Current Exhibition

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria organises and hosts exhibitions throughout the year which showcase some of the fascinating items in its collection. The Society also exhibits travelling exhibitions from other organisations. All exhibitions are located at the Drill Hall, 239 A’Beckett St, Melbourne. The Past Exhibitions page contains information about recent RHSV exhibitions.

Remembering the ‘Burbs : 1850-1960

Dates:   2016-remember-the-burbs
17 October – 28 April 2016,
10am–4pm Mon-Thu
and 10am–3pm Fri.
Royal Historical Society of Victoria,
239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne
or 9326 9288

About the Exhibition

Twenty suburban historical societies responded to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s invitation for societies to provide up to twenty images for inclusion in its most recent publication: Remembering Melbourne : 1850-1960.

In her introduction to the Suburbs section of the book, Helen Doyle writes:
Melbourne’s first residential area lay within the confines of Hoddle’s grid of 1837. The first suburb, Newtown (Fitzroy), planned in 1839, was quickly dominated by small working-class cottages, although the southern end of Fitzroy later vied with East Melbourne for grand Victorian terraces. With rapid growth and increased wealth in the 1850s came the desire for a more genteel place of residence, a refuge away from the bustle, noise and unsanitary condition of the city. Those who could afford it moved to new suburbs in the east and south, on a large block surrounded by a garden.

Remembering the ‘Burbs showcases the images supplied by these historical societies.
The images of suburban housing, work, industry, commerce, community service and
recreation – collectively trace the development of Melbourne’s suburbs between 1850 and
1960 as its population expanded from the city’s confines.

Over 300 historical societies are affiliated with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Each society has reference to and holds an outstanding set of historical resources which are cared for, managed and made accessible to the general public through the efforts of its members.

Historical Societies energetically welcome visitors and potential new members. They care
for print and non-print materials, undertake research, conduct educational and recreational activities, publish newsletters, brochures and books and enable walking tours – examples of which are displayed in exhibition.