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.

Through building knowledge

We live History

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


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Featured event

Newcastle Writers Festival 2019

Memory and Monuments – HCNSW Masterclass

Friday, 5 April 2019, 11.00am – 1.00pm
Level 3, Room x321, NewSpace, University of Newcastle,
cnr Hunter and Auckland Streets, Newcastle.

This masterclass will focus on the ongoing histories of monuments, testing the implications of preservation and removal, and how memorials can be revived, reinterpreted or replaced. 

Join the History Council of NSW members, Richard Neville (State Library of NSW) hosting guest speakers Nancy Cushing (University of Newcastle), Stephen Gapps (Australian National Maritime Museum) and Tamson Pietsch (Australian Centre for Public History, UTS) as they share their skills and experience and discuss this timely and somewhat controversial topic. The three speakers will address Captain Cook, counter-memorials and the ‘statue wars’; the memorial to the band on the Titanic in Broken Hill; and the coal monument in Newcastle.

You can find out more about the seminar and how to register here.


Member advantage (exclusively for members and member organisations)

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.

Talk: Bruce Watt presents Dharawal: The First Contact People

History Council of NSW member organisation, Sutherland Shire Libraries is hosting local historian Bruce Watt as he describes the experiences of the Dharawal people in a book that is both relevant to the Sutherland Shire and the nation.

HCNSW at the Sydney Writers Festival: Conflict, Collective Memory and the Creation of History

The History Council of NSW is please to announce our event for the 2018 Sydney Writers Festival will be Conflict, Collective Memory and the Creation of History. 

New Podcast Episode: GLAM City Science and Photography- Growing Up Together

The new season of GLAMcity has arrived! Glamcity is a podcast launched by the Australian Centre for Public History in collaboration with 2SER 107. Join historians Anna Clark and Chelsea Barnett each week as they take you behinds the scenes of Sydney’s most iconic Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums.

Talk: Dr Roy Lumby presents Pubs of the Middle Third 1939-1960s

History Council of NSW member organisation, the Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW and ACT is presenting a new talk on Australian pub architecture. Join society president, Dr Roy Lumby as he discusses “Pubs of the Middle Third 1939-1960s”.

New Seminar Series: Sydney Feminist History Group

The Sydney Feminist History Group brings together historians, researchers and friends of feminist history, broadly defined. Their new seminar history seminar schedule has just been released and includes a diverse range of scholars and topics. 

Scholarship Opportunity: PhD Scholarship in Historical Studies: ‘Australian Fathers and Broken Families’

As part of the successful Australian Research Council Discovery Project, ‘Fatherhood: an Australian History, 1919-2019’ (DP190100214), Monash University Arts Graduate Research is funding a PhD scholarship on the topic ‘Australian Fathers and Broken Families’.

2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards: Shortlists announced

The State Library of NSW has announced the short list of contemporary works by leading and emerging Australian writers for the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. 

Chinese Opera in Australia: An Overview

Join History Council of NSW member organisation the Chinese Australian Historical Society as one of their founding members, Michael Williams discusses Chinese Opera in Australia.

In Their Own Image: Greek Australians

The Inner West City Council Libraries invite you to join them as they host documentary photographer, Effy Alexakis and historian Leonard Janiszewski as they chronicle the depth and diversity of Australia’s Greek presence over the last 200 years.

Speaker Series: The Seventies: The Personal, The Political and the Making of Modern Australia

The Inner West City Council Libraries invite you to join them as they host Michelle Arrow and Nicole Abadee.

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