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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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Submission to the Heritage Council: Federation Square

Federation Square is a unique, essential part of Melbourne because it fulfils so effectively a long-standing shared vision of a...
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RHSV gains a grant for 2019 from the FRRR

The grant from the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal is to engage and train a Digital Co-ordinator to work with 4 historical societies which are all in areas affected by the 2009 bushfires...
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Corkman Hotel Developer / Demolishers Get their Way

The Corkman Hotel saga ends with a complete victory for the developers. But the seeds of that victory were in the contradiction between the heritage overlay that was supposed to protect it and the planning scheme which encouraged developers to put up a 40 metre tower on the site!
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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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What's on at the RHSV

  • Celebrating 35 Years of Operational Women at MFB

    January 25 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Our first major exhibition in 2019 will celebrate 35 years since the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) first opened its do...

    A collage of two images showing operational women at MFB
  • Curator’s talk: Celebrating 35 years of operational women at MFB

    February 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    Join us for a lunch-time curator talk and conversation with the team from Way Back When consulting historians and the MFB Director...

  • 2019 Augustus Wolskel Lecture

    February 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Our first lecture in 2019 is also the first lecture in our new Distinguished Lecturer Series and we are delighted that Simon Moles...

    Cropped portrait of Simon Molesworth AO CQ
  • Cold War Games

    March 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Exhibition Opening 5pm, Thursday 7 March 2019 Gallery Downstairs, RHSV. Free event. Curator: Harry Blutstein In 1956, an Olympic y...

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Putting it Out There: Melbourne in the 1970s - 14 September to 17 January 2019

Curator, Zoe Henderson, has grounded this exhibition in the domestic arena of 1970s Melbourne. We reflect on and explore the ways in which the life of the city and society were shaped by the changing ideas and actions of its citizens.

Upcoming Victorian History Events

Featured Books

Anzacs of Maroondah: Lest We Forget. By Geoff Arnott

This book provides a testament to the men and women in the early years of the twentieth century who contributed so much in World War 1 and in laying...
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War Worn & Weary: the convalescent nurses of Osborne House Geelong, 1917-1919. By Cheryl Scott and Margaret Phelan

WW1 is the backdrop for this book, and the centenary of ANZAC , its catalyst. It is a collection of vignettes of 47 women who volunteered for service abroad to...
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Mystery at Moonlight Head: The Fiji shipwreck of 1891. By Alan McLean

The grounding of the Fiji near Moonlight Head in 1891 was no regular shipping disaster.  What followed had more remarkable components than most shipwreck stories in fiction.
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