Our Vision

The History Council of NSW aims to ensure that history, in all its diverse forms, is an important part of the cultural life of the people and communities of NSW.

We provide programs and services, which aim to build capacity within the history sector and showcase the importance of history.

We focus on five key areas: awareness, diversity, excellence, advocacy and outreach.

Our objectives are to:

  • provide a forum for identifying and responding to issues of relevance to the practice of history
  • support history’s role in informing and shaping public debate, policy and future planning
  • recognise the diversity of historical perspectives, including those of Indigenous peoples, and encourage excellence in historical practice
  • facilitate communication within the history community and provide opportunities for collaboration
  • provide professional development activities and opportunities for our members and audiences across NSW.

Four young children, 1932, by Sam Hood, courtesy State Library of NSW

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Our Staff

The History Council of NSW is staffed part-time by Catherine Shirley, Amy Way and Alexandria Hawkins, and is governed by the Executive Committee and General Council.

Catherine Shirley

Executive Officer

Catherine is an adult educator and historian who enjoys researching stories of the past to illuminate the present.  She also has a career background as documentary producer.

Lucy King

Programs Coordinator

Lucy is currently completing a Master of Research in late medieval English history and a Master of Heritage Conservation at the University of Sydney.

Alexandria Hawkins

Administrative Assistant

Allie completed a Masters of Research at Macquarie University in 2017, exploring autobiographies of female Holocaust survivors.

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