‘Surviving the 20th Century – The Rocks from 1900-2000’

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

Historic Houses Association of Australia (HHA) – Inaugural Conference

Historic Houses Association of Australia

A message from Historic Houses Association of Australia (HHA): Amongst the members and affiliates societies of the RAHS are many people who, in one way or another, participate in the protection and management of important historic houses in their local communities. This may include buildings you occupy, are open to the public, live in or visit. If you do, you will know that over the past 30 years or so, there has been enormous growth in the so-called ‘heritage industry’. … Read More

Free March Day Lecture at History House

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

Parramatta and District Historical Society – Walker Family & Kokoda Legacy Tour

A message from the Parramatta and District Historical Society:  Join us for a drive and walking tour of foreshores, Brays Bay Reserve and Rocky Point, Concord West. This tour incorporates the acclaimed Kokoda Memorial Walkway, the nearby shipbuilding site and an outer inspection of the iconic Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital (Rivendell) along with its unique Dutch Watch Tower Wharf. A detailed history of the area will also be provided. For more information, click here. To book online, click here. Date … Read More

Parramatta and District Historical Society Inc Monthly General Meeting

Parramatta and District Historical Society

A message from the Parramatta and District Historical Society Inc:  Parramatta and District Historical Society Inc invite members and visitors interested in Australian history to their February General Meeting at Coach House, Hambledon Cottage. The General Meeting will also feature guest speaker John Brock who will be discussing Colonel William Light. Col. William Light (1786-1836) was Eurasian, Artist, Naval and Army Officer and Surveyor General of South Australia. He is famous for his selection of the Adelaide city site and … Read More

‘Caring for Local and Community Archives’ Seminar

Maitland & District Historical Society in conjunction with the RAHS

Maitland & District Historical Society in conjunction with the Royal Australian Historical Society present Caring for Local and Community Archives. Join RAHS Vice President, Christine Yeats as she discusses storage, collection policies, arranging and describing collections, preservation and access policies. For those involved in community history or family history – this seminar is not to be missed. Programme 10:30am – Welcome and introduction 11:00am – Caring for local and community archives presented by Christine Yeats 12:30pm – Lunch 1:15pm – Making the best use … Read More

Blue Mountains Historical Society – Meeting and Public Talk

Blue Mountains Historical Society

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

‘Cooks River – An Unnatural History’

City of Sydney Historical Association presents: ‘Cooks River –  An Unnatural History’  The Cooks River has been the subject of extensive pollution since settlement. The latest in a long line of human transformations that has affected the River concerns the inundation of unsightly plastics – but the river has been abused forever, with flotillas of human refuse that travel with the tides. One of the aims of heritage is to raise awareness of the River as a resource for the people of the … Read More

Yass & District Historical Society Inc Conference – ‘Whole Histories: keeping the stories alive’

Yass District Historical Society Inc invites you to join them for their 2018 Conference, Whole Histories: keeping the stories alive at St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March. The Conference will continue the theme of their April 2017 Conference, specifically examining Australian history in all its facets and its presentation to modern audiences through museums, seminars, technology, publications and the interaction between historians and family historians. Whole Histories features three keynote speakers: Dr … 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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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


In November 2016 RAHS Guest Speaker Dr Charmaine Robson was kind enough to allow us to record her presentation ‘The Derby Leprosarium and its Aboriginal Inmates’, which we can now share with our members and friends on the RAHS YouTube Channel. In 1936, when Hansen’s disease (leprosy) in the Kimberley region of Western Australia became a cause for concern to state and federal governments, a leprosarium was built near the town of Derby for the detention and treatment of Indigenous … Read More