RAHS Calendar of Activities 


The Royal Australian Historical Society offers members a calendar of activities.

These include:

This page was last updated on 28 June 2005.

Activities for June to September 2005

Tuesday 28 June 2005

Evening Meeting

Work in Progress!

A joint RAHS and Australian Society for the History of Engineering and Technology activity

It is always interesting to hear of the research of others, particularly when a project is still evolving. Dialogue at this point can be beneficial to all parties.

This meeting will include several ten minute talks on the current research projects of members, followed by discussion. Members will discuss why they chose the topics they are researching, how they are conducting their research, their problems and how they overcame them, and their plans to present the results of their work when completed. The meeting at History House will be followed by a buffet meal.

Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Time: 5.30 for 6 pm

Cost: $20.00 ASHET and RAHS members, $25.00 non-members. Includes refreshments on arrival and a light meal after the talk.

Bookings essential on (02) 9247 8001 or history@rahs.org.au

Tuesday 5, 12, 19, 26 July 2005


Creating a Heritage Album: a 4 week course

Are your precious heritage photographs and memorabilia stored in boxes or albums that will damage them? Would you like to display them so they can be enjoyed now and be assured they will be protected for future generations? This short course will show you how easy it is and how much fun you can have creating simple, beautiful, meaningful pages for your heritage album. At each session you will be shown fast and simple techniques to enable you to create a beautiful and meaningful family heirloom album. Please bring along 6 &endash; 8 photographs to work with on the first day. You may bring originals or copies (not photocopies) of your photos. All materials and tools will be provided for the first session. The workshops will be conducted by Creative Memories Consultant, Lucinda Scattergood.

Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm

Cost: $75.00 RAHS members, $90.00 non-members for the 4 week course. Bring or buy your own lunch, coffee and tea provided.

Bookings essential on (02) 9247 8001 or history@rahs.org.au

Wednesday 6 July 2005

Day Lecture

The Founding of a Nation - the First Fleet

Reg Green's talk commences with the entry into Botany Bay in 1770 by James Cook and the observations by Joseph Banks. He then discusses the background leading to the decision to transport the convicts to Botany Bay and thence to Port Jackson, the discovery of Sydney Cove, the unexpected arrival of the two French vessels under the command of La Perouse, the establishment of the Colony at Port Jackson, the life of Admiral Arthur Phillip and much more.

Time: 1.00 pm

Venue: History House Auditorium, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Cost: $5.00 members, $7.00 non-members

Bookings essential on (02) 9247 8001 or history@rahs.org.au

Sunday 10 July 2005

Weekend Interlude

Ukrainians in Australia

Dr Sonia Mycak and Mr Andrew Bilinsky of Sydney University will give an illustrated outline of Ukrainian migration to Australia, particularly in the early post World War II years. They will also describe the work of the Australian-Ukrainian Social & Cultural Society which has been based at Lidcombe for over 50 years. Ukrainian food will be served.

Time: 12 noon to 2.30pm

Cost: $20 members, $24 non-members. Soup and damper will be served at noon followed by the talk.

Place: Reception Rooms, History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Bookings essential on (02) 9247 8001 or history@rahs.org.au

Saturday 16 July 2005


Done! Getting historical society records organised

When set the challenge of developing and implementing a collections management plan for their paper based records, Dural and District Historical Society wondered if they wanted to be going down that path. After all, most people could find what they wanted to find. But was this really "best practice". Now that this society has completed the task and have a management plan for their photographic and archive collection, they are prepared to share some secrets of their success with other societies.

Venue: Dural and District Historical Society, Galston Park, Galston. The resource centre is in the north-eastern corner of the park on Galston Road, just opposite Galston High School. Parking is to the rear of the building.

Time: 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Cost: $10.00 members, $20.00 for 3 members of an affiliated society, $15.00 non-members [includes afternoon tea]

Bookings essential on (02) 9247 8001 or history@rahs.org.au

Tuesday 26 July 2005

Evening Lecture.

Due to unforseen circumstances within the Roads and Traffic Authority, Bill Evans is unable to present the talk planned for the ASHET meeting on 26 July. The talk by Tim Smith advertised below is in place of the talk by Bill Evans.

Talk by Tim Smith

Under Water

Historic shipwrecks adorn our coastline and inland waterways. Over 2000 vessels have come to grief through stormy weather, mishap or human error. Others still were lost in wartime action or scuttled to the depths. Today the NSW Heritage office, as the managing authority for these unique archaeological structures, is literally 'flooded' with information on located sites and constant new discoveries. Tim Smith, a Senior Heritage Officer and a State Maritime Archaeologist with the NSW Heritage Office, will let you explore the underwater domain and provide an insight into the stories, technologies and insights that Historic Shipwrecks provide us today. New discoveries and current works include the WW2 US 'Liberty' ship William Dawes located off Tathra and torpedoed in 1942, a c.1950 Sea Fury aircraft wreck near Ulladulla, an ex-clipper ship Centurion 1887 in Sydney Harbour, and paddle steamers in the NSW outback. Tim will also cover his work in Turkey mapping the Australian submarine AE2 wrecked near Gallipoli in 1915.

Tim Smith is a Senior Heritage Officer in the NSW Heritage Office which he joined in 1991. He has surveyed numerous shipwreck sites in Australia and has worked on archaeological sites in the Middle East, Greece and Italy. He is Director of a new project commencing in 2006 to archaeologically map the seabed of ANZAC Cove. Tim is currently a Councillor of the Australian Institute of Marine Archaeology.

This is a joint activity of ASHET and the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS).

Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Time: 5.30 for 6 pm

Cost: $7.00 Includes light refreshments on arrival.

