Discovery Series Brochures

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria published the Discovery Series of brochures relating to the history of Victoria. These conceise pamplets give a succint and visual introduction to aspects of Victorian local history.

Brochures 2 and 3 are still available in print at the RSHV, and all are available online for free below.

Discovery Series #1 – Melbourne’s Timeline

Read Melbourne's Timeline (PDF, 585 KB)

Discover Melbourne’s history at a glance.

This pamphlet gives a neat summary of the development of Melbourne’s European settlement from 1803 to the present, using a timeline and key dates accompanied by images.


Read online:  Discovery Series #1 – Melbourne’s Timeline (PDF, 585 KB)


Discovery Series  #2 – Melbourne’s Streets and Lanes

Read Melbourne's Streets and Lanes (PDF, 2.1MB)

Melbourne’s streets and lanes: what’s in a name?

Have you ever wondered where the streets and famous lane ways of Melbourne got their names? Have you been curious what was in that old building or what was there before those mushrooming apartments? This pamphlet takes you through Melbourne at street level and it is well worth the walk.


Read online: Discovery Series #2 – Melbourne’s Streets and Lanes (PDF, 2.1 MB)


Discovery Series #3 – Discovering Regional Victoria’s Story

Read Discovering Regional Victoria's Story (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Local history and historical societies in regional Victoria.

This pamphlet takes you beyond Melbourne provides an introduction into the broader Victorian history that is found in the range of regional areas. A timeline is accompanied by information about the local Victorian history that is happening all around you.


Read online: Discovery Series #3 – Discovering Regional Victoria’s Story (PDF, 1.4 MB)