which are now available online … Read More

RAHS WINTER 2017 CALENDAR RELEASED

Regional Seminar

Explore the many events that make up our Winter calendar – download the PDF version here http://bit.ly/2rio2th or from the RAHS website http://www.rahs.org.au/events-overview/ We have something for everyone this Winter – learn how to access and use Land Title Records, tour Victoria Barracks, Millers Point or the Art Gallery of NSW, attend a seminar at State Archives and Records NSW on building research skills, and be part of our regional seminars in Moree and the Central Coast, funded by Arts … Read More

WRITING ‘NEW SOUTH WALES AND THE GREAT WAR’ – Dr Naomi Parry

We are very pleased to be able to share our latest podcast uploaded to the RAHS YouTube Channel – Writing ‘New South Wales And The Great War’ with historian Dr Naomi Parry – http://bit.ly/2qqaWeE Originally an RAHS Day Lecture, Naomi kindly took time to return to History House for this recording soon after. In this often moving presentation, Naomi discusses the impact of the First World War on the ordinary citizens of NSW, not just in the theatres of combat … Read More

PAUL IRISH ‘HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW – THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE OF COASTAL SYDNEY’

In 2016 Historian Paul Irish and researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal Community produced a successful exhibition on Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney at History House, ‘This is Where They Travelled: Historical Aboriginal Lives in Sydney’. Paul has now released a publication ‘Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney’, which is available from all good book stores or online through NewSouth Books. Paul was also interviewed recently by Wendy Harmer on ABC Radio and his website ‘Coastal … Read More

‘The Making of the Australian Working Class’

Join History Council NSW at Ashfield Library on 8th June for ‘The Making of the Australian Working Class’. Book now for this free event! Sources for the mobility of ideas that explain the strength of working class culture in Australia are scarce. Traditionally, historians have focused on educated and mainly middle class Irish rebels, English Chartists, and Scottish martyrs to interpret the rise of working class culture in Australia. By shifting historical focus away from these sources and the ‘crime’ … Read More

HISTORY WEEK 2017 DEADLINES

History Week 2017 (2-10 September) is almost here, with event registration and Speaker Connect deadlines fast approaching! The theme for History Week 2017 is ‘popular culture’. As History Week enters its 20th year, History Council of NSW members are invited to celebrate popular culture across the decades, investigate its construction and analyse its impact on communities and individuals. How has popular culture, whether it be music, theatre, dance, film, television, sport or fashion, changed over time? Who defines it, and why? What … Read More

2017 TROVE ROADSHOWS

May and June 2017 Join the Trove team as they help you find out more about making your organisation’s content available in Trove, improving the discovery of your collection, and options for digitisation. There will be two separate presentations in each location – one for larger organisations (collections larger than 20,000 digital items) and another for smaller organisations. Larger organisations – find out how to make your collections available, increase the number of your collections within Trove and improve how … Read More

RAHS Day Lecture: Direct Hit – The Bombing Of Darwin Post Office

Join us at History House on Wednesday 3 May for our next free day lecture. Brett Bowden will present ‘Direct Hit – The Bombing Of Darwin Post Office’. On the floor of the Northern Territory Parliament is a small plaque that reads: “ON 19 FEBRUARY 1942 AN ENEMY BOMB FELL HERE AND KILLED TEN PEOPLE.” It commemorates a major event in Australian history when 188 Japanese fighters and bombers launched a deadly air raid on Darwin. Among the targets was … Read More

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF AUSSIE DIGGER HUMOUR – ONE WAY AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD

A message from the NSW Lancers Memorial Museum: 10am to 4pm daily, 6th and 7th May 2017 After the solemnity and reflection of ANZAC Day, the NSW Lancers Memorial Museum is running an unusual exhibition showing how Diggers have poked fun at danger, injury, appalling conditions and the pompous (usually Officers), from the Boer War in 1899 to the present day. Using a rich and rare collection of soldier’s diaries, cartoons, official and unofficial trench news sheets, unit publications and … Read More

A 2016 Heritage Grant-funded project – ‘Long Bay’ by Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy will be releasing his 2016 Heritage grant supported publication Long Bay in late 2017. Patrick has recently set up a website and Facebook page to help spread the word of his forthcoming publication. The Long Bay prison is historically significant as the only prison in Australia to be planned with separate prisons for men and women. The women’s prison, which opened in August 1909, was one of the earliest purpose-built female prisons in the world.  Situated on a … Read More

RAHS/ASHET Lecture: Yaralla, Concord – its landscape heritage

Yaralla, Concord

Join the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology (ASHET) and speaker Stuart Read on the evening of Thursday 27 April for a lecture on the ‘Yaralla’ estate in Concord, Sydney. Hidden in inner-west Sydney, on the Parramatta River are 2 peninsulae marking the domain of the Walker family: merchant Thomas and only child, Eadith. Both were willed to NSW’s people as convalescent hospitals. Yaralla (Dame Eadith Walker Convalescent Hospital)’s expansive grounds are a little-known surprise. Paddocks in Concord … Read More

40 YEARS OF THE NSW HERITAGE ACT – A FORUM

Forty years on from the passing of the Heritage Act 1977, come and hear from speakers who will reflect on the state of heritage conservation in NSW – and look ahead to the next 40 years. Tuesday 18 April 9:00 for 9:30am – 12:00pm Jubilee Room at the Parliament of NSW For more information and booking details click here: http://www.pennysharpe.com/heritageforum

ARTS NSW CULTURAL GRANTS – NOW OPEN

Applications are now open for the Arts NSW Cultural grants program. This program supports local history and heritage projects that facilitate the understanding of the history of the people and places of New South Wales. The Society will distribute $50,000 in grants in 2017, which will be awarded at the RAHS Conference in Cowra in October. This year applications must be made using the online grants management system SmartyGrants. If you have not used this system before and plan to … Read More