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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 Royal Historical Society of Victoria acknowledges that today is Sorry Day. We must remember the pain and trauma experienced by Indigenous families across the nation, due to the removal of many Indigenous children in jurisdictions across Australia during the twentieth century. We need to also acknowledge that inappropriate removals of children from First Nations families and communities continues. This must end as a matter urgency and Indigenous families receive the support they need. Reconciliation Week with the theme ‘Be Brave, Make Change’ begins tomorrow. The RHSV is now cataloguing in new ways to give full acknowledgment of Indigenous presences and Indigenous knowledges in our collection. My president’s report in the June History News discusses what decolonising our collection means. The RHSV in March 2022 held its inaugural annual Indigenous lecture, given by Professor Julie Andrews, professor of Indigenous Research at La Trobe University. The newly- installed members of Council at our recent AGM will undergo Cultural Competency training. May we all remember that this country has two histories that must both be known, respected and told as a matter of truth. Richard Broome AM FRHSV President

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What's on at the RHSV

  • 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 ...

  • The Rise and Fall of the Iron Bridge

    June 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    In June we are thrilled that Miles Lewis will be returning to the RHSV, in partnership with Engineering Heritage Victoria to talk ...

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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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