The Sydney History Group: From the Beginning

Jill Roe


Formally speaking, the Sydney History Group (SHG) began in 1977, and ran for almost 20 years to 1995, when the last of its seven books appeared.1 The books all presented original research on aspects of Sydney history and were edited by members of the Group, all whom are here today except for first president, the Warrnambool-born economic historian and urbanist Max Kelly.2 His MA on the history of Paddington, later published as A Paddock Full of Houses in 1978, set a new standard in suburban history and whose outline for a history of Sydney delivered to an informal interdisciplinary gathering of economic historians in the early seventies was ahead of its time. Max died too soon in 1996.


Sydney History Group; Sydney history; Local history; Australian history; cultural history

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