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

STRICKLAND HOUSE DAY – Sunday 30th April

STRICKLAND HOUSE – 52 VAUCLUSE ROAD, VAUCLUSE A message from Woollahra History & Heritage Society Inc. On Sunday, 30th April, The Woollahra History and Heritage Society will give three talks on the history of Strickland House followed by walks around the grounds highlighting some of their interesting features. These will start at 11.00 am, 1.00 pm and 2.30 pm.  They will last an hour.  No charge to attend but donations will be gratefully accepted. Government Property NSW is carrying out … Read More

Copyright Amendment Bill

On 22 March 2017 the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill will end perpetual copyright for unpublished materials. As a result millions of historical manuscripts will be freed into the public domain on 1 January 2019. The Australian Libraries and Copyright Committee released a statement on the tabling of the Copyright Amendment Bill ─ Captain Cook’s Diaries Free Thanks to Copyright Bill. The full Press Statement is available by clicking here. According … Read More

CULTURE AND OUR CITY – City of Parramatta Cultural Plan Consultation

A message from the City of Parramatta: It is an exciting time for culture, arts and entertainment in the City of Parramatta. We are experiencing a period of dramatic change and transformation. Our City is rapidly growing, building and evolving. We are on a fast-track to becoming Sydney’s central city. A smart global city that sets the vision for great Australian cities. A Cultural Discussion Paper has been developed to capture the many conversations and community feedback about our cultural … Read More

THE CONVICT LOTTERY by Peter Edwards

An invitation from the City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA): Peter Edwards is a member of Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) and also one of the earliest members of City of Sydney Historical Association. He was a committee member for several years, only resigning when he needed more time to finish his book. After many years of research Peter Edwards has completed his book, The Convict Lottery. You are invited to attend the launch, which has been arranged by City … Read More

HAZEL DE BERG AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ORAL HISTORY

Oral History event, RAHS

Oral History Australia has established an award to recognise people who have made an outstanding contribution to the cause of oral history in Australia. The Award is not restricted to members of Oral History Australia. The inaugural award was presented at the International Oral History Association Conference Sydney in 2006. To commemorate her pioneering work in oral history, the award has been named the Hazel de Berg Award for Excellence in Oral History. Closing date for the applications for the … Read More

New Publications in the RAHS Library

The History of Moorefield Racecourse, Sydney, Australia, 1888 – 1951 by Anne Field – Also available as hard copy or eBook from the author: http://annefield.net.au/category/moorefield-racecourse The Summit of Her Ambition – The Spirited Life of Marie Byles by Anne McLeod. Marie Byles – Lawyer, feminist, environmentalist, mountaineer, Buddhist – the exceptional story of the first woman to practise law in New South Wales. Also available from the author: www.annemcleod.com.au The Business of the Lane Cove River from 1788 by Brian … Read More

STATE ARCHIVES AND RECORDS NSW WEBINAR PROGRAM

State Archives and Records NSW has established a program of free webinars. Each webinar will focus on the wonderful resources of the State archives collection and how to access them. Live presentations will be delivered online and a library of recorded webinars that can be viewed anywhere, anytime will also be built up over time. Bookings for the webinars can be made online https://www.records.nsw.gov.au/ The first two webinars are scheduled as follows: – Wednesday 29 March, 10am-11am: Using the NSW … Read More

History Council of NSW Awards and Prizes

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history. There a number of yearly awards and prizes outlined on the History Council of NSW website (and below) totalling $6,500 in prize money. Aboriginal History Prize – Encourages students and other beginning historians (up to post-doctoral career) in the writing of Australian Aboriginal history, including Torres Strait Islander history, from … Read More

Wauchope District Regional Seminar – final session confirmed

The third and final session for the upcoming RAHS/Wauchope District Regional Seminar has been confirmed. RAHS President Carol Liston and RAHS Senior Vice President Christine Yeats will present Research tips and tactics – Advice on ways to organise your research so that it is more focused and productive. This session is in addition to the following: Accessing Land Titles Records: How to access them from home and understand what they mean – Associate Professor Carol Liston will provide advice and … Read More

PATHFINDERS NSW – A HISTORY OF NSW ABORIGINAL TRACKERS

In May 2015 Michael Bennett, historian for the Native Title Service Corporation, recorded material for the RAHS YouTube channel about his work on bringing together his research on Aboriginal Trackers in New South Wales. You can now access Michael’s research on ‘The Pathfinders – the History of NSW Aboriginal Trackers’, which was launched in November by the Police Commissioner, Mr Scipione. The website provides an overview of the history of trackers from 1862 when the current NSW Police Force was … Read More

