New release on YouTube – ‘An Illustrated Journey: Sydney Central to South Brisbane c.1950’ with RAHS Senior Vice President, Christine Yeats

In a new release on the RAHS YouTube channel, RAHS Senior Vice President Christine Yeats takes us on a journey from Sydney Central to South Brisbane by rail on the North Coast Line c.1950, using a range of wonderful resources from State Records NSW, the National Library of Australia’s ‘Trove’ database and the State Library of NSW. Click here and you will be directed straight to Christine’s presentation. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking on the … Read More

Sydney Harbour – How did it get so wet? An RAHS/NAW Excursion

The distinctive sandstone of Sydney’s cliffs and rock shelters is the product of hundreds of thousands of years of geological history. Within this ancient landscape, the original Australians have been witness to massive changes in climate and environment over at least the past 40,000 years. One of the most obvious to us now is Sydney Harbour, which was created as the rising sea level gradually flooded an occupied river valley. Join geoarchaeologist Sam Player for a walk around Blackwattle Bay and into Pyrmont to look … Read More

RAHS Day Lecture: ‘Shakin’ the world over – the Greek-Australian Milk Bar’

The RAHS’ next free Day Lecture will take place on Wednesday 5th August @ 1pm – 2pm: ‘Shakin’ the world over – the Greek-Australian Milk Bar’ This lecture provides an insight into the international cross-cultural origins of the milk bar. In Sydney, late in 1932, Joachim Tavlaridis, known as Mick Adams, opened Australia’s first modern ‘American-style’ milk bar, the Black & White 4d. Milk Bar. Indeed, Adams’ milk bar was the world’s first. Historian Leonard Janiszewski and documentary photographer Effy … Read More


Leichhardt town hall

A night of historians discussing Ludwig Leichhardt Date and Time: Monday 27 July 2015 @ 6.30pm for 7pm start Leichhardt Town Hall, Cnr Marion and Norton Sts Leichhardt Free Event — All Welcome (Light Refreshments will be served) Bookings: 9367 9266 Speakers: • Dr Tom Darragh, Emeritus Curator, Museum Victoria Thomas A. Darragh is a graduate of the University of Melbourne in invertebrate palaeontology. He has a long standing interest in the history of the natural sciences, particularly geology, in … Read More

RAHS EXCURSION: Sydney Jewish Museum

Join RAHS librarian Donna Newton on a visit to the Sydney Jewish Museum. The Museum provides visitors with eight exhibition areas, life-size sculptures and dioramas. Visitors view original documents and newspapers and interact with multimedia displays. The permanent exhibitions show many aspects of Jewish life, culture and history in Australia and overseas. Click here for booking information.

Join Us For A Champagne Supper At History House In July

History House

The Society is hosting a Champagne Supper from 4.30pm to 7.00pm at History House on Friday 10th of July. The event will raise funds for the refurbishment of History House. Tickets are $50.00, which includes a $35.00 tax deductible building fund donation. Come and see the building plans, learn what is happening and support the RAHS in its aim to promote Australian history. The champagne supper will be a wonderful evening where you can enjoy delightful company in the History … Read More