City of Sydney Historical Association

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Upcoming Events

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 8th October at 2:00pm

"Australia and the Pacific"

Speaker: Ian Hoskins

MEMBERS: AGM at 1:30pm
SPEAKER at 2:00pm

Venue: Lord Mayor's Reception Room, Sydney Town Hall
Admission: Gold Coin Donation
No bookings required | COVID rules apply

Australia's deep past and its modern history are intrinsically linked to the Pacific. In Australia & the Pacific, Ian Hoskins - historian and award winning author - expands his gaze to examine Australia's relationship with the Pacific region This revealing, sweeping narrative history begins with the shifting of the continents to the coming of the First Australians and, thousands of years later, the Europeans who dispossessed them. Hoskins explores colonists' attempts to exploit the riches of the region while keeping white Australia' separate from neighbouring Asians, Melanesians and Polynesians.

He examines how the advent of modern human rights and the creation of the United Nations after World War Two changed Australia and investigates our increasing regional engagement following the rise of China and concludes with the offshore detention of asylum seekers and current debates over climate change. Hoskins questions Australia's responsibilities towards our increasingly imperilled neighbours.


Saturday 12th at 2:00pm

Historian Warren Fahey presents a talk on his new book, Dead and Buried

Venue: Henry Carmichael Theatre, Sydney Mechanics of Arts, 280 Pitt Street
Admission: Members $5 Visitors $10
No bookings required | COVID rules apply

Cemeteries hold fascinating stories and Sydney’s three main early cemeteries - The Old Burial Ground on George Street, Devonshire Street Sandhill’s Cemetery and the grand Rookwood Necropolis - all played roles in the story of the city. These are tales of notable and ordinary people, the high and the low, and the good, bad and the ugly. There are also stories of architecture, sculpture, religious practices, and the ever-changing attitude to burial and remembrance.

Dead & Buried illustrates how the three early cemeteries evolved. These are by no means morbid stories. They present a slice of Sydney’s early days with tales of sensational murders, tragedies and disasters, diversity, and, at the same time, celebrate poets and politicians, artists and dreamers.