Bookings: phone RAHS on (02) 9247 8001 or email history@rahs.org.au.


Wednesday 3 August 2005

Day Lecture

The History of the CWA

One very Australian institution of quiet achievers is the CWA. The Country Women's Association has, for many years, been a viable support group for women in many country towns and a key fundraiser for the support of women and families in need. Colin Coakley, General Manager of CWA NSW, will speak on the history of the organisation and its future directions.

Time: 1.00 pm

Venue: History House Auditorium, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Cost: $5.00 members, $7.00 non-members

Bookings essential on (02) 9247 8001 or history@rahs.org.au

Saturday 13 August 2005


Legal Lucky-Dip: Real Property Packets

Presented by historian Terry Kass at State Records NSW [Kingswood]

Real Property Packets will soon be available for historical research. They are a vital documentary resource for the local historian, the heritage practitioner and the family historian. Though created by the Registrar-General (now Department of Lands, Queens Square) to prove title to land, they contain a wide range of documents illustrating the history of the particular piece of land involved. They can provide insights into the people, families, and companies that owned that land. They often give information about the use of the land itself. You might find a significant birth, death or marriage certificate, a worthwhile plan of the land, or even an early unregistered deed. Old residents might give evidence about the use of the land or details of its buildings. There may be evidence of family relationships affecting the land. Feeling lucky? Dip into the Real Property Packets and see what you might find!!

After morning tea, a SRNSW staff member will explain how the system works to enable you to get the most out of the day.

Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm

Venue: Meet at Reception at the WSRC, 143 O'Connell Street, Kingswood. Full directions are on the State Records website at http://www.records.nsw.gov.au

There is ample parking for cars. To travel to WSRC by public transport, which is less frequent on Saturdays, we recommend taking a train to St Marys Station to catch the 9.27 Westbus that takes 20 minutes to get to the archives. Alternatively go to Penrith Station then catch the 9.42 Westbus that would arrive at 10.06. Do not get out at Kingswood Station as there are no buses, no taxi rank and it's a good 40 minute walk to the archives.

Cost: $12.00. Morning tea included, but bring your own lunch if you are staying on to work through the afternoon on your own research.

Bookings essential on (02) 9247 8001 or history@rahs.org.au

Sunday 14 August 2005


From Stables to Conservatorium

With the reopening of the Conservatorium of Music in Macquarie Street, everyone now has the opportunity to make up their own minds about a redevelopment that polarized opinion across Sydney. As the city discovers the new world-class musical facilities, Megan Jones, a conservation architect for the site, describes how the original appearance of the colonial stables was recovered as part of the redevelopment.

Time: 12 noon to 2.30pm

Cost: $20 members $24 non-members. Soup and damper will be served at noon followed by the talk.

Place: Reception Rooms, History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Bookings essential on (02) 9247 8001 or history@rahs.org.au

Friday 19 August to Sunday 4 September 2005


Bindings of the Government Printing Office

Bookbinding Exhibitions Australia Inc is organising a display of books bound by the Government Printing Office during the late half of the 19th Century and the early 20th Century. This exhibition will trace the history of the Government Printing Office through its bindings &endash; from early editions of the Government Gazette, government publications bound especially for Governors, books bound for exhibitions, books bound during the 'golden age of printing' and books bound for school use. Many books on display will show the diversity of bindings originating in the Office and the materials and tools used during this period. The exhibition will draw upon the RAHS Library and other collections for examples of bindings.

Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie St, Sydney

Time: 10am to 4pm , Monday to Sunday

Cost: Gold coin donation

Wednesday 7 September 2005

Day Lecture

The Fragile Forts of Sydney Harbour

Peter Oppenheim, an architect and lecturer in architecture, has been a volunteer at the Royal Australian Artillery National Museum at North Head for some years. His interest in the history of the defences of Australia led him to do a more detailed study of the fixed defences of Sydney Harbour. This, in turn, resulted in the publication of his recent book, The Fragile Forts. Peter will speak of the fixed defences which protected Sydney Harbour between 1788 and 1963.

Time: 1.00 pm

Venue: History House Auditorium, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Cost: $5.00 members, $7.00 non-members

Bookings essential on (02) 9247 8001 or history@rahs.org.au

Sunday 11 September 2005

Free Lecture

Details to be advised

Saturday 17 September 2005

Self-drive Excursion

Back to Botany Bay

When the First Fleet arrived in the colony in January 1788, it initially anchored in Botany Bay. It is likely that the first contact of "new Australians" with the "first Australians" took place when members of Phillip's party went ashore at Yarra Bay in search of fresh water. Local historian Don Gapes will lead the tour which will begin at the Yarra Bay Sailing Club, established in 1928 in the boatshed of George Howes' Pleasure Gardens. We will view the monument to Phillip's arrival erected by the RAHS in 1953 and wander along Yarra Bay Beach to view a skyline much changed from that seen by the First Fleet. After lunch we will drive to the Pioneer section of Botany Cemetery to view some of the grave stones re-located from Sandhills Cemetery. Here will be able to view one of the last market gardens left in the city area, established in 1902 by George Soo Hoo Ten on the swamp behind Yarra Bay.

Time: 10.30am

Meeting place: Yarra Bay Sailing Club, Yarra Road, just off Bunnerong Road, Phillip Bay.

Getting there: By car - park in the club car park. By bus &endash; catch the L94 from Circular Quay [check timetable on the internet or by phone on 131500]. Get off at the intersection of Anzac Parade and Bunnerong Road and walk along Canara Avenue and Yarra Road to the Sailing Club.

Cost: $15.00, morning tea included, but bring your own lunch or buy lunch at the Sailing Club bistro.

Bookings essential on (02) 9247 8001 or history@rahs.org.au