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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.

 

JULY 2018

SATURDAY 14th July at 2:00pm

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

Tooth’s collection ANU

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

 

AUGUST 2018

SATURDAY 11th August at 2:00pm

"Sydney Postcards: History Through the Mail"

 

Robert Mills will show you the changing faces of Sydney throughout the years from his vast collection of postcards. 100 years ago the postcard was a prime means of communicating with friends and business associates. Multiple mail deliveries per day ensured that messages sent in the am would be delivered in the pm (same day). Cards were also often produced for business use and advertised all manner of activities and products. Maps also appeared on cards. Often the only communication with family members from home the cards that remain tell history as it happened on this, the other side of the world.

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

SATURDAY 8th September at 2:00pm

"George Hedgeland - Stained Glass Artist and Sydney Surveyor"

Angela Phippen will tell the story of George Hedgeland who like many other 19th century migrants came to Australia for a new or better life.George was an English artist and stained glass artist who became a pastoralist in Queensland and later a surveyor of Sydney streets. This illustrated talk will tell the story of George's extraordinary and varied life as well as the poignant and sometimes tragic story of some of the people commemorated in his windows.

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