August 23, 2012

State History Conference Registrations Now Open!

Photo: Australian Sugar Company's Works, Canterbury, [ca. 1842 / watercolour by Frederick Garling] (Image: Dixson Galleries, State Library of NSW – DG SV1A/13 )

As you probably know by now, the theme of the conference is "Saturated With Filth and Corruption": NSW History? The title is derived from an 1883 New South Wales Legislative Council Noxious and Offensive Trades Inquiry Commission referring to any industry that created a stink, especially if it was associated with offensive waste. The conference looks at the good, the bad and the ugly of NSW local history.

The weekend is full of activity (including pre and post conference events). Highlights include:
* Keynote speaker Professor Peter Spearritt, author of Sydney’s Century: a history
* Insights into methods for researching local history and heritage, as well as addressing management issues for local historical groups
* Presentations by local and specialist historians
* Welcome Drinks at 5.30pm, Friday 19th October at History House
* The presentation of RAHS Certificates of Achievement
* Announcement of Arts NSW Cultural Grants and NSW Heritage Grants
* Pre-conference oral history workshop - conducted by Oral History Association of Australia (NSW) on Friday 19th October at History House 
* Post-conference 'Managing Your Collection' seminar conducted by State Records Sales tables downstairs for sale of local histories and member publications
* Sales tables downstairs for sale of local histories and member publications
* Opportunities to network with other community-based historical societies around New South Wales
* Social events – Welcome drinks at History House (see above) and conference dinner on Saturday night at Rowers  on Cooks River
* Display at the Rowers on Cooks River of drawings of the building project proposed for History House

Do note the need to book in early for events and opportunities - in some cases there are limited spaces and it will be a matter of first come first serve.

As usual, Affiliated societies will be able to reserve a table for the sales of publications. There is no charge for table space, but reservations are mandatory (I was very impressed with the healthy vigour with which some societies defended their tables last year from those who had not had the foresight - a bit like the maidens in the bible who had no oil for their lamps and were left in the get the metaphor).

The State History Conference is a highlight of the year for the NSW local history community, and I highly recommend you attend.

We are very keen for our regional members to attend - and to assist you with planning your week(end) This information will be put onto our website and will be updated with via the eNewsletter.

Kind Regards,
Maria Walsh, CEO
(02) 9247 8001 or 

Register Online Today
Registration forms will be mailed to members with the September History magazine, but you may reserve your space today by submitting an online registration form, which can also be found on the RAHS website which includes details of Pre and Post Conference Events
If you prefer to register by mail, you may also download the full registration form here.

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