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 events

Immersive Histories: Sydney Writers’ Festival

11:30am-12:30pm, 3 May | Carriageworks | Free

Winners of the 2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards, Adam Clulow and Peter Hobbins, and senior judge of the awards, Paul Ashton, discuss the awards and the process of immersing themselves in evidence and place to create rich and engaging narratives. Session chaired by Caroline Butler-Bowdon.

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.

The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau, with David Dufty

Join the Military History Society of NSW as author David Dufty explores how Australia’s signals-intelligence network helped win the Pacific War: Sat 2 June, 2pm

New Executive Officer at History Council of NSW

We’re pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Officer, Catherine Shirley, and would like to thank Nicole Cama for her dedicated work and service over the past two and half years.

EXHIBITION – Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders (closing 27 July)

Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders is a new exhibition produced by NSW State Archives. Open now until Fri 27 July.

RESOURCES – Immersive Histories, Sydney Writers’ Festival (Summary notes)

The History Council of NSW has created summary notes from our ‘Immersive Histories’ panel session held at the 2018 Sydney Writers’ Festival last Thursday 3 May.

AWARD – Oral History NSW – Excellence in Community History Award (closing 30 June)

Oral History NSW has announced a new award for 2018 for ‘Excellence in Community History’. Applications close Sat 30 June.

TALK – Quill and Spade – Pioneer garden writing in Australia (23 May)

This month’s AGHS talk is the first in a series on Australian garden writing since 1788 and will be given by Dr Greg Johnson on Wed 23 May.

RESOURCE – GLAMcity 2018: The Year That Everything Changed 2001

On this season’s final episode of GLAMcity, Tamson Peitsch and Anna Clark were joined by Phillipa McGuiness, author of The Year That Changed Everything 2001.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Global War, Global Connections, Global Moments (closing 20 May)

The call for papers is now open for the 2018 conference ‘Global War, Global Connections, Global Moments’ which will take place from 16–18 July 2018.

BOOK – The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the early colony, 1788-1817

Stephen Gapps’ new book The Sydney Wars is out now! Published in May 2018, Gapps charts the history of military engagements between Europeans and Aboriginal Australians around the greater Sydney region.

TALK – Harold Cazneaux and his life at Ambleside (25 May)

The Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW’s May lecture will feature Sue Rosen who will examine the life of artist Harold Cazneaux on Fri 25 May.

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