We’re back for 2023!

The Blackheath History Forum is back with a return to a new (old) venue, and a great lineup of speakers, starting with a pre-season return to Pub Talks at History@Gardners with Gleebooks.


We’re kicking off our main season on May 13th 2023 with Wendy Whiteley & Ashleigh Wilson talking all things Art, Life and Gardening.

Other speakers are Frank Bongiorno, Richard Fidler, Ann McGrath, Jakelin Troy, Meg Foster, Noah Riseman, and Alecia Simmonds, with an eclectic range of topics including politics, travellers, bushrangers, trans history, love and courtship, and the language of deep history.

For more details see our Program Page for 2023

Regular sessions will start at 4 pm – note the Forum has returned to the familiar grounds of the Blackheath Public School Hall in Leichhardt St, Blackheath.

Entry: $10 Waged; $5.00 Unwaged.

Tickets for each event can be purchased online through Humanitix, the Australian owned humane event ticketing platform that donates all profits from booking fees to children’s charities. Tickets will also be available at the door. Card and cash payments accepted.

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


We are still seeking volunteers for the committee and the season to set up the sessions, transport and store equipment, or serve behind the cake/tea counter and the entry desk. You don’t have to volunteer for every session (but you can if you like) and you will get free entry, coffee, and cake for your time. Please contact us if you think this might be something you can do.

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 Joan Beaumont, Judith Brett, Jenny Hocking, Grace Karskens, Stuart MacIntyre, Mark McKenna, Humphrey McQueen, and Henry Reynolds. We’ve also hosted engaging writers with strong historical interests like Meredith Burgmann, Richard Fidler, Jackie French, Paul Kelly, Tom Keneally, and Don Watson.

The Blackheath History Forum received funding from the Australian Government 2021 Volunteer Grants. We have also been supported by 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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