RHSV Conferences

The RHSV holds a biannual conference in support of the research and promotion of local and Victorian history. The 2012 Conference was well attended and had many enthusiastic historians taking up the theme of “Celebrating 50 years of local history in Victoria”. Podcasts were captured of the regular presentations.

The conference commenced with the opening of the RHSV Conference 2012 Coveraccompanying ‘Growing History’s Grass Roots – 1960s in Victoria‘ exhibition, and the Wolskel Lecture with Professor Graeme Davison delivering the address entitled “Fifty years of Local History in Victoria”.

2012 marks fifty years since the publication of the ground breaking local history ‘A History of Brighton’ by Professor Weston Bate. This history set new standards in research, writing and technique and was the spark that lit the passion for local history throughout Victoria during the 1960s. This was a vigorous period with the establishment of many historical societies and the emergence of a new style of local history that interpreted source material and placed local communities within a wider context.

The impact of the 1960s endures in Victoria… but how has local history changed… what are the major influences on local history in 2012? With the advent of social media, digital technology and expanding research and publication opportunities – how do we imagine local history might develop into the future?


Download the 2012 Conference brochure (PDF, 485 KB), where you read the details and the full program.

Listen to the podcasts from the conference

The Shock of the 1960′s  The Influence of Professor Weston Bate on the writing of local history
Chair: Professor Richard Broome
Panel: Assoc. Prof Don Gibb, Dr. John Lack, Dr Charles Fahey, Susan Priestley.
Listen to the podcast (mp3, 19.6 MB)

Innovation and Interrogation – Local History in 2012
Chair: Dr Andrew Lemon
Panel: Rosalie Triolo, Carole Woods, Professor Janet McCalman
Listen to the podcast (mp3, 43 KB)

Innovation and Impact
Postcards from the past – an audiovisual case study – the Burrels of Arthur’s Seat – Keith White
Possibilities for the Future – Darren Peacock
Listen to the podcast (mp3, 49 KB)

Explore more podcasts of RHSV lectures given by a range of expert lecturers at the Podcasts page.