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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 12th at 2:00pm

"Australia’s Centenary 1888"

Speaker: Mary Small, author of 'Lennie's Ride'

Interested spectators at Coogee Beach. Picture supplied by Mary Small

We had a spectacular celebration of the Bi-Centenary in 1988, but Mary Small will tell us the story of what happened 100 years earlier. During 1888, the year of Australia’s Centenary, the city of Sydney offered wonderful and amazing entertainments by the seaside for the public at Manly, Coogee and Bondi. The innovation of bathing machines at Coogee Beach was also an item of great interest! Sydney was caught up in the celebration of the first hundred years of British settlement in Australia. A fortnight of festivities all over Sydney included band contests, a cricket match, the dedication of Centennial Park and a Government House dinner. But as usual for Sydney residents the focus was on the beaches!!

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



SATURDAY 9th February at 2:00pm

"The Halvorsen Story"

Speaker: Noel Phelan - Australian National Maritime Museum

The Halvorsen family came to Australia with very little and worked very hard to build a better life. However they did more than that - they showed extraordinary commitment to boat building and excellent craftsmanship and boat design skills that made their boats highly desirable. They also demonstrated outstanding seamanship by sailing their yachts with great success. Halvorsen yachts won back to back handicap honours three times in the Sydney Hobart race and they also built and raced the first Australian challenger for the America's Cup - GRETEL for Frank Packer.

Many people enjoyed a holiday on a Halvorsen cruiser based at Bobbin Head This was the largest hire fleet in the southern hemisphere with lots of celebrities enjoying the beautiful Hawkesbury River. Noel Phelan, long time guide and presenter from the Australian National Maritime Museum tells their story

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


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