History Week 2017: Pop!

The theme for History Week 2017 is popular culture!

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Annual History Lecture

The popular is political: Struggles over national culture in 1970s Australia
Associate Professor Michelle Arrow
Tues 5 September, 6pm
The Mint, Macquarie St, Sydney

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Speaker Connect: new and improved!

The History Council of NSW’s popular Speaker Connect program takes place throughout the year! Applications open.

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History Week 2017: Pop!

Now in its 20th year and our flagship event, History Week, engages a range of audiences by showcasing the rich, diverse history being produced by organisations and individuals across New South Wales.

History Week 2017 invites members to celebrate popular culture across the decades, investigate its construction and analyse its impact on communities and individuals.

Featured event

The Popular is Political: Struggles over national culture in 1970s Australia

Tues 5 Sept 2017, 6-9pm | The Mint, Sydney | $45 / $50 (excl fees)

How did popular culture make sense of the social change of the 1970s? Was the popularity of the ocker a reaction to the women’s movement? And how did popular histories on film and television contribute to this cultural contest?

The History Council of NSW is proud to announce its popular Annual History Lecture will be delivered by Associate Professor Michelle Arrow (Macquarie University). Join us for history and nibbles!

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City of Sydney’s Late Night Library: Welcome to the Studio

Join the City of Sydney, actors and broadcasters as they explore the hey-day of radio drama of the 1930s and 40s for History Week – 6 September

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History Week online program launched

We’re excited to introduce the fantastic array of members’ events celebrating History Week: Pop! View our online events list or download the program.

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Hashtags, Heroines, and Histories: Popular Culture in History

Macquarie University’s Department of Modern History, Centre for Media History and Centre of Applied History present a symposium on pop culture in research.

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2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards: Presentation and Launch of History Week

Join us for a glittering evening as we announce the winners of the 2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards and officially launch History Week 2017.

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Popping along: a walking tour of popular culture icons in North Sydney

Join Dr Ian Hoskins, from Stanton Library North Sydney, for a walking tour that explores the popular culture landmarks along the Lavender Bay waterfront.

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1960s Pop Music at the Magpie Milk Bar

Come to the Magpie Café Milk Bar and listen to the music of the past while sampling milkshakes, soda pops, and sharing memories of 1960s’ Picton.

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The state of New South Wales during the Great War

Sutherland Shire Historical Society host Dr Naomi Parry for a special speaker connect event revealing the impact of the Great War on the people of NSW.

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University of Sydney Postcards 1899-1955 by Jill Brown

Enjoy a nostalgia-filled talk about the University of Sydney’s history through its buildings and the people responsible for them with author Jill Brown.  

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Cinemas and Theatres of the Inner West 1900s-1960s Exhibition

Join historian Robert Parkinson as he discusses the exhibition ‘Popular Pastimes’ and the history of theatre and cinema in Sydney’s Inner West.

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The Angels, by Bob Yates

Join Bob Yates, Australian author and long-time associate of the band ‘The Angels’ as he talks about the impact the band had on the Australian rock scene.

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A Walking Tour of Dulwich Hill

Join local historian Mark Matterson for a fascinating guided walking tour highlighting the gentrification of Dulwich Hill and the rise of high rise living.

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Annette Kellerman: Behind the Myth

Join researcher and curator Peter Cox for a lively History Week talk about swimmer and actress Annette Kellerman, including rare footage from the archives.

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Mini Discoverers – Movie Stars

In this hands-on History Week session, children can touch and try on clothing from the past such as hats, gloves, and coats, and dress up like a movie star!

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Exploring Colonial Sydney

Discover the story of Sydney from 1788 to 1900, through manuscripts, maps, paintings and artworks at the State Library of New South Wales.

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Come and See the Chinese Fairyland: Sydney’s Chinese Dance Entertainment in the 1920s-1950s

Dr Mei-fen Kuo explores how dance reshaped Chinese community politics, gender relations and styles of public gathering from the 1920s to the present.

