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    • 2 Sep 2022
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • State Library of New South Wales, Gallery Room, Ground Floor Mitchell Building Sydney NSW 2000

    NSW Premier's History Awards &

    History Week Opening Night

    Since 1997 the NSW Premier’s History Awards have been recognising distinguished achievement by Australian historians.

    Join us at the State Library of NSW for a special celebration as we announce the 2022 winners followed by a cocktail reception.

    This event, which is free-of-charge for the first time, also marks the beginning of History Week 2022 in partnership with the History Council of NSW.

    ENTRY:  FREE OF CHARGE, but registration is essential.



    • 3 Sep 2022
    • 00:00
    • 11 Sep 2022
    • 23:30
    • NSW

    History Touring app - Video Gameplay!

    Watch video community histories in a region near you!

    Do you love touring and experiencing an extra dose of history?  There is a way to do this.  It's innovative, interesting and fun!  It creates a richer connection to place and story when travelling. Through stories we understand the layers of history and this helps us to connect to place and the people of that place. 

    Watch 20 stories in location by walking, cycling or driving and win a free video history NFT! Simply be in location of a story on the app to claim points to go to claim your prize.  

    COST:  Free

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    Image credits: Yesterdays Stories
    • 3 Sep 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Mitchell Parade, Mollymook, NSW, 2539

    Cemetery Tour

    As part of NSW History Week 2022, take a visit to Sandridge Cemetery, Mollymook, with Historian Cathy Dunn on Saturday 3 September 2022. Showcasing the early burials and pioneer families.

    All attendees will receive a booklet on the early history of the Cemetery from the late 1890s.

    Two time slots of 9am and 11am Meet at car park in the centre of Cemetery. Bring your cameras and notebook & pen.

    TOUR FEE:  $12


    Event contact:  Cathy Dunn.  E:  Ph:  02 44554780

    Photo credit: Supplied by organiser - Ulladulla Info site.
    • 3 Sep 2022
    • 11 Sep 2022
    • 9 sessions
    • Newcastle Library, 15 Laman St, Newcastle, NSW, 2300


    To commemorate History Week 2022, Newcastle Libraries will showcase items from the Local History collection with a new exhibition called ‘Publicans, Brewers, Winemakers and Teetotallers’.

    The exhibition explores Newcastle's breweries and winemaking history, as well as its iconic hotel buildings and the anti-alcohol temperance movement. The exhibition includes part of the archives of famed Hunter winemaker Maurice O'Shea from Mount Pleasant, and is a celebration of Newcastle's brewers, winemakers, and hoteliers as well as the trades that supported these local industries. A celebration of Hands-On History.

    Discover local artisans, landmark buildings, and surprising stories through the wealth of images presented from the library’s collection.


    Organiser:  Newcastle Library:


    Image credits: 

    1: Brewery's Picnic at Tomago, Ralph Snowball, Newcastle Libraries Collection;

    2: Independent Order of Good Templars King St Newcastle, Ralph Snowball, Newcastle Libraries Collection;

    3: Unloading beer from "Bergalia" at wharf in Newcastle , Newcastle Morning Herald, Newcastle Libraries Collection

    • 3 Sep 2022
    • 11 Sep 2022
    • 9 sessions
    • Mosman Library Service, Barry O'Keefe Library, 605 Military Road, Mosman


    Featuring the local work of pre-war émigré architects and post-war immigrants and their significant and long-lasting contribution to mid-twentieth design.

    Featuring rarely seen architectural plans and pieces from the Mosman Local Studies collection of Vande Souvenir Pottery from the 1950s and 1960s.

    In 1948 Samuel Vandesluis, a set designer, arrived in Sydney, purchased an established pottery at 566 Military Road, renamed it Vande Pottery and commenced producing Australian souvenir ware.


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    Images:  Supplied

    • 3 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 - 15:00
    • 43 Edward Street, The Oaks.

    Hands on History at the Wollondilly Heritage Centre and Museum

    An open day at Wollondilly Heritage Centre and Museum. Free admittance. Come and see some of the activities we use in our 'Hands on History" program used with schools.

    The event is free!


    Event Organiser: The Oaks Historical Society

    Cost: Free on the day.

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    Photo credit:  The Oaks Historical Society Inc.

    • 3 Sep 2022
    • 10:30 - 11:30
    • Taree Railway Station, Olympia Street, Taree, NSW

    Self-guided Tours - Taree

    “Hands-on history” is the theme of History Week 2022. It’s time to use your hands to discover Taree’s history. So grab your phone or tablet, download the MidCoast Stories web app and start exploring. There are three self-guided trails available and they are all free!

