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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 13th October at 2:00pm

"Cartographica - Sydney on the Map"

This talk by the City's Curator, Margaret Betteridge will preview some of the fascinating research she has undertaken for a new exhibition about mapping our City, scheduled to open at Customs House in late November 2018. This will showcase different methods of finding our way across our city - from the tracks, language, stars and seasons which Aboriginal people have used for thousands of years to the hand-drawn outlines of first European settlement, along with maps of Sydney that respond to the many different ways we move around to live, work and play in our city. The exhibition will include maps in many forms, from traditional historical printed maps to contemporary cartography, including 2D and 3D images and digital videos, objects and interactive elements, projection and spatial mapping, public programs and walking tours and is sure to appeal to everyone who loves maps and the history of Sydney.

Time: AGM-1.30pm. Guest Speaker 2pm. Visitors please be seated by 1.50pm
Venue: Lord Mayor’s Reception Room Sydney Town Hall
Gold coin donation appreciated
No bookings required



SATURDAY 10th November at 2:00pm for a 2:15pm start

"A Walk around Pioneer Memorial Park"

Ken Hall will take us to the First Fleeters’ Memorial that is part of the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park. It was previously known as Botany Cemetery. The Heritage section began as the ‘Pioneer Memorial Park’ that was established through the dedicated effort of Mr Fred W. Read and contains many surviving memorials that were transported in 1901 from earlier burial grounds in Sydney. Pioneer Memorial Park is a heritage listed landmark of NSW, where memorials of early pioneers and prominent citizens of the colony of New South Wales still stand today - there are 746 surviving memorials of the many that were transported from the early burial grounds of Sydney in 1901.

Time: Meet at the Corner of Bunnerong Road and Frost Avenue at 2pm for a 2:15pm start.
Street parking readily available, please offer a lift to friends if possible.
Catch bus 391 Eddy Ave stand C at 12.45 or 13.16. (La Perouse bus NOT Port Botany)
Free event. No bookings required



SATURDAY 8th December at 2:00pm

"Enterprise and Diversity: Greek-Australian Occupational Pursuits Beyond the Greek cafe

1810s to Present"

Leonard Janiszewski & Effy Alexakis

From the late nineteen century until the closing decades of the twentieth century, Greeks played a large part in Australia’s food catering industry. They continued, nevertheless, to enter a wide variety of occupations. This presentation firmly challenges the entrenched, popular stereotype of Greek-Australians as being historically defined as essentially a collection of fish’n’chip shop owners and café and milk bar proprietors. Rather, their complex and broad involvement in Australia’s mainstream development over the last two hundred years is clearly revealed, acknowledged and celebrated.

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