Between February and November, evening and lunchtime lectures are held at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Speakers address a wide range of topics relating to the history of Victoria.

2018 lectures are highlighted in blue.

RHSV Lecture Podcasts

4 Great Historians – A celebration of the contributions of Weston Bate and Don Gibb, plus presentations to Graeme Davison and Marian Quartley (mp3, 36 mins, 33 MB) February 2018

Simon Ambrose The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) (mp3, 57 MB, 1 hour, 2 mins) RHSV AGM, May 2017

Robyn Annear – On Bearbrass and writing history (mp3, 38 mins, 11.2 MB) August 2013

Rozzi Bazzani Hector Crawford (mp3, 54 MB, 59 mins) March 2017

Marilyn Bowler – ‘How lucky my generation was’: Teaching studentships in Victoria 1950–78 (mp3, 12.1 MB, 28 mins) PHA New Historians evening, July 2013

Margaret Bowman – The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Colonist: George Alexander Gilbert 1815–1877 (mp3, 15.3 MB, 36 mins) CJ La Trobe Society – AGL Shaw lecture, June 2013

Judith Brett – Public Life, Private Man : Writing the Biography of Alfred Deakin – (mp3, 54:17 mins, 49.6 MB)  – April 2018

Prof Ermeritus Richard Broome – Aboriginal activism and the Aborigines Advancement League (mp3, 80 mins, 27 MB) March 2014

Prof Emeritus Richard Broome The making of ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ 1835-1890, the making of Remembering Melbourne 2015-2016 (mp3, 36 MB, 41 mins) Melbourne Day Lecture, August 2017

Dr Judith BuckrichAcland Street, St Kilda (mp3, 27 MB, 29 mins) Two ways of looking at St Kilda’s past, October 2016. See also lecture by David Willis on this page.

John Burch Returning the Kulkyne (mp3, 52 MB, 57 mins) October 2017

Adam Cass La Mama theatre, 50 years (mp3, 43 MB, 48 mins) July 2017

Carmel Cedro – Sweet Inspiration: the history and evolution of the Dolly Varden cake (MP3, 9.5 MB, 22 mins) PHA New Historians evening, July 2013

Celebrating 50 years of local history in Victoria (2012 Conference)
Chair: Professor Richard Broome, Panel: Assoc. Prof Don Gibb, Dr. John Lack, Dr Charles Fahey, Susan Priestley – The shock of the 1960′s:  the influence of Professor Weston Bate on the writing of local history (mp3, 19.6 MB)
Chair: Dr Andrew Lemon, Panel: Rosalie Triolo, Carole Woods, Professor Janet McCalman Innovation and interrogation – local history in 2012 (mp3, 43 KB)
Keith White & Darren Peacock : ‘Postcards from the past – an audiovisual case study – the Burrels of Arthur’s Seat’ and ‘Possibilities for the future’
Innovation and impact (mp3, 49 KB)

Maree Coote – The art of Melbourne (mp3, 25.3 MB, 57 mins) February 2013

Mimmo Cozzolino What will the rare book of the future look like? (mp3, 72 MB, 78 mins) Melbourne Rare Book Week, July 2017

Annamaria Davine – Italians and Swiss: Italians on the Walhalla goldfield (mp3, 6.8 MB, 39 mins) October 2010

Paul de Serville – Observations on the upper classes in Melbourne, 1924-74 (mp3, 72 mins, 32 MB) February 2014

Susanna De Vries – Melbourne Heroines of World War One (mp3 58:04 mins, 53.1 MB) March 2015

Barry Dickens – Barry and The Fairies of Miller Street (mp3, 46 mins 18.3 MB) October 2013

Peter DowlingSecrets, Codes and the ‘Cable Girls’ of West Block (mp3, 65 mins, 59 MB)  – November 2017

Robert Flippen – The Vagabond in Virginia (mp3, 25 mins, 22 MB) September 2016. See also lecture by Willa McDonald on this page.

