The Royal Australian Historical Society is a voluntary organisation founded in Sydney, Australia in 1901〔Helen Doyle, "Royal Australian Historical Society" in Graeme Davison, John Hirst and Stuart Macintyre (eds) ''The Oxford Companion to Australian History'' (Oxford University Press, 2001) via Oxford Reference Online, Oxford University Press.〕〔((untitled news report) ), The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 March 1901, p 7, via National Library of Australia, Historical newspaper collection (images and database online), The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: 1842–1954) accessed 5 September 2011.〕 with Andrew Houison as founding president. Its goals are to encourage the study of and interest in Australian history. It has a membership throughout Australia and many of its activities and facilities are funded by contributions from its members and benefactors.
The society is a constituent member of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies.
== Purpose ==
The goals of the society are:
*to encourage the study of Australian history and the preservation of Australian heritage
*to promote the compilation of authentic records relating to Australia
*to acquire, either by purchase, donation or otherwise, and preserve for the use of the society books, manuscripts, newspapers, prints, pictures and all such objects and materials (in any media) as may be considered by the Council to have a bearing on Australian history, and to establish, form, furnish and maintain a library
*to promote interchange of information among members of the Society by lectures, readings, discussions, exhibitions of historical significance, tours, excursions and other appropriate means
*to print, publish (in any media) and circulate such journals, periodicals, books and other literary or other undertakings as may seem conducive to any of the objects of the society
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