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The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is 40!

20 MARCH 2018 10:35 PM / 2 COMMENTS

  Nicole Cama talks about the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. (The following is an edited article, which first appeared on The Dictionary of Sydney website. It accompanies a podcast of Nicole talking to Nic Healy from 2SER Breakfast.) The first Mardi Gras parade in Sydney was held [...]

History Matrix

11 JANUARY 2018 1:25 PM / 3 COMMENTS

  ...In this occasional series about members’ blogs, we introduce HistoryMatrix, the electronic journal of Dr Bruce Baskerville. Bruce maintains four blogs – HistoryMatrix is the ‘history’ blog; mrbbaskerville is the place he opines;  Sepia Green is a blog for reviews; and, Green Plaques is a grant project to create an archive [...]

Recovering Landscapes

9 DECEMBER 2017 8:41 AM / 1 COMMENT

  … by Sue Castrique, author of One Small World: The History of the Addison Road Community Centre. Some PHA members may recognise the photographs that make up this panorama. They were once identified as being in Kensington; the tall building thought to be the Old Tote Theatre. They are, however, the Addison Road [...]

National Gathering of Indigenous watercraft custodians

20 NOVEMBER 2017 6:22 PM / 2 COMMENTS

  ...by Michael Bennett The Nawi Symposium, the second National Gathering of Indigenous watercraft custodians and cultural practitioners, was held at the National Maritime Museum on 9 November. Over 70 traditional owners, researchers and community supporters gathered to hear a range of presentations about the history of Indigenous watercraft use and current [...]

Camden History Notes

13 NOVEMBER 2017 9:09 AM / 0 COMMENTS

  …this post introduces PHA NSW and ACT member, Ian Willis’ blog, Camden History Notes. Camden is a town southwest of Sydney, situated on land belonging to the Dharawal (Tharawal) people. Ian’s blog presents stories about the district’s people, its history, heritage and traditions. He draws on the memories and experiences of local [...]

The Catch: The Story of Australian fishing

5 NOVEMBER 2017 3:12 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  ... Anna Clark introduces her new book. As a kid I used to go down to the beach after dinner and watch my grandfather, dad and uncle spinning off the rocks or bait-fishing in the estuary. When I wanted to learn, they had me casting lures across the paddocks before I [...]

They Came By Boat

30 SEPTEMBER 2017 11:06 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  ... Ruth Banfield reports on an exploration of the history of Macarthur. They Came By Boat is an exhibition [until 15 October] that explores the incredible journey convicts, free settlers and, in current times, refugees, faced when leaving their homeland and arriving in a new and foreign country. The exhibition features a [...]

Colonial Frontier Massacres: mapping new forms of history

21 AUGUST 2017 5:02 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  Jennifer Debenham discusses the website, Colonial Frontier Massacres in Eastern Australia 1788-1872, which was formally launched at the annual Australian Historical Association’s conference in July by Indigenous Senior Lecturer, Dr Stephanie Gilbert, from the University of Newcastle's Wollotuka Institute. The launch session was introduced by project leader, Professor Lyndall Ryan. Dr [...]

Modernist designers in Sydney: Eva Buhrich

15 AUGUST 2017 5:03 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  Sydney Living Museums' exhibition at the Museum of Sydney, The Moderns: European Designers in Sydney comes at a time when the city’s built environment and architectural heritage are very much in the spotlight.  Nicole Cama takes a look at one of those designers, Eva Buhrich. From the 1930s to the 1960s, a number [...]

AHA 2017: PHA NSW & ACT member contributions

26 JULY 2017 5:37 PM / 1 COMMENT

  ... by Mark Dunn, Chair, PHA NSW & ACT This year the 36th Annual Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference was held in Newcastle. Out of over 300 delegates giving papers, at least 18 PHA NSW & ACT members were present and presenting. This was great to see and represents the largest [...]