City of Sydney Historical Association
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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 11th November at 2:00pm

"What Sydney might have been: the city that could have been....."

Design for a Free Public Library 1883, SLNSW PXD 45/4. James Barnet, Colonial Architect.

There were many dreams in early colonial Sydney for a world standard city and many ambitious plans were made by the Governors and architects of the time, only to be dashed by interference from the old Country and the representatives who arrived out here. Ken Hall will tell you all about the buildings roads and other structures that might have been.  

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



SATURDAY 9th December at 2:00pm

"Palace of Tears"

Photo from Julian Leatherdale.

Extensive historical research forms the background to Julian Leatherdale’s debut novel set in the Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath. Julian will share some surprising stories that he uncovered about this iconic hotel that was opened in 1904 by the wealthy retailer Mark Foy originally as hydropathical sanatorium. You will be surprised by the strange but true history of the hotel and the shocking reality of the interment of Germans in NSW during World War Two..   


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




SATURDAY 13th January at 2:00pm

"Cruising About Town - the History of the Motor Car In Sydney".

A wet day at Railway Square in 1935.  A horse and cart is flanked by two cars, a Morris Oxford on the right and a Ford Model A Roadster. Sam Hood, State Library NSW.


This looks at the transition from horses to cars and the massive transformation this produced on our urban landscape. We look at the immense extent and pace of this revolution through a series of photographs that range from 1900 to 1970 – a time during which our streetscapes were changed forever. Dick Whitaker, weatherman and historian will tell this exciting story.