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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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Photographer: Sam Hood, courtesy of State Library NSW

Orange Readers & Writers Festival: Memory, Research & the Family Historian

Friday, 2 August, 2019 at 10:30 AM – 02:30 PM

The History Council of NSW, in partnership with Central West Libraries, proudly presents a special seminar, ‘Family Historians’,
as part of the Orange Readers and Writers Festival 2019.

You can find out more about the event, including how to book, here.

Festival | Living Heritage | 4 August 2019

The Historic Houses Association is delighted to present the Living Heritage Festival – celebrating the crafts of the past and the heritage of tomorrow.  

Seminar | RMS Titanic | 3 August 2019

The City of Canada Bay Heritage Society will host a talk by Michael Booth, Titanic historian and descendant of a Titanic passenger.

Conference | Living Language Research Day | 2 August 2019

Join guest speakers, linguists and the State Library NSW’s Indigenous team in an exploration of the extensive language collections held at the library. Gain insights into how contemporary language revival is impacted by the legacy of colonial linguists, and the ways in which communities are strengthening language and culture.

Seminar | Australia’s Role in the Apollo 11 Landing | 29 July 2019

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts will host Kerrie Dougherty, independent space historian, curator and educator,

Workshop | Recording Gardens (Bowral) | 28 July 2019

The Australian Garden Historical Society will host four distinguished speakers to talk about the importance of recording the history of your garden and offer practical guidance for drawing and photographing your garden

Seminar | The Daredevil Dairyman | 27 July 2019

Bayside Council will host Jenny MacRitchie as she tells the remarkable story of Reginald Annabel, the daredevil dairyman. This talk opens the Sydney Airport centenary exhibition “People and Planes: a community view of Sydney Airport.”

Tour | Family Nightlight Tour: Vaucluse House | 26 July 2019

Illuminated by candles, the house takes on a life of its own after dark… Bring the whole family along for this interactive tour of Vaucluse House.

Seminar | Bankruptcy, business and Cabinetmakers: Business Networks in Chinese-Australian Furniture Production, 1870-1930 | 20 July 2019

The Chinese Australian Historical Society are proud to present a seminar on how Chinese manufacturers operated despite such obstacles by exploring their business networks. Drawing on a variety of historic source material, especially insolvency and bankruptcy files, guest speaker Peter Gibson will reveal surprising new insights into the nature of Chinese-Australian enterprise and indeed the nature of ‘White Australia’ itself.

Screening | “The Trouble with Merle (2002)” | 16 July 2019

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts presents a screening of The Trouble with Merle (2002), a documentary about 1930s film star Merle Oberon and her disputed heritage.

Exhibition | BEYOND THE TREE | 6th July–12th October, 2019

As part of National Family History Month 2019, Liverpool Regional Museum and the Liverpool Genealogy Society present “Beyond the Tree”, an exhibition to promote family history through the curated stories, memorabilia, artefacts and objects of our members – complemented by public programs, talks and children’s workshops. 

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