What’s On, March-April: History events around Australia and NZ

4 Posted by - 11 March 2016 - Events, Feature stories

As we move into autumn, the history events just keep coming. Here’s our round-up of the best history and family history events, exhibitions, seminars, talks and more from around Australia and New Zealand.

Firstly, don’t miss this year’s National Trust Heritage Festival, featuring a fantastic line-up of events at historic properties, libraries, museums and other heritage attractions all around Australia. It runs from 16 April to 29 May 2016. Click here to find events near you.


Lloyd Rees: Painting with Pencil, 1930-36
What: This exhibition examines master artist Lloyd Rees and his landscapes of interwar Sydney, featuring more than 90 of his pencil drawings and sketches – some rarely exhibited before.
Where: Museum of Sydney
When: Until Sunday 10 April
Cost: Museum entry is $10 for adults
More: Sydney Living Museums

Kiama Family, Local and Social History Expo
What: Join an array of family history and historical societies at the Kiama Family, Local and Social History Expo, with more than 30 history groups, specialists and organisations set to attend.
Where: Kiama Pavilion
When: Saturday 16 April, 9:30am – 4pm
Cost: Free
More: Kiama Family History Centre

Back to St Bartholomew’s Day – Its Hidden Secrets Revealed
What: At this year’s 10th annual Back to St Bartholomew’s Day, guest speakers and heritage architects Graham and Carol Eddes will discuss their work restoring this historic Church and the William Lawson Vault. St Bartholomew’s cemetery records will also be available.
Where: St Bartholomew’s Church, Prospect
When: Saturday 16 April, 9am – 3pm
Cost: $6 for adults, free for under 12s
More: Friends of St Bartholomew’s 


Government House Stables, designed by Francis Greenway. Painted in 1842 by Conrad Martens. Courtesy State Library NSW, ID a928831.

Government House Stables, designed by Francis Greenway. Painted in 1842 by Conrad Martens. Courtesy State Library NSW, ID a928831.

Imagine a City: 200 Years of Public Architecture in NSW
 This year marks the 200th anniversary of Francis Greenway’s pioneering appointment as the New South Wales government architect. Survey two centuries of the state’s architectural history at this exhibition.
Where: Exhibition Galleries, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
When: Until Sunday 8 May
Cost: Free
More: State Library of NSW

Chinese Family History and Migration to Australia
What: Historian and Inside History contributor Dr Kate Bagnall will present a two-hour lecture on the history of Chinese Australian migration, and shares tips on ideas and resources to uncover information on your Chinese ancestors.
Where: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street, Sydney
When: Saturday 30 April, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $22 for members, $35 for non members
More: Society of Australian Genealogists


Inked: Tattoos and the Military
Uncover the interesting history of tattoos in the military at this talk exploring their representation and meanings in the Australian War Memorial’s collections.
Where: BAE Systems Theatre, Australian War Memorial
When: Thursday 31 March, 12pm
Cost: Free
More: Australian War Memorial

HTML Basics Course
If you’d like to build your profile online or help HAGSOC maintain its website, master the basics of HTML at this two-hour course covering tags, characters, tables and forms.
Where: HAGSOC Education Room, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook
When: Sunday 3 April, 1pm – 3pm
Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non members
More: Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra

Memorable Characters from Canberra’s Past
Local author Jenny Horsfield encountered fascinating characters from Canberra’s past while researching her book Building A City: CS Daley and the Story of Canberra. Hear about some of the dedicated men and women from Canberra’s early years at this talk.  
Where: National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes
When: Sunday 10 April, 2pm
Cost: Free, bookings essential
More: National Archives of Australia


The Irish Rising: ‘A Terrible Beauty is Born’
What: Explore the State Library of Victoria’s collections relating to the tumultuous 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin and the Irish independence movement at this free display. Rare artefacts and footage are included, complemented by guided tours and curator presentations.
Where: Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
When: Opens 17 March until 31 July
Cost: Free
More: The State Library of Victoria

From ‘Aliens’ to Australians: Remembering Dunera 75 Years On
 Seventy-five years ago, the military transport Dunera landed in Australia from Britain, carrying 2,500 ‘enemy aliens’ predominantly of German and Austrian Jewish descent. Upon arrival, these men were interned in camps in rural New South Wales and Victoria. Learn about their story during a tour of a dedicated exhibition that showcases their life and culture in the camp and their achievements after release.
Where: Jewish Museum of Australia, 26 Alma Road, St Kilda
Cost: $5; bookings
More: Jewish Museum of Australia


Peter Lalor, pictured in 1856. Courtesy State Library of Victoria, ID H5601.

Peter Lalor, pictured in 1856. Courtesy State Library of Victoria, ID H5601.

Peter Fintan Lalor Exhibit
What: Most Australians are familiar with the name Peter Lalor and the broader Eureka story – but how much is really known about the man himself? Delve into his life and times at this ‘potted history’ exhibition featuring portraits, news clippings and artefacts – including a portion of his shoe that was blown off in an explosion!
Where: Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.), Ballarat
When: Until April 2016
Cost: Free upon admission to the Museum
More: M.A.D.E.

Notable and Notorious Women: A Walk Through St Kilda Cemetery
What: St Kilda Cemetery is the burial place of some fascinating women, from racing car driver Joan Richmond to Dame Mabel Brookes. Join Mary Reid on this intriguing cemetery tour to learn more about these women.
Where: St Kilda Cemetery, Dandenong Road, St Kilda East
When: Sunday 3 April, 2pm – 4pm
Cost: Free for members, $10 for non members
More: Royal Historical Society of Victoria

Behind their Service Records: Genealogical Sources and Australia’s WWI Nurses
What: Trace your World War I nurse ancestor beyond her service record with this illuminating talk by Dr Janet Scarfe.
Where: Genealogical Society of Victoria Meeting Room, Level B1 257 Collins Street, Melbourne
When: Thursday 14 April, 12pm
Cost: Free for GSV members, $10 for non members
More: Genealogical Society of Victoria

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