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.

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



THURSDAY 20th APRIL at 12.15pm for a 12.30 Start


Peter Edwards is a member of Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) and also one of the earliest members of City of Sydney Historical Association. He was a committee member for several years, only resigning when he needed more time to finish his book. After many years of research, Peter Edwards has completed his book, The Convict Lottery.

You are invited to attend the launch which as been arranged by the City of Sydney Historical Association at History House.

The books has been reviewed by Christine Yeats, Senior Vice President of RAHS and a book note has been published in the March edition of the History magazine.

We look forward to seeing you at the launch.

Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Bookings are to be made with Trudy Holdsworth on 9261 1758


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


JUNE 2017

SATURDAY 10th June at 2.00pm

A bit of a tradition with us, each year we have some of our COSHA members presenting some of the stranger stories from our past. This year, once again we are looking forward to three different COSHA members presenting:


Hear Phillip Black, Beryl Davis and Robert Hutchinson with their strange and probably true stories.

There will be a Q & A session after the speakers have presented so that members can be involved in the event which should be both entertaining and though provoking.

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