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  • A forward program of our monthly events
  • A Monthly Newsletter with a record of our speakers’ talks
  • Information on other History Events in NSW

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City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA)

Formed in 2000 with the aim of increasing awareness and appreciation of the history of the City of Sydney, COSHA aims to make our history more accessible.
COSHA regularly organises guided walks, lectures and tours of historic sites and buildings.



SATURDAY 15th FEBRUARY at 2:00pm

"Tall Tales - Stranger than fiction"

A bit of a tradition with the City of Sydney Historical Association, each year we have some of our COSHA members presenting some of the stranger stories from the past. This year, once again we are looking forward to three different COSHA members presenting.

Betty Candy: ‘The strange Antecedents of the Dog on the Tuckerbox’

Ruth Saunders: "AFTRS and Elephants"

Celeste Radcliff: ‘Australia’s Prince of Thieves’

There will be a Q&A session after the speakers have presented so that members can be involved in the event which should be both entertaining and thought provoking.

Venue: The Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney
$3 Members | $8 Visitors
No bookings required

MARCH 2020

SATURDAY 14th MARCH at 2:00pm

"Iconic Australian Inventions"

When the First Fleet arrived in Sydney in 1788, they came to stay and to transplant from Britain an array of fully fledged methods and institutions. Australia’s isolation and distinctive geography and climate however forced the new settlers to change their ways and would continue to stamp Australian innovation with a distinctive character of its own. The national characteristics that brought the British to Australia rapidly became the basis for one of the greatest divergences between the homeland and the colony, many innovations and inventions of the day being now being used in our daily lives and taken for granted. We have a look at some of these iconic Australian discoveries and inventions from the 19th century colonial era through to our present time, some coinciding with the country’s post-war housing boom as demand for homes on quarter-acre blocks in the suburbs escalated. Chemist Ian Thompson worked in Australia and overseas in the formulation of chemical products and holds a number of patents to his name.

Venue: The Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney
$3 Members | $8 Visitors
No bookings required