Welcome to 2022!

After a very successful pre-season of History@Gardners with Gleebooks, we are now ready for the main event:


We will be starting our main season on 23 July 2022 with RICHARD FIDLER.

Other speakers include Ruth Balint, Meredith Burgmann, Anna Clark, Tanya Evans, Stephen Gapps and Douglas Newton

For more details see our Program Page for 2022

Regular sessions will start at 4 pm and will be in the Phillips Hall at the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre at 41 Gardiner Crescent, Blackheath. We will be moving here for 2022 because it is a larger venue and therefore more viable if (God forbid) we have more lockdowns.

Entry $6. Afternoon tea from 3.30pm (drink/cake $3 ea.).



We are a small committee and we are (desperately?) seeking volunteers for the 2022 season. We are looking for people to serve behind the cake/tea counter and also at the entry desk. You don’t have to volunteer for every session (but you can if you like!) and you will get free entry (and free coffee and cake) for your time. Please email us at blackheathhistoryforum1@gmail.com if you think this might be something you can do. We are also looking for a volunteer to pick up a small piece of necessary equipment in the days before each forum and return it the following Monday – ideally this would be someone who lives in Blackheath.

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.


The Blackheath History Forum received funding from the Australian Government 2021 Volunteer Grants. We have also been supported but the Australian Government’s Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program.

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

Best wishes,

The Blackheath History Forum Committee


Image: Waratah head portrait 2. Doug Becker. CC BY-SA 2.0.

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