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Inspired by a sketch of Batman's Hill which was the western boundary of Melbourne during the 1830s, Ashley Smith has...
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The Howitt family’s life in the inner city in pre-goldrush times

Cheryl Griffin's latest article in CBD News has just been published - all about of a little ramshackle house that...
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The grandeur of Spring St, early autumn 1899

The wealth and extravagance of the 1880s, the era of Marvellous Melbourne, was long gone when this photograph was taken,...
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It’s the 1920s and you’ve arrived at Spencer Street …

Imagine you’re an eager tourist arriving at Spencer Street Station in the late 1920s or early 1930s. With your back...
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The Ringwood and District Historical Society has had a victory in saving the Blood Brothers Store in Ringwood. Built in 1914 the store is of great heritage significance, and is now preserved for the current and future generations of the area.

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What's on at the RHSV

  • Cataloguing Clinics 2022

    May 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Free monthly cataloguing clinics via Zoom. The clinics run for an hour from 11am – 12noon on the 4th Thursday of each month. It ...

  • Exodus from Vienna

    June 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Following the 1938 annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany, many members of Vienna’s vibrant Jewish community sought safe havens o...


    June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Christina Browning, our new RHSV Marketing Manager, brings a wealth of experience to the RHSV – and not just in social media...

  • Cataloguing Clinics 2022

    June 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Free monthly cataloguing clinics via Zoom. The clinics run for an hour from 11am – 12noon on the 4th Thursday of each month. It ...

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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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