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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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Victory at the QVM People’s Panel: The Great Turnaround

The People’s Panel was, in the end, a great victory for those of us who support preservation and revitalization of...
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Melbourne Sharpie Subculture Scene

Earlier in November we held a very successful event connected to our Putting It Out There: Melbourne in the 1970s...
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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, 2019 @ 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
  • 2019 Augustus Wolskel Lecture

    February 19, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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...

  • History Week 2019

    October 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until October 20, 2019

    History Week 2019 will run from Sunday 13 to Sunday 20 October. Keep watch for new initiatives around History Week and our flagshi...

    History Week 2019 Temporary Banner
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Putting it Out There: Melbourne in the 1970s - 14 September to 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 hanging ideas and actions of its citizens.

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Featured Books

Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market. By Tim Webster

Melbourne’s Queen Vic Market is an Australian heritage gem, a place for everyone. For over a century and a half, generations of small traders have embraced opportunities to make a...
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Secret Histories of Queer Melbourne. By Graham Willett, Wayne Murdoch, & Daniel Marshall (eds)

Beyond the proud civic architecture, the boulevards, the parks and gardens, there is another Melbourne, less visible, less celebrated but no less marvellous. From the earliest days, men who...
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Granville Stapylton: Australia Felix 1836, second in command to Major Mitchell. By Gregory C. Eccleston

Assistant Surveyor Granville Stapylton’s intimate journal, written while serving as Second-in-Command in Major Mitchell’s expedition in ‘Australia Felix’, in 1836, is here published as a faithful transcription from the...
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