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Crimping? A crime that has disappeared?

Charles Ferguson saw the construction of a sailor’s home as the solution to “a vast amount of evil, [as] it...
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Mrs Purnell’s Hotel – a small feminist statement of the 1860s

" It may not seem it, but the modest façade of Mrs Purnell’s Hotel at 12 Bourke St is a...
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The next stage in the seemingly endless attempt to rob the Queen Victoria Market of its character and role as...
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The real ‘history war’ is the attack on our archives and libraries

This article, by Michelle Arrow and Frank Bongiorno was published as an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald on...
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Our past informs our present and our future. Our education system shapes our society. The way we are taught, the way we learn—these questions have always been sharply debated. This unique two-day conference offers an impressive range of expert historians and educationists who will share their reflections on Victoria’s education system since the passing of the Education Act in 1872. The program is built around the three key elements : Free, Secular and Compulsory. What did that mean then, and what does it mean now? At the end of each session there will be panel discussions and audience questions. Register now for zoom or in-person. Numbers are limited.

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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

  • An exhibition – Glen Eira Historical Society 50 years 1972-2022

    September 1 @ 10:00 am - October 23 @ 4:00 pm

    Since its formation in 1972 the Glen Eira Historical Society has collected over 5000 items; documents, photographs, ephemera, maps...

  • Eltham Courthouse Restoration

    October 6 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Built in 1860, the Eltham Courthouse is the oldest public building remaining in the Shire of Nillumbik. In 2021, a restoration pro...

  • Who Do We Think We Are

    October 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    A show celebrating the diversity of U3A Melbourne City’s members: from first nation, through first fleet, convicts and early set...

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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