Welcome to the History Council of NSW

Welcome to the History Council of NSW

Our vision is to ensure that history, in all its diverse forms, is an important part of the cultural life of the people and communities of New South Wales.

We aim to achieve this by pursuing our goals in the five key areas: advocacy, awareness, diversity, excellence and outreach.

Find out more about us, our programs or membership.

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 featured over 80 events across the state from 2 to 10 September. The History Council of NSW would like to thank its members, supporters and partners for participating. If you attended a History Week event, let us know your thoughts.

Order and Disorder: Madness in Penal NSW
Sat 25 Nov, 2pm | Moruya Museum, 85 Campbell St, Moruya | FREE

Madness was a feature of the colony of New South Wales from the start: sailors, convicts, soldiers, and free men and women. But how did they manage this madness? And what effect did that have on colonial society?

Join the Moruya and District Historical Society as they host Dr James Dunk for this Speaker Connect talk.

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Order and Disorder: Madness in Penal New South Wales

Moruya and District Historical Society host Dr James Dunk for a Speaker Connect talk on madness in penal and colonial New South Wales: Sat 25 Nov 2pm.

Annual History Lecture 2017 on ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas

The 2017 Annual History Lecture, delivered by Associate Professor Michelle Arrow, featured last night on ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas: listen online here.

History Week with the Friends of Linnwood

During History Week 2017, HCNSW staff visited one of our long-time members, The Friends of Linnwood, for a special open day. Read the recap here.

Sydney on Screen: History Week at Ashfield Library

The lights were dimmed low as James Findlay took his History Week 2017 audience on a journey through Sydney’s cinematic history at Ashfield Library.

The Mirror’s Writing Women at Dickson St Space

At Dickson St Space, Cathy Perkins spoke about the fascinating women writers interviewed by Zora Cross in the 1920s & 30s for the Australian Woman’s Mirror.

History Week at Camden and public drinking in colonial NSW

Our Executive Officer visited Camden Library during History Week to hear Dr Matthew Allen’s talk on public drinking in colonial NSW.

Annual History Lecture 2017: The Popular is Political

History Council of NSW proudly presented its Annual History Lecture, delivered by Assoc Prof Michelle Arrow on Tuesday 5 September. Here’s a wrap up!

Evolution and Revolution: History Week at the Australian History Museum

During History Week 2017, the Australian History Museum and Macquarie University Library hosted an exhibition on 1960s popular culture. Browse the highlights.

History Week at the Henry Kendall Cottage and Historical Museum

Accompanying their History Week exhibition, Henry Kendall Cottage and Historical Museum also hosted Emeritus Professor Richard Waterhouse. Read the wrap up.

History Week with Lake Mac Libraries

What did it mean to be a ‘man’ in 1950s Australia? Read the wrap-up of Dr Chelsea Barnett’s History Week Speaker Connect talk, hosted by Lake Mac Libraries.

2017 History Council of NSW Award Winners Announced

We’re pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 awards – Annual History Citation, Max Kelly Medal, Deen De Bortoli Award and Aboriginal History Prize.

Michelle Arrow talks “ocker” culture on 2ser

Michelle Arrow spoke on 2ser Breakfast radio’s Nic Healey ahead of her highly anticipated Annual History Lecture as part of History Week 2017: Pop!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

There are two ways to support the work of the History Council of NSW – become a member and/or donate.

We offer membership benefits including special ticket offers, promotional support, professional development and networking events, the opportunity to register an event for History Week and participate in Speaker Connect, and more.

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