The Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s Collection

The RHSV Collection is one of Australia’s most significant historical collections focusing on the Victorian experience in Australian history. The Collection continues to expand with donations from the public and Society members. Donations have been received from early settlers, their descendants, amateur and professional historians, societies and community organisations making it a rich and diverse collection covering social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of Victoria’s history. See the Treasures of the RHSV webpage for a glimpse.

The RHSV collection comprises three elements: the Print, Manuscripts and Image collections used extensively by researchers, local and family historians, post-graduate students, authors and commercial enterprises.

The RHSV Online Catalogue currently contains 39,500 records. You can search our catalogues online including the Print collection (Library), the Image collection, and the Manuscript collection.

Accessing the Collection

We offer personal advice and assistance to individual researchers and a research service to business organisations and government agencies. Individual members receive the first hour of research free of charge.

The library and manuscript collections are open to the public Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. NOTE: Enquiries about and access to the Manuscripts Collection is by appointment with the Librarian Appointments must be made with the Image Collection Curator to view the images collection.


    • Members – free (and joining is easy)
    • Non-members – pay a daily research fee of $16.50.

Study Resources

The RHSV has compiled a series of study resources linked to the new Australian History Curriculum, and designed to aid in the interpretation and analysis of images and help develop an understanding of the past.


Tours of the collections are available to community groups, schools and affiliated societies. Bookings are essential – for further information and bookings phone 03 9326 9288.


The RHSV holds regular exhibitions which draw from our collections. For more information check the What’s On page.