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General Council

Our General Council meets three-five times a year to develop policy and respond to advocacy issues. The Executive Committee meets four times a year.  See below for a full list of HCNSW Meetings for the year.

Members of the History Council of NSW are encouraged to approach the office with items for consideration by the General Council.

These items should be issues of concern or for information for the history sector. Agenda items are included at the discretion of the President.

Elections to the History Council of NSW General Council take place biennially.

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Only members are eligible to nominate and vote in elections. The last election of General Councillors was at the Annual General Meeting on 2 May 2023.  Please refer to the Councillor profiles below, or click here for further information about the last AGM.

Support the Value of History Statement

On 3 September 2019, Dr Stephen Gapps, President of the History Council of NSW, launched the Value of History Statement in New South Wales and called for its endorsement.  This follows the national announcement by the four History Councils of NSW, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria at the annual meeting of the Australian Historical Association held in Toowoomba on July 11. The statement emphasises the value of studying the past and telling its stories.

The History Councils call on individuals and organisations in Australia to endorse, share and use this statement about the value of history in contemporary life. The ideas expressed in the statement can be incorporated into projects, funding applications, training materials, mission statements, websites, marketing materials, submissions and other organisational outlets.

Dr Stephen Gapps said: ‘With common agreement, commitment, and open conversation about why history is important, we believe the historical community can change perceptions of the value of history and articulate its important role in the public sphere.’

The History Council of NSW Inc is guided by the Objects and Rules of its Constitution, a copy of which can be accessed here.  It is also a charity registered with the Australian Charities & Not-for-Profits Commission.

Professional profiles of the General Council members can be accessed via the links below.

(The Executive Committee was elected by the General Council at the meeting held on 30 May 2023.)


Executive Committee (2023-5)

PRESIDENT:  Dr Stephen Gapps, Professional Historians Association

VICE PRESIDENT:  Dr Jesse Adams Stein, University of Technology Sydney

TREASURER:  Dr Effie Karageorgos, University of Newcastle

SECRETARY:  Associate Professor Julie McIntyre, University of Newcastle

(Note: Executive Committee members are also members of the General Council)


General Council (2023-5)

Associate Professor Jan Lanicek, University of New South Wales

Dr Isobelle Barrett Meyering, Macquarie University

Laila Ellmoos, City of Sydney Historian, PHA

Richard NevilleState Library of NSW

Dr Cara CrossUniversity of New South Wales 

Dr Naomi Parry DuncanPHA NSW & ACT, Blackheath History Forum 

Stepped Down (2023) Dr Leah Lui-Chivizhe, University of Technology Sydney

Stepped Down (2024)  Jeff Hopkins-Weise, Anzac Memorial, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, PHA NSW & ACT

2024 Meeting Dates

Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 4 June 2024


Executive Council Meetings 

Tuesday, 30 January, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, 13 February, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, 12 March, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Tuesday 11 June, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Tuesday 15 October, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Tuesday  10 December, 5:00 – 6:00 pm


General Council Meetings

Saturday, 24 February, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Tuesday, 9 April, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, 4 June, 5:00 – 6:30 pm (AGM)

Tuesday, 9 July, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, 13 August, 5:00 – 6.30 pm

Tuesday, 12 November, 5:00 – 6:30 pm


History Week

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

Annual History Awards

Our awards and prizes foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance understanding and appreciation of history