Up Coming Events
explore the house and have a tour of the extensive gardens. Train from
Sutherland at 9.30. At Edgecliff change to 325 bus which stops outside
Vaucluse House. Bring sensible shoes, BYO lunch or buy lunch at café on
Contact Joe Hales 0418 270 744
SSHS Xmas Party at 88 Venetia Street, Sylvania.
All members are invited to our Xmas party , we will be hosting a bbq.
As we need to cater please RSVP by 20 November 2021.
Coming General Meetings
Stephen Gapps will be the speaker this month on The Sydney Wars.
Resistance warfare in the Sydney region, 1788-1817
The Sydney Wars were some of what the British at the time called ‘small wars’ – minor conflicts that took place across the empire, but nonetheless recognised as war. These ‘small wars’ occurred around the greater Sydney region, across the Cumberland Plain, along the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers and into the Blue Mountains, between 1788 and 1817.
In this talk, Dr Stephen Gapps, a Sydney based museum curator, historian and president of the History Council of NSW, will consider the military occupation of Aboriginal lands around Sydney and their connection to Governor Macquarie’s push to occupy the Bathurst Plains from 1815. He will also discuss his forthcoming work on the Bathurst War 1822-1824 and how we should understand these conflicts and resistance as one of the many Australian Frontier Wars that only ended in the early 20th century.
In 2011 Stephen won the NSW Premiers History Prize for Regional and Community history and since then he has held a position as a curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. In 2021 he is Senior Curator leading the development of a new permanent display at the museum that explores deep time, environmental and Indigenous histories.
tolerates the attitudes of kids towards history that he used to share. His previous book, Weight of Evidence, is about what was the longest civil court case in New South Wales. Matt's younger self would be aghast that he is now writing history books