2018 RAHS CONFERENCE – Port Macquarie



20th & 21st October 2018

Bookings are now open for our 2018 Conference: Surveying the Past, Mapping the Present at the Westport Club in Port Macquarie.

The 2018 RAHS Conference is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Port Macquarie, with local historians speaking about the experiences of the Birpai people, life on the early estates in the Hastings, and Port Macquarie’s last convicts. Our keynote speaker is Dr Mathew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia, who will discuss the very pertinent theme of ‘History from the ground up’.

Attendees will discover new resources and techniques to help survey the past of your own local community and be inspired by historians whose research interests span surveyors’ field books and explorers’ notes, historical market research, women in business, and understanding the social, medical and domestic legacies of World War I. (Full program is available for download)

Attendees can also attend a range of other events during the weekend including:

  • Pre-Conference Workshop (Friday 19 October | Port Macquarie Library) 
    From Governors’ Wives to Sydney Harbour Bridge Builders: Amplifying the State Library of NSW sound archive via open-source and the machine
  • Welcome Reception (Friday 19 October | Port Macquarie Museum) 
    This event will be hosted by thePort Macquarie Historical Society and provides an informal opportunity to view the award-winning Museum’s significant collections and exhibitions
  • Walking Tour: Stories Behind the Graves (Saturday 20 October) 
    This guided walking tour ofPort Macquarie’s Second Burying Ground will explore the stories of Port Macquarie’s famous and infamous residents.
  • Bus Tour: Chains and Milestones (Saturday 20 October) 
    This bus tour will provide an overview of Port Macquarie’s historic sites, maritime history and convict past.
    Expressions of Interest: Innes Ruins Tour (Monday 22 October) 
    Step back in time on this guided tour of the extensiveruins of a grand country mansion built by convict labour in the 1830s.
  • Post-Conference Workshop: Researching and Commemorating the Spanish Flu (Monday 22 October | Port Macquarie Library) 
    The pneumonic influenza or ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic that circled the world in 1918–19 left few communities untouched. In this practical workshop, we review the bigger picture of the pandemic before considering how its impact might be commemorated locally.

To learn more about our Conference, including transport and accommodation, Port Macquarie’s history and things to see and do, visit our Conference webpage.

Botany Bay Family History Society: Heritage Fair April 2018

Botany Bay Family History Society: Heritage Fair April 2018

heritage festivalCathy Dunn from Australian History Research is attending the Botany Bay Family History Society: Heritage Fair at the Tradies Gymea Manchester Road Gymea Saturday 28 April 2018 10am start. Free entry.

Australian History Expo table

  • Norfolk Island 1st Settlement 1788 – 1814
  • Early Colonial NSW 1788 – 1828
  • Historic photo from Milton, Ulladulla, Bawley Point and other areasNorfolk Island bdm
  • Family History research reports
  • Australian History and Family History research resources
  • Research advice
  • Historical and family history Book collections for sale
  • History showbags
  • Norfolk Island History Lovers Holiday September 2018
  • and much more

Norfolk Island History Lovers Tour

Speakers at Expo – Free presentations
Jean Campbell –  Beginning Your Family History
Melissa Hulbert – Introduction to using DNA for Family History
Allan Murrin – Familysearch.org’s Family Tree – Up in the Clouds. How and Why
Gail Davis – Overview of Records Held at State Records What is there!

HerItage Fair

Whole Histories: keeping the stories alive hosted by the Yass and District Historical Society Inc at St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March 2018.

Greetings from Yass,

An invitation is extended to join us for Whole Histories: keeping the stories alive hosted by the Yass and District Historical Society Inc at St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March 2018.

If you have received this email you have attended or expressed interest in the past, in weekends of an historical or Irish  interest that were organised by Dr Richard Reid and Cheryl Mongan at St Clement’s. We have also included in this mail-out local and family history societies that will find this weekend of interest as they explore new and different ways to ensure their longevity.

This weekend will continue the theme of our April 2017 examining Australian history in all its facets and its presentation to modern audiences through museums, seminars, technology and publications and the interaction between historians and family historians.

This conference will have three keynote speakers Dr Ann Herraman from the Mt Lofty Districts Historical Society will present innovative ideas to invigorate historical groups and communities, Prof Mark McKenna from the University of Sydney will speak about his research for his award winning publication ‘Looking for Blackfella’s Point’ while Dr Mathew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia will present the final paper ‘Object, Places, People: Reconnecting History and Heritage in Communities’. They lead an impressive group of speakers who will inspire us to ensure the survival of our history in its many forms. For societies it is examine your strategies for keeping your stories alive and having a voice in the discussion.

How will museums, archives, historical and family history groups of today survive the pressures of such rapid change and aging/declining memberships? We might live in a digital age but we must not lose sight of the past and the value history contributes to our communities. During the weekend our speakers will address this and other aspects of keeping history alive and within the public gaze. Due to the interest in our Sunday morning forum session we have scheduled more time for discussion and presentations by interested societies. We encourage you to book a spot to tells us of your successes and even dilemmas that other participants may be able to assist with. This program has something for everyone interested in Australian history. It is not all serious talk with a candle-lit dinner in historic Galong House and musical entertainment.

With so much to be discussed and learned local and family history groups might consider sending a delegate to this important gathering. We have included a brochure and registration form should you be able to join us for what promises to be a great weekend.

If you missed our last conference the papers are available for purchase for $40.00 per copy plus postage of $15.00. It is a fully illustrated(colour) 203 page record of the papers given by sixteen speakers.

Please see our website www.yasshistory.org.au and follow the link on the homepage to Whole Histories for fuller details of the weekend and  to download further brochures and registration forms.
Don’t forget to visit our new Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/yassdistricthistoricalsociety for regular updates on the event and our Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/yassdistricthistoricalsociety/.


Cheryl Mongan
Yass & District Historical Society Inc

Bunnings Narellan – Sausage Sizzle On Sunday 21st January 2018, CAFHS will be holding their annual Sausage Sizzle to help raise funds for the Society.

Don’t Forget…..Bunnings Narellan – Sausage Sizzle
On Sunday 21st January 2018, CAFHS will be holding their annual Sausage Sizzle to help
raise funds for the Society. This event is one of our major Fund Raisers for the year and we
ask all those who can help to speak to Ray or Tony to advise their availability. Along with
raising a substantial portion of our funding for the year,we generally have a lot of fun doing it.

This month’s Speaker at our June monthly meeting will be (Dr) Lisa Murray, Historian for the City Of Sydney

The Camden Area Family History Society will hold their next  meeting on Tuesday 6th June, 2017 at 7.30pm at the Camden Historical Society’s Museum in the Camden Library Complex. The speaker will be Dr Lisa Murray, historian for the City of Sydney, who is speaking on “Sydney Cemetery Adventures”  This talk is based on her recently published book, Sydney Cemeteries: a Field Guide.  The book will be available during the evening at $35 per copy. Please note that the meeting this month is being held in the Camden Museum at 7.30pm, 6th June 2017.  Gold coin Donation to cover Supper.  Contact Secretary on 0246559963 for more information.