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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.

 

JANUARY 2019

SATURDAY 12th at 2:00pm

"Australia’s Centenary 1888"

Speaker: Mary Small, author of 'Lennie's Ride'

Interested spectators at Coogee Beach. Picture supplied by Mary Small

We had a spectacular celebration of the Bi-Centenary in 1988, but Mary Small will tell us the story of what happened 100 years earlier. During 1888, the year of Australia’s Centenary, the city of Sydney offered wonderful and amazing entertainments by the seaside for the public at Manly, Coogee and Bondi. The innovation of bathing machines at Coogee Beach was also an item of great interest! Sydney was caught up in the celebration of the first hundred years of British settlement in Australia. A fortnight of festivities all over Sydney included band contests, a cricket match, the dedication of Centennial Park and a Government House dinner. But as usual for Sydney residents the focus was on the beaches!!

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

 

FEBRUARY 2019

SATURDAY 9th February at 2:00pm

"The Halvorsen Story

Speaker: Noel Phelan - Australian National Maritime Museum

The Halvorsen family came to Australia with very little and worked very hard to build a better life. However they did more than that - they showed extraordinary commitment to boat building and excellent craftsmanship and boat design skills that made their boats highly desirable. They also demonstrated outstanding seamanship by sailing their yachts with great success. Halvorsen yachts won back to back handicap honours three times in the Sydney Hobart race and they also built and raced the first Australian challenger for the America's Cup - GRETEL for Frank Packer.

Many people enjoyed a holiday on a Halvorsen cruiser based at Bobbin Head This was the largest hire fleet in the southern hemisphere with lots of celebrities enjoying the beautiful Hawkesbury River. Noel Phelan, long time guide and presenter from the Australian National Maritime Museum tells their story

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