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 building knowledge

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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History Week

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Featured event


Conflict, Collective Memory and the Creation of History – HCNSW Panel

Tuesday, 30 April 2019, 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW,
Macquarie Street Wing,
Sydney, NSW 2000

Winners of the 2018 New South Wales Premier’s History Awards – Christina Twomey, Paul Irish and Sean Scalmer – reveal to Caroline Butler-Bowdon how they found their subjects, how they write engaging historical narratives, and the consequences of their work.

You can find out more about the event here.

This session is now SOLD OUT – please keep an eye on our Newsletter for future similar sessions during 2019.



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.

Performance: “Devoted Service” at the ANZAC Memorial

A new theatre piece by the Anzac Memorial at Hyde Park, Sydney, derived from the true stories of five remarkable women during the First World War. On show from 25 April until 15 June 2019.

Oral History NSW Australia Conference Grant Deadline Approaching

The deadline for the Oral History NSW Conference Grant is 30 April 2019. Two grants of $600 are available to presenters attending the Biennial Oral History Australia Conference in Brisbane (10-13 October 2019).

Anniversary Celebrations at the Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum

It’s been 30 years since the last 46 class locomotive was used at Valley Heights Depot. On Sunday 28 April hear from former Valley Heights railwaymen, climb into the cab of a electric loco 4601, enjoy a ride on a steam train and more.

Talk | The Wretched Flu: The 1919 Influenza Pandemic in Botany & Mascot

Bayside Libraries and the Botany Historical Trust invite you to a talk on Saturday 4 May for the Australian Heritage Festival about the Spanish Flu pandemic at the end of World War I.

AGHS Talk | Significance of Camellia in Garden History: Ten Fabulous Tales

The Australian Garden History Society (NSW Branch) is hosting Dr Stephrn Utick for a talk on the importance of the camellia in garden history on 22 May. 

UNE ANZAC Day Memorial Service

Everyone in the Armidale community is invited to attend the UNE Anzac Day service where there will be a coming together to remember those who have served our country during times of conflict and crisis, and to reflect upon their selfless sacrifice.

Author Talk | Paul Irish: Aboriginal Paddington

Paul Irish, author of the 2018 New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize winning book: Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney, is giving a free talk at Customs House Library on Thursday 9 May 2019 at Customs House Library.

Call-out: Share your stories about the experiences of Australian mothers from 1920 to 2000

Do you have a memory or history about motherhood that you would like to share? Contribute to a collaborative research project on the history of motherhood in Australia from 1920-2000.

Exhibition Opening: kanalaritja: an unbroken string

Hurstville Museum & Gallery are opening a new touring exhibition, kanalaritja: an anbroken string, from the Tasmanian Museum & Gallery on Thursday 02 May 2019.

Walking Tour: “Around about the Sydney Town Hall” with the Twentieth Century Heritage Society

Join the Twentieth Century Heritage Society for a walking tour “Around about the Sydney Town Hall” led by Roy Lumby on Sunday, 28 April 2019 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

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