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.

17 April : Lecture : Public Life, Private Man – Writing the Biography of Alfred Deakin

26 April : Information session : Developing an Exhibition for History Week

26 April : Exhibition Launch : Vera Deakin’s World of Humanity

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

3 May : Tour : Supreme Court Library

14-19 May : Law Week Daily Tours : Melbourne’s Legal Precinct

15 May : AGM & Inaugural Weston Bate RHSV Oration

Lecture : Public Life, Private Man – Writing the Biography of Alfred Deakin

Speaker : Judith Brett
Time : 5:15pm drinks, 5:45pm lecture
Date : Tuesday 17 April
Venue : RHSV, 239 A’Beckett St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Alfred Deakin was a complex man. He was a gifted orator and successful politician who was a father of federation and Australia’s most significant Prime Minister until World War Two; yet he was also a deeply private man with an intense intellectual and spiritual life and a loving family. His approach to politics, and especially the way he handled the challenges of minority government, holds lessons for today’s politicians.

Judith Brett is one of Australia’s foremost political writers and biographers. She is an Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University.


Information session : Developing an Exhibition for History Week

Date : Thursday 26 April
Time :
10am – 12noon
Venue :
RHSV, 239 A’Beckett St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Join Kitty Owens, Exhibitions Services Manager at Museums Australia (Victoria), for a crash course in developing a temporary exhibition. Topics will include developing your concept, exhibition planning documents, writing exhibition text, making labels and installing the items for display. It will be useful for anyone interested in presenting an exhibition, including exhibitions linked to the RHSV History Week, 7-14 October 2018.

Tea and coffee will be available on arrival from 9.30am, the session begins at 10am and ends with a walk through a new RHSV exhibition.


Tour : Supreme Court Library

Date : Thursday 3 May
Time : 10am
Venue :
Meet at the Supreme Court entrance,
485 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Cost: $20 per member

This private tour, just for RHSV members, will explore the four levels of the magnificent Supreme Court Library and we will learn about the history and architecture of the Library. Opened in 1884, the library is of legal, architectural, historical and social significance and has one of the largest law collections in the State. The library has been described as the most beautiful room in Melbourne and its collection is equally splendid and surprising.


Law Week Daily Guided History Walking Tours : Melbourne’s Legal Precinct

Date : Mon 14 – Sat 19 May
Time : Mon-Fri 12.30pm-1.30pm, Sat 1pm-3pm
Venue : Meeting point will be advised to all those who book
Cost: FREE

The RHSV is excited to launch, during Law Week, a new guided walking tour of Melbourne’s historic legal precinct based around William St. These walks are free-of-charge but bookings are essential. From Monday to Friday we will be offering a 50min lunchtime walk and, on Saturday, when the courts are open for Law Week, we will be offering a 2 hour walk.


AGM and Inaugural Weston Bate RHSV Oration

Date : Tue 15 May
Time : AGM 5pm, lecture 6pm
Venue : RHSV, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne
Cost: Fre for RHSV members, $10 for non-members

Following the AGM,distinguished  historian, Stuart Macintyre will be delivering the inaugural Weston Bate RHSV Oration on History and Heritage. The RHSV takes a keen interest in Victoria’s heritage – and understandably so since the dramatic growth of the State places great pressure on its built form. This lecture explores how the understanding of heritage has been shaped by such episodes of rapid change, and argues that history is
too often neglected in heritage conservation.
Stuart Macintyre AO, FAHA, FASSA is Emeritus Laureate Professor of the University and a Professorial Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. He is President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. A former Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne, he has been voted one of Australia’s most influential historians.