Saturday, July 4, 2015


We have an entertaining and interseting topic for our July General Meeting. Guests are invited to join members at this event at 2:00pm, 18th July 2015 in Ku-ring-gai Library Meeting Rooms, The Old Gordon Public School (adjacent to the Gordon Library, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon; Corner Pacific Highway and Park Avenue).

Historian Dr Richard White (Univ. of Sydney) returns with a talk on the social and cultural history of the coo-ee bush call, from its adoption from the Aborigines, its rise as a way of demonstrating nationality, to its decline to the point where it has almost faded from our lives.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Help needed at Parramatta

The Society received this message in an emaill from the National Trust:

We would LOVE you to help...

Old Government House is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to assist with the upcomingLove, Desire & Riches: The Fashion of Weddings exhibition.  We need to fill a range of exhibition roles including visitor services, exhibition security, retail sales and ticketing and more...

Commitment to a regular weekly or fortnightly shift is required, and training will be provided prior to the exhibition.

If you would like to join our fantastic team, please contact
Old Government House on 9635 8149 or

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

2015 Royal Australian Historical Society Conference

A Date for your diary

The 2015 RAHS conference will be held on October 24 and 25 at Bankstown Sports Club. There will also be the customary pre-conference get together on the Friday evening. The Affiliated Societies Committee is working very hard and can promise you an entertaining, informative and stimulating conference, which will showcase the fascinating and diverse historical and cultural heritage of the Bankstown area. It will be great deal of fun so start planning now!

Full details can be found on the RAHS Website:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mac and Technology SIGs

Our combined meeting will be held at 1:30 pm this Thursday, 9 April in the Society Research Rooms.

This is an open invitation for all to join in our discussion. We'll talk gadgets and apps that apply to both Mac and Android.

Bring your favourite gadget along and perhaps share your favourite app.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Busy Week at KHS

The Society is actively involved in the Ku-ring-gai Seniors' Festival. The following presentations  from Society members will be held in The Gordon Library Meeting Rooms or the Society's Research Room this week. Please note that while these events are free booking is essential.

Introduction to your Family History Monday 16 March at 10.30am Old Gordon School Meeting Room 2 Entertaining presentation by Jo Harris on getting started on your family history. Bookings essential Phone 9499 4568 10am-2pm or email Morning tea provided

How to Research your House Tuesday 17 March at 10.30am KHS Research Centre Talk by KHS Built Heritage team on basics of how to research your house’s history. Discussion over morning tea and a chance for hands on experience. Bookings essential Phone 9499 4568 10am-2pm or email

WWI Memories and Mementos Wednesday 18 March, at 10.30am Old Gordon School Room 2 As we celebrate the ANZAC centenary, share your family WWI stories and memories with our WWI Research Team. Bring photos and mementos of WWI. Learn how to find out more about your family member’s involvement in WWI. Bookings essential Phone 9499 4568 10am-2pm or email Morning tea provided

What are these things called Blogs? Join one of Australia’s foremost bloggers, Geniaus (aka Jill Ball) to learn of the wonderful and varied things to be found in blogs. Learn how to use blogs to keep a journal, preserve your stories, record your travels, share your recipes. Examples of different types of blogs will be provided.Thursday 19 March at 1.30pm Old Gordon School Meeting Room 1 Bookings phone 94994568 or email Afternoon tea provided

Early Ku-ring-gai Friday 20 March, 10.30am Old Gordon School Meeting Room 1 KHS Vice-President, Jo Harris will take you on a journey through the development of Ku-ring-gai, from Captain Arthur Phillip’s overland expedition to the timber-getters, orchardists, first school and church at Gordon, and agitation by residents resulting in the north shore railway line. Bookings essential Please phone 9499 4568 or email Morning tea provided. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Free Event at Sydney Opera House

The Society was notified of this event in the Federation of Australian Historical Societies e-Bulletin No. 134 - 8 March 2015

The Inaugural Dr Jim Kerr Memorial Address
on the International Day for Monuments & Sites

1.15pm for 1.45pm start, followed by the optional tour at 4pm
An Australia ICOMOS event in association with the Sydney Opera House; the Heritage Division NSW Office of Environment and Heritage; and the National Trust of Australia (NSW).
Jim Kerr’s gift was to articulate with great clarity how the care of special places might be achieved. He disseminated his ideas widely for discussion and tested them on real, culturally vital sites around Australia. He would then again update his policy document, the Conservation Plan. The annual Jim Kerr Memorial address pays respect to his legacy by perpetuating open enquiry into the understanding of place and the constant review of progress in conservation planning practice.
Date: 18 April 2015
Time: TALK – 1.15 for 1.45pm start, finishing at 4pm
Address: Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney 2000.
Launch of the annual Jim Kerr Memorial Address by Dr Tamsin Kerr and others.
Memorial Address by Joan Domicelj AM
Tour – 4pm - Optional short tour of the Sydney Opera House; numbers limited, pre-booking necessary
The inaugural address will be a free event thanks to generous sponsorship. Light refreshments on arrival, please have lunch beforehand
(Source: Australia ICOMOS Email news No. 668 – 13 February 2015)

Monday, March 9, 2015


Just in is this message from SMSA:

Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA) has a hot topic talk coming up in March that I believe would be of interest to you and your members.
Please feel free to come along to the talks and to forward this email to other people who might be interested.   The talk is FREE and we're are a friendly bunch. Thanks
Tuesday 17 March 2015, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, SMSA (Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts), 280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Submarines have loomed ever larger in the news of late, from the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Abe in 2014, with subsequent media reports on the possibility of Australia buying Japanese Soryu Class submarines, to the recent use of submarines as bargaining chips in shoring up political support for the Prime Minister.
The Future Submarine will be one of the biggest and most expensive infrastructure projects in Australian history, as ambitious as the Snowy Mountain Hydro-electric Scheme or the National Broadband Network.
And if Australians felt blindsided in 2014 when the federal government announced its purchase of an additional 58 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets for $12 billion, they’ll really want to sit down with a strong cup of tea to contemplate the cost of our future submarine fleet.
The new vessels will need to enter service by the early-to-mid 2030s in order to replace the ageing Collins Class submarines.
Join writer and policy analyst Claire Corbett, who covers naval and strategic defence issues for the national magazine The Monthly, to discuss our Future Submarine and discover why the decision is so complex and difficult.

FREE & Open to the Public