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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Featured event


Researching Family History

Thursday, 30 May 2019, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Conference Room, Level 2, Stanton Library,
234 Miller Street,
North Sydney, NSW 2060

Join us at the Stanton Library for a free event which looks at the practice and meaning of family history, with Associate Professor Tanya Evans (Macquarie University) and North Sydney Council historian Dr Ian Hoskins. Find out more about the event here.


POSTPONED: First Nations – Connecting Culture: Tracing Ancestors

In this panel presented by the HCNSW in collaboration with the State Library of NSW, Melissa Jackson and Kerry-Ann Tape will meet in-person to speak about the State Library’s diverse family history collections, both online and onsite.

Statement of Concern – ABC Archives Restructure

The HCNSW, as convenor of the History Councils of Australia have made a Statement of Concern about proposed ABC Archives restructure.

First Nations: Careers in History – Preparing for opportunity! (19 July 2022)

In this panel presented by the HCNSW, Paul Irish, Neenah Gray, Brian Marshall and Emily McDaniel will meet in-person to speak about career paths for First Nations historians. Chaired by Kiera Lindsey.

Member Callout – Heritage Subcommittee Opportunity (Closed)

HCNSW Heritage Subcommittee – an opportunity for our members to contribute to the HCNSW’s heritage position & advocacy.

Job: Media & Communications Officer (NOW CLOSED)

HCNSW Job – Media & Communications Officer. The position is for 8 hrs a week (May-Nov 2022). Applications close 22 May 2022.

Newcastle Writers’ Festival HCNSW Panel – 2 April 2022

In this Newcastle Writers’ Festival Panel presented by the HCNSW, Grace Karskens (UNSW), Mark Dunn and Julie McIntyre (UoN) will meet in-person to speak about writing histories of rivers and their people. Chaired by Nancy Cushing (UoN).

Job (now closed): Programs & Administration Officer

HCNSW Job – Programs & Administration Officer. The position is for 16 hrs a week until March 2023. Applications close 2 April 2022.

Sydney Writers Festival – People, Culture and Environment: In Conversation with the winners of the 2021 NSW Premier’s History Award | 18 May 2022

Winners of the 2021 NSW Premier’s History Awards, Laurene Billiet, Matthew Colloff and Luke Keogh gather in-person at the Sydney Writers Festival to reveal how they make history, their inspirations, and the impact they hope their work will have.

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2022

Members of the History Council of NSW are invited to join us for the 2022 Annual General Meeting which includes Council elections.

Careers in History Ep. 2 – Digital Public Histories, Archives and Media

For many students and early career professionals interested in history, finding employment opportunities beyond their tertiary studies can be both challenging and daunting. Join the History Council of NSW with Session Chair Dr Matt Allen for an informal session featuring a diverse range of guest speakers working in the history sector.

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