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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.


MARCH 2019

SATURDAY 9th March at 2:00pm

"Harold Cazneaux, Pictorialist Photographer"

Speaker: Sue Rosen - Historian and Heritage Consultant

Sue Rosen examines Harold Cazneaux’s (Caz) life as an artist, his practice and our treatment of heritage sites reflective of the historic associative criteria. Responsible for many iconic images of Sydney in the early 20th century, Caz was internationally acclaimed as a photographer.

In 2016, Sue Rosen and Roy Lumby undertook a Heritage Assessment of Caz’s home and studio at Roseville which was the subject of a development application for alterations and additions. While the garden has been lost through subdivision, his house and studio are remarkably intact.

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


APRIL 2019

SATURDAY 13th April at 2:00pm

"The Eveleigh Payroll Robbery of 1914"

Speaker: Dick Whitaker

Famous as the first time in Australia that an automobile had been used as a “getaway” vehicle, the Eveleigh railway payroll robbery of 10th June 1914 created a sensation in Sydney. The police identified a few strong suspects, including well-known criminals Ernest “Shiner” Ryan and Samuel “Jewey” Freeman, who were subsequently charged over the affair. Freeman’s girlfriend at the time was another underworld identity, Kate Leigh.

This rather bizarre story, deep from the Sydney underworld of yesteryear, is recounted by amateur historian Dick Whitaker, who has a special interest in Surry Hills and the events around Sydney during the First World War.

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