About AHS


The Australian Herpetological Society (AHS) was founded, as the Australian Reptile Club, in 1949 and was the first natural history society in Australia devoted specifically to herpetology.

In its early days the Society drew together such names as Roy Mackay, Bill Hosmer, John and Ken Dwyer, Henry Hirschorn, Rusty Holmes, Wal Lorking, Neville Burns, and Kevin Budden (the latter was soon to die from a taipan bite when collecting specimens for an attempt to develop an antivenene).


All AHS meetings are currently held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts – Mitchell Theatre, 280 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000 (Australia). All are welcome to attend. There is a $5 cover charge at the door for non-members.

Field Trips

Throughout the warmer months, the AHS organises field trips and surveys around the Sydney area and beyond. These trips are for AHS members only.


The society maintains a large library of reptile and amphibian related books, which are available on loan to financial members only. To borrow these please contact the AHS Librarian.