City of Sydney Historical Association
COSHA


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Upcoming Events


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.

 

The required public distancing will be observed. Hand wash available. Sign in required. In consideration for other people we would request that you wear a mask.

JANUARY 2021

2.00 PM Saturday, 9th January

"Demolished houses of the Parramatta River"

Speaker: Angela Phippen

In this illustrated talk historian Angela Phippen will discuss the history and demise of five prominent houses that graced the Parramatta River, in the modern day Ryde Local Government Area.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. Covid conditions will be observed.
Phone: (02) 9716 4775
bjcandy@bigpond.com

Venue: Club York
95-99 York Street, Sydney
Accessible by bus or train Parking is available at the Bowlers Club Carpark, Clarence Street

Admission: Members - $5 Visitors - $8

 

FEBRUARY 2021

2.00 PM Saturday, 13th February

"City of Sydney celebrate 20 years ‘When the country comes to the City'"

Our very first speaker, Shirley Fitzgerald, well known historian at the City of Sydney at our inception

Shirley is involved in a long running campaign to save the Huskisson Anglican church site from over development. Her story involves 2 acres of land, 3/4 of it Anglican, 1/4 of it the local Aboriginal Land Council and it is a ripper of a story involving a Cyril Blacket Church, indigenous graves, and some lovely old trees. It also includes political intrigue, community commitment and religious bigotry. Being a dyed-in-the-wool urban historian long at home in the middle of Sydney, it tells of her unexpected journey into new ways of looking at history.


There are city/country connections which include Blacket himself who had an architectural practice in the Shoalhaven as well as in Sydney; and the current owners of the church, the Anglican Church Property Trust, Sydney Diocese - who are deliberating the future of the Huskisson church from next door to the Sydney Town Hall. Sydney needs the country and the country needs the city .

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. Covid conditions will be observed.
Phone: (02) 9716 4775
bjcandy@bigpond.com

Cancelled Venue: Lord Mayor’s Reception Room, Sydney Town Hall

Change of Venue and admission to:

Club York
95-99 York Street, Sydney
Accessible by bus or train Parking is available at the Bowlers Club Carpark, Clarence Street

Admission: Members - $5 Visitors - $8

 

 

MARCH 2021

2.00 PM Saturday, 13th March

"William Wilkinson Wardell, the Pope’s Architect in Australiar"

Speaker: Emeritus Professor Donald Napper

William Wilkinson Wardell designed more than 60 Roman Catholic churches in England and Australia.

These churches were built in the Gothic Revivalist style popularised by Augustin Pugin, who himself designed over 70 Catholic churches including 5 cathedrals in the UK. Among Wardell’s most notable Australian buildings are his two Catholic cathedrals: St Patrick’s in Melbourne and St Mary’s in Sydney. These are Australia’s only two heritage cathedrals of international architectural quality.

In Sydney, Wardell designed not only St Mary’s Cathedral, but also St John’s College at Sydney University. In Melbourne, he designed such building as Government House, the Mint and Customs House.

He was one of the 400 civil servants who were dismissed from their government positions on the infamous 1878 ‘Black Wednesday’.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. Covid conditions will be observed.
Phone: (02) 9716 4775
bjcandy@bigpond.com

Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Admission: Members - $5 Visitors - $8