FREEBIRD CLUB – SPECIAL OFFER TO RAHS MEMBERS AND FRIENDS

FREEBIRD CLUB – SPECIAL OFFER TO RAHS MEMBERS AND FRIENDS The Freebird Club is a new travel-based social network for the over 50’s. It is a membership club which enables peer-to-peer social travel and homestays between like-minded people from around the world. Modelled on the “sharing economy”, Freebird Club members can make their spare rooms available to fellow members to come and stay for a nightly rate. While it has been described as something of a ‘Silver Airbnb’, it is … Read More

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

‘Coalfaces’ by Darian Zam

“My first week living in Mount Kembla, I met an 85-year-old man at the pub. He said to me, ‘Why don’t you paint my portrait, then?’ I thought to myself, ‘You cheeky bugger, who do you think you are?’ Then I went home to that cold, rattling old house I had rented and realized, ‘Actually, that’s a great idea.’ Thus, a project was born.” When artist and writer Darian Zam left Sydney in 2008, he assumed it would be a … Read More

History is Hot: Postgraduate students present their research

History House

The ‘History is Hot’ series is an opportunity for RAHS members and friends to hear about recent research findings in Australian history and how they impact our understanding and interpretation of the past. You are invited to join postgraduate students who will discuss their research projects. Click here to book online or email history@rahs.org.au. Date and Time: Thursday November 2 @ 6pm – 7.30pm Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney Cost: Free – Elicia Taylor, PhD candidate, University of Newcastle ‘Unspeakably … Read More

RAHS Excursion to Camden Park House

Camden Park, conceived by John Macarthur and built by John Verge, is open one weekend a year for public viewing. This excursion by bus includes tours of the house and garden. There will be stalls for food and plant sales giving the lawns a festive air. We will also see a little of Camden itself and hear of the development of the area. This tour will be lead by RAHS Councillor Judith Dunn. Date: Saturday 16th September Cost: $25 Numbers … Read More

2017 HERITAGE GRANTS PROGRAM – APPLICATIONS OPEN

The Heritage Grants program is one of the Community, Youth and Senior heritage projects funded by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and provides funding to individuals and community groups for local historical research. The program is designed to facilitate the dissemination of local Australian stories, expression of the diversity of Australian culture as it impacts on communities, and to highlight and localise pivotal Australian historical events and issues. Click here to learn more about the program and to download … Read More

RAHS/Society of Australian Genealogists Seminar: Introduction to Building your Research Skills

There’s more to a successful research project than meets the eye. This seminar will offer you advice and guidance on how to make the best use of the free online indexes and digitised records on the State Archives website plus the rich resources of the Lands Kiosks, located in the State Archives reading room. You will also learn about research ethics and the online environment and finally some advice on how best to organise your research results. Click here to … Read More

TRANSPORT HERITAGE GRANTS PROGRAM – APPLICATIONS OPEN

Applications are now open for the 2017 Transport Heritage Grants Program, a NSW Government funded program, administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society supported by Transport Heritage NSW. The grants program aims to help the NSW community rediscover the culture, the events and the people that shaped transport in NSW over the past 160 years, as well as support the restoration and conservation of our valuable heritage assets. It runs on an annual basis to assist eligible organisations and individuals … 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

LIVERPOOL TO HOLDSWORTHY RAILWAY

Moorebank Heritage Group has shared with us the upcoming exhibition and events on the historically significant LIVERPOOL TO HOLDSWORTHY RAILWAY, the only railway constructed during WWI by the Commonwealth for military purposes. Exhibition from Saturday 8 July to Saturday 2 September 2017 at Liverpool Regional Museum – 462 Hume Highway, Liverpool Bookings required at mylibrary.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/whats-on

RAHS/Thredbo Historical Society: Sydney Cocktail Function and Anniversary Book Launch

Thredbo Historical Society invites you to evening cocktails and the launch of its 60th anniversary book by Chas Keys. The story of Thredbo’s sixty years is a story to which many individuals, companies and institutions have contributed. This 176 page book interspersed with glamour photos, speaks of the pioneers and legends of Thredbo, the Company that has directed and overseen the development of the village and the principal community institutions that have taken root there. Tuesday 27 June 2017 (5.30 … 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

OUR LATEST UPLOAD TO YOUTUBE: ‘Direct Hit: The Bombing of Darwin Post Office’

On Wednesday 3rd May at History House, Brett Bowden, Professor of History and Politics at Western Sydney University told the story of the bombing of Darwin during World War II; the Post Office in Darwin at the time suffered a direct hit. Taking cover in a slit trench in the backyard of the Postmaster’s residence were nine members of the Postmaster-General’s Department, including the Postmaster, his wife and daughter – all nine were killed instantly. The presentation is now available … 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

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

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

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