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Annual History Lecture

How have Australians thought of themselves as ‘neighbours’ in the Asia-Pacific region? Professor Heather Goodall will look at how many Australians have had the courage to cross borders – taking risks to build relationships across old borders and new borders, cultural borders and ethnic borders.

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Community Sporting Histories: Inclusion, Exclusion and Authority

History Council of NSW is proud to be collaborating with the Department of Modern History, Macquarie University on this symposium and film screening for History Week 2016. The symposium will draw together historians working on local, community and intimate histories of sport in Australia to ponder the tensions between the ideal of community, the politics of difference and the writing of history.

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Speaker Connect series

The History Council of NSW is proud to present its Speaker Connect series as part of History Week 2016. Eleven talks will be presented at locations across Sydney and New South Wales, including Yamba, Grafton, Tamworth, Singleton, Katoomba, Moruya and Wollongong. Find an event near year and help us celebrate the best in NSW history.

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Welcome to the History Council of New South Wales

We are the peak body in NSW for historical organisations and those interested and concerned about the past. We give history a voice.

In successfully pursuing our goals in the five key areas of advocacy, awareness, encouraging diversity, rewarding excellence and outreach, we aim to ensure that history in all its forms is a part of life, in policy and in practice, throughout NSW. Find out about us, our General Council or Awards and Prizes.

History Week 2016: Neighbours

Now in it’s 19th year and our flagship event, History Week, engages a range of audiences by showcasing the rich, diverse history being produced by organisations and individuals across the state. Each year, our members collaborate to host events that explore a particular theme in a variety of formats. From talks to exhibitions, tours to online engagement, there is something for everyone. Download the full program (pdf 2.6MB) or find out more.

Side by side: Penshurst Anglican Church

Join the Hurstville Museum & Gallery for a spotlight display on the Penshurst Anglican Church, a bi-lingual community of neighbours who worship together.

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Nightlight Tour: Elizabeth Bay House

Join Sydney Living Museums for a special evening tour this History Week and experience historic Elizabeth Bay House as you’ve rarely seen it before.

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Nightlight Tour: Elizabeth Farm

At Sydney Living Museums’ Elizabeth Farm you can experience Australia’s oldest house in a whole new light on this evening tour during History Week.

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Neighbours of Lavender Bay

Stanton Library’s Local History Librarian tours Milsons Point, Lavender Bay and their iconic neighbours: the Harbour Bridge, Olympic Pool and Luna Park.

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Before Neighbours: Sydney Hospital, the first building on Macquarie Street

Visit historic Sydney Hospital, the first building built on Macquarie Street, and explore the amazing collection at the Lucy Osburn/Nightengale Museum.

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Rediscover Engadine: A Historical Walk

Come and explore the sites of old Engadine township in a two hour walking tour led by the Local Studies Librarian from Sutherland Shire Libraries.

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Mini-discoverers: Cooking

At this Camden Museum hands-on event for pre-schoolers and their carers, participants can handle cooking and household implements from the past.

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‘Some Aboriginal History of North Lismore’

Banyam/Baigham, North Lismore, is an important place for the Bundjalung Nation and tribes from other countries. Learn more during History Week!

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Supporting your Community

The Newcastle Region Library’s Local History Coordinator delves into the careers of some of the Mayors and councillors of Newcastle’s suburban councils.

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Neighbours: Leichhardt

Join Leichhardt Library and local historian Patrick Callaghan on a tour through Leichhardt with personal stories of life in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

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Everyone has at least one really good story

Join oral historian Benjamin Thorn at Grafton Library as he explores how the oral history of ordinary people can be an excellent historical tool.

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Women radio broadcasters and their listeners

At Moruya, Dr Jeannine Baker will reveal the ways women listeners actively participated in radio broadcasting and shaped programme content and style.

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From Canton to the colonies: Chinese women in 19th century New South Wales

In 1871 there were just 12 Chinese women in NSW. At Corrimal Library, Dr Kate Bagnall will explore four of these women and their lives around the colony.

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Deathly Neighbours: the evolution of Sydney’s cemeteries

At Ashfield Library, City Historian Lisa Murray will explore the design of Sydney’s cemeteries and how friends and neighbours were treated in death.

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Territorial Myths: The construction of legend and historical ownership in country town communities in the 20th century

At Tamworth Library, Dr Louise Prowse explores how country towns took ownership of folk myths and historical legends in order to form distinct identities.

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More than just neighbours: Māori in NSW since 1793

At Addison Road Community Centre, Hohepa Ruhe will explore Māori history and heritage in NSW that spans 223 years, connecting past and present.

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Macarthur and Harris, and the Kings who came between

In this History Week, Jo Henwood will explore historic neighbours John Macarthur, John Harris and Governor King at Katoomba Library and Cultural Centre.

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CANCELLED: Australia’s Asia-Pacific Neighbours

The History Council of NSW and History Teachers’ Association of NSW is proud to present a professional development opportunity – ‘Australia’s Asia-Pacific Neighbours’.

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Deathly Neighbours: the evolution of Sydney’s cemeteries

At Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, Lisa Murray will explore the design of Sydney’s cemeteries and how friends and neighbours were treated in death.

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Finding the ‘Perfect Blend’ in an Undervalued Genre

At Margaret Martin Library, Dr Liz Giuffre and Dr Sarah Attfield will examine television soap opera Neighbours as a piece of Australian media history.

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Australia’s Southern Empire: How Antarctica was made Australian

At Yamba Museum, Rohan Howitt traces the origins of the Australian Antarctic Territory and the fascination it inspired in the Australian community.

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There are two ways to support the work of the History Council of NSW – become a member and/or donate.

The History Council of NSW offers membership benefits including special ticket offers, promotional support, professional development and networking events, the opportunity to register an event for History Week, and more.

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