As many friends of the Blackheath History Forum will have anticipated we have decided, with reluctance, to cancel our 2020 season. Although our season takes place in the later part of the year, the publication of some of our presenters’ books has already been postponed until at least 2021, and in any event it  it is likely that restrictions on large gatherings will remain in place even if the immediate threat of the corona virus has passed. It is possible that we may stage one or two alternative events later in the year if those restrictions are lifted. We will, however, be posting material from time to time on our website and Facebook page, and in our newsletters, so do keep in touch in whatever form you choose and watch these spaces!

The Blackheath History Forum is open to anyone interested in understanding Australian history in both its national and global contexts.  Our aim is to highlight ‘the past in the present’.

Our past speakers have included many of Australia’s leading historians, including Henry Reynolds, Judith Brett, Jenny Hocking, Stuart MacIntyre, Mark McKenna, and Humphrey McQueen. We’ve also hosted writers with strong historical interests like Tom Keneally, Paul Kelly, and Don Watson.

Presentations are held fortnightly in the second half of the year in the Blackheath Public School Hall on the corner of Great Western Highway and Leichhardt Street, or occasionally in the Phillips Hall Blackheath Community Centre.

Doors open at 3.30, talks start at 4.00, followed by a Q&A which generally ends around 6.00.

Admission is $5 (free to those 18 and under). Refreshments are available from 3.30 for a small additional charge of $2 to $5.

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We look forward to meeting you at our next forum event.

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The Blackheath History Forum Committee

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