History Week 2016: Neighbours

3-11 September 2016  |  #HistoryWeek16

The theme of neighbours is crucial to our understanding of the past’s impact on the present. It includes stories of individuals, families and communities living near one another and links between adjoining suburbs, regions and countries. As the success of the Australian television program Neighbours shows, the theme has long been a significant component of popular culture. It shaped imagination and memories, created identities and was a source of both conflict and friendship.

How important were class, the economy, gender, governments, the media, race, religion and sport in the formation of ideas regarding neighbours? How have attitudes regarding a nation’s geographic neighbours determined defence, foreign, immigration, refugee and trade policies? Did new types of communication and transport from the nineteenth century onwards radically alter how neighbours and neighbourhoods were perceived? In 2016 History Week focuses on these and other related questions.

Follow the conversation and share your experiences using the hashtag #HistoryWeek16.

Download our History Week postcard (PDF 976 KB) or poster (PDF 2 MB). If you would like copies of the postcard or poster, please contact us.

To register an event and promote it as part of History Week, your organisation must be a member of the History Council of NSW.

History Week is supported by Arts NSW

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History Week 2016 – Register Now

History Week is upon us and we’ve had over 55 registrations! History Council of NSW would like to thank its members and invite more to register now.

Featured events

Annual History Lecture

Neighbours – and heroes

When: 6pm, Wedesday 7 September 2016
Where: The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Tickets: $45 HCNSW members / $50 General admission (excl fees)
Contact: 02 9252 8715, admin@historycouncilnsw.org.au

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. Find out more

Presented by the History Council of NSW. Supported by Sydney Living Museums and De Bortoli Wines.

Speaker Connect

During History Week 2016 the History Council of NSW is once again offering the Speaker Connect program, which aims to connect professional and academic historians with suburban and regional organisations. Member organisations in regional and suburban NSW are offered the opportunity to receive speakers during History Week. The History Council of NSW will provide event management and publicity support and cover the speakers’ travel costs.

The History Council of NSW offers an honorarium to all speakers for their services. Alternatively, speakers can contribute their fee as a donation towards program costs. The History Council of NSW will cover travel costs for speakers within NSW.

Applications for the program have now closed. Program to be announced.

Community Sporting Histories

Inclusion, Exclusion and Authority

When: 6-7:30pm, 5 September 2016 (screening of documentary film, Scrum), 9:45am-4:30pm, 6 September 2016 (symposium)
Where: Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW
Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Cost: $29.59 (includes admission to film screening)

The History Council of NSW is proud to be collaborating with the Department of Modern History, Macquarie University on this symposium and film screening in celebration of History Week. Community Sporting Histories: Inclusion, Exclusion and Authority 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. Find out more

About History Week

Now in it’s 19th year, History Week is a significant event that engages local communities on the NSW cultural calendar. Each year members of the History Council of NSW collaborate to host events that explore a particular theme. From talks to exhibitions, tours to online engagement, there is something for everyone. With over 100 events across NSW, History Week is about celebrating the best in community and professional history, highlighting its role
in our cultural life and inviting people to get involved. During History Week, community groups, local councils, libraries, archives, museums, universities, cultural institutions, professional and amateur historians across NSW open their doors to present the latest in today’s historical research – fascinating stories, artefacts and experiences about both our past and ourselves today.


To showcase history in an innovative and exciting format


To provide educational experiences that reach students and the general public and promote lifelong learning opportunities


To attract new audiences to history, demonstrating that history is exciting, important and all around us


To present audiences with rich and diverse history that is relevant to all aspects of our community

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