What's on NSW & ACT AFHS

Events in 2018 and beyond


Parramatta & District Historical Society Inc, Family History Group

3 February 2018 at 13:30 Coach House, Hambledon Cottage, 63 Hassall Street, Parramatta, (Cnr Gregory Place)

Gary Carter: The History of Pubs in Parramatta


Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc

3 February 11:00am Family History Meeting

11:00am WORKSHOP: Hornsby Shire – Recollections Website
Presenter: Jenny Joyce.

2.00pm FAMILY HISTORY MEETING – Nutcote.
Presenter: Dick Gall

Cecilia May Gibbs was the daughter of talented amateur artists who migrated to Australia in 1881 and who later arranged for her formal art training in London. Being a single woman in a male dominated field she initially turned her hand to any market for sketches or paintings in order to support herself.


Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc

17 February 2:00pm General Meeting

Speaker Carol BAXTER

The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller Carol’s recent book is another in a series concerning largely forgotten figures from Australia’s past. Aviatrix – and former Melbourne housewife - Jessie (Mrs Keith) Miller sought adventure and fame but didn’t count on becoming a central figure in a sensational U.S. murder trial.

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Shoalhaven Family History Society Inc

Saturday 24 February 2018 10.00 am. - 3.00pm Family History Seminar

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Talks on Trove, Convict women and DNA research


Society of Australian Genealogists

Congress2018 will be held at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour in Sydney, NSW Australia, from Friday 9 March 2018 to Monday 12 March 2018. The theme is Bridging The Past and Future.

For more information see the Congress 2018 website.


Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc

17 March 2:00pm General Meeting

Speaker Sue ROSEN

Scorched Earth Professional historian Sue Rosen had a “once in a lifetime” find when she uncovered archival documents hidden from view since World War II detailing plans for total war in the event of a Japanese invasion in 1942.

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Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc

21 April 2:00pm General Meeting

Speaker David WILKINS

Lose Amiens and Lose the War - The Battles for Villers-Bretonneux April marks the centenary of this crucial but little-known battle fought near the town of Amiens. In one of the most daring night manoeuvres of the war Australian forces succeeded in stopping the enemy’s advance, effectively ending the “Spring Offensive” and ensuring Germany’s defeat.

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Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc

19 May 2:00pm General Meeting

Speaker Russell WORKMAN

Memories of the 1960s and 70s Professional photographer Russell Workman draws on his extensive collection to treat us to scenes of a long-departed Sydney from his youth, his work as a photographer for the RAN, as well as some of his more recent projects documenting fast-disappearing inner-West streetscapes.

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Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc

16 June 2:00pm General Meeting

Speaker Laila ELLMOOS

The Great Strike of 1917 Laila was a curator of last year’s Carriageworks exhibition commemorating the anniversary of an event that had a profound effect on our political history. Starting in the Eveleigh railway workshops, it politicised a generation of future leaders and affected the lives of the many tens of thousands of workers who went on strike throughout the states.

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Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc

21 July 2:00pm General Meeting

Speaker Frank WILSON

Menzies and Whitlam Frank Wilson is an experienced U3A lecturer specialising in Australian political history. In this talk he will look at Members: these two giants of the 20th century political scene, considering Menzies, the great conservative, in contrast to Whitlam, the great “reformer”.

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Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc

18 August 2:00pm General Meeting

Speaker Paul IRISH

Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney Recipient of the 2015 NSW History Fellowship, Dr Paul Irish, spent more than ten years piecing together the Indigenous history of coastal Sydney and demolishing the myth that Aboriginal people had disappeared within decades of colonisation. His talk will surprise you.

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Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc

15 September 2:00pm General Meeting

Speaker Sarah Morley

Sydney’s Lost Garden Palace Although dominating the Sydney skyline for only three years, this expensive white elephant brought much that was new to Sydney, apart from its exhibits: electric lighting, Sydney’s first hydraulic lift and steam tram. Sarah Morley is a curator at the State Library of NSW.

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Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc

20 October 2:00pm General Meeting

Speaker Mark DUNN

Colonial Brothers: Robert and Helenus Scott of Glendon President of the Professional Historian’ Association, Dr Mark Dunn, will explore the legacy of this family of early Hunter Valley settlers and their influence on colonial society, while questioning some of the methods they used to achieve their goals.

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Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc

17 November 2:00pm General Meeting

Speaker David HUNT

True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia Humourist and historian David Hunt is the author of two hugely popular volumes of ripping yarns with a third now taking the story up to the early 20th century. Prepare to be entertained at this, our final general meeting of 2018.

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