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 14th October

1:30pm: Annual General Meeting

2.00pm: Guest Speaker - Cathy Dunn

"Law and Order in Sydney 1788 - 1800"

Historian Cathy Dunn will review some of the cases brought before the Court and Magistrate's Bench in Sydney, their outcomes and punishments. Matters include theft, drinking, rape, escape and debts. Colonial sentences consisted of lashes, executions, transportations to Norfolk Island and others. Discover where the records are available for researchers.

Venue: Treasury Rooms, Sydney Town Hall
$3 Members $6 Visitors No bookings required



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