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On Wednesday evening, the History Council of NSW proudly presented its Annual History Lecture, which was delivered by Professor Heather Goodall at Sydney Living Museums’ The Mint. The History Council was pleased to welcome special guest, Mr Yayan Ganda Hayat Mulyana, Consul-General of Indonesia.

Professor Goodall delivered an inspiring talk, speaking about many fascinating Australian activists, who had the courage to cross national boundaries and cultural and ethnic borders to build friendships and stand up for equality. We created a Storify summary of the tweets from the evening which you can read here, and ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program recorded the lecture, which will be made available soon so watch this space!

The History Council also announced the winners of its annual awards and prizes – the Annual History Citation, Max Kelly Medal, Deen De Bortoli Award for Applied History and the inaugural Aboriginal History Prize. Congratulations to Associate Professor Carol Liston, Dr Hannah Forsyth, Mr Daniel McKay and Ms Rachael Simons.

If you attended the Annual History Lecture and have some thoughts and feedback to share, please fill out our survey and you can enter to win a six-month digital subscription to Inside History Magazine!

In the meantime, enjoy the fantastic photographs captured of the evening by tee eightch photography or view the full album at our Facebook page. If you would like to use the images below please credit: Photograph by tee eightch photography, courtesy History Council of NSW.


The History Council would like to thank Sydney Living Museums for their invaluable in-kind support of the Annual History Lecture, a partnership which has now been in place for almost two decades. The History Council is grateful to De Bortoli Wines for their generous $5000 sponsorship of the Deen De Bortoli Award and for providing the wine for the evening. The History Council would also like to thank Geoffrey Jones, for his generous donation of the prize money for the 2016 Max Kelly Medal.

The History Council would like to acknowledge the support of the NSW Government, though Arts NSW, without which History Week could not happen. The History Council would also like to thank its major partners for their continued support including the State Library of NSW, the Department of Modern History, Macquarie University, Inside History Magazine and the Dictionary of Sydney.

Thanks must also go to staff at Sydney Living Museums, Fresh catering and the History Council of NSW as well as members of the General Council, for their efforts in bringing the evening together.

All photographs by tee eightch photography.