Do you have fond memories of rolling Jaffas down the cinema aisles, of attempting to tear your Minties wrapper into the longest strip possible, or getting Fantales stuck between your teeth? Dr Lisa Murray uncovers the history of food manufacturing in the suburbs of Redfern, Alexandria, Waterloo and Surry Hills, reminding us that Sydney has long been a place of industry and production.
Department stores like Anthony Hordern & Sons, Mark Foys, Farmers and Bebarfalds were once household names in Sydney, attracting huge numbers to the city. However by the 1960s and 1970s they (and their furniture store cousins) had almost totally disappeared from the city. What happened to them?
In 1858, only 23 listings for Pitt St were for women. But is this the full story? Catherine Bishop reveals the many women who ran businesses and contributed to Sydney’s economy.
City Historian Lisa Murray charts the history of the iconic Akubra hat. Synonymous with the Aussie outback, it was once manufactured right here in Sydney!
**NB: This talk is now on Monday, 18 Feb** Peter FitzSimons brings to life the Eureka Stockade, the events which caused it and changes to Australia’s societal fabric that occurred after the battle.
**WAIT LIST ONLY** Historian and film-maker Peter Barton reveals that The Battle of Fromelles, Australia’s worst military disaster, did not unfold the way we have been led to believe.
Join historian Babette Smith as she explains how the research for her book The Luck of the Irish reveals that the reaction of ordinary prisoners to the convict system was crucial to creating the Australian working class.
Rebecca Wilson discusses her book, Kate Kelly: The True Story of Ned Kelly’s Little Sister, and sheds light onto the life of an extraordinary but often overshadowed Australian.
Nancy Cushing joins us for History Week 2021 to explore the history of the Sydney Observatory.
Ian Burnet explores the life and times of Joseph Conrad, sharing the extensive research behind his latest book, Joseph Conrad’s Eastern Voyages.
Free online event celebrating 200 years of Mechanics’ Institutes, 1821 – 2021.
City of Sydney Historical Association AGM and talk from guest speaker Mark Dunn writer of The Convict Valley.
John Cruthers joins us in person to talk about Sheila: A Foundation for Women in Visual Art and the important work it is doing to shine a light on Australian women artists and their work.
City of Sydney Historical Association event. Speaker Denis Smith on the mighty Sunderland Flying Boat – in War and Peace.
Associate Professor Dan Penny joins us to explore what we can learn from the fall of ancient civilisations.
Jo Henwood joins us to explore how fairy tales travelled from Europe to Australia.