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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Featured event



Motherhood and Mothering Stories – Workshop

Thursday, 4 July 2019 at 10:00 AM – 01:00 PM

Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street, North Sydney

A/Prof Tanya Evans will be running an interactive workshop about the stories family historians discover about motherhood and the mothering in Australia.

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

Talk | RAHS – The Apollo Moon Landings: From Challenge to Achievement – 20 June

Join independent space historian Kerrie Dougherty for a night of conversation about the challenge President Kennedy set NASA in 1961 to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth by 1970. 

Speaker Connect 2019: applications open

The History Council of NSW has opened applications for its popular Speaker Connect program for 2018. Apply to speak or to host a speaker now.

Talk | Ocean Talks: Aboriginal Perspectives of Sydney Harbour – 4 July

Join in a vibrant panel discussion of insights into the first fully-Aboriginal-operated circumnavigation of Australia, maintaining cultural legacies, Aboriginal digital mapping and sharing cultural voices through art.

Workshop | Motherhood and Mothering Stories – 4 July 2019

A/Prof Tanya Evans will be holding a workshop on the discoveries that have been made about motherhood and mothering practices by family historians at North Sydney Council’s Stanton Library.

Silent Film Festival x State Library of New South Wales

The State Library of NSW in partnership with the Silent Film Festival are presenting three silent films in June through August. 

Symposium | Lake Mac GLAM 2019 | 17 June

This symposium offers a unique and targeted professional development opportunity, providing a forum to participate in contemporary presentations and workshops, as well as a chance to improve our sector profile and networks.

Decriminalising Homosexuality: 35 Years On | Panel Discussion | 11 June

Join The Sydney Pride History Group Decriminalising Homosexuality: 35 Years On for a panel discussion to mark the 35th anniversary of the legislation of male same-sex activity in New South Wales.

Exhibition | Lake Mac Libraries | Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters | 8 June–21 July

This exhibition tells the story of Harriet and Helena Scott, two of 19th-century Australia’s most prominent natural history illustrators.

New Publication | ‘Let’s Join in’: Children and ABC Radio by Bridgett Griffin-Foley

Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley (MCQ) has recently published "‘Let’s Join in’: Children and ABC Radio" in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (online first). Online access here via Thames & Hudson. Abstract This article considers the world for...

Author Talk | ‘World War Noir’ with Michael Duffy and Nick Hordern, 5 June

Join authors Michael Duffy and Nick Hordern on June 5 at Paddington Library for a talk about their recently published book ‘World War Noir: Sydney’s unpatriotic war’ (NewSouth). This talk will delve into the raw and broad-ranging history that confounds expectations, revealing a grittier truth of “patriotic” Australia during WWI.

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