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Lecture – 18 October : Two Ways of Looking at St Kilda’s Past
16-23 October 2016 : HISTORY WEEK!
Exhibition – 17 October 2016 – 28 April 2017 : Remembering the ‘Burbs
Workshop – 19 November : Writing Local History

Two Ways of Looking at St Kilda’s Past

David Willis and Judith Buckrich

Date: Tuesday 18 October 2016
Time: Refreshments at 5.15pm, lecture at 6pm
Address: Royal Historical Society of Victoria,
239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne
Cost: $10 non-members; free for members of the RHSV
Enquiries/bookings: (03) 9326 9288 or office@historyvictoria.org.au

Join us for our History Week Lecture as two historians take us into the history of Melbourne’s favourite and most edgy seaside suburb, St Kilda.
The RHSV’s monthly Third Tuesday evening lecture in October showcases two different approaches to the biography of places – spaces that have multiple meanings for the myriad of people who pass through them. David Willis moved into ‘The Majestic Flats’ in 2012 and set about discovering the history of the place. It resulted in a beautifully illustrated social history of the century-old Majestic Hotel in Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda.
The Majestic: Early Apartment Living in St Kilda uncovers the story of a building that has a significant place in the architectural and social history of Melbourne. It captures the story of a suburb in change as old family mansions made way for new modes of living
including the development of apartments.
In his talk, David will discuss how he went about his project and self-published his book.
Among Judith Buchrich’s many published books are two ‘street biographies’ – Melbourne’s Grand Boulevard: The Story of St Kilda Road and Collins: Australia’s Premier Street. Now she is turning her attention to famous Acland Street, St Kilda. Acland Street encapsulates Melbourne’s social history in a unique way. The street saw boom times before the ‘bust’ of the 1890s when many beautiful houses became rooming houses. The 1920s saw cafés, cabarets, restaurants, jazz clubs and music venues. Barely out of sight were brothels, gambling dens and meeting places for persons of every sexual orientation. From the postwar years, European migrants arrived in St Kilda in great numbers, setting up shops and restaurants in Acland Street and creating a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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Writing Local History Workshop

Dr Rosalie Triolo

Date: Saturday 19 November 2016
Time: 10am-4pm
Address: Royal Historical Society of Victoria,
239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne
Cost: $15 members and members of affiliate societies, $20 non-members
Enquiries/bookings: (03) 9326 9288 or office@historyvictoria.org.au

Following the success of last year’s Writing Local History work-shops which were presented at Benalla, Sale, Hamilton and Melbourne – we are delighted to announce another workshop on Saturday 19 November to be held at the RHSV. This all-day workshop is for those interested in writing local history. Participants will gain new perspectives on local history, learn how to use new types of primary material and build new audiences.

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