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 provide services and programs which aim to build capacity within the history sector and showcase the importance of history.


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History Week 2018

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Featured events

Immersive Histories: Sydney Writers’ Festival

11:30am-12:30pm, 3 May | Carriageworks | Free

Winners of the 2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards Adam Clulow, Mark McKenna and Peter Hobbins discuss immersing themselves in evidence and place to create rich and engaging narratives.

How to get a job in History

6:30pm, 16 April | State Library of NSW | Free for members

Can you make a living working as a historian? What does a ‘history professional’ actually do? Our popular ‘How to get a job in history’ seminar is back! Join us for an informal session featuring a diverse range of guest speakers working in the history sector.

Job vacancy: Executive Officer

We’re seeking a new Executive Officer. The position is for three days a week until the end of 2018, with a possibility of extension, and is responsible for managing the History Council of NSW.

Duties include executive support to the General Council and Executive Committee, financial planning and management, liaising with funding bodies, staff management, communications management, public relations, and working with multiple stakeholders.

Help us support the history community through key events like History Week and work closely with the General Council toward achieving our aims.

Speaker Connect

We connect emerging and established history professionals with community and local government organisations across NSW.

Speaker Connect provides speakers with paid professional speaking opportunities and hosts with high quality speakers and publicity support.

Whether an exciting and thought provoking talk on Australian history, or a professional development workshop, our program is a great chance to develop professional skills and raise the profile of history.

The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the early colony, 1788-1817

Stephen Gapps’ new book The Sydney Wars is out now! Gapps charts the history of military engagements between Europeans and Aboriginal Australians around the greater Sydney region.

Harold Cazneaux and his life at Ambleside

The Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW’s May lecture will feature Sue Rosen who will examine the life of artist Harold Cazneaux’s on Fri 25 May.

Women and the Sea

The next City of Canada Bay Heritage Society lecture will be given by Bruce Shying, who will discuss the fascinating history of female sailors on Sat 5 May.

The Malayan Emergency: 1948-1960

The Military History Society of New South Wales’ May lecture will be delivered by Seumas Tan, who will chart the history of the Malayan Emergency (1946-1960) on Sat 5 May.

Nadia Jamal — Headstrong Daughters

As part of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of the Arts April events programme, author Nadia Jamal launches her new book, ‘Headstrong Daughters’ on Thu 26 April.

‘How to get a job in History’ seminar notes

Did you attend our ‘How to get a job in History’ seminar? Download our notes including top tips for how to pursue a career in history, links to job websites & more.

Job vacancy: Executive Officer at the History Council of NSW

We’re seeking a new Executive Officer. The position is for three days a week until the end of 2018, with a possibility of extension, and is responsible for managing the History Council. Applications close 30 April.

Job: Senior Curator, Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse Museum is looking for an ongoing, full-time Senior Curator for the delivery of exhibitions and programs at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Applications close 29 April 2018.

Dictionary of Sydney podcast

The Dictionary of Sydney is back with it’s weekly podcast on 2SER Breakfast on the 107.3 network every Wed at 8:15am.

Russel Workman – Uncle Jack, the Australian Light Horseman

Photographer, Russell Workman, will be discussing his Uncle Jack’s World War I service as a Light Horseman in Palestine at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, Tuesday 17 April. 

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