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Robbie Burns in St Kilda Rd

Cheryl Griffin's latest story has just appeared in CBD News. "As you link arms and sing Auld Lang Syne this...
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In the words of Carole King: “City streets, the stories that they tell”

"When the Hoddle Grid was superimposed on the early Melbourne landscape in 1837 it did not take into account the...
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Calling Miss Phryne Fisher

Where was Miss Fisher when, "At 10.30pm on Wednesday, January 29, 1947, four gunshots echoed off the walls of the...
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The 2022 Victorian Community History Awards were announced on Friday 21 October during History Month

The 2022 Victorian Community History Awards ceremony was held at the Arts Centre for the first time in two years! Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson said, “The projects recognised today share the stories of Victoria’s past, helping us to better understand the communities we live in and their rich historical heritage. Congratulations to all award-winners for their outstanding work, and whose efforts ensure that Victoria’s diverse history lives on for generations to come.” #VCHA2022

Check out all the winners and commended entries in the 2022 VCHA here

What's on at the RHSV

  • What is a Drill Hall?

    November 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Recently the RHSV took part in Open House Melbourne which concentrated our minds on the history and architecture of our home, the ...


    December 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Christina Browning, our new RHSV Marketing Manager, brings a wealth of experience to the RHSV – and not just in social media...

  • Flos Greig, Australia’s first woman lawyer with Iola Mathews

    March 21, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    When Grata Flos Matilda Greig walked into her first law school class at the University of Melbourne in 1897, it was illegal for wo...

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Opens Wed 30 Mar 2022 - From 31 March to December 2022

Curated by Cheryl Griffin and designed by Katrin Strohl. Women have always played a pivotal role in the RHSV's long history however their achievements are rarely spotlighted. This splendid exhibition highlights just 50 of those women who have helped shape and nurture community history in Victoria through the RHSV.

Upcoming Victorian History Events

  • Family History Social Group

    November 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day Last of the month, repeating until November 29, 2022

    Do you enjoy friendly conversation and family history? Share your knowledge and skills with other group members in a friendly and ...

  • Talk – Ornamental Cast Iron Lace

    November 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Hotham History Project invites you to a talk on Ornamental Cast Iron Lace – by Robin Vowels. In the 1860s and 70s one of Hotham...

  • Inspirational Women of Coburg Cemetery

    December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Activists, artists, pioneers, philanthropists, business women and fortune tellers: historic Coburg Cemetery holds the stories of m...

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Remembering Melbourne + Melbourne Twenty Decades Bundle

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In a quiet Sydney street in 1937, a seven year-old immigrant boy drowned in a ditch that had filled with rain after being left unfenced by council workers. How...
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Vera Deakin and the Red Cross by Carole Woods

A beautiful hardcover book with a dust jacket and 66 images. Vera Deakin, daughter of Prime Minister Alfred Deakin, was motivated by imperial fervour during World War I to sidestep...
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