Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders

The NSW State Archives and Records’ exhibition Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders features fascinating stories of women trailblazers in the public sector. Listen to Nicole and Tess on 2SER here.  Among the many inspiring women featured in the exhibition is Margaret... read more

Sydney’s secret wartime research

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Dictionary special guest Dr Peter Hobbins talked to Tess about some top secret research undertaken at the University of Sydney during World War II.  Listen to Peter and Tess on 2SER here.  If you’ve ever been on the Rotor ride at... read more

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Bookings are now open for the Royal Australian Historical Society 2018 Conference: 'Surveying the Past, Mapping the Present' in Port Macquarie, NSW (20-21 October)

They will explore how historians survey the past by searching through records as part of a continuous journey to map the context of events that have shaped our shared history. Attendees will discover new resources and techniques to help survey the past of your own local community and be inspired by historians whose research interests span surveyors' field books and explorers' notes, historical market research, women in business, and understanding the social, medical and domestic legacies of World War I.

For more information about the RAHS annual conference, including the program and events and activities available, visit their website: 2018 Conference will be held in Port Macquarie, from the 20 – 21 October. More information can be found on our website:

Image: Horton Street, Port Macquarie, ca. 1900 [PMHS Collection]
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The Shoalhaven Historical Society recently published 'Going South: Constructing the Railway - Kiama to Bomaderry' after receiving a Transport Heritage Grant in 2017.

The book was produced as part of the celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the first train to Bomaderry and includes images crucial to reconstructing how the railway was built all those years ago.

If you or your rail, tram or bus heritage group have a similar project in mind, why not apply for the 2018 Transport Heritage Grants? Submissions close 7 August.

For more information visit the Royal Australian Historical Society website:
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Detail from MS Hill's 1888 map 'The City of Sydney',  a birds-eye view over the city looking to the south and west across Darling Harbour.

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