    Join MidCoast Stories for the official launch of their heritage trails. Festivities will take place at Taree Railway Station where one of the trails is based.

    Free morning tea will be supplied by the CWA using recipes from 1913 – the year the railway came to Taree.

    Be the first to engage with stories of the railway and our local community. Relive the dangers, hardships and curiosities of a by-gone age: expect the unexpected. It's time to get “hands-on” and start making tracks!

    NB: Web app available just prior to the day

    Organiser:  MidCoast Stories (

    Cost:  FREE, but you need to register below to receive your Tour App one day in advance


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    Image Credits:

    • Image 1: 1913 Taree Railway Opening (MidCoast Libraries)
    • Image 2: Farewell (Australian War Museum )
    • 3 Sep 2022
    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Balmain Watch House, 179 Darling Street, Balmain


    Are you interested in old newspapers and what they tell us about a local community?

    Then come along to see original copies of "The Link", a local newspaper that serviced the Balmain, Birchgrove, Rozelle and Lilyfield areas of Sydney.

    We are currently ‘hands on’ with digitising the copies we have which is editions from the 1960s and early 70s. Issues such as banning plastic bags and council amalgamations feature prominently and this was 50 years ago!!

    ENTRY FEE:  Free

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    Image:  supplied
    • 3 Sep 2022
    • 15:30 - 18:00
    • Phillips Hall, Blackheath Community Centre, cnr Gardiner Crescent and Great Western Highway, Blackheath

    Author Talk - A/Prof Anna Clark

    Join the Blackheath History Forum for an in-person History Week lecture. 

    Anna Clark is a historian at the Australian Centre for Public History based at the University of Technology Sydney.

    She is the author of Making Australian History (Penguin) and has written extensively on history education, historiography and historical consciousness, including: Teaching the Nation: Politics and Pedagogy in Australian History (2006), History’s Children: History Wars in the Classroom (2008), Private Lives, Public History (2016), the History Wars (2003) with Stuart Macintyre, as well as two history books for children, Convicted! and Explored! Reflecting her love of fish and fishing, she also recently wrote The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia.

    ENTRY FEE:  $6 [plus tea and coffee, $3,cake $3]


    Photo credit:  University of Technology Sydney:
    • 4 Sep 2022
    • 11 Sep 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

    Seminars & Walking Tours

    History Week is Hands On at WEA Sydney!

    History Week at WEA Sydney provides fabulous experiences with history.

    • Take a walk with Australian's Women's History: A Walking Tour in the heart of Sydney
    • Learn about encroachment of historic sites in Battlefields Under Threat
    • Unpack Four Great Speeches in History and Why They Worked
    • Learn more about the Founding Fathers of Australia
    • Discover The Many Misadventures of Collectors of the Past, or
    • Take a virtual trip in a two-part discovery tour of The Lost Towns of the Old Hume Highway 

    COST:  Varies depending on length of time - a 1 hour course is $39.

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    • 4 Sep 2022
    • 11:00 - 13:00
    • Meet at Writing NSW in the grounds of Callan Park

    Walking Tour - Callan Park

    Join the Friends of Callan Park for a historic walking tour of Callan Park - enjoy a hands-on look at life on Callan Park from its establishment as a wealthy private estate, to its poignant past as a psychiatric institution.

    Along the way learn about the almost quarter-century community battle to save Callan Park from development and sale – as well as contemporary plans for its future.

    Note:  Kirkbride (and its foundations) are closed to the public. The ground is uneven and unsuitable for people with walking frames.

    Registration is essential:

    Entry Fee $25 pp. Children under 12 are free.

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    Photo credit: Fraser Burdon - Sydney College of the Arts at Callan Park 2015
    • 5 Sep 2022
    • 9 Sep 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Camden Library, 40 John Street, Camden, 2570

    Exhibition & Storytime

    Online & In-person

    Camden has a strong history of hard work. The local pioneers built the community with their ‘hands-on approach’ to their own daily measures to make ends meet as well as working together to create a better place for all to live. Often their income relied on their management of land that was virgin bush. Other times they needed to work as a community just to get things done.

    Camden village was established in 1840, with minimal infrastructure or built environment. Here are the stories of some residents of this area and their endeavors to service the needs of their community, looking at the period from 1880s to post World War 2. Most of the businesses may have gone but the buildings, some with extensions and renovations, are still here.

    The events for History Week include an online exhibition as well as a photographic display in the library. There will be a History Week themed Preschool Storytime (bookings required) with a visit to Camden Museum.

