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ON NOW until 30 March 2018 : Exhibition : Standing on the Corner

18 March : Workshop : Writing and Publishing Local History

20 March : Evening Lecture : “Never Forget Australia” : Transformation at Villers-Bretonneux

28 April : Seminar : History Victoria Support Group : hosted by Lilydale Historical Society    BOOK NOW

Workshop : Writing and Publishing Local History

Sunday 18th March, 9:30am – 3:15pm
RHSV, 239 A’Beckett St, Melbourne VIC 3000
$30 RHSV & Affiliated Historical Society members
$50 Non-members
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An all-day workshop which includes lunch and morning tea. Gain new perspectives on local history, learn how to use new types of primary material and build new audiences and learn how to play and publish professionally.

Award-winning Dr Rosalie Triolo is the author of Writing & Publishing Local History. Rosalie works at Monash University where she facilitates the development of history teachers in the Faculty of Education. Rosalie is an RHSV Councillor as well as a life member and past president of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria. She is active in numerous state and national communities that support the teaching and learning of history and has won numerous awards for her work. She has lived and taught in diverse locations across Victoria and will share her deep interests in their histories and wider Australian history.

These workshops have sold out in the past so don’t delay in booking.


Evening Lecture : “Never Forget Australia” : Transformation at Villers-Bretonneux

Speaker: Ross McMullin
Time : Drinks 5:15 / Lecture 5:45pm
Cost : RHSV members free, non-members $10.00.

In March 1918 the Germans launched an immense offensive that led to Britain’s gravest crisis of WWI. There was widespread concern — under-recognised today — that after years of ghastly casualties and hardships the war might be lost.The Australians, rushed to the rescue in this climax of the conflict, were influencing the destiny of the world in 1918 more than in any other year before or since. The culmination of their important contribution in response to the German offensive was the celebrated counter-attack — in the dark without artillery support — that recaptured the tactically vital town of Villers-Bretonneux. General Monash (who was not involved himself) acclaimed it as “the finest thing yet done in the war by Australians or any other troops”.

To mark the centenary of the launch of the German offensive, Ross McMullin will provide an illustrated presentation about Villers-Bretonneux. It will illuminate the background context, tell the absorbing story of what happened in the battle, and evaluate the aftermath. Highlighting the centenary prominence of these dramatic events will be the opening of Australia’s new high-profile and high-cost Sir John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux; Dr McMullin was among the historians asked to provide content for the Centre.

Ross McMullin is an award-winning biographer and historian. His latest book, Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words, has been recently released. Farewell, Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation, his previous book, was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian
History and also the National Cultural Award. His 2002 biography Pompey Elliott won awards for both literature and biography. Another biography, Will Dyson: Australia’s Radical Genius, was highly commended by the judges of the National Biography Award. His other previous books include the ALP centenary history The Light on the Hill: The Australian Labor Party 1891-1991, and another political history So Monstrous a Travesty: Chris Watson and The World’s First National Labour Government.