RHSV Council

President : Assoc Prof Don Garden OAM, FFAHS, FRHSV
Chair: RHSV Executive and Finance Committee

Don Garden is also President of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies, a member of the Australian Heritage Council and Vice President of the Kew Historical Society. For many years he taught History and Environmental History at the University of Melbourne, where he is now an honorary Fellow. He has written seventeen books , a mixture of local and regional histories, biography, company history, an environmental history of Australia and the Pacific and a history of El Nino events in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. He is also a member of the Nepean, Rye and Newstead historical societies.

Vice President : Elisabeth Jackson
Chair: RHSV Collections Committee

Elisabeth completed a degree in history at the University of Melbourne.  Encouraged by Weston Bate, she obtained a position at the La Trobe Library, State Library of Victoria.  This led to a career in libraries and she became CEO of Hume Moonee Valley Regional Library and later Library Manager at the Moonee Valley City Council.  She has maintained an interest in history and is a member of the Brunswick Community History Group and the Coburg Historical Society.  She served as a Councillor with the City of Brunswick and was Mayor in 1990-1991.

Treasurer: Dr Robert Barnes BA, MA, MLitt, PhD, FRHSV

Robert has been the Society’s Treasurer for the past 4 years, after serving on the Counsel for over 15 years, including 2 years as Vice-President. He is the author of a biography of Captain John Hunter, the second governor of NSW, published by Sydney University Press and has contributed articles on David Collins in the RHSV’s journal.

He was the CEO of the Australian Institute of Bankers, the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute over a 20 year period. He was also the President of the Nepean Historical Society for 6 years (2006-2012) and chaired the committee which oversaw the commemoration of the bi-centenary of the first European Settlement in Victoria at Sorrento in 2003.

Hon Secretary : Carole Woods FRHSV

Carole has been RHSV hon. secretary for eight years and a member of the Publications Committee since 1989. She currently chairs the Fellowship Committee. Carole has been a judge of the Victorian Community History Awards for sixteen years, and chairs the judges’ panel. In 2014, assisted by Jenny Coates and Australian Red Cross Archivist Moira Drew, Carole curated the exhibition ‘The Australian Red Cross in the Great War’. Her publications include Beechworth: A Titan’s Field, Vision Fugitive and a history of the Fitzroy Library. She also belongs to the Camberwell, Fitzroy and Hotham historical societies.

History Victoria Support Group Convenor: Alleyne Hockley

  • Member of Bendigo Regional Archives Centre Advisory Committee (PROV experience)
  • Community Representative for Mount Alexander Shire Thematic and Historical Study
  • Member of Castlemaine Historical Society Inc – Archivist, Events & Community Liaison Officer, and Volunteer Coordinator

Margaret Anderson

Margaret Anderson joined the Council of the RHSV in 2016 and is a member of the Heritage Committee. Margaret researches and writes on women’s history, the history and demography of the family and on aspects of public history and museums. She has held senior positions as a public historian in South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria, and is currently General Manager of the Old Treasury Building, Melbourne. She is a Fellow of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies and a member of the Board of the History Council of Victoria.

Richard Broome, Emeritus Professor of History, La Trobe University, FAHA, FRHSV
Chair, RHSV Publications Committee

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • Councillor of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies
  • Patron of the History Teachers Association of Victoria
  • A Member of an Australian Research Council grant team from La Trobe University and the University of Western Australia writing an environmental history of Mallee lands in southern Australia

Dr Jane Mayo Carolan OAM

Jane Carolan is President of the Brighton Historical Society and a member of the Kew Historical Society. Her major interests cover establishing and maintaining institutional archives and being a member of the Australian Society of Archivists.  For many years she has been a member of the Professional Historians’ Association of Victoria and a regular contributor to their journal. Her publications include biographies for the Australian Dictionary of Biography, histories of pastoralists, industrialists, schools, cemeteries and insurance companies.