    ENTRY FEE:  Free

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    Photo credits:  Supplied from the Camden Library collection.
    • 6 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 - 11:30
    • The Workary, Level 1, Whitlam Library Cabramatta, 165 Railway Parade, Cabramatta NSW 2166

    Walking Tour - Cabramatta

    Join the Heritage Team of Fairfield City Open Libraries to celebrate the arrival of spring and History Week 2022 on a Heritage Discovery Walk. Our local guides will take you on an immersive tour through the streets of Cabramatta as we rediscover this unique suburb!

    The Cabramatta Discovery Walk explores the vibrant sights and sounds of Cabramatta and retraces the influences of dominant cultural groups across the decades.

    Organisers:  Fairfield City Open Libraries

    Cost:  Free

    Registrations are essential:

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    Image credit:  Phillippa Johnson
    • 6 Sep 2022
    • 12:30 - 13:30
    • Henry Carmichael Theatre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000"

    Author Talk - Warren Fahey

    Dead & Buried" is a fascinating exploration of Sydney’s three earliest burial grounds – the Old Burial Ground (George Street), Devonshire Street ’Sandhill’s’ Cemetery, and the grand Victorian Rookwood Necropolis.

    In digging up Sydney’s early history, Warren Fahey relates tales of notable burials of the good, bad and ugly of Sydney city. This illustrated talk is also a comment on changing attitudes to death, especially in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

    REGISTRATION:  Free event – registration to attend this event is essential due to limited capacity:


    Photo credit:  Image 1:  Warren Fahey - image supplied by Author; Image 2:  artwork from book cover, designed by Richard Ford, based on Devonshire Street Cemetery headstones.
    • 7 Sep 2022
    • 13:00 - 14:00
    • Online via Zoom

    Online Seminar - Biography Writing

    City of Sydney Historian Lisa Murray and her colleague, Historian Laila Ellmoos, will share the joys, pitfalls and many elements of writing a pithy biography of an alderman.

    You will learn about the key elements of biography, important source material and resources, and how to summarise a life.  Participants can ‘adopt an alderman’ from the Sydney's Aldermen website and try their hand at biographical research.

    Around 500 men and women have served as aldermen or councillors on the City of Sydney Council since it was formed in 1842. Hundreds more served on the surrounding suburban councils that were absorbed into the City of Sydney local government area in the 20th century, including Redfern, Glebe and Newtown. These people have played a hands-on role in governing our suburbs and communities.

    This online event is presented via Zoom.  Book free tickets to register and receive the zoom link.  This event will be Auslan interpreted.

    Cost:  Free


    Organiser:  City of Sydney

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    Image credits:  Election of Alderman Allen Arthur Taylor as Lord Mayor of Sydney, 1908 (City Archives, A-00041525); Mayor and Aldermen of Waterloo Municipal Council, 1908 (City Archives, A-00033308)
    • 8 Sep 2022
    • 9 Sep 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • NSW Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000


    200th anniversary of the NSW Parliament's Legislative Council

    Did you know that NSW is the home of Australia's first parliament?

    Join us as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the NSW Parliament's Legislative Council with this two-day event, held during History Week 2022. The conference incorporates sessions on key figures and events in the history of the Legislative Council, early colony and Aboriginal community, delivered by well-known academics and accomplished authors. Sessions are delivered on site at Parliament House to bring it all to life!

    Join a tour of the chambers, chat to experts over lunch in our gardens and dining rooms, and come away with a greater appreciation of NSW's unique democratic history and all that came before it.

    REGISTRATION FEE:  $25, covering two-day entry which includes:

    • Two-day conference entry
    • Morning and afternoon tea each day
    • An optional tour of the parliamentary chambers and historical rooms on the Thursday afternoon (select the free ticket add-on when checking out)
    • A reception in the unique Fountain Court with complimentary beverages on the Friday.

    Hungry for more than just knowledge? Select our optional dining package (+$80) and enjoy:

    • A two-course lunch with food inspired by the year 1823, hosted exclusively in the Members' Dining Room on Thursday
    • A buffet lunch incorporating native ingredients, held in the beautiful Speaker's Garden on Friday.


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    Image credit:  supplied.
    • 8 Sep 2022
    • 10:30 - 13:30
    • Darling Square Library Levels 1 and 2, The Exchange, 1 Little Pier Street, Haymarket NSW 2000

    Workshop - Laser-cut Jewellery making

    Led by an experienced facilitator in the Darling Square Library makerspace and members of the City history team, this workshop is a great introduction to laser-cut jewellery making and the City of Sydney Archive.