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The Power of the Picture

Join Greg and Sylvia Ray while they discuss their research and work to collect and capture a photographic record of the Hunter’s social history.

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Our Fabulous Fifties

Join Lake Mac Libraries for ‘Our Fabulous Fifties’, a themed talk about social history and 1950s fashion that explores the lives of women in the past.

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3 BOATS Exhibition

The Manly Art Gallery and Museum host an exhibition juxtaposing an original Manly Pier dodgem boat, a Manly Junior surf-craft and Richard Goodwin’s Moth.

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The Phantom Show Exhibition

Manly Art Gallery and Museum host a touring exhibition of contemporary artworks inspired by the comic book character The Phantom.

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Victoria Barracks Tour with the RAHS

Take a tour with the Royal Australian Historical Society as they explore the grounds of the Victoria Barracks and the Barrack’s onsite museum.

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Evolution and Revolution: Exhibition

This exhibition at the Australian History Museum explores the pop culture developments of 1960s Australian entertainment compared with that of today.

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‘Stepping out on the Coast’ Exhibition and History Week Open Day

Brisbane Water Historical Society presents ‘Stepping out on the Coast’ an exhibition that highlights the biggest and best performances on the Central Coast.

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Hat Box Treasures – Launch of Exhibition

The Richmond River Historical Society invites you to attend the launch of the exhibition ‘Hat Box Treasures’ to explore the history of hats in Australia.

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The Good Old Bad Old Days, with Warren Fahey

Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts host Warren Fahey for an eclectic romp through the colourful history of all five precincts of Sydney’s inner east.

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POP goes Randwick: A History of Music in our City

This History Week, join “Little Pattie” and the Mayor of Randwick for a celebration of popular culture and music heritage in the local Randwick area.

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The Buchenwald Boys

This History Week, join the Sydney Jewish Museum to hear from three Polish Holocaust survivors from the Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

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Technology on Trend at Willoughby

Willoughby City Library presents an exhibition of technology as a pop culture trend, exploring the role of technology in the development of Willoughby.

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Pop! with Hurstville Museum & Gallery

The Pop! photographic exhibition shows how Hurstville locals have been influenced by both national and international forms of mass culture.

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Popular Culture in Dungog: The Role of the James Theatre

Join Dungog Historical Society for an exhibition exploring the role of the James Theatre in Dungog popular culture since 1912.

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The Cross Art Project and Kandos Museum present the exhibition ‘Obsolete?’ telling the stories and conflicting histories of innocently obsolete objects.

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Winning Streaks Open Day: Exhibition and Open Day

Join Wyong District Museum and Historical Society as they celebrate Wyong’s colourful history of horse racing with the exhibition ‘Wyong at the Races’.

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When the Beatles Landed at Mascot

Join Bayside Council to hear some of the most memorable celebrity arrivals at Sydney airport and share your own stories about popular culture in Sydney.

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Unveiling of restored 1890 map of Concord

Join the City of Canada Bay Heritage Society as they unveil a restored map of Concord in the 1890s and discuss the history of the Concord community.

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The State Library of NSW presents the exhibition ‘WHAT GOES POP!’ providing a window into the world of post-war popular culture in Australia.

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Feminism and Popular Culture

Join the Jessie Street National Women’s Library as they showcase items from their collection which show the impact of feminism on pop culture in Australia.

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Closing Time: A photographic exhibition of historic hotels and inns

Camden Libraries presents a photographic exhibition which celebrates over one hundred and fifty years of historic local public inns and hotels.

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Tell Your Story: Life in Ku-ring-gai

Ku-ring-gai Gordon Library present the exhibition ‘Life in Ku-ring-gai’ which uses local oral histories to tell the history of the Ku-ring-gai area.

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Chinese Influences in Australian Popular Culture

The Chinese Australian Historical Society host Claudia Chan Shaw to explore how Australia has embraced Chinese popular culture.

