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.
2017 lectures are highlighted in blue.
RHSV Lecture Podcasts
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
Richard Broome – Aboriginal Activism and the Aborigines Advancement League (mp3, 80 mins, 27 MB) March 2014
Dr Judith Buckrich – Acland 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.
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
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 (mp3,45 mins, 30 secs 18.3 MB) October 2013
Robert Flippen – The Vagabond in Virginia (mp3, 22 MB, 25 mins) September 2016. See also lecture by Willa McDonald on this page.
Rod Giblett – Lost and Found – Wetlands of Melbourne (mp3, 38 MB, 42 mins) 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
Dr Madonna Grehan – Regulation of everyday life: implementing the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act in Victoria, c.1853 – 1858combined La Trobe Society (mp3, 54:17 mins, 49.6 MB) – Royal Historical Society of Victoria Annual AGL Shaw Lecture, June 2015
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, 7.1 MB, 42 mins) 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
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 McKinnon – Trailor for The Farmer’s Cinematheque which was 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 McMullin – Disaster at Fromelles (mp3, 53 MB, 53 mins) April 2017
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
Gary Presland – The natural history of early Melbourne (mp3, 57 mins, 52 MB) Melbourne Day Lecture, introduced by Andrew Lemon, August 2016
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 Willis – The 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