What’s On

Click on an event below to find out more about it. Events of the RHSV can also be found in our What’s On bulletin and History News.

Exhibition – 17 October 2016 – 28 April 2017 : Remembering the ‘Burbs
Grant Applications Open – 1 March 2017 : Holsworth Local Heritage Trust
13 May 2017 : History Victoria Support Group Seminar
15 May 2017 : Reports from a Court Reporter (Law Week event)
16 May 2017 : RHSV Annual General Meeting
16 May 2017 :  (after the AGM) National Trust of Victoria: An Eye to the Past, Plans for the Future
20 June 2017 : AGL Shaw/CJ Latrobe Society Annual Lecture
24 June 2017 : RHSV Annual Book Sale

Law Week: Reports from a Court Reporter

Speaker: Peter Gregory
Day: Tuesday 15 May 2017
Refreshments: 12.30pm / Lecture 1-2 pm

From Plato in ancient Athens to modern journalists tweeting from courtrooms, court reporters have chronicled major legal and social events. Media academic Peter Gregory wrote court, legal and police stories for The Age newspaper for more than 21 years. He also contributed a chapter about journalism and the Supreme Court in the Royal Historical Society ofVictoria’s 2016 publication Judging For The People. In addition, his text book Court Reporting in Australia, is used in a number of media law subjects.

In conversation with former RHSV president, Dr Andrew Lemon, Peter will discuss the past and future of court reporting in Victoria, and tell some stories from his time in the Supreme Court press room. He will also show reports from his battered scrapbook to give a picture of life at the courts from a reporter’s perspective. Peter joined The Age in 1988, after working in Queensland and South Australia in reporting roles ranging from courts to industrial relations, sport, music and including a stint as a bureau chief at the Gold Coast. He has taught journalism at La Trobe University since 2013.

After a 28-year career as a newspaper reporter, Peter Gregory began teaching journalism and researching court suppression orders. He lectures and tutors at La Trobe University, where he is undertaking a PhD. He wrote a chapter about court reporting for the Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s publication Judging For The People, and has spoken about journalism and courts at numerous state and national conferences. Peter was The Age newspaper’s Supreme Court reporter for 18 years, and has won a number of Victoria Law Foundation Legal Reporting Awards. His text book, Court Reporting in Australia, is found in many university libraries. In February, Peter took part in the Supreme Court’s re-enactment of the sentencing of Ronald Ryan, Australia’s last executed prisoner. He and two other journalists played court reporters at the court four media benches, which they had occupied previously in real cases over decades.

For information on the many events during Law Week visit the Law Week website


RHSV Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 16 May 2017
239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne, 3000

After the AGM:

An Eye to the Past, Plans for the Future :

Showcasing the National Trust of Victoria’s vision for the future

Speaker: Simon Ambrose (CEO, National Trust of Victoria)
Lecture: 5.45

The heritage of Australia is incredibly valuable and must be protected for present and future generations to enjoy, engage in and understand. This heritage is social; it’s environmental; it’s our buildings; and bridges; our roads; our gardens; trees; and landscapes.The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) (NTAV) has a key role to play in the protection of this legacy—to ensure that we manage the assets in our portfolio exceptionally; that we thoroughly engage with the community; that we interpret and educate; strongly advocate for preservation and recognition; look after our members, volunteers and branches; and do all of this with an eye on nancial sustainability and growth for the future. After celebrating the 60th anniversary of the NTAV in 2016, the Board has embarked on a strategic planning process to lay the foundation for the organisation’s next 60 years. Over the past 6 months I have been leading my Board and team through a through process of strategic evolution, developing a new strategic plan that will be understandable, research and tested, outlining a vision for the future and a road map to achieve it. During this presentation, it will be my pleasure to outline to you some of the NTAV’s plans for the future.

Simon Ambrose has been the Chief Executive Of cer of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) (NTAV) since August 2016. His prior roles have been leading tourism organisations on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and at Margaret River in Western Australia; and before that he was Director of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Director of the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park and General Manager of the Interact Asia Paci c Multimedia Festival. He has also worked in lm, arts and culture related organisations in Western Australia. As CEO of NTAV he leads a multifaceted organisation with over 24,000 members, 130 staff, and 650 volunteers across 36 diverse properties. Since 1956 the NTAV has been actively working towards conserving and protecting Victoria’s heritage for future generations to enjoy.The NTAV is an independent non-pro t organisation, supported by a large community base and the premier heritage and conservation organisation in the state, and the major operator of house museums and historic properties open to the public. NTAV is not part of government and works with partners to realise the vision “for the Australian community to understand, value and enjoy the natural, cultural and Indigenous heritage that creates our national identity”.


AGL Shaw/CJ La Trobe Annual Lecture

Tue 20 June 2017
6.30-8.30 pm
Further details to come – watch this space!


RHSV Annual Book Sale

Saturday 24 June 2017
The Members’ Preview will be held on Thursday 22 June.

This year we have already received an exceptional collection for sale including rare local histories, small print run publications and many histories of Victoria in mint condition.

We are still accepting books for the sale. We specialise in history books – but these do not need to be only on Australian History. History books on any topic are most welcome.

To arrange for us to collect your books please call 9326 9288 or email office@historyvictoria.org.au or you can drop them off at the RHSV – there is 10 minute parking at the front door.