    You’ll be guided to personalise a range of fun jewellery templates using images from the City’s Archive. Once you’re happy with your final design, we’ll laser cut or etch it for you. You’ll receive your design during the class and can add the hooks, clasps or cords to make it wearable.

    What you’ll learn:
    * How to access the City of Sydney Archive
    * Basic digital design using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (No prior experience necessary)
    * Tools including colour manipulation, image correction and filters to prepare your image for laser cutting
    * Basic laser cutting

    Organiser:  City of Sydney

    Cost:  $60 adult, $48 concession

    Registration site:

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    Image: Supplied by City of Sydney
    • 8 Sep 2022
    • 17:30 - 19:30
    • The Loft UTS, Building 9/15 Broadway, Ultimo, NSW, 2007

    Exhibition Launch

    Join us for the launch of the opening of an online exhibition on Ayahs & Amahs: Transcolonial Journeys, a joint project produced by the University of Newcastle and the University of Wollongong.

    The Ayahs and Amahs exhibition presents the stories, memories and histories of the intrepid Indian and Chinese nursemaids who accompanied employer families around the networks of the British Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    This exhibition, an outcome of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, focuses on the remarkable mobility of these earliest global domestic workers and the hands-on care they provided to the children under their charge.

    Their lives and experiences, and the rich culture of representation that surrounded them, highlights how important the work of caring was to colonial and imperial projects. 

    To find out more about the project go to:

    Registrations are essential for the Exhibition Launch event


    Event website:

    Event contact:  Claire Lowrie:

    Photo credits:  Image 1: ‘Nussiban, our ayah (nanny)’, Painting, Oil on canvas, Gertrude Ellen Burrard, 1895 | Courtesy of the National Army Museum, London.  Image 2: Photograph of an amah, c.1891 | Courtesy of Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University.  Image 3: Postcard of an Ayah in Zurich, 1906, copyright held by the Amahs and Ayahs project team.

    • 8 Sep 2022
    • 19:30 - 21:00
    • Uniting Church Activities Hall, 140A William Street, Bathurst, NSW 2795.

    The Birth of Cycling in Australia

    and the part Bathurst played

    with Mark Windsor

    Mark Windsor is an international athlete and coach, Life member of the Bathurst Cycling Club, President of Western Division Cycling, Vice President CycleSafe Bathurst and Manager of Bathurst Cycling’s Esports Team.

    In this BDHS Monthly Muster for History Week, hear about the birth of cycling in Australia and the part Bathurst played and about the local citizens of the late 1880s, which was a time of great change in the world. Mark Windsor will also discuss one of the Bathurst District Historical Society’s greatest treasures, the Penny Farthing, with the aim of locking down its place in the city’s history.

    The talk will be followed by tea, coffee and a light supper.

    Event Organiser: Bathurst District Historical Society

    Cost: Gold coin donation. No bookings required.

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    02 6332 2522 (Wednesdays and Fridays 11 am - 2 pm)

    Photo credit: Mark Windsor at one of the world’s most recognised cycling collections, testing one of the greatest bicycles of its time, the Coventry Machinists Company’s Special Club penny farthing, by Ray Bowles.

    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 - 11:30
    • Fairfield Library, 1-3 Hamilton Road, Fairfield, NSW, 2165

    Walking Tour - Fairfield

    Join the Heritage Team of Fairfield City Open Libraries to celebrate the arrival of spring and History Week 2022 on a Heritage Discovery Walk. Our local guides will take you on an immersive tour through the streets of Cabramatta as we rediscover this unique suburb!

    The Cabramatta Discovery Walk explores the vibrant sights and sounds of Cabramatta and retraces the influences of dominant cultural groups across the decades.

    Organisers:  Fairfield City Open Libraries

    Cost:  Free

    Registrations are essential:

    Event contact:

    Image credit:  Phillippa Johnson
    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 11:00 - 12:00
    • Nowra Library, 10 Berry Street, Nowra, NSW

    Community Cookbook Launch - Nowra

    Join us for our community cookbook launch event on Saturday 10th September!

    To celebrate History Week and its theme of Hands-on History, Shoalhaven Libraries has created a free digital cookbook from family recipes submitted by the community.

    History is not only found in the pages of books, but also preserved in our memories, culture and family traditions. Cooking is a particularly poignant way that history is created, shared and handed down to family and friends. This cookbook captures a moment in time for the Shoalhaven community and will allow others to get hands-on with our history.

