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/ASHET – Flying the ‘Southern Myth’: Pioneering Flight Simulation in Australia

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In 1957, trainees at the Qantas Technical School in Sydney reported “scrounging around” to build a Lockheed Super Constellation. Christened the ‘Southern Myth’, it was not a flyable airliner, but rather a facsimile flight station “able to simulate practically any emergency that could arise”. Knocked together from “scrap” components, circuits, plywood and paint, it was expected to train over 200 flight crew within 6 months. Often overlooked in aviation history, from the 1930s flight simulators developed rapidly in technological complexity. … Read More

STORIES BY THE FIRESIDE WITH PERRY MCINTYRE

An invitation from The Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee (GIFCC): The Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee are delighted to invite its supporters to a fundraising event in support of The Great Irish Famine Memorial Refugee Scholarship. Join the GIFCC by the fireside at History House and hear readings from historian, Dr Perry McIntyre. Raffle tickets will be available – visit the GIFCC Facebook page for prize information: Click here to book online. Light refreshments will be provided. Places are limited, so secure … 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

MOREE REGIONAL SEMINAR – SATURDAY 8TH JULY

The RAHS in conjunction with Gwydir Family History Society Inc. presents the Moree Regional Seminar. Bookings are open for the RAHS’ next regional seminar, funded by Create NSW, this time in Moree NSW. Learn about accessing and using Land Title Records with RAHS President Carol Liston. RAHS Senior Vice President Christine Yeats will discuss the resources available for researchers wanting to discover how houses were furnished by our ancestors, and the wealth of Government Gazettes which are now available online … Read More

PROTECT PARRAMATTA’S HERITAGE: OBJECT TO PARRAMATTA NORTH DRAFT DCP AND DA/1124/2016

Attendees of the 2016 RAHS Conference in Wollongong would have heard Suzette Meade, President of the North Parramatta Resident’s Group (NPRAG), discuss the work NPRAG has carried out to protect and promote Parramatta’s heritage. To view Suzette’s presentation on YouTube, click here. Suzette has set up a template submission portal to enable people to easily make a submission objecting to the Draft DCP and the first DA from Urban Growth NSW, which is to approve the subdivision of Fleet Street … Read More