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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.

 

MAY 2018

SATURDAY 12th May at 2:00pm

"Australian Heritage Festival- The Good Old Bad Old Days".

Warren Fahey, cultural historian, author, broadcaster and performer will tell us the stories of the 2011 post code of Sydney’s inner-east that offers a fascinating history of Sydney’s high life, low life and, sometimes, very low life. All five precincts are alive with curious history. Cultural historian and performer, Warren Fahey, will deliver an eclectic romp through the social history of Sydney’s most famous neighbourhood from scenic roller-coaster rides at Rushcutter Bay’s White City amusement park; maritime mischief down at the ‘Loo; the scandal of ‘peeping Toms’ at Elizabeth Bay; and memories of cabaret’s greats at the Silver Spade in Potts Point, to the origins of the darker side of Kings Cross.

Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
$3 Members $6 Visitors No bookings required

 

JUNE 2018

SATURDAY 9th June at 2:00pm

"TALL TALES – STRANGER THAN FICTION".

 Each year we have some of our COSHA members present some of the stranger stories of Sydney that they have encountered. This year, once again we are looking forward to three different COSHA members presenting- who knows what the day will bring?

Hear Angela Phippen, Dennis Dostine and John Brooks with their strange and probably true stories

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: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
$3 Members $6 Visitors No bookings required

 

JULY 2018

SATURDAY 14th July at 2:00pm

"The role of the pub in 19th Century Sydney'".

Shirley Fitzgerald, well known public historian and ex City of Sydney historian, will talk about the hotels that formed the centre of the community for many in the 19th century. They are fascinating places on which to hang some good local social history. Shirley has written two books about pubs in Ultimo and Pyrmont, but also has much to tell about the place of the pub in 19th century Sydney society generally.

Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
$3 Members $6 Visitors No bookings required