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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: Life and Death

1-9 September 2018  |  #HistoryWeek18

History Week is the annual, state-wide celebration of history organised by the History Council of New South Wales. 

Initiated by the HCNSW in 1997, History Week is a fantastic opportunity for member organisations, large and small, throughout NSW to engage and educate the community about the vitality, diversity and meaning of history and its practice.
More info about History Week can be found here.
An interactive program of events is now live and accessible via the button below.

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.

Transitioning the Post-War ADF for Combat Operations in the Modern Age

The Military History Society of NSW ‘s October lecture featuring Peter Hayesformer will discuss the evolution of Information Warfare Sat 6 Oct, 2-3pm.  

Former Lidcombe Hospital Heritage Precinct and Auburn Botanic Gardens ( Japanese Gardens )

This month’s AGHS event will feature Stuart Read who will lead a guided walking tour through two historic Western Syndey venues. Sun 23 Sept, 2-4.30pm.

RAHS/ASHET Evening Lecture – By Muscle of Man and Horse: Building the Railway under Sydney 1916-32

The next RAHS evening lecture will feature Billl Phippen who will discuss the scanning of 1500 construction photos of the City Railway between 1916-1935.

Lost in the Cloud – Saving Humanity’s Digital Documentary Heritage Symposium

The National Archives of Australia invite you hear presentations from government, academia and ICT experts exploring digital heritage.

Russell Workman — Sydney in the 60s & 70s

The next SMSA guest lecture will feature photographer Russell Workman for a nostalgic glimpse back of Sydney during the 1960s and 1970s.

Ladies in Black – Giveaway

The History Council of NSW with Sony Pictures have a limited number of double passes to giveaway for the Australian motion picture film Ladies in Black. 

2018 History Council of NSW Award Winners Announced

We’re pleased to announce the winners of our 2018 awards – Annual History Citation, Max Kelly Medal, Deen De Bortoli Award and Aboriginal History Prize.

Point Clare Cemetery Tour

Point Clare Cemetery History Tour will host a guided walking tour and launching a web site for self guided tours of Point Clare Cemetery.

Russel Ward Lecture: Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stuart

The University of New England’s Russel Ward Lecture is delivered in History Week by Prof. Hamish Maxwell-Stuart on convict contributions to Australia.

George Hedgeland – Stained Glass Artist and Sydney Surveyor

The City of Sydney Historical Association’s upcoming September lecture will feature Angela Phippen who will tell the story of nineteenth century migrant George Hedgeland on Sat 8 Sept.

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