Between February and November, evening and lunchtime lectures are held at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Speakers address a wide range of topics relating to the history of Victoria. The Society provides audio files of some of these lectures as they were originally presented. This project has been generously supported by the Telematics Trust.

RHSV Lecture Podcasts

Lectures are recorded and made freely available in MP3 format  in the smallest file size possible. To listen or download a podcast lecture click a link below.


Barry Sturman (Melbourne Rare Book Week Lecture)
May 2016


Emma Gleadhill

Volkhard Werner

June 2016

Assistant Protector William Thomas
(mp3, 50.01 mins, 47.8 MB)
Dr Marguerita Stephens (introduced by Dianne Reilly, C.J. La Trobe Society)
June 2016

Prof Marilyn Lake (introduced by Margie Anderson)
May 2016

Robert Menzies’ Liberalism (mp3, 42.20 mins, 42.4 MB)
The Hon. Dr David Kemp
February 2016

Ken McInnes
November 2015

Vicki Shuttleworth
October 2015
An Evening with Macpherson Robertson (mp3, 1:18 mins, 71.6 MB)
John Lack, Margaret Atkins, Jacqui Donegan and David Thomson
September 2015

Rod Giblett
August 2015

David Harris

Minna Muhlen-Schulte

July 2015

Dr Madonna Grehan
June 2015
Robert Perkins with Andrew Lemon
April 2015
Melbourne Heroines of World War One (Mp3 58:04 mins, 53.1 MB)
Susanna De Vries
March 2015
Iola Mathews
February 2015
The Hon. Chief Justice Marilyn Warren
September 2014
Richard Broome
March 2014
Paul de Serville
February 2014
The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (MP3, 71 mins, 62.8 MB)
Clare Wright
November 2013
Barry and The Fairies of Miller Street (MP3,45 mins, 30 secs 18.3 MB)
Barry Dickens
October 2013
Melbourne Day Lecture 2013: Robyn Annear on Bearbrass and writing history Melbourne Day Lecture 2013: Robyn Annear on Bearbrass and writing history (with questions)*  (MP3, 26 mins, 30 secs 11.2 MB) / With Questions (MP3, 38 mins, 15.7 MB) *Some questions may be hard to hear
Robyn Annear
August 2013
Andrew Lemon
July 2013
The New Historians Evening: A Combined Lecture with Professional Historians Association Sweet Inspiration: the history and evolution of the Dolly Varden cake – Carmel Cedro (MP3, 9.5 MB, 22 mins) ‘How lucky my generation was’: Teaching studentships in Victoria 1950–78 – Marilyn Bowler (MP3, 12.1 MB, 28 mins)
Carmel Cedro & Marilyn Bowler
July 2013
The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Colonist: George Alexander Gilbert 1815–1877 (MP3, 15.3 MB, 36 mins) The Annual CJ La Trobe Society – AGL Shaw RHSV Joint Lecture
Margaret Bowman
June 2013
An Anti-Heroic Story: The History Of Political Labor In Victoria (MP3, 21 MB, 56 mins) * Please note: there are some minor audio glitches in the second half of the lecture.
Paul Strangio
May 2013
The Avenues of Honour Research Project The Avenues of Honour Research Project (with questions)* (MP3, 14.4 MB, 35 mins) / With Questions (MP3, 25.6 MB, 1 hour, 4 mins) *Some questions may be hard to hear
Darren Peacock & David Lawry
April 2013
The Art of Melbourne (MP3, 25.3 MB, 57 mins)
Maree Coote
February 2013
Ross McMullin
November 2012
John Hirst
August 2012
Churchill Fellowship Report (MP3, 9.1 MB, 53 mins)
Kate Prinsley
March 2011
Conversations with the Past (MP3, 6.7 MB, 38 mins)
Brenda Niall
February 2011
Annamaria Davine
October 2010
The Many Lives of Kenneth Myer (MP3, 4.3 MB, 25 mins)
Sue Ebury
September 2010
Reading Block 19 Bonegilla (MP3, 6.8 MB, 39 mins)
Bruce Pennay
June 2010
How I Became a Local Historian (MP3, 7.5 MB, 43 mins)
Weston Bate
May 2010
Tony Alpin
April 2010
Jenny Davies
April 2010