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Project Officer Murrindindi Shire

The RHSV is looking for a project officer in Murrindindi Shire - someone with librarianship skills, information management skills, their...
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Seeking Marketing Co-ordinator

The RHSV is seeking a part-time (2 days per week) Marketing Co-ordinator to work mainly on direct and digital marketing....
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Skinny tower block garners disapproval

In CBD News Prof Charles Sowerwine, Chair of the RHSV's Heritage Committee, labels the Royal Society of Victoria naive with...
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City Circle Tourism Tram Script

Yarra Trams have requested the RHSV’s help to revitalise and rewrite the script for the City Circle tourism tram...
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Victorian Premier’s History Award

2018 Victorian Community History Awards

The arresting title sets the tone for this compelling book. In the 19th century, Victoria had the highest rate of insanity in Australia, not surprising given the turmoil of the gold rush.

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Cold War Games - 7 Mar - 4 Jun

In 1956, an Olympic year, the world was beset with Cold War anxieties. Tensions between East and West had been heightened less than a month before the Games when the USSR invaded Hungary to crush an uprising. Then Israeli, French and British armies invaded and occupied Egypt’s Sinai and Suez Canal Zone. Would the Melbourne Olympic Games be remembered as the “friendly” Games, a sea of tranquillity in a stormy world, or would they become a victim of the Cold War? Would our moment in the sun be blown away by revolutions and wars raging over 15,000 kilometres away?

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Mary Gaunt: independent colonial woman. By Bronwen Hickman

Born on the Victorian goldfields, she was bright and adventurous and first through the door when Melbourne University finally admitted women. She travelled through West African mahogany forests and...
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Who is She? by Diann Talbot

… and then the whisper went around, she was a Chinaman’s wife. Emily Skinner, 1854-1878. The lives and trials of the women and children who shared their lives with...
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Eilean Giblin: a feminist between the wars. By Patricia Clarke

Eilean Giblin arrived in Australia from England in 1919 with a shipload of war brides, almost certainly the only woman not wearing a wedding ring. She believed both husband...
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