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.

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.

Touring Tastes: exploring histories of Australian food and culture

The History Council of NSW presents a special seminar exploring Australian food and culture at the 2018 Orange Readers & Writers Festival. Speakers: Richard White, Blake Singley, Diana Noyce and Lauren Sameuelsson.

Bushwhacker & City Slicker: songs and stories as signposts to Australian history

The History Council of NSW’s first Speaker Connect talk for 2018 will be delivered by folklorist and cultural historian Warren Fahey AM, hosted by Hawkesbury Regional Museum: Sat 28 July, 2-3pm.

Family history in Australia and the World

The Centre for Applied History with support from Ancestry.com.au and Macquarie University’s Faculty of Arts will be holding a one-day workshop for family, local, public historians and others interested in the practice and meanings of family history around the world on Friday 20 July. 

History Lab Ep 2: Damages for a broken heart

Episode two of the brand new history podcast ‘History Lab’ is out now! In this episode, host Tamson Pietsch sifts through historical remains on a quest to understand the history of love.

Linnwood open house: Sunday 8 July 2018

The Friends of Linnwood invite you to an open house at the Historic Linnwood house, which is set on 5 hectares of beautiful grounds at Guildford, in the Western Suburbs of Sydney on Sunday 8 July. 

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