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The RHSV supports International Human Rights Day Saturday 10 December 2022, whose theme is ‘dignity, freedom  and justice for all’....
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Berthing at Little Dock … maybe for a cuppa?

Before the Spencer Street Bridge was built, this was the view from the corner of Spencer and Flinders streets. This...
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Robbie Burns in St Kilda Rd

Cheryl Griffin's latest story has just appeared in CBD News. "As you link arms and sing Auld Lang Syne this...
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In the words of Carole King: “City streets, the stories that they tell”

"When the Hoddle Grid was superimposed on the early Melbourne landscape in 1837 it did not take into account the...
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The 2022 Victorian Community History Awards were announced on Friday 21 October during History Month

The 2022 Victorian Community History Awards ceremony was held at the Arts Centre for the first time in two years! Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson said, “The projects recognised today share the stories of Victoria’s past, helping us to better understand the communities we live in and their rich historical heritage. Congratulations to all award-winners for their outstanding work, and whose efforts ensure that Victoria’s diverse history lives on for generations to come.” #VCHA2022

Check out all the winners and commended entries in the 2022 VCHA here

What's on at the RHSV


    February 13, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Christina Browning, the RHSV Marketing Officer, leads these forums which each month tackle a different aspect of basic marketing f...


    February 16, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Join Jillian Hiscock, the RHSV Collections Manager, each month is this informative and easy-going Zoom forum on all aspects of cat...


    February 28, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

    Dr Cheryl Griffin leads this group which has been meeting since 2020. This group is for people who are tackling writing a history ...

  • Flos Greig, Australia’s first woman lawyer with Iola Mathews

    March 21, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    When Grata Flos Matilda Greig walked into her first law school class at the University of Melbourne in 1897, it was illegal for wo...

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Opens Wed 30 Mar 2022 - From 31 March to December 2022

Curated by Cheryl Griffin and designed by Katrin Strohl. Women have always played a pivotal role in the RHSV's long history however their achievements are rarely spotlighted. This splendid exhibition highlights just 50 of those women who have helped shape and nurture community history in Victoria through the RHSV.

Upcoming Victorian History Events

Featured Books

Remembering Melbourne + Melbourne Twenty Decades Bundle

CHRISTMAS BUNDLE Get both books for the special price of $50 What you get: Remembering Melbourne 1850-1960. by  Richard Broome, Richard Barnden, Don Gibb, Don Garden,...
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The Brilliant Boy Doc Evatt and the Great Australian Dissent By Gideon Haigh

In a quiet Sydney street in 1937, a seven year-old immigrant boy drowned in a ditch that had filled with rain after being left unfenced by council workers. How...
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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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