Jim Dixon FCPA, MBA, B Com, B Ed. Member of RHSV Council and Chair, RHSV Foundation

Jim is a Fellow of CPA Australia and has extensive experience in advising on financial reporting and auditing gained from working with entities and agencies across both the private and public sectors. He is an Associate with GAAP Consulting and was a member of a project team for the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia that developed and published the Australian Infrastructure Financial Management Manual. Previously, Jim has held positions as Assistant-Auditor General in the Victorian Audit Office, Technical Director of CPA Australia, Technical Director of chartered accountants, Pitcher Partners and Senior Manager Research for the National Australia Bank. Jim continues to provide input to the Accounting & Auditing Professional Standard Setting bodies. Jim is a Life Member of Arthritis Victoria having been a Board member for 6 years, including being its Treasurer. He is the immediate Past President of Melbourne Sunrise Probus Club Inc and a member of resident bodies in the Melbourne CBD including East Enders Inc and Residents 3000 Inc. Jim was for many years both a Board member and Treasurer of Black Hole Theatre Inc and a member of the Committee of Management and Treasurer of the Living Museum of the West. He was the first Program Director of the Degree in Banking & Finance at Victoria University.

George Fernando

George Fernando was the convenor of the History Victoria Support Group (HVSG) for three years from 2014 to 2016. He continues to serve on the HVSG committee, attending the seminars held in Melbourne, Northern Victoria, Gippsland and Western District.

George is the president of Camberwell Historical Society and has served in this post for 14 years. He is a member of the Boroondara Historical Societies Association; he also regularly attends the meetings and conferences of the Association of Eastern Historical Societies.

George has an abiding interest in history and in his travels throughout Australia, never fails to visit historic places, historical societies and museums.

Daryl Hawkey

Daryl Hawkey joined the RHSV Council in 2017, and has been a member of the RHSV Foundation since 2015. After almost four decades in the banking and fund management industries, including thirteen years as an Executive Director of Rothschild Australia Asset Management Ltd and for a time the director of the then Investment Funds Association, Daryl has had a very active semi-retirement.

In 2002 he became a Principal of Cameron Ralph P/L, dedicated to improving the quality and performance of boards, a role he held until the company was sold in 2012. Since 2002 he had held directorships and auditing and compliance roles of numerous companies including State Trustees Ltd, UCA Funds Management and the Hancock Natural Resources Group Australasia P/L.

Daryl’s community service includes long involvement with the Uniting Church and Rotary. He has had a lifelong passion for History and focused on history subjects through to senior school. It has shaped his travel, reading and leisure interests.

Charles Sowerwine, Emeritus Professor of History , University of Melbourne
Chair: RHSV Heritage Committee

Charles Sowerwine grew up in the New York suburbs. In 1974, he came to Melbourne as Lecturer in French History at the University of Melbourne and immediately joined the National Trust, recognising the uniqueness of Melbourne’s Victorian heritage. He is now Emeritus Professor at Melbourne and Fellow at La Trobe University. Local history and heritage remain a great passion.

Dr Rosalie Triolo
Chair: RHSV Membership Development Committee

  • History Education and History of Education Senior Lecturer: Monash University
  • History Teachers’ Association of Victoria: President, Life Member, Award for Outstanding Contribution, Editorial Board Member for ‘Agora’ journal
  • Council of Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria: Outstanding Professional Service Award
  • History Teachers’ Association of Australia: Vice-President
  • Australian Historical Association: Delegate from the History Teachers’ Association of Australia
  • Australian National Museum of Education: Representative for Victoria
  • Federation of Australian Historical Societies: Merit Award
  • Shrine of Remembrance Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Community Understanding of Victorian Service and Sacrifice in War and Peacekeeping
  • Monash University Molle Holman Doctoral Medal

Dr Noel Turner B. Ed., M. Ed.Stud., M.A. PhD

Noel has a PhD from Monash University, a bachelor’s degree, and two masters degrees from Monash University.

Noel lives in Hughesdale in suburban Melbourne and has a passion for Victorian history. He is a previous teacher of Australian History at VCE level, before he left teaching to embark on running a number of businesses across Victoria.

Noel’s PhD thesis drew upon Victorian murder cases to consider murder in the home in the ongoing context of the Australian Dream and the idyllic images of home it has presented throughout history. The murders also were used to indicate markers in social change, especially in the period from 1970 to 2005.

Noel is continuing to create a database of all murders in Victorian history, with an emphasis on exact locations, dates, motives, victims and perpetrators.