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 our Events

Through building knowledge

Through networking & learning from others

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 events

Australian Lebanese Family History Workshop

1pm – 5pm, 9th February 2019

History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Do you want to research, record and tell your family story/stories? Come and hear Alissar Chodoac, Cecile Yazbek, Nola Bramble, Glen Kalem, Emil Dan and Dr Paula Abood give brief overviews  of the different ways they have approached the documentation and telling of Lebanese Australian family histories. Then join other participants to workshop ideas and stories.

As well as the invited speakers, we are fortunate to have Dr Tanya Evans, the current president of the History Council of New South Wales, Dr Jumana Bayeh and Dr Anne Monsour as workshop facilitators. Come and share your experiences and get practical ideas about what you can do to make discovering, preserving and telling your family story a reality. Be sure to bring along any writing, documenting or recording you have already done! This ‘hands-on’ workshop is open to all interested participants.

This workshop is presented through a partnership between the History Council of NSWThe Royal Australian Historical Society, the Centre for Applied History (Macquarie University), and the Australian Lebanese Historical Society 

Further information is available 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.

Exhibition: Home, Dignity, Justice: An Australian Human Rights Commission Photographic Retrospective

The Newcastle Region Library is currently holding a fantastic exhibition, Home, Dignity, Justice: An Australian Human Rights Commission Photographic Retrospective, that must close on the 25th of January 2019.

RAHS Day Lecture – Robert Bostock, Australia’s Slave Trader Convict & His Freed Captives

The Royal Australian Historical Society lecture series is beginning again for 2019! Join the RAHS as they host Emma Christopher as she discusses her new book Freedom in White and Black: A Lost Story of the Illegal Slave Trade and its Global Legacy (2018).

Militaria from the Gallipoli Campaign – Upcoming Lecture at The Military History Society of NSW

The Military History Society of NSW lecture series for 2019 begins with Militaria from the Gallipoli Campaign presented by Gary Traynor,  a part time soldier, trained investigator and Assistant Curator in Military Heraldry and Technology at the Australian War Memorial.

Last Weeks: Word Evolution: Language and Learning in Fairfield from the late 1800s

Fairfield City Museum and Gallery’s  exhibition Word Evolution: Language and Learning in Fairfield from the Late 1800s is currently showing and must close on the 29th of March 2019. 

“People of Australia: Women’s History” Talk at WEA Sydney, Saturday 16th February

Join WEA Sydney as they host Jo Henwood to discuss “People of Australia: Women’s History” tracing the history and development of women in Australia from the First Fleet to our first female prime minister.

John August- Marvels of Engineering and Industrial Heritage, Wednesday, 27 February 2019

The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts are hosting John August for a fascinating exploration of the many marvels of human ingenuity he has encountered during his travels, including extraordinary engineering works, antique machines, scientific curiosities and strange objects.

La Perouse Museum Commemorative Receveur Mass 17 February 2019

The Mass was introduced to Australia by these two Frenchmen, Père Laurent Receveur (1757-1788) a Conventual friar, whose death occasioned a Requiem Mass by his brother priest, who was a canon of Ste. Genevieve in Paris, and the Latin Office of the Dead which was mandatory at the funerals of naval personnel

Garry Wotherspoon “Paddington: A History” Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts are hosting historian Garry Wotherspoon as he shares the unique history of Sydney’s celebrated heritage suburb.

City of Sydney Historical Association Talk: “Australia’s Centenary 1888” with Mary Small

Join the City of Sydney Historical Association as they investigate the celebrations of Australia’s Centenary in 1888. 

Royal Australian Historical Society Australia Day 2019: Pot Luck with History & Book Sale

The RAHS is hosting an exciting History Pot Luck and Book sale this Australia Day. Join the RAHS on January 26th at History House for a chance to visit a beautiful heritage building and nab a bargain at the book sale!

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