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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.


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.

"TALL TALES - STRANGER THAN FICTION"

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

 

 

JULY 2017

SATURDAY 8th July at 1.45pm

ST PHILIPS - CHURCH HILL 3 York Street

 

COSHA members will have a conducted tour of one of Sydney’s earliest churches, the original church was built by orders of the colony's first chaplain, the Reverend Richard Johnson, using convict labour in June 1793. The wattle and daub construction church was later burnt down by convicts in 1798. The current church is the second church building on Church Hill, and was designed by Edmund Blacket. It was built 1848-56. The Church contains interesting objects from the First Fleet onwards.

. The church is 300 metres from Wynyard Station and a ten minute walk from Circular Quay. Meet at the front of the Church at 1.45pm. No Charge for admission.

Venue: St Philips - Church Hill, 3 York Street, Sydney
No Charge. No bookings required

 

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