The Royal Historical Society of Victoria organises and hosts exhibitions throughout the year which showcase some of the fascinating items in its collection. The Society also exhibits travelling exhibitions from other organisations. The Past Exhibitions page contains information about recent RHSV exhibitions.
Current Exhibition – Vic Roads Centenary
Exhibition opens Monday 25 November
Exhibition opens Friday 20 December
Spraying the Bitumen
Spray bituminous road surfacing – a method of sealing gravel or dirt roads – had a major impact on the history and development of Victoria.
The technique was adopted in the 1930s. Spray sealing was particularly important to rural communities, but it was also hugely significant in linking the city with the country through a reliable and safe, sealed network of roads. As a result of the efforts of the Victorian Country Roads Board, Australia became a world leader in the development and practice of bituminous road surfacing.
In 2009 VicRoads commissioned an oral history project to record, preserve and document the stories and experiences of former and current staff of the Country Roads Board/VicRoads involved in sprayed surfacing.
The project also involved the production of a series of themed ‘podcasts’ or audio documentaries that brought the process and technique of spray sealing to life and gave a sense of what life was like on the road in a spray surfacing ‘gang’. Read more…