Past Exhibitions

This page is an archive and record of past exhibitions held by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

‘Portraits of a Tea Cosy’
7 April – 14 May 2015
Stories of family, tradition and the immeasurable consequence of making and passing on hand made objects are all brought to life at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s colourful new exhibition, Portraits of a Tea Cosy. Read more…

‘Postcards: Stories from the Mornington Peninsula’
Monday 2 February – Friday 6 March 2015
The exhibition showcased aspects this region’s unique history through eight postcards from the collections of local history organisations. Each is the vehicle for a local history story. Flinders tells of its renowned guesthouses; Sorrento, its ‘back beach tram’; Mornington its early train transport; Rye, its ‘activities on the foreshore’; Somerville, its apple orchards and industry; Hastings, its fishing industry; Balnarring, its Harley Davidson Club; Dromana, the Arthurs Seat lookout. See our cover story in History News, p. 4-5, for more on this fascinating exhibition.

The Australian Red Cross in The Great War : An exhibition by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. The Exhibition opened 8 August 2014. Closed 16 January 2015. Read More…

Face2Face: RHSV Collection into the 1940s  19 March to July 2014. Face2Face concentrates on portraiture in its many forms as revealed in the RHSV’s collection. Read More…

VicRoads Centenary November 2013 – January 2014. This exhibition looks at the centenary of one of Victoria’s significant government organisations. Read more…

Archie Cowan – A local history in drawing October – November 2013. This exhibition captures the architecture, street life and mood of these areas by an artist who himself became part of the local character. Read more…

The Right Royal exhibition April – October 2013. Right Royal explored the pervasive nature of royal symbolism in the continuing identity of Melbourne and Victoria. Read more…

Fear God and Honour the King: HMAS Melbourne (1) 1913 – 1928, February – April 2013.
The Royal Historical Society of Victoria, an official supporter of the Military History and Heritage Victoria (MHHV), is hosted an exhibition presented by MHHV to commemorate the centenary of the arrival of Australia’s first light cruiser, HMAS Melbourne, in Port Phillip Bay on 26 March 1913. Read more…

Growing History’s Grass Roots – 1960s in Victoria, November/December 2012 – an exhibition that accompanied the RHSV Conference which celebrated 50 years of Local History in Victoria. Read more…