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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.


AUGUST 2017

SATURDAY 12th August at 2.00pm

SYDNEY CEMETERIES - A Field Guide

It might seem like a strange thing to do but City of Sydney Historian Dr Lisa Murray compares a visit to a cemetery to visiting a sculpture park or museum and encourages everyone to visit cemetaries like they visit their local park. Lisa will talk about her new book and tell us some of the strange and interesting stories of many of Sydney's cemeteries and the people buried there. The ultimate handbook - from crowded inner-city plots to spacious burial grounds in semi-rural spots. Cemeteries are not simply places for the dead - they are designed for the living.

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

SATURDAY 9th September at 2.00pm

JOHN MACARTHUR - "Visionary or Villain"

Macarthur is remembered by most people for laying the foundations of the great Australian wool industry. In fact he spent so much time away from home fighting Governors and facing a court martial in England, his practical achievements owe a very great deal to the persistence and loyalty of his wife and sons. He was a complex character. Some saw him as scheming and devious with disdain for any official who dared to thwart his ambitions. Others saw him as a brilliant publicist and organiser who did much to focus and promote attention to the potential of the colony. Patrick Dodd is a volunteer guide at the State library of NSW, the Australian Maritime Museum and HM Bark Endeavour.

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