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

Touring Tastes: exploring histories of Australian food and culture

 10am-3pm, Friday 27 July
The Long Room, Hotel Canobolas, 248 Summer Street, Orange NSW 2800
$15 General, $10 Student and HCNSW Members (Includes morning tea)
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The History Council of NSW and Central West Libraries proudly present a special seminar, ‘Touring Tastes: exploring histories of Australian food and culture’, as part of the Orange Readers and Writers Festival 2018, Join us as we travel from the bush to the battlefield, from beaches to benchtops, and through the pages of cookbooks and magazines to explore Australian food and travel habits.

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.

History Lab Ep 3: When the Titanic sank in the desert

Episode three of the brand new investigative history podcast ‘History Lab‘ is out now! 

Great Australians You’ve Never Heard Of: Lecture no.2

The Royal Society of NSW and the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (SMSA) are proud to present a new collaborative lecture series, Great Australians You’ve Never Heard Of, that will look at the lives of Australians who have not received the recognition they deserve.

Walter Mason – Glamorous Paris: Jean Cocteau

The next Sydney Mechanic’s School of the Arts Glamorous Paris talk will feature Walter Mason who will chart the fascinating life of the French icon, Jean Cocteau on Wed 11 July. 

Patrick Dodd – General Macquarie at the Parramatta Female Factory

Come along to the next Sydney Mechanic’s School of the Arts lunchtime lecture to hear Patrick Dodd tell the story of the Parramatta Female Factory to celebrate it’s 200 year anniversary on Thursday 5 July.

Peter Rees — The Missing Man

The next Sydney Mechanic’s School of the Arts lunchtime talk will feature author Peter Rees who will discuss the fascinating history of Australia’s first Aboriginal fighter pilot on Tue 3 July.

In the Aftermath of the First World War – Women’s Legal Status Act 1918

The Independent Scholars Association of Australia (NSW Chapter) in collaboration with the State Library of NSW will be holding their Annual Seminar on July 21 from 12.15 – 4.30pm which will examine the legacy of the Women’s Legal Status Act (1918).

Rivendell Open Day: Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital

The City of Canada Bay Heritage Society invite you to join them for their next Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital open day on Sunday 29 July.

Hitler’s Lost Spy

The City of Canada Bay Heritage Society invites you to hear Greg Clancy discuss his new book ‘Hitler’s Lost Spy’ at the City of Canada Bay Museum on Saturday 7 July at 2pm.

Nominations now open for 2018 NSW Library Council Honours

The State Library of NSW is calling for nominations for the 2018 Library Council Honours. Nominations close 5pm, Friday 3 August 2018.

The Role of the ‘Pub’ in 19th Century Sydney

The next City of Sydney Historical Association guest lecture will be given by public historian Shirley Fitzgerald, who will talk about the hotels that formed the centre of the community in the 19th century on Sat 14 July, 2pm.

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