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As part of History Month, PROV & RHSV announces VCHA winners

On 28 October, Catherine Andrews announced the winner of the Victorian Premier's History Award and the winners of 9 other categories were also announced.

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What's on at the RHSV

  • Launch of exhibition: Tales from the MacRobertson International Air Races

    March 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    In October 1934 a great air-race was planned from London to Flemington, Melbourne. From a field of 20 planes just 12 arrived. The ...

  • Vera Deakin in War and Peace

    March 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    The daughter of Prime Minister Alfred Deakin, Vera Deakin studied music in the Habsburg Empire on the eve of the Great War. Driven...

  • Launch of the Jessie Webb Society

    March 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    In 1909 Jessie Stobo Watson Webb was not only an original Historical Society of Victoria member (membership No. 30) and the first ...

  • Cataloguing Clinics 2021

    March 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Fourth of the month, repeating until December 31, 2021

    Jillian Hiscock, the RHSV Collections Manager, started these cataloguing clinics during the early days of COVID and they suit Zoom...

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Opens Thu 11 March 2021 - From 11 March to late September 2021

Curated by Noel Jackling, David Thompson and John McCulloch. To celebrate Victoria’s centenary in 1934, Macpherson Robertson sponsored a great air race from England to Melbourne. There were originally 20 entrants of which only 12 arrived in Melbourne. The British winning entrants took a whisker under 3 days, the last plane to arrive took some 4 months. This RHSV exhibition takes a close look at the entrants in the races (there were two races run concurrently – a speed race and a handicap race) including the Dutch entrant, the Uiver.

Upcoming Victorian History Events

Featured Books

Jigsaw Puzzle – 1000 Pieces

Jigsaw Puzzle – 1000 pieces Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s 1st jigsaw puzzle. Measuring – 715mm x 530 mm Made locally in Victoria, using one of the popular images from our collection....
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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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The Ghosts Have Never Left – Victorian Gold Rush Towns and the Stories They Could Tell by John & Marie Watt

In words and images this book seeks to capture both the glory days and haunting reminders of 21 Victorian gold Rush towns, which today are either small, sleepy, or...
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