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Singing their songs at the Central Telegraph Office, Elizabeth St, early 1920s

Cheryl Griffin's latest story in CBD News has hit the streets: check it out here  (scroll down to P20) Based...
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Victorian Community History Awards Winners 2021 Announced

To watch the awards ceremony click here To read the winners and citations click here
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RHSV seeking new Administration Officer

Our fabulous Adminstration Officer, Rebecca Toohey, is moving on to bigger and better things creating a big gap in our...
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17th October 2021 With our Premier, Dan Andrews, announcing today that Victoria will be leaving lockdown on Friday 22nd October...
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The headline event for History Month

We congratulate all the entrants, all the shortlisted and all the winners in the 2021 VCHA but we especially congratulate Alec Morgan, Tiriki Onus and Tom Zubrycki for their film Ablaze which won the Premier's History Award

Check out the VCHA 2021 winners here

What's on at the RHSV


    November 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Social media has become the most influential and important virtual space to network, build a community, promote what you do, find ...

  • Soldier Settlement Schemes seminar via Zoom

    November 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    We are delighted that Dr Charles Fahey has agreed to deliver this seminar on Soldier Settlement Schemes. The Soldier Settlement Sc...

  • The Largest Garage in Melbourne: Jas A Munro

    November 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    The Largest Garage in Melbourne: Jas A Munro   The RHSV is delighted to welcome Ian Berg to deliver a talk based on his wonde...

  • The Melbourne Socialite & The Turkish Diplomat

    December 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    London, 1913: A wealthy young woman from a stately country home falls in love with and secretly marries a handsome young diplomat ...

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Opens Thu 11 March 2021 - From 11 March to late September 2021

Curated by Noel Jackling, David Thompson and John McCulloch. To celebrate Victoria’s centenary in 1934, Macpherson Robertson sponsored a great air race from England to Melbourne. There were originally 20 entrants of which only 12 arrived in Melbourne. The British winning entrants took a whisker under 3 days, the last plane to arrive took some 4 months. This RHSV exhibition takes a close look at the entrants in the races (there were two races run concurrently – a speed race and a handicap race) including the Dutch entrant, the Uiver.

Upcoming Victorian History Events

  • Trove for Beginners

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

    Discover how to use Trove, the National Library of Australia’s extensive online database. Trove is a National Library of Aus...

  • Through European eyes: the photography of Henry Christian (1886-1962)

    November 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Kew Historical Society meeting and talk about the photography of Henry Beater Christian (1886-1962) of landscapes in Kew and throu...

  • Clan Winter-Irving Gathering

    October 15, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Clan Winter-Irving Gathering   Note! Due to current outbreak of COVID + border closures, event has been rescheduled for 2022 ...

Featured Books

A Trip to the Dominions The Scientific Event that Changed Australia Edited by Lynette Russell

On the eve of the Great War, in 1914 the Australian Federal Government sponsored the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) to travel to Australia for their annual conference. Over 150...
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Wrecks Along The Great Ocean Road by Jack Loney

Second Hand Book Shipwrecks On The West Coast From Point Lonsdale To Portland Very good Condition
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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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