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FRRR grant Project Officer appointed

Our FRRR grant is starting to gain traction and we are thrilled to announce that we have appointed Pam Millist...
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Date Claimer: Engineering Heritage mini-conference

Celebrating Engineering History An afternoon mini-conference “Celebrating Engineering History” is planned for Thursday 15 August 2019, 1pm – 5pm, at...
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History Victoria Bookshop now stocks secondhand books

The RHSV's History Victoria Bookshop now has a small selection of rare used books in the bookshop and found on-line....
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Holsworth Heritage Grants now open

Grants of up to $2,000 are available for the publication of any specific or general local history or natural history...
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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?

Upcoming Victorian History Events

  • A Life in the Law Tour – St Kilda Cemetery

    May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Sunday 26 May 2019 at 2.00pm Come and join us on this walking tour through the cemetery and hear insightful tales of what it was l...

  • Greening Melbourne

    May 28 @ 7:30 pm - 7:45 pm

    Talk by Ian Shears – Greening Melbourne. Melbourne’s historic urban forest includes approximately 20,000 trees in the private ...


    June 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Join The Victorian Association of Family History Organisations at their Hamilton expo

Featured Books

Waltzing Matilda Australia’s Accidental Anthem. A Forensic History by W. Benjamin Lindner.

Waltzing Matilda started as an accidental collaboration in outback Queensland in 1895 that caused the death of a seven-year relationship and went on to inspire a nation during World...
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Progressive new world: how settler colonialism and Transpacific exchange shaped American reform. By Marilyn Lake

The paradox of progressivism continues to fascinate more than one hundred years on. Democratic but elitist, emancipatory but coercive, advanced and assimilationist, Progressivism was defined by its contradictions. In...
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