About us

The History Council of New South Wales (HCNSW) was established in 1995.  It is a not-for-profit membership association, and a registered charity.  It is supported by Create NSW through an annual grant under the Arts & Cultural Development Program, and through partnerships with large cultural organisations

The HCNSW is guided by the rules of its Constitution, a copy of which is available for download on this page.  Its work is guided by a General Council that is elected from and by the membership.

Our Vision

The HCNSW 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 and Sarah Little, and is governed by the Executive Committee and General Council.

Catherine Shirley

Executive Officer

Catherine is an adult educator and historian who enjoys researching and creating and distributing stories of the past to illuminate the present, as well as managing cultural organisations to reach their potential.

Her career experiences include the ABC (TV Producer & Series Producer of Factual Programs and then Senior Executive), AFTRS (Hd Television), National Film & Sound Archive (Senior Executive) and various Adult Education management roles including the City of Sydney.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Philosophy (Modern History), Graduate Diploma in eLearning, Graduated Diploma in Human Resource Management and Master of Education in Adult Education.

To be advised

Programs & Administrative Officer

Recruitment for this role is currently taking place and final interviews have been conducted. It is expected that the successful candidate will commence work with HCNSW in early August.


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