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History Now! Mobile interactive walking tours of Leichhardt and Balmain

For this year’s History Week, Inner West Council Libraries presents an interactive mobile walking tour to celebrate the histories of the Leichhardt area.

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Pop! goes the beach: Women’s Popular Culture on Newcastle’s Beaches

Join Dr Nancy Cushing as she reveals what went on at Ladies’ Bathing Places and why women so valued their time at the beach in the late nineteenth century.

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Campbelltown: Remembering Our Pop Culture

Explore how Campbelltown folk have lived popular culture through the decades with a special History Week exhibition at Campbelltown Library.

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Storyland by Catherine McKinnon

Author Catherine McKinnon will talk about her powerful new novel Storyland, set in the Illawarra, and discuss notions of time, place, and human interaction.

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Shacks of the Royal National Park

Wollongong City Libraries presents a free podcast which explores the oral histories of owners of shack housing in the Royal National Park.

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John Macarthur: Visionary or Villain?

The City of Sydney Historical Association and Patrick Dodd present a talk which asks, was John Macarthur a visionary or a villain in Australian history?

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Cinema at Woollahra

During History Week, Woollahra Libraries will be celebrating its local history by screening historic footage from the National Film and Sound Archive.

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Samuel Pepys: His Library and The Enlightenment

Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts and The Royal Society of NSW hosts a fascinating talk about Samuel Pepys and his place in Australian history.

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Exploring the History of Hawthorne Canal

This History Week, join Mark Sabbolch for a guided walking tour of Hawthorne Canal and hear about the Inner West’s forgotten waterway.

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Callan Park Seminar: History of the Cerebral Surgery and Research Unit and Bee Miles

Friends of Callan Park present an afternoon of talks about the history of psychiatry in NSW with Dr Richard White and Associate Professor Robert Kaplan.

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Join Moruya and District Historical Society at the opening of their exhibition ‘POP GOES MORUYA’ and see just how much popular culture has changed the town.

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After the Griffins: stories from the Castlecrag of the thirties, forties and fifties

The Walter Burley Griffin Society presents an afternoon of discussion and celebration about what life was like in Castlecrag in the early 20th century.

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TECH Pop! Trending over time in TAFE

This presentation will look at various items held in the TAFE NSW Heritage Collection and buildings at Ultimo College that reflect pop culture over time.

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Pop! Celebrate popular culture across the decades

Celebrate History Week with Newcastle Region Library, view some of their favourite pop culture items and discover the stories behind these objects.

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Passion for Fashion – The Sixties

Join the Port Macquarie Historical Society as they present the exhibition ‘Passion for Fashion’ celebrating the fashion, fabrics and flair of the Sixties.

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Sydney Icons From Cremorne Point: A Drawing Workshop

Join artist Sandy Shilansky and Stanton Library’s Local History Librarians for a free Saturday morning art class on the lawns of Cremorne Point.

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Walking Tour of Historic Brookvale

Join Northern Beaches Council Local Studies Historian Michelle Richmond for a guided walking tour through Brookvale’s historic past.

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Northern Beaches in 2017: Instagram Competition

Take a photo you think represents what life is like on the Northern Beaches and enter Northern Beaches Council’s Instagram competition this History Week!

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La Perouse: One huge history!

Join Greg Bond from the Friends of La Perouse for a walking tour to explore the landscape and colonial structures that reflect La Perouse’s diverse history.

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Poihākena Tours: Stories of Māori in Sydney

Poihakena Tours present a special history week tour which includes stories of Māori contributions to popular music culture in Australia since the 1960s.

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Linnwood House Open Day

Join in the festivities at Linnwood House this History Week. Admire the historic home, enjoy arts/crafts stalls, displays of vintage cars, and tea and cake.

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Eryldene House and Garden Open Weekend: Thoroughly modern Sydney

Experience one of the finest examples of twentieth century Australian architecture at Eryldene House, with the Eryldene Historic House and Garden Trust.

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