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 Excursion: Victoria Barracks, Paddington

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This is a History Week 2017 event. Join us for a tour of Victoria Barracks, one of the best-known examples of military architecture in Australia. The Regency-style building was designed by Lieutenant-Colonel George Barney and constructed using locally quarried sandstone between 1841 and 1849. Important Note: For security purposes, at the time of booking it is essential that you provide the number and type of current identification and that you bring this along with you on the day. Examples include … Read More

RAHS Day Lecture – Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney

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Dr Paul Irish will discuss his new book Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney, which shows that Aboriginal people never disappeared from Sydney in the nineteenth century as is often assumed. Instead they lived across colonial Sydney and interacted with its residents and economy, often in unexpected ways. Paul Irish is a historian and archaeologist with heritage consultancy MDCA. For over ten years he has been piecing together the Aboriginal history of coastal Sydney with researchers … Read More

RAHS/Central Coast Family History Society: Regional Seminar

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Regional Seminar

The RAHS in conjunction with Central Coast Family History Society present the next regional seminar in its program funded by Create NSW. Convicts from another angle RAHS President, Associate Professor Carol Liston will draw from the research that she and RAHS Treasurer Kathrine Reynolds are currently undertaking. One of the highlights will be a discussion about the convict petitions that are held at The National Archives UK. The WWI Soldier’s Return: Was it a land fit for heroes?  RAHS Senior … Read More

RAHS Tour: By Popular Request – A Tour of Norfolk Island

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Please note: This tour is fully booked. Norfolk Island has a unique beauty of its own, with its renowned tall majestic pines, sheer cliff faces, coral reefs and beautiful beaches. Almost one third of the island is devoted to National Parks and Reserves. But Norfolk Island is far more than a picturesque island in the South Pacific, it is paradise with a past. Elegant convict-built Georgian buildings are still in daily use and the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area … 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