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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


    December 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

    The National Archives of Australia is coming to Gippsland, virtually – through a free, online open day for Gippsland residents. ...

  • 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

  • Peter Brown: Off the Beaten Track

    November 23 - December 4

    Photographs  1972-2021. For historians this photographic collection by Peter Brown includes images of the Western Districts taken...

  • December 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Dr Jackie Watts OAM Chair, Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network invites you to … MMHN’s 2021 Pre-Christmas Gathering &a...

  • Discover Your Military Ancestors

    December 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Discover the huge range of military records you can search online, and find out what your ancestors did during the wars of the 20t...

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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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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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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