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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.


JUNE 2019

SATURDAY 8th June at 2:00pm

"By Muscle of Man and Horse"

Speaker: Bill Phippen

In 1916 John Bradfield began building for Sydney one of the first underground railway in the world, and certainly the first in Australia. Although the technology of the railway itself was cutting edge for its time, the methods of tunnelling and construction were still ancient – the muscles of men and horses. A chance discovery by Sydney Trains staff in 2017 of a long-lost photo album at NSW State Archives produced a set of 1500 excellent images. Bill Phippen, civil engineer, long term admirer of the City Railway and at that time manager of the Australian Railway Historical Society archives will describe the history of the work. Since the railway was built in an existing city, the engineering images unavoidably capture the streets, parks and buildings, thoroughly destroyed in the process, which were the site of the works.

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


JULY 2019

SATURDAY 13th JULY at 2:00pm

"Her Mother's Daughter - a memoir"

Speaker: Nadia Wheatley

Nadia Wheatley is an Australian Writer whose publications range from biography and history to fiction and picture books. The Life and myth of Charmian Clift was the only biography to have won the Australian History prize, NSW Premier’s History awards. More than just a memoir, Her Mother’s Daughter is a social history of the challenges many Australian women faced in their careers and marriages during the first half of the 20th century.

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