Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc
incorporating the
Ku-ring-gai Family History Group

Meetings Venue

Ku-ring-gai Library Meeting Rooms, The Old Gordon Public School (adjacent to the Gordon Library, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon; Corner Pacific Highway and Park Avenue).
General Meetings
MonthsDate and time
Jan-Nov3rd Saturday 2:00 pm
Family History Meetings
MonthsMembers’ ResearchGeneral Meeting
Feb-Dec 1st Saturday 11:00 am 1st Saturday 2:00 pm
KHS Speakers’ Program for 2020 (March- November)
Date Speaker Subject


18 APR


Three Vietnam Wars from 1954 to 1975

Military historian and KHS member David Wilkins will discuss the causes and impact – and the controversies - of the "American War"; the colonial war that preceded it, and one that followed.

16 MAY

Greg de MOORE

Finding Sanity – An Australian Story

Australia's greatest mental health achievement - the discovery of lithium for the treatment of bi-polar disorder, a story that began in a World War II jungle prison camp – is the subject of this talk by psychiatrist and historian Greg de Moore.

20 JUN


The Eveleigh Payroll Robbery of 1914

Dick Whitaker returns with a bizarre story from the inner-city underworld that shocked Sydney in its day: the first robbery where an automobile was used as a "getaway" vehicle. It was carried out in broad daylight, too.

18 JUL


Pine Gap

Ex-hi tech spy David Rosenberg, who worked at Pine Gap for 18 years, gives an insider’s account of what happens behind the gates of the strategically important, controversial, joint facility in the desert south of Alice Springs.

15 AUG

Stephen MOLINE

Red – Communists in Killara

Fifteen years in the making, Stephen Moline’s book Red tells the story of several north shore families who were active radicals at a time when socialism seemed a worthwhile alternative. How did we come to forget all this?

19 SEP

Em. Prof. John RAMSLAND

Rayner Hoff

Gifted and controversial English sculptor Rayner Hoff, best known for his work in the Hyde Park war memorial, made a significant and lasting impact on Australian art through his "Vitalist" school of sculpture at the East Sydney Technical College before his untimely death in 1938.

17 OCT John BROOKS The Hassall Family in Australia

Fleeing to Sydney in 1798 from hostile Tahitians more interested in muskets than the Gospel, missionary Rowland Hassall thrived in his calling in the infant colony. With his wife Elizabeth, the Hassalls went on to prosper and multiply, counting the City of Sydney Historical Society's John Brooks among their many descendants.

21 NOV

Patrick DODD

The Holtermann Collection

Recovered from a garden shed in Chatswood in 1951, the 3,500 glass plates that constitute the Holtermann Collection are the world’s most complete record of the goldfields era, and a treasure of the State Library. Another lively presentation from SL volunteer and KHS member, Patrick Dodd.