RAHS History House Open Day: Pot Luck History and Book Sale

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Call into History House between 10am and 4pm on Australia Day for a chance to visit our beautiful heritage building. While you are visiting, check out our Book Fair and listen to historians speaking about the events, people and places that contributed to Australia’s history. There will be interesting ten minute talks every half hour between 11.30am and 3pm. There is no need to book, just turn up! Image: History House pre-1870. The townhouse, which has become known as History House, … Read More

RAHS Day Lecture – Women’s Business: Midwives on the Mid North Coast of NSW to 1950

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Dr Noeline Kyle will discuss her research into 200 midwives and more that 80 private hospital on the Mid North Coast of NSW. This research began in 1979 when she was writing a biography of her great grandmother Mary Kirkpatrick and culminated in her latest publication Women’s Business: Midwives on the Mid North Coast of NSW to 1950. Noeline will discuss the training, career details, and family life of midwives who worked in country towns and outline the complex and … Read More

2017 RAHS Conference

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Uncovering hidden stories helps us better understand the past and can challenge our understanding of how the present came to be. Historical societies have an important role to play in ensuring that their communities’ history does not get lost and that members of the broader community can find out about their work so that they too can learn and contribute to this history. Lost communities can be remembered and found through written archival records, photographs and voice recordings. The digital … Read More

RAHS Day Lecture – Kilmainham to Kalgoorlie: The Life and Times of Hugh Mahon

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One of Australia’s most controversial politicians in the early years of the Commonwealth, Irish-born Hugh Mahon has the distinction of being the only member expelled from the federal parliament. Imprisoned in Kilmainham with Parnell in 1881 for his political activism he fled to Australia where he became a newspaperman, MP and government minister. Dr Jeff Kildea, is Adjunct Professor in Irish Studies at UNSW and was Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin in 2014. He is … Read More

RAHS/WEA: Trove – A “flagship discovery service” for all researchers

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Mention the National Library’s wonderful search engine Trove and images of digitised newspapers come to mind, including that most salacious of papers the Sydney Truth. However, Trove is so much more. It brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collecting organisations big and small across Australia under one umbrella. Join Christine Yeats archivist, librarian and professional historian and discover some of the mysteries of Trove as she guides you along its research byways and pathways. … 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