An Evening with ASHET: 1914 Grand Prix Delage – Resurrecting a Sole Survivor

Spend an evening with our friends from the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology (ASHET) and guest speaker Philip Guilfoyle on Tuesday 28th February at History House: ‘1914 Grand Prix Delage – Resurrecting a Sole Survivor’ Hear the story of the resurrection of the only surviving 1914 Grand Prix Delage car in the world – a vehicle of technical and historical significance – using digital technology and additive manufacturing to re-manufacture the engine block casting. These methods can … Read More

Parramatta Female Factory – Federal Petition for World Heritage

A message from Parramatta Female Factory Friends: Parramatta Female Factory is the earliest surviving convict female site in Australia. It predates all but three of the World Heritage Convict sites. One in seven Australians are descended from the women who passed through its doors. Our Australian Identity is bound up in the histories of the female factory. The only sure way for the site to remain in public hands with access for all Australians to this heritage is for it … Read More

Writing ‘New South Wales and the Great War’ – Our next free Day Lecture

On Wednesday 1st March at History House Naomi Parry, co-author of New South Wales and the Great War, will discuss the impact of the First World War on the ordinary citizens of NSW, not just in the theatres of combat but at home in our cities, towns and rural communities, and reveal some of the treasures from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales, State Records NSW, the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park and regional libraries and museums, … Read More

History House – Development Application Approved

We would like to thank all our members and friends for their ongoing generous support of the History House Project. City of Sydney approved the Development Application on 3 January 2017 so we will be moving forward in earnest with our project plans, including additional fundraising, in 2017. If you wish to donate to the project you can do so online or download a donation form via the RAHS website – click here and go to ‘Support Our Project’. There … Read More

TARELLA OPEN DAY – SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017

From our friends at Blue Mountains Historical Society: TARELLA OPEN DAY – SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017 Tarella, the Blue Mountains Historical Society’s historic cottage, and an Exhibition of the art work of its curator, Linsi Braith, will be open for viewing from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Sunday 26 February 2017 at 99 Blaxland Rd, Wentworth Falls. Linsi beautifully paints old advertising signs as a hobby. If you are curious about this slightly different style of art, come and explore. Enjoy … Read More

SAVE ST ALBANS COMMON

A message from Save St Albans: Since 1824 St Albans Common has been in use as common land. This has its roots in the traditional “Common” of England and is designed to compensate “villagers” for the small size of their allotments. Perpetual succession to the St Albans Common was granted on 4 March 1853 to five trustees, who were to act on behalf of the “Settlers, Cultivators and other Inhabitants of the District”, and is still run by the Commoners … Read More

SKIRTS ON SACRED BENCHES!

Historic Re-enactment at Parliament House In the same year that the first woman swam across the English Channel and Mussolini’s decree banned all women in Italy from holding public office, back home our very own Millicent Preston Stanley, the first woman MP in New South Wales, fought her extraordinary battle for the rights of mothers to retain custody of their infant childen. From the Public Galleries of the Legislative Assembly Chamber, travel back to 1926 to witness Millicent go head … Read More

‘WOMEN’S BUSINESS: MIDWIVES ON THE MID NORTH COAST OF NSW TO 1950’ by Noeline Kyle

‘WOMEN’S BUSINESS: MIDWIVES ON THE MID NORTH COAST OF NSW TO 1950’ by Noeline Kyle The book details the training, careers, family life, business enterprises, travel to and between towns/villages, friendships and partnerships with other midwives or nurses, community participation and their contribution to the profession and their communities of more than 200 midwives and the 70 hospitals they established or managed. Normally $35, Noeline is offering a pre publication purchase price of $25 if purchased before 22 May 2017. … Read More

RAHS/Wauchope District Regional Seminar – 18th March

Join us in Wauchope on Saturday 18th March, in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, for our next regional seminar. RAHS President Carol Liston will provide guidance to assist researchers in accessing and using the historically significant records that Land and Property Information is making available through its SIX Portal. RAHS Senior Vice President Christine Yeats will discuss the range of printed and archival resources available to researchers to assist in discovering how your ancestors may have … Read More