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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.


 

NOVEMBER 2016

SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2016 at 2.00pm

HILARY BELL: THE HISTORY OF SYDNEY IN VERSE:
THE MARVELLOUS FUNAMBULIST OF MIDDLE HARBOUR AND OTHER SYDNEY FIRSTS

This is a beautifully crafted and entertaining history of unexpected ‘firsts’ that have happened in Sydney. From the first use of ether by a dental surgeon, to Quong Tart’s first tea rooms, the book explores a number of people, places and events that have shaped our city today.

Written in witty short rhymes, we also learn about the first pistol duel in 1788, the first cemetery in 1792 and the first traffic light in 1933. Towards the end there is a ‘second helpings’ section which elaborates more information on the stories explored in the book.

Hilary Bell is an Australian writer of stage, fiction, radio, screen, and theatre. Bell is a graduate of NIDA, the Australian Film Television and Radio School, and the Juilliard Playwrights’ Studio. She writes in many different areas including stage, fiction, radio, screen, and theatre.

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

 

DECEMBER 2016

SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 2016 at 2.00pm

Governor Phillip: Sailor Mercenary, Governor Spy


Having selected Botany Bay as the replacement for their former North American colonies and as the place to transport prisoners from Britain’s overcrowded gaols, they adopted a new enlightened attitude which would see New South Wales offer their convict population the opportunity to redeem themselves and become model settlers in a new land. In choosing Arthur Phillip to help plan and implement this new policy, history shows us that the British Government chose the right man.


Not only did he successfully lead the biggest and longest fleet transporting convicts through largely uncharted waters ever attempted to that time, but he did so with minimal loss of life due to his policies and practices to protect all concerned from the diseases normally endemic on long sea voyages.


Michael Pembroke is a writer, naturalist and judge of the Supreme Court of NSW.

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

 

JANUARY 2017

 

SATURDAY 14 JANUARY at 2.00pm

Hitler’s lost Spy


This is the remarkable story of the Swiss born Nazi spy, Annette Wagner who arrived in Sydney in March 1938 and departed Australia in February 1940.
Less than 4 months after arriving in Australia in 1938, she acquired espionage’s greatest communication asset — broadcasting her own programs on public radio to nationwide audiences — a secure channel for transmitting coded messages.
Overlooked in the National Archives for nearly seventy years, the story of the broadcasting spy may now be told. 
This is not just an academic study. Greg Clancy’s uncle knew Wagner and flew her to Newcastle, unaware she was taking aerial photographs of the city’s its steel works during the flight. 

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