    Organiser:  Shoalhaven Libraries

    Cost:  FREE, but please register in advance via the link below


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    Image Credits:  Supplied

    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 14:00 - 15:00
    • Henry Carmichael Theatre, Lvl 1, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

    Heritage Talk

    In this illustrated talk historian and COSHA member Angela Phippen will talk about the existing 19th century historic houses of the Ryde LGA.

    Last year she told us of many older houses that have been demolished over the last century. However you will be pleased to learn that many beautiful and important buildings have survived and are still in use.

    Angela will show us some of these houses and tell us their stories.

    Organiser:  City of Sydney Heritage Association (COSHA)

    Cost:  $5.00 for COSHA Members, $10.00 for Visitors (Bookings not required, pay at the door)

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    Image Credits:  Willandra House.  Ryde City Council.

    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 15:30 - 18:00
    • Phillips Hall, Blackheath Community Centre, cnr Gardiner Crescent and Great Western Highway Blackheath

    Author Talk - Ruth Balint

    @ Blackheath History Forum

    Nowadays, the words ‘people smuggler’ conjure images of mafia networks, organised crime, and mass deaths at sea. But people smuggling has a history that stretches well beyond the recent past and Australia’s maritime borders, and a longer lineage than refugee movements of the twenty first century.

    In this talk, Ruth Balint will trace the fascinating story of people smuggling in Australia’s migrant history, from the Second World War through to the present. With Julie Kalman, she challenged the ahistorical presentism of representations of refugee movements, and put ‘people smuggling’ into its complicated historical context, reminding us that ‘illegalised travellers’ are part of our immigration history, and that our perspective towards them is shaped by where we sit in time and place.

    Ruth Balint is Associate Professor in History at the University of New South Wales. She writes and teaches about histories of migration, refugees and the family in the post-World War Two era. Her new book, Destination Elsewhere: Displaced Persons and their Quest to Leave Europe after 1945, is published with Cornell University Press (2021). She also recently published, with Julie Kalman, Smuggled: An Illegal History of Journeys to Australia (NewSouth Publishing, 2021). It traces the smuggling trade from the Holocaust to the present, and offers a new perspective on the history of people forced to cross dangerous borders in order to survive. Dr Balint is also the author of Troubled Waters: Borders, Boundaries and Possession in the Timor Sea (Allen and Unwin, 2005).

    ENTRY FEE:  $6 [plus tea and coffee, $3, cake $3]

    Organiser:  Blackheath History Forum

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    Photo credits: Supplied
    • 11 Sep 2022
    • 11:00 - 16:00
    • 25 Byron Road, Guildford

    Open Day

    Linnwood Open Day - Mustang Owners Club (celebrating 40 years) and Shelby Car Club (celebrating 60 years) on the huge front lawn; City of Holroyd Brass Band; display by the Carnival Glass Collectors Association; community information and craft stalls; BBQ and refreshments available.

    "Hands-on History" demonstrations by the Australian Lace Guild using traditional lace making pillows with wooden 'needles'; Gems & Glass Creations demonstrating Japanese style Kumihimo braiding; Western Sydney Woodturners turning timber into beautiful and useful items and giving advice on any problems; The Traditional Tools Group showing techniques and tools, keeping traditional tool skills alive.

    Linnwood, built in 1891, is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register.

    ENTRY FEE:  $5 [children under 12 years admitted free]

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    Photo credit: Supplied by Friends of Linnwood
    • 11 Sep 2022
    • 14:30 - 17:00
    • The Hawkesbury Duck, 4685, Wisemans Ferry Road, Spencer, NSW, 2775

    High Tea - Hawkesbury River

    A special 'hands on history' Spring soirée with high tea.

    Enjoy Sunday afternoon in the company of like minds to travel into the past via the mystery and history of objects. Pick an object and dive into the bizarre and fascinating histories of river life and maritime exploits amidst daily life on the Lower Hawkesbury. Hearth, home, and living off the land.

    Discover the stories behind strange and fantastical artefacts collected from river journeys, found at abandoned sites and made from local materials. Meet your "historyteller" and be enchanted by a juicy story or two from the past.

    Vintage high tea with an 'eat your history' flavour and an exclusive tea menu.

    Organiser:  Heritage Ventures

    Cost:  $65 

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    Image Credits:

    •  Image 1: Afternoon tea in the Garden, Godber Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wikimedia Commons; 
    • Image 2: Tea Collection, The Hawkesbury Duck, photo: Susan O’Leary; 
    • Image 3: Max Burns-McRuvie, historyteller, photo: Rick Stevens



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