Current Exhibitions

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 and can be viewed 10am–4pm Monday-Friday The Past Exhibitions page contains information about recent RHSV exhibitions. Enquiries to :
or 9326 9288

In the Main Gallery:

Vera Deakin’s World of Humanity

LAUNCH 5pm, Thursday 26 April 2018,
showing until 8 August.

About the Exhibition

An RHSV exhibition, curated by Carole Woods with assistance from David Thompson and Julia Jackson, 26 April‒8 August.
The RHSV commemorated the centenary of the WWI in 2014 with an exhibition on the Australian Red Cross. The society concludes its war commemoration in 2018 with an exhibition on Vera Deakin.
Vera figured in the earlier exhibition as secretary of the Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau in Cairo and London 1914‒18.
This bureau was the forerunner of Vera’s lifelong dedication to and leadership roles in the Red Cross, especially during the WWII. In 1920 Vera married Captain Thomas White DFC, who later became an Australian cabinet minister and high commissioner; when he was knighted in 1952 she became Lady White.
Mr Roger D. Harley, grandson of Vera Deakin and Director, Fawkner Capital, will open the exhibition on 26 April at 5 pm.

In the Cabinet of Curiosities:

A Social History of the Table :
Menus from the RHSV collection

ON NOW until 6 April 2018
About the Exhibition

According to Maurice Rickards ‘the social history of the table is little documented’ but where it is we can learn about: cuisine; price; design; and the rules of the table.

This selection of menus from the RHSV collection highlights some of the collection strengths: federation; Royal visits; travel (the ship menus); the American Fleet; and significant local venues.

The menus in the collection range from 1866 to date. The earliest are fine examples of the first guides to eating for diners which are believed to have come into use in Britain in the 1860s.

Coming up in the Cabinet of Curiosities 18 April-28 May : The Death of the Red Baron and the Melbourne connection.

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 exhibitions.