City of Sydney Historical Association presents: THE REFLOATING OF THE ENDEAVOUR FROM THE BARRIER REEF Far from help in 1770 and with the potential to destroy Cook’s and Banks’ voyage of discovery, the refloating and repair of the bark Endeavour was not only a superb piece of seamanship but also a most significant event for the history of the settlement of Australia by the British. Drawing on the ship’s log, Cook’s journal and accounts from officers and scientists on board, … Read More


In 2015, the Arts NSW Cultural Grants program funded $40,500 worth of projects that contributed to our understanding of NSW history, its people and places. Thanks
 to a generous increase in funding from Arts NSW, there will be $51,200 available in 2016 to support these projects. Some important points to note for 2016 are: Applications will open 19 April 2016 and close 21 June 2016 Societies that are interested in funding projects that preserve, digitise or increase the accessibility of … Read More


Bookings are starting to come in for the RAHS’ Grand Tour to Goulburn by coach in March 2016, with RAHS Councillor and tour operator Judith Dunn. Secure your place for this fantastic event by calling History House on (02) 9247 8001 or email Don’t miss out – numbers are limited! Visit Avon Dam in Bargo, Bong Bong – the first township established in the Southern Highlands, Sutton Forest, Old Moorawoolen (now Marulan), Towrang Convict Stockade and Old Goulburn Brewery … Read More

The many lives of Charles Ormsby Esquire: Cockatoo Island, its superintendent and the convict prize-fighters

Join us for our FREE October Day Lecture at History House with researcher and writer Sue Castrique. Superintendent of Cockatoo Island from 1841-1859, Charles Ormsby was gentleman, autocrat and master of surveillance when the island became the venue for a secret fight club with prize-fighting convicts as its main attraction. Despite arguments with the engineers and multiple investigations that have left a rich vein of material, Ormsby survived. This talk will examine his irascible life and uncommon career as superintendent … Read More

Sydney Harbour – How did it get so wet? An RAHS/NAW Excursion

The distinctive sandstone of Sydney’s cliffs and rock shelters is the product of hundreds of thousands of years of geological history. Within this ancient landscape, the original Australians have been witness to massive changes in climate and environment over at least the past 40,000 years. One of the most obvious to us now is Sydney Harbour, which was created as the rising sea level gradually flooded an occupied river valley. Join Geoarchaeologist Sam Player for a walk around Blackwattle Bay and into Pyrmont to look … Read More

Oral History NSW with the State Library of NSW presents Dr Anna Green

Memories in the family? Intergenerational oral history practice and challenges. Anna Green has recorded interviews across three generations, with at least one family member in each generation. She will talk about how she found the families, the stories they told, and why she thinks this aspect of remembering is important. A member of the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies, Anna teaches in the history programme at Victoria University of Wellington. Date: Thursday 15 October 2015 @ 5.30pm – … Read More

Applications open for Transport Heritage Grants Program

The Transport Heritage Grants Program is a NSW Government funded program, administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) with the support of Transport Heritage NSW (THNSW). This grants program will be made available on an annual basis and eligible organisations and individuals are invited to apply for assistance in activities which involve Restoration and Conservation – to restore and conserve transport heritage assets, Education – to educate the community about NSW transport heritage and Research and Publication – innovative … Read More

Champagne Supper – History House Fundraiser, 10th July

History House

The RAHS is hosting a Champagne Supper from 4.30pm to 7.00pm at History House on Friday 10th of July. The event will   raise funds for the refurbishment of History House. Tickets are $50.00, which includes a $35.00 tax deductible building fund donation. Come and see the building plans, learn what is happening and support the RAHS in its aim to promote Australian history. The champagne supper will be a wonderful evening where you can enjoy delightful company in the History … Read More