Australian Railway Historical Society

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The Australian Railway Historical Society (ARHS) was founded in Sydney in 1933 as The Australasian Railway and Locomotive Historical Society. It aims to foster an interest in the railways, and record and preserve many facets of railway operations. Membership now exceeds 2,500, with divisions in every state and the Australian Capital Territory. The society's name was changed to the present form in 1952. Each division trades under the ARHS brand except for Western Australia which trades as Rail Heritage WA.

Books[edit]

1210 at the Canberra Railway Museum in April 2011

Each Division has published and supported publishing of books and pamphlets about the history of regional railways. Significantly Divisions have been the main resource of expertise in creating centenary and other anniversary publications regarding rail history. The New South Wales Division has a shop in Redfern.[1] The society also maintains the Railway Resource Centre. The centre houses the thousands of documents, books, periodicals, photographs and slides that the Society has acquired over many years.

Museums[edit]

Some divisions maintain a railway museum:

Serial publications[edit]

Each Division publishes magazines, at various frequencies. A dedicated magazine for the whole of Australia was also published for many decades - simply as the Bulletin (1952-2003),[2] it is now called Australian Railway History.

Prior to 1952, it was known as the Australasian Railway and Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin.[3] It includes historical material from all states, published monthly by the New South Wales Division. The seven state and territory Divisions of that Society additionally publish magazines that vary in content and depth, but which provide items of local information about state railway history and activities.

  • NSW Division. Railway Digest.[4] Australian Railway History.[5]
  • Queensland Division. Sunshine Express.[6]
  • SA Division. Newsletter.[7]
  • Tasmania Division. Tasmanian Rail News.[8]
  • Victorian Division. Members newsletter.[9] Newsrail .[10]
  • WA Division. The Westland.[11]

The Tasmanian Division was originally a subdivision of the much larger Victorian Division, until 1965 when increasing interest and falling printing costs made a separate division possible.

Other groups[edit]

Rail heritage is not the exclusive domain of the ARHS in Australia, and at various stages other groups of enthusiasts and individuals have endeavoured to create niches in the publishing and rail heritage businesses.

Railway Resource Centre[edit]

View of reading room

The Railway Resource Centre is a collection of Australian railways historical materials managed by the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum and available to the general public for private research only. It houses thousands of documents, books, periodicals, photographs and slides which the Society has acquired over many years. It is constantly being added to by acquisitions through donations and bequests from Australian Railway Historical Society members and others.[12] It is located at the New South Wales division's Redfern premises.

Affiliations[edit]

Other societies and organisations with which the Australian Railway Historical Society is affiliated include:-[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ARHS/nsw Bookshop
  2. ^ Australian Railway Historical Society (1952), Bulletin, Australian Railway Historical Society, ISSN 0005-0105 
  3. ^ Australian Railway Historical Society; Australasian Railway and Locomotive Historical Society (1950), Bulletin, Australasian Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, retrieved 14 January 2013 
  4. ^ Australian Railway Historical Society. New South Wales Division (1983), Railway digest, The Society, ISSN 0157-2431 
  5. ^ Australian Railway Historical Society. New South Wales Division; Australian Railway Historical Society (2004), Australian railway history : bulletin of the Australian Railway Historical Society, Australian Railway Historical Society, New South Wales Division, ISSN 1449-6291 
  6. ^ Australian Railway Historical Society. Queensland Division (1960), Sunshine express, Australian Railway Historical Society, retrieved 14 January 2013 
  7. ^ Australian Railway Historical Society. South Australian Division (1990), Newsletter, Australian Railway Historical Society, South Australian Division, retrieved 6 July 2012 
  8. ^ Australian Railway Historical Society. Tasmanian Division (1965), Tasmanian Rail News, The Division, retrieved 14 January 2013 
  9. ^ Australian Railway Historical Society. Victorian Division (1973), Members newsletter, The Society, Victorian Division, retrieved 6 July 2012 
  10. ^ Australian Railway Historical Society. Victorian Division (1973), Newsrail, Australian Railway Historical Society, Victorian Division], ISSN 0310-7477 
  11. ^ Australian Railway Historical Society. Western Australian Division (1985), The Westland, The Division, retrieved 6 July 2012 
  12. ^ Railway Resource Centre
  13. ^ Australian Railway Historical Society NSW Div. Annual Report 2007-2008

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