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Podcast of Dr Gary Presland’s launch of The Swamp Vanishes

The launch speech for the RHSV's current exhibition, The Swamp Vanishes, is now available online. Launch speech: Dr Gary Presland Curator:...
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RHSV applauds new history grants

The Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, announced on Monday 27 January that $12 million was earmarked for academics to pursue...
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We were delighted to see, in the Australia Day Honours, that six of our own had been awarded Orders of...
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Richard Broome on local ABC with Andrew Hansen

While you were still snoozing at 6:20am Richard Broome, our President, was busy chatting to Andrew Hansen (of Chaser fame)...
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Melbourne's Twenty Decades

Great gift or addition to your library

With a stellar line-up of contributors and packed with evocative photos of Melbourne, our latest publication, Melbourne's Twenty Decades, takes us on a journey from pre-European times into Melbourne’s bright future.

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The Swamp Vanishes - 23 January 2020 - July 2020

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, later West Melbourne Swamp. In less than 20 years that important wetland had been despoiled by European settlers, who turned into a receptacle for sewage and rubbish.

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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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