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Citizen History – Voices from the Past

Online, nsw

Oral histories connect us with voices from the past. They bring the history and heritage of our city alive, in an immediate and personal way. In this 3-part online series, historians Lisa Murray and Laila Ellmoos will introduce you to treasures in the City of Sydney’s Oral History Collection.

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Capturing Change: Photography and the Modern City

Sydney, nsw

Join historian Laila Ellmoos and investigate how photography was used to document changes to Sydney in the first decades of the 20th century.

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Cooma Cottage Heritage Talk

Yass, nsw

To celebrate the Australian Heritage Festival, Cooma Cottage is giving you an exclusive, in-depth view into the life and adventures of famous explorer, Hamilton Hume.

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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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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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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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Paddington Library – sparking curiosity for 130 years

Paddington, nsw

On the 130th anniversary of Paddington Library, join City Historian Dr Lisa Murray and Woollahra's Local History Staff for a talk which will examine the history of the Library service and the changes it has seen across 130 years.

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Illawarra’s Early Pioneers & WW1

Unanderra, nsw

Hear interesting stories of our early pioneering families who came to the Illawarra in the early 1800's ie: Robert Jenkins Esq. and the Berkeley Estate, Benjamin Rixon (ie: Rixon's Pass) and his daughter Julia Anne who married Robert James and the Rixon Family descendents who fought in WW1.

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4 Villages Shipbuilders Heritage Walk

Kincumber, nsw

Celebrate an amazing shipbuilding heritage and walk the scenic waterfront on a flat, relatively short pathway from Kincumber. Historical displays along the way. Stamp your 4 Villages passport. Answer simple questions, drawn for prizes. Arrive at Davistown waterfront for entertainment, food and fun!

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Clydesdales and Carnations Mother’s Day Celebrations

Yass, nsw

Enjoy flowers upon arrival and a Clydesdale horse meet and greet at historic Cooma Cottage as part of a special Mother’s Day event for the whole family.

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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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Miss Traill’s House & Garden Ghost Tours

Bathurst, nsw

Search for ghosts in a never before investigated 1800’s bungalow in Western NSW!

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Travels with Mary – Stories from the Suitcases

Armidale, nsw

The Mary White Saumarez Collection is made up of newly discovered photos and original documents, postcards, maps and an array of stunning art deco travel posters collected by Mary White throughout her voyages from 1939-1947, which were found inside a set of attaché cases in 2014.

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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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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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‘How Do I Know?’

Camden, nsw

Have you ever been curious about where the names of Camden's streets, parks and places came from? Some are obvious as they pay homage to the movers and shakers of Camden's early days such as Macarthur Park. Where have the not so obvious names originated? Camden Library could help you find out!

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Historical Walking Tour of Sydney CBD & Lunch at Jardin St James

Sydney, nsw

Jardin St James has partnered with professional guides and historians at 'Journey Walks' to take you on a guided historical walking tour of Sydney CBD, followed by delicious lunch at the café restaurant.

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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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Chowder Bay Historical Walking Tour Lunch

Mosman, nsw

Ripples Chowder Bay is partnering with professional guides and historians at 'Journey Walks' to offer a guided tour of Chowder Bay followed by lunch at Ripples. The tour will highlight the interesting history of the venue and will include a special set menu, glass of wine and waterfront views.

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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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