Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS), Sydney

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Authorized form of name

Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS), Sydney

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  • Community

Contact area


RAHS Librarian



Street address

First Floor, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney




New South Wales

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Postal code



02 9247 8001




Description area


The Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS), Australia’s oldest historical organisation founded in Sydney in 1901, promotes the study of Australian history. The Society organises events, produces publications and provides research advice and support to its membership network of individuals and local historical societies, with a particular focus on New South Wales local and community history.

Geographical and cultural context

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Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

Australian Local History, collection covers all towns in New South Wales.


History House, at 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney has been the home of the RAHS since 1970, however the building has a long and fascinating history, which dates back to 1871. For further details see


The C H Bertie and Hugh Wright Memorial Library contains a valuable research collection of more than 60,000 items on Australian history. The collection includes publications, photographs, manuscripts, press clippings, ephemera, maps, journals, newsletters of our affiliated and other societies, a complete set of the Society’s Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, as well as Sands Directories and the NSW Statistical Registers.

Particular resources available on the RAHS website include:

  • An exploration the ways in which the first European crossings of the Blue Mountains were commemorated in 2013. One of the key characteristics was the importance of the spirit of Reconciliation, with the participation of the Darug and Gundungurra Aboriginal communities in many of the commemorative activities.
  • Beyond the Blue Mountains: Following the Road from Bathurst examines the history of New South Wales inland settlement and the ways in which this history is remembered.
  • The Osborne Collection: six albums containing over 320 photographs primarily of the City of Sydney, dating from the early 1920s to the late 1930s. The photographs are now fully digitised, indexed and available online.

Finding aids, guides and publications

See the ‘Explore Our Collections’ section of the website (
Entries in National Library of Australia Guide to Collections of Manuscripts Relating to Australia

Access area

Opening times

Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.
Closed public holidays and between Christmas and New Year.

Access conditions and requirements


History House (133 Macquarie Street) is opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens, within easy walking distance from Wynyard, Circular Quay, Martin Place and St. James railway stations.
Disability Access: Access to History House is also possible via Phillip Lane. There is a disabled toilet on the basement level and lift access to the auditorium and reception rooms. Please contact the RAHS for more information.

Services area

Research services

General reference assistance and referral to paid researchers is available. An introductory brochure is also available.
For information about the library, see
For A Contact and Enquiry Form, see
To Ask a Librarian a question, see

Reproduction services

Copying services are available.

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

3 June 2019




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Thematic area)
  • Agriculture (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Immigration (Thematic area)
  • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Travel and Exploration (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

First Floor, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales 2000