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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.

 

DECEMBER 2017

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

 

 

JANUARY 2018

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.

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

 

FEBRUARY 2018

SATURDAY 10th February at 2:00pm

"Cooks River - An Unnatural History".

Photo Cook’s River Alliance.

The Cooks River has been the subject of extensive pollution since settlement. The latest in a long line of human transformations of the river concerns the inundation of unsightly plastics but the river has been abused forever. Flotillas of human refuse that travel up and down with the tides. The point of using heritage is to raise awareness of the river as a resource for the people of the region. Unless the area is looked after, and that connections between people and river are re-made, the river will continue to be treated as a dump. Most people don’t know it exists, and, if they do, many outsiders regard it as a muddy drain.
Emeritus Professor Ian Tyrell will tell us the story.

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