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9 August 2022
The First Chinese in the District

The 9 August meeting of the Society will be held in the Vercoe Room at the Wesley Centre 20-22 National Circuit Forrest commencing at 5.30pm. Free parking available from 5.00pm. Please note that carpark entry is from Fitzroy Street.

Tony Maple will speak on the topic, 'The First Chinese in the District.'

Members & guests are welcome.

12 July 2022
Restoration of slab built cottage at Allwood

The 12 July meeting of the Society will be held in the Vercoe Room, Wesley Centre, Forrest at 5.30pm. Free parking is available at the Wesley Centre 20-22 National Circuit, Forrest. Carpark entry is from Fitzroy Street.

Judy & Rob Roberts will speak on the restoration of the old slab built cottage on their property 'Allwood' Wallaroo Road Hall.

Members & guests are welcome.

22 June 2022

Weston 'clothed' Canberra with trees. The Canberra Region Heritage Researchers and seeking to have a biography of Weston written. They are after funding ideas and suggestions for a credible author.

Contact CRHR at:

23 April 2022

Curious about the history of our nation and its national capital? At the Canberra & District Historical Society's Book Fair we will be offering a wide range of local, regional and national histories and biographies. A feature of the sale will be valuable and 'hard to find' titles sourced from private collections. If you have questions about local history please come and ask. Bring your friends. FREE

9 April 2022
National Trust Open Day at Duntroon Dairy

CANCELLED AT SHORT NOTICE DUE TO WET WEATHER. This event was to mark the start of the ACT Heritage Festival.

9 April 2022

Running for the length of the ACT Heritage Festival (9 April to 1 May) during CDHS normal opening hours we will be displaying some of the more curious and unusual items and stories about the history of Canberra and district. Many items are rarely displayed. No booking needed - bring your friends.

5 April 2022
Inaugural Father Brian Maher Memorial Lecture by Dr Richard Reid, CDHS Vice President

This talk will be held at Family History ACT, Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook. Evening. Call 6251 7004 for start time.

22 March 2022
Fatal Contact: How epidemics wiped out Autsralia's First Peoples.

CDHS Councillor Dr Peter Dowling will talk about his recent book at the National Library of Australia on 22 March 2022 at 6pm. Bookings through the National Library.

12 March 2022
Canberra Day Oration

We are pleased to announce that Professor Brian Schmidt AC, FAA, FRS, Vice Chancellor and President of the ANU, will be delivering the 2022 Canberra Day Oration. The event will be held at the National Library of Australia starting at 12 noon.

Professor Schmidt's oration is titled 'A reflection of 75 years of ANU history.'

9 December 2021
Annual Dinner and CDHS Birthday

We will be celebrating our 68th birthday a day early on Thursday the 9th of December.
After dinner speaker: Dan Bourchier. Dan presents the ABC TV Canberra news and hosts the ABC Radio Breakfast Program.
We will also be holding our famous raffle!

Venue: Helenic Club, Matilda St, Woden
7pm for 7.30pm
Bookings essential on 6281 2929 or email

Cost: Members $70. Non-members $80.

Payment can be made by bank transfer: BSB: 633 000, account 146 738 141.
Please include your name and 'CDHS Dinner' and let us know by email.

9 November 2021

Hear from members about their recent projects.

12 October 2021
CANCELLED. St Andrew's Church, History and Heritage Group

Ann Logan and David Bull from the St Andrew's History and Heritage group were to talk about their work and the development of tours in their Open Church, Open House Program.

9 September 2021
Fooling Around In Flannels: Cricket on the Limestone Plains

Now closed. This fascinating exhibition was curated in partnership with the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Palmer Street Hall.
See link on home page for the comprehensive catalogue.

This exhibition was made possible by an ACT Heritage Grant.

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