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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.


 

FEBRUARY 2017

SATURDAY 11th FEBRUARY at 2.30pm

**Please note the changed commencement time of 2.30pm. **

RUSSELL WORKMAN: IMAGES OF SYDNEY: 1960's.


Russell Workman is a professional photographer who worked at both the Nicholson Museum and the Department of Archaeology at the University for many years specialising in the photography of artefacts. He has taught TAFE courses but today he concentrates on heritage photography projects. This will be a brand new exhibition of Sydney heritage photography.

Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
$3 Members $5 Visitors No bookings required

 

MARCH 2017

SATURDAY 11th MARCH at 2.00pm

A Very Rude Awakening


This year will mark the 75th anniversary of  the Japanese midget submarine raid on Sydney.  Three midget submarines crept into Sydney Harbour on 31 May 1942, determined to sink the American cruiser USS Chicago. However they didn’t get very far. This is a true but farcical story of what happened to the submarines, and worse, how we –the Australians and Americans- handled the situation. This has to be heard, it is the most amazing narrative of our closest brush with invasion .

Presented by Peter Grose, who is a former journalist, literary agent and publisher and has written several acclaimed books. 

Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
$3 Members $5 Visitors No bookings required

 

 

APRIL 2017

SATURDAY 8th APRIL at 2.00pm

Frank Hurley: The Man Who Made History


Sydney photographer Frank Hurley captured the first images of Antarctic heroes, World Wars, phenomenal landscapes and mysterious natives in far away jungles, seizing the imagination of all who saw them.
His granddaughter Toni Hurley will tell us about the man regarded as a fearless explorer, master story-teller and creator of some of the most enduring and extraordinary images of the twentieth century.

Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
$3 Members $5 Visitors No bookings required

 

 

MAY 2017

SATURDAY 13th MAY at 2.00pm

Interpreting the Great Strike at Eveleigh Workshops in 1917


Eveleigh Railway Workshops was a centre for one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts in the early 20th century. Known as the Great Strike it is a great example of the voice of the people making sure that their voice is heard. The Great Strike began on 2nd August 1917 when the employees at Eveleigh and Randwick Tram Workshops downed tools in protest against new working conditions imposed during a time of war.
Laila Ellmoos will tell us about these troubled times and also how these stories will be retold in photographs and other media at a special centenary exhibition at Carriageworks during July and August.

Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
$3 Members $5 Visitors No bookings required