Rod Giblett – Lost and found : wetlands of Melbourne (mp3, 42 mins, 38 MB) Melbourne Day lecture, August 2015

Emma Gleadhill –Travelling trifles: the souvenirs of late eighteenth-century female British tourists (mp3, mins, 49 MB) Emerging Historians Evening, June 2016

Peter Gregory The world of the court reporter (mp3, 55 MB, 1 hour 36 mins) In conversation with Andrew Lemon, May 2017

Dr Madonna Grehan – Regulation of everyday life: implementing the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act in Victoria, c.1853 – 1858 combined La Trobe Society (mp3, 54:17 mins, 49.6 MB)  – Royal Historical Society of Victoria Annual AGL Shaw Lecture, June 2015

Peter Gronn – Just as I am (Sir James Darling) – (mp3, 1 hour 23 mins, 76 MB)  – February 2018

David Harris – Imagined natures, the Gippsland Lakes 1860s-1900: researching nineteenth century colonial relationships with the Gippsland Lakes (mp3, 25:33 mins, 23.3 MB) PHA Emerging Historians evening, July 2015

John Hirst – The Argus indexing project (mp3, 42 mins, 7.1 MB) Melbourne Day Lecture, August 2012

Hon. Dr David Kemp – Robert Menzies’ liberalism (mp3, 42.20 mins, 42.4 MB) February 2016

John Lack with Margaret Atkins, Jacqui Donegan and David Thomson – An evening with Macpherson Robertson (mp3, 1:18 mins, 71.6 MB) September 2015

Prof Marilyn Lake – ‘Simply because I was an 18 year old hero’ : the Victorian Land Settlement Scheme (mp3, 50.25 mins, 46.1 MB) introduced by Margie Anderson, May 2016

Andrew Lemon – Paying a visit to Henry Gyles Turner (1831-1920) (mp3, 26.6 MB, 64 mins) July 2013

Stuart Macintyre – Inaugural Weston Bate Oration on History and Heritage – (mp3, 65 mins, 59 MB)  – May 2018

Iola Mathews – How to write an engaging family history or memoir (mp3 1:05 mins, 60.0 MB) (Presentation Notes) February 2015

Dr Willa McDonald – The Vagabond in New Caledonia (mp3, 22 MB, 25 mins) September 2016. See also lecture by Robert Flippen on this page.

Ken McInnes – Launch of the digitized Hume & Hovell sketch map (mp3, 42:38 mins, 39.0 MB) November 2015

Malcolm McKinnonThe Farmer’s Cinematheque, presented at the RHSV, February 2017

Ross McMullin – Australia’s gifted lost generation of World War I (mp3, 7.8 MB, 45 mins) November 2012

Ross McMullinDisaster at Fromelles (mp3, 53 MB, 53 mins) April 2017

Ross McMullin – Never Forget Australia : Transformation at Villers Bretonneux – (mp3, 60 mins, 55 MB)  – March 2018

Minna Muhlen-Schulte – Vergangenheitsbewältigung: struggle to come to terms with the past (mp3, 23:05 mins, 21.1 MB) PHA Emerging Historians evening, July 2015

Darren Peacock & David Lawry – The Avenues of Honour Research Project The Avenues of Honour Research Project (with questions)* (mp3, 25.6 MB, 1 hour, 4 mins) *Some questions may be hard to hear, April 2013

Robert Perkins with Andrew Lemon – In conversation with Robbie Perkins (mp3, 73:26 mins, 66 MB) (Presentation Notes) April 2015

Gary Presland – The natural history of early Melbourne (mp3, 57 mins, 52 MB)  Melbourne Day Lecture, introduced by Andrew Lemon, August 2016

Susan Priestley The legacy and principles of bush nursing (mp3, 43 MB, 48 mins) September 2017

Prof Keir Reeves The historical legacy of Victoria’s goldrushes (mp3, 31 MB, 35 mins) AGL Shaw Lecture, June 2017

Vicki Shuttleworth – Labassa – one historic property, 700 private lives (mp3, 50:19 mins, 46 MB) October 2015

Dr Marguerita Stephens – Assistant Protector William Thomas (mp3, 50.01 mins, 47.8 MB) AGL Shaw lecture, introduced by Dianne Reilly, June 2016

Paul Strangio – An Anti-Heroic Story: The History Of Political Labor In Victoria (mp3, 21 MB, 56 mins) * Please note: there are some minor audio glitches in the second half of the lecture, May 2013

Barry Sturman – Up in Smoke: The colourful history of the Phoenix Fireworks Company in Australia (mp3, 50.25 mins, 82 MB) Melbourne Rare Book Week Lecture), May 2016

Hon. Chief Justice Marilyn Warren – Judge Walpole Willis’ Port Phillip Casebooks web launch (mp3, 100 mins, 42 MB) September 2014

Volkhard Werner – Victoria’s German community and the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71: unification twice over? (mp3, 23:05 mins, 70 MB) Emerging Historians Evening, June 2016

David WillisThe Majestic: Early apartment living in St Kilda (mp3, 26 MB, 27 mins) Two ways of looking at St Kilda’s past, October 2016. See also lecture by Dr Judith Buckrich on this page.

Clare Wright – The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (mp3, 71 mins, 62.8 MB) November 2013