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 until 8 August: Vera Deakin’s World of Humanity

Sun 29 Jul:Open House Weekend: RHSV HQ – Heritage Listed Drill Hall

31 Jul : Closing date for Holsworth Local Heritage Trust Grants

19 Aug : History Victoria Support Group Seminar: Moving Forward

22 Aug : Book Fair Members Only Preview

Thur 30 Aug: Lunchtime Lecture : Revisiting Catani

Sun 16 Sep: The Biennial RHSV conference : War, Peace, Protest: Fifty Year Reflections on 1968

7-14 Oct : History Week

Open House: RHSV HQ – Heritage Listed Drill Hall Tour


Time:                 10:00am-4:00pm
Cost:                 Free
We will be offering tours of our heritage listed Drill Hall during Open House Melbourne and will also be explaining our collection, our exhibitions and our varied work to interested members of the public. There will be children’s activities to keep them occupied.


Holsworth Local Heritage Trust Grants


The Holsworth Local Heritage Trust, a charitable fund within the Victorian Community Foundation, invites applications for grants from not-for-profit organisations such as historical societies, clubs, schools and museums in regional and rural Victoria.

The Trust is interested in supporting enthusiastic community groups and organisations with a true interest in heritage preservation and appreciation, and the enhancement of community life.

The RHSV auspices the grants process. Grants of up to $2,000 are available for the publication of any specific or general local history or natural history in rural and regional Victoria. More information and application forms: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/programs/holsworth-local-heritage-trust

The RHSV thanks the Holsworth Local Heritage Trust for their generosity and clear-sightedness.


History Victoria Support Group: Moving Forward


Time:                 Seminar 9:30am – 3:00pm
Cost:                  $20.
Booking:          Register your attendance.
Location:         RHSV Officers’ Mess Upstairs (239 A’Beckett St, Melbourne)

The RHSV’s History Victoria Support Group is holding a full-day seminar for our affiliated historical societies and heritage groups on Sunday 19 Aug from 9:30am – 3pm. Tickets are $20 and include lunch and morning tea.

Speakers will cover a multitude of different topics of relevance to volunteer-run organisations – Digitising your collection, The Role of the Treasurer, Crown Land Leases – some advice, PROV’s Places of Deposit program etc – and, most importantly, there will be many opportunities for networking and raising concerns/issues.

Further event information can be downloaded from:

HVSG: Moving Forward Seminar Schedule


Book Fair


The RHSV’s world famous 2nd hand history Book Fair is on again in late August.

If you have books that you’d like to donate you can drop them off at the Drill Hall during office hours or, if you cannot drop them off we are happy to collect them within the bounds of Melbourne. We are anticipating there will be some works done to our foyer over the coming months and that entrance will be closed briefly. So, please ring Amy on 9326 9288 if you’d like to organise a collection or to check which entrance is being used. There is 15min car parking outside our building.

Please note that the Book Fair is only for HISTORY books – any history! So please don’t donate non-history books as they will just be thrown away.

Mark your calendars for the Members’ Only Preview Sale on the evening of Wednesday 22nd of August. To attend RHSV events which are ‘Members’ Only’ you must be a current member of the RHSV, not simply a member of one of our affiliated societies.  After the preview night, the sale will continue until close of business on Saturday 25th August and will be open to all.


Revisiting Catani


Speaker:            Bill Russell
Time:                 Lecture 12:30pm-1:30pm (Drinks 12noon)
Cost:                  RHSV Members Free / Non Members $10.00.
Booking: Register your attendance.

Florentine born Public Works Department engineer Carlo Catani died 100 years ago, in July 1918. He is revered for the work he did, during nearly 40 years in the public service, in shaping key bits of the Melbourne and St Kilda we recognise. For our Melbourne Day lunchtime talk, former RHSV president Bill Russell, who for some years was Director-General of the successor department to that of Catani, will consider whether Catani deserves a posthumous promotion or a retrospective reprimand.

Former President of the RHSV, Dr EW (Bill) Russell studied history at the University of Melbourne and then obtained his Diploma of Archive Studies from University College, London, in 1973 and was the first Victorian archivist to hold formal qualifications in archives. His doctorate in history at Monash University, completed in 1980, was based on records in PROV. He has worked in the Commonwealth and Victorian Public Services. In 1982 Dr Russell was appointed Secretary for Minerals and Energy and Commissioner, State Electricity Commission and in 1985 he became Director General, Department of Property and Services.In 1988 Dr Russell took up the position of Professor and Director, Public Sector Management Institute at Monash, one of 5 professorial positions he occupied at various universities. His last such position was as Professor and Director of the Australasian Centre for the Governance and Management of Urban Transport at the University of Melbourne.

Bill is currently busy as Secretary of the non-profit advocacy group of which he is co-founder, the Rail Futures Institute Inc.

Carlo Catani


The Biennial RHSV conference : War, Peace, Protest: Fifty Year Reflections on 1968


Time:                 Starts at 9:30am
Cost:                  RHSV Members $40 / Non Members $50.00 / Full-Time Student $20(limited to first 20).
Booking: Register your attendance.

The biennial RHSV conference has events over two days. On the evening of Friday 14 Sep we launch our exhibition on 70s Melbourne followed by the RHSV Augustus Wolskel lecture delivered by Peter Edwards. Then on Sunday 16 Sep (9:30am – 3:45pm) the keynote will be delivered by Seamus O’Hanlon. A full program of speakers includes Richard Broome, Charles Sowerine and Rebecca & Jean McLean reflecting on their documentary, Save Our Sons following its screening. Lunch and morning tea is included.

Save Our Sons Trailer


History Week 2018

7 – 14 OCTOBER 2018


Each year the RHSV History Week grows in stature and number of events. It is a great hook to encourage community involvement in your history society or to focus some local media on what you do. The History Teachers Association of Victoria has been promoting History Week to their members across Victoria. For suggestions on how teachers can get involved in History Week the History Teachers Accociation of Victoria has created this History Week Ideas document.

If you are involved in a historical society in Victoria why don’t you contact your local school and suggest an event?

Don’t forget to register your events on the History Week website.

History Week is funded by the Vera Moore Foundation.