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

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM EXCURSION

If you have always wanted to explore the fascinating Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney now is the perfect time! The RAHS will visit the museum next Thursday 18th May. The ANMM is Australia’s national centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, research and archaeology.Booking is easy online at the link below or call (02) 9247 8001. Date and Time: Thursday 18th May @ 11am – 12.15pm Cost: $15 Meet at the Australian National Maritime Museum – 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, … 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