What’s On

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Exhibition – 17 October 2016 – 28 April 2017 : Remembering the ‘Burbs
Grant Applications Open – 1 March 2017 : Holsworth Local Heritage Trust
Seminar – 25 March 2017 : History Victoria Support Group Seminar at RHSV
Lecture – 18 April 2017 : Australia’s Worst 24 Hours: the Disaster of Fromelles
17 June 2017 : RHSV Annual Book Sale

Australia’s Worst 24 Hours: the Disaster of Fromelles

Speaker: Dr Ross McMullin
Day: Tuesday 18 April 2017
Drinks 5.15pm / Lecture 5.45pm
Cost: RHSV members Free/ Non Members $10.00

Ross McMullin, the biographer of Brigadier-General Pompey Elliott, who was a key figure at Fromelles, will address the fundamental questions about the fiasco. How did such a catastrophe occur? What were they trying to achieve? Where does the blame for the disaster lie? Could, or did, anyone try to stop
it? Ross will answer these and other questions, explain how the battle became relatively little known, and discuss the developments that have transformed perceptions of Fromelles in recent years.

Dr Ross McMullin is an award-winning historian and biographer whose main research interests are Australian politics, Australia’s role in World War I, and sporting history. He has written extensively about these topics in his books, in chapters of multi-authored books, and in numerous articles for newspapers and periodicals. His biography Pompey Elliott won awards for biography and literature, and has been instrumental in Pompey’s prominence in various TV productions, including the acclaimed ABC docudrama The War That Changed Us and Chris Masters’s ABC series The Years That Made Us. Another biography by Ross, Will Dyson: Australia’s Radical Genius, was commended by the judges of the National Biography Award.
His most recent book, Farewell, Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation, which includes extended biographies of three remarkable Australians who were at Fromelles, was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History and the National Cultural Award. Dr McMullin’s other books
include the ALP centenary history, The Light on the Hill, and another political history, So Monstrous a Travesty: Chris Watson and the World’s First National Labour Government. Ross served on committees providing advice to the federal government concerning the commemoration of the centenary of World War I, and was among the historians who provided content for Australia’s Western Front Interpretation Centre that is being constructed at Villers-Bretonneux.


RHSV Annual Book Sale

Saturday 17 June 2017
The Members’ Preview will be held on Thursday 15 June.

We are now accepting books for the sale. We only want 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 93269288 or office@historyvictoria.org.au OR you can drop them off at the RHSV – there is 10 minute parking at the front door.