Migration history at this year’s RAHS History Conference: 24-25 October

5 Posted by - 16 September 2015 - Events

This year, the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS)’ annual history conference is coming to Bankstown, Sydney, on 24-25 October 2015.

The theme this year is Migration Matters, making the ethnically diverse community of Bankstown a particularly fitting location.

Over its two-day schedule, the conference will feature a range of talks, historical tours, and opportunities to network with fellow history enthusiasts.

RAHS President, Associate Professor Carol Liston, explains how these sessions will help local and family historians alike.

“The mix of talks include practical how-to explanations that will support local and community history projects,” Liston said. “We want those who attend the conference to go home full of ideas about how they can incorporate Migration Matters into their local history.”

The conference’s keynote speaker will be David Hill, author of The Forgotten Children: Fairbridge Farm School and its Betrayal of Britain’s Child Migrants to Australia

Other speakers include Sue Rosen, author of Bankstown: A Sense of Identity, and Wayne Peake, who will discuss the Peake family of the Georges River District. Dr Bruce Pennay OAM will deliver a talk on ‘Seeing Migration Matter Locally’.

With its focus on migration history, the RAHS conference will also include sessions aiming to provide delegates with the skills to connect local and global migration histories.

Click here to read the full speaker program and booking information.

A Boxing Day celebration at Bunnerong Migrant Hostel, 1955. Courtesy RAHS Photograph Collection.

Boxing Day celebration at Bunnerong Migrant Hostel, 1955. Courtesy RAHS Photograph Collection.

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