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St Vincent Hospital’s new building threatens integrity of UNESCO World-Heritage listed Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Building.

Charles Sowerwine, Chair of the RHSV Heritage Committee, has been busy over the holidays defending the integrity of the UNESCO...
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Some Christmas reading …

Some stories to tickle your fancy between visits to the family over Christmas Ashley Smith's latest article in Dockland News...
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All staff, volunteers, contractors & visitors should read the RHSV COVIDSAFE PLAN attached here
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RHSV urges further consultation before more tree-felling on the Western Highway Duplication project

The RHSV are calling on the state government to pause and reconsider the felling of trees on the Western Highway...
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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

  • A G M Michell, Australia’s greatest engineer?

    February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Anthony George Maldon (AGM) Michell was undoubtedly one of the greatest Australian engineers. A prolific inventor, he is best know...

  • In the Name of the Theatre

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

    Her sumptuous book, In the Name of Theatre, is a kind of encyclopaedia of the Victorian stage. From the early colonial settlement ...


    February 18 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Every year the RHSV hosts a fabulous second-hand history book fair where we sell history books of every imaginable genre. Victoria...

  • History Writers’ Group with Cheryl Griffin

    February 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

    The History Writers' Group which is led by Dr Cheryl Griffin meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 11:30am - 1pm and...

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Must close Friday 5 February 2021 -

Curated by Lenore Frost. Before European settlers arrived in the Port Phillip district, a large wetland that lay between the Yarra River and the Moonee Ponds Creek sustained the indigenous people and the cultural traditions of the Kulin nation. It was known by the new settlers as Batman’s Swamp. In less than 20 years that important wetland had been despoiled by European settlers, who turned into a receptacle for sewage and rubbish. While the wetland had initially been described in terms of beauty, within a few short years the swamp was noisome and reviled, and talk began of draining and reclamation. ‘This exhibition traces the how a significant wetland vanished from sight.

Upcoming Victorian History Events

  • Trove for Beginners

    February 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Trove is a National Library of Australia website which provides access to historic newspapers, photographs, and much more. Come al...

  • CORAGULAC HOUSE: book launch

    March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Author and historian, Jennifer F. O’Donnell, invites RHSV members and friends to celebrate the launch of her latest history,...

  • Clan Winter-Irving Gathering

    October 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Note! Due to current outbreak of COVID + border closures, event has been rescheduled for 2021 This inaugural 1 day event (16/10/20...

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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Yarra: A Diverting History by Kristin Otto

It was John Wedge, Batman’s private surveyor, who named the Yarra Yarra. In September 1835 he was at the Turning Basin with some Kulin and heard them identify the...
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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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