Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc
incorporating the
Ku-ring-gai Family History Centre


Ku-ring-gai Library Meeting Rooms, The Old Gordon Public School (adjacent to the Gordon Library, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon; Corner Pacific Highway and Park Avenue).
General Meetings
MonthsDate and time
Jan-Nov3rd Saturday 2:00 pm
Family History Meetings
MonthsMembers’ ResearchGeneral Meeting
Feb-Nov 1st Saturday 11:00 am 1st Saturday 2:00 pm
KHS Speakers’ Program for 2018
Date Speaker Subject
Sat 20 Jan Craig Wilcox Sydney as a British Army Garrison Town

Military historian Craig Wilcox returns to talk about the significant seventy-five year period during which colonial Sydney was a military outpost of Britain’s growing empire, and home to generations of redcoats.
Sat 17 Feb *Change of Speaker*

Patrick Dodd

The Governor's travels: touring the colony with Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie

Patrick Dodd has followed Macquarie's extensive, and exhausting, travels around the colony: from the Illawarra to Lake George, Bathurst to Port Macquarie as well as to Van Dieman's Land, often accompanied by his wife. His governorship was crucial in opening up the hinterland to new settlements and increasing the prosperity of the struggling settlement.
Sat 17 Mar Sue Rosen Scorched Earth

Professional historian Sue Rosen had a “once in a lifetime” find when she uncovered archival documents hidden from view since World War II detailing plans for total war in the event of a Japanese invasion in 1942.
Sat 21 Apr David Wilkins Lose Amiens and Lose the War - The Battles for Villers-Bretonneux

April marks the centenary of this crucial but little-known battle fought near the town of Amiens. In one of the most daring night manoeuvres of the war Australian forces succeeded in stopping the enemy’s advance, effectively ending the “Spring Offensive” and ensuring Germany’s defeat.
Sat 19 May Russell Workman Memories of the 1960s and 70s

Professional photographer Russell Workman draws on his extensive collection to treat us to scenes of a long-departed Sydney from his youth, his work as a photographer for the RAN, as well as some of his more recent projects documenting fast-disappearing inner-West streetscapes.
Sat 16 Jun Laila Ellmoos The Great Strike of 1917

Laila was a curator of last year’s Carriageworks exhibition commemorating the anniversary of an event that had a profound effect on our political history. Starting in the Eveleigh railway workshops, it politicised a generation of future leaders and affected the lives of the many tens of thousands of workers who went on strike throughout the states.
Sat 21 Jul Frank Wilson Menzies and Whitlam

Frank Wilson is an experienced U3A lecturer specialising in Australian political history. In this talk he will look at Members: these two giants of the 20th century political scene, considering Menzies, the great conservative, in contrast to Whitlam, the great “reformer”.
Sat 18 Aug Paul Irish Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney

Recipient of the 2015 NSW History Fellowship, Dr Paul Irish, spent more than ten years piecing together the Indigenous history of coastal Sydney and demolishing the myth that Aboriginal people had disappeared within decades of colonisation. His talk will surprise you.
Sat 15 Sep Sarah Morley Sydney’s Lost Garden Palace

Although dominating the Sydney skyline for only three years, this expensive white elephant brought much that was new to Sydney, apart from its exhibits: electric lighting, Sydney’s first hydraulic lift and steam tram. Sarah Morley is a curator at the State Library of NSW.
Sat 20 Oct Mark Dunn Colonial Brothers: Robert and Helenus Scott of Glendon

President of the Professional Historian’ Association, Dr Mark Dunn, will explore the legacy of this family of early Hunter Valley settlers and their influence on colonial society, while questioning some of the methods they used to achieve their goals.
Sat 17 Nov David Hunt True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

Humourist and historian David Hunt is the author of two hugely popular volumes of ripping yarns with a third now taking the story up to the early 20th century. Prepare to be entertained at this, our final general meeting of 2018.

Members: Please bring a plate of food to share at our festive get-together.