July 31, 2012

State History Conference: Activities, Grants and Certificates of Achievement

Planning for the 2012 State History Conference in Wolli Creek (20-21 October 2012) is well underway. As you will have seen in a previous RAHS e-news, the keynote speaker is Professor Peter Spearritt, and a full schedule of talks and events is being prepared by the Affiliated Societies Committee. In addition to marking your diaries for the weekend, now is the time to plan for the following conference components.

Pre-Conference Workshop

As an added benefit for those who are considering making the trip to Sydney, we have partnered with the Oral History Association of NSW to present the popular "Capturing Memories: Oral History in the Digital Age" workshop as a pre-conference event on Friday 19 October. Conference delegates of Affiliated societies and RAHS members will be given priority registration.

Cultural and Heritage Grants

One of the highlights of the conference is the presentation of the Cultural and Heritage Grants. Applications are open until 20 July. If you have a history or heritage project that could get off the ground or benefit from additional funding, we encourage you to consider applying for one of our grants. Click here to read more about each grant, and email grants@rahs.org.au with further questions.

Certificates of Achievement

Also awarded at the conference are Certificates of Achievement. Has one of your members made an outstanding contribution to your historical society over the last year? Certificates of Achievement recognise the work of your valuable members to the larger history community. Nominations must be in writing showing comprehensive evidence of achievement and/or the extent and quality of service and/or significant benefaction. Candidates for the award must be nominated at a general meeting of their society and signed by the presiding President and Secretary (or other appropriate person).

Your nomination should comprise a letter and supporting information (there is no nomination form to be completed). For questions and to make a nomination, contact admin@rahs.org.au.

Ref: RAHS E-News

July 21, 2012

20th Century Heritage Society Regional Tour

Mudgee and district is one of NSW’s best-kept secrets – less than 4 hours from Sydney, rich in natural beauty,

Enjoy an introduction to some of its and district neighbours Kandos and Gulgong’s delights: architectural, landscape and gastronomic.

The Society’s President Dr Roy Lumby – together with local experts Colleen O’Sullivan, John Broadley, Barbara Hickson and David Mort – will open gates and doors not usually open to the public.

Kandos is an entirely 20th century town built for and from cement. Gulgong was a major gold strike site and home to poet Henry Lawson.

Meet some key local identities such as the retailing dynasty the Loneragan family, whose houses and gardens in town and country we will sample.
Learn about local architect Harold Hardwick, who was prolific through the Federation era, leaving a legacy of buildings.
Don’t miss the work of landscape designer Paul Sorensen, and nurseryman and garden designer, Walter Hazlewood, working in the country.
The weekend programme includes a gala dinner with two short talks on 20th century heritage in Mudgee and cinemas in country towns. Not to be missed!