People of the River: Lost Worlds of Early Australia

A landmark history of Australia’s first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both Aboriginal and British.

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A landmark history of Australia’s first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both Aboriginal and British.

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

RAHS WINTER 2017 CALENDAR RELEASED

Regional Seminar

Explore the many events that make up our Winter calendar – download the PDF version here http://bit.ly/2rio2th or from the RAHS website http://www.rahs.org.au/events-overview/ We have something for everyone this Winter – learn how to access and use Land Title Records, tour Victoria Barracks, Millers Point or the Art Gallery of NSW, attend a seminar at State Archives and Records NSW on building research skills, and be part of our regional seminars in Moree and the Central Coast, funded by Arts … 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

‘The Making of the Australian Working Class’

Join History Council NSW at Ashfield Library on 8th June for ‘The Making of the Australian Working Class’. Book now for this free event! Sources for the mobility of ideas that explain the strength of working class culture in Australia are scarce. Traditionally, historians have focused on educated and mainly middle class Irish rebels, English Chartists, and Scottish martyrs to interpret the rise of working class culture in Australia. By shifting historical focus away from these sources and the ‘crime’ … Read More

2017 TROVE ROADSHOWS

May and June 2017 Join the Trove team as they help you find out more about making your organisation’s content available in Trove, improving the discovery of your collection, and options for digitisation. There will be two separate presentations in each location – one for larger organisations (collections larger than 20,000 digital items) and another for smaller organisations. Larger organisations – find out how to make your collections available, increase the number of your collections within Trove and improve how … Read More

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF AUSSIE DIGGER HUMOUR – ONE WAY AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD

A message from the NSW Lancers Memorial Museum: 10am to 4pm daily, 6th and 7th May 2017 After the solemnity and reflection of ANZAC Day, the NSW Lancers Memorial Museum is running an unusual exhibition showing how Diggers have poked fun at danger, injury, appalling conditions and the pompous (usually Officers), from the Boer War in 1899 to the present day. Using a rich and rare collection of soldier’s diaries, cartoons, official and unofficial trench news sheets, unit publications and … 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

STRICKLAND HOUSE DAY – Sunday 30th April

STRICKLAND HOUSE – 52 VAUCLUSE ROAD, VAUCLUSE A message from Woollahra History & Heritage Society Inc. On Sunday, 30th April, The Woollahra History and Heritage Society will give three talks on the history of Strickland House followed by walks around the grounds highlighting some of their interesting features. These will start at 11.00 am, 1.00 pm and 2.30 pm.  They will last an hour.  No charge to attend but donations will be gratefully accepted. Government Property NSW is carrying out … Read More

Copyright Amendment Bill

On 22 March 2017 the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill will end perpetual copyright for unpublished materials. As a result millions of historical manuscripts will be freed into the public domain on 1 January 2019. The Australian Libraries and Copyright Committee released a statement on the tabling of the Copyright Amendment Bill ─ Captain Cook’s Diaries Free Thanks to Copyright Bill. The full Press Statement is available by clicking here. According … Read More

CULTURE AND OUR CITY – City of Parramatta Cultural Plan Consultation

A message from the City of Parramatta: It is an exciting time for culture, arts and entertainment in the City of Parramatta. We are experiencing a period of dramatic change and transformation. Our City is rapidly growing, building and evolving. We are on a fast-track to becoming Sydney’s central city. A smart global city that sets the vision for great Australian cities. A Cultural Discussion Paper has been developed to capture the many conversations and community feedback about our cultural … 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