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Official Opening of the Ron Horan Museum

Petersham, nsw

As one of the oldest schools in Australia, students and staff from Fort Street have made significant contributions to the national and world stage. The Ron Horan Museum makes accessible the notable archival exhibitions celebrating the achievements of Fortians from the past and present.

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Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church Heritage Day

Annandale, nsw

Devonshire Teas $5 , Free Organ Recitals, Free Church History Talks, Church History / Memorabilia Display, 2pm Guided Walk $20

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Haberfield Curios – why the name Haberfield?

Haberfield, nsw

A self-guided walking tour along Ramsay Street in Haberfield to learn about the origin of the name Haberfield.

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Exploring the Italianate Style and its Origins.

Summer Hill, nsw

The Italianate style was a very popular housing style in Ashfield and throughout much of the inner west of Sydney during the 1880s through to 1900. Why was this style so popular? What is Italian about the Italianate? How did the style originate and how did it arrive in the Sydney suburbs?

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Curious About the History and Future of Callan Park?

Rozelle, nsw

Join a walking tour to explore heritage-listed Callan Park.

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Glebe Radical Walking Tour

Camperdown, nsw

Find out about the 1974 purchase by the Whitlam Government of church estates to conserve this historic suburb and keep it for low-income earners. See how today almost fifty years of good urban and social policy is threatened by sale and demolition. Tour is 2.5 hours.

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Heritage on the Harbour

Pyrmont, nsw

Explore Sydney Harbour aboard a restored heritage vessel. Experience the magic of a 1902 steam vessel (Waratah or Lady Hopetoun) on Sydney Harbour Secrets. Hear stories of the harbour and Parramatta River islands and foreshores on six guided cruises in the 1943 former naval motor launch Harman.

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Objects from the past

Balmain, nsw

The Balmain Watch House represents a slice of social history from the mid 19th century through to today. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to get a sense of the various incarnations the building has gone through. From police lockup to family home to a hub of social action.

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The life and times of Moir and Sutherland – with Peter Freeman OAM

Ultimo, nsw

Practicing both as architect and historian, Peter Freeman has dedicated more than four decades to the conservation, documentation and celebration of Australia’s architectural heritage. This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of Australia's foremost heritage architects and historians.

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Child’s Play: playgrounds in Sydney in the 20th century

Haymarket, nsw

Providing playgrounds in the city was a uniquely 20th century phenomenon. In this lunchtime talk, historian Laila Ellmoos will look at how children occupied Sydney's urban spaces, with a focus on the introduction of supervised children's playgrounds in the inner city from the 1930s.

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Curiosities and treasures in the City of Sydney archives

Haymarket, nsw

City Archivist Janet Villata and Archivist Mathilde de Hauteclocque will introduce you to the City Archives collection in this lunchtime talk.

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Murders Most Foul: A Historical True Crime Walking Tour of Surry Hills

Haymarket, nsw

On this not-so-typical walking tour, you will meander through dark alleys and winding lanes, exploring the dark history of Sydney’s Surry Hills. You will investigate the ghastly crime scenes from between 1880 and 1945. This is Sydney's ultimate crime & punishment social history tour.

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The Fenwick Historical Walking Tour Lunch

Balmain East, nsw

The Fenwick at Balmain East is partnering with professional guides and historians at Journey Walks to offer a historic walking tour around Balmain, followed by a special set menu lunch at the restaurant.

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Constructing Town Hall House

Sydney, nsw

Angular, geometric, sculptural and soaring, Town Hall House is a statement piece of Brutalist architecture. Presented in Town Hall House, this talk by assistant curator Rebecca Anderson will take the audience through the development of this fascinating building.

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Enlarged up to Life Size

Sydney, nsw

Come and hear the story of Ah Hing, a Cantonese polymath in 1880s Sydney who added a new dimension to the creation of life-size portraits from photographs.

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Musical celebrations for the Sesquicentenary of St. Paul’s, Burwood

Burwood, nsw

Join us for an unmissable series of fine music events being performed in the beauty of Blacket's finest Church.

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The Street Gangs of Old Sydney (1820 – 1950)

Surry Hills, nsw

Enjoy a glass of beer and a meal whiling listen to some incredible stories about the gangs, pushes and larrikins who brought fear and chaos to the streets of old Sydney between 1850 and 1950. The talk takes place in the Royal albert Hotel, the club house of the most dangerous gang of the 1890s.

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A Map of Murder; The Forgotten Murders of Surry Hills, Darlinghurst & Woolloomooloo (1880 to 1960)

Surry Hills, nsw

Surry Hills and Darlinghurst were quiet villages in colonial times... until 1891 happened and for the next 100 years, they became the vice & murder capitals of Australia. Discover how and hear about the worst and most sensational murders committed that were forgotten until now.

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Over-sexed, Over-paid and Over Here: When the Yanks came to Surry Hills and Darlinghurst during WW2

Surry Hills, nsw

WW2, thousands of American servicemen flooded Sydney seeking vice and debauchery. US racial segregation meant only Surry Hills was where African American servicemen were allowed to party. The gangsters made bank. But all parties must end and when this one ended the streets ran red with blood.

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Sydney Cold Case Files: Blowing the dust off some of Sydney’s oldest unsolved murders cases

Surry Hills, nsw

In this talk you will discover the murders committed in Sydney between 1800 and 1950 that remain a mystery. Hear about the crime scene, the investigation, the reaction from the public.

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Murder & Mayhem in the pubs of old Surry Hills, Darlinghurst & Woolloomooloo

Surry Hills, nsw

Over 120 pubs existed in East Sydney in the 19th century. Some are still licensed, some since demolished and many, like old ghosts, haunt the streets as cafes, homes and shops. They all have incredible stories of mayhem, madness and murder. Listen to incredible stories about these old pubs.

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