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Closed: Australia Day

For all our researchers, members & friends the RHSV will be closed on Monday 27 January for the Australia Day...
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Richard Broome on local ABC with Andrew Hansen

While you were still snoozing at 6:20am Richard Broome, our President, was busy chatting to Andrew Hansen (of Chaser fame)...
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We are searching for a new Administrator to join our small team. At the end of 2019 Amy who was...
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Fire Salvage

Follow this link to our resources website page on Disaster Management. There are links to excellent information and videos on...
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Melbourne's Twenty Decades

Great gift or addition to your library

With a stellar line-up of contributors and packed with evocative photos of Melbourne, our latest publication, Melbourne's Twenty Decades, takes us on a journey from pre-European times into Melbourne’s bright future.

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The Swamp Vanishes - 23 January 2020 - July 2020

Before European settlers arrived in the Port Phillip district, a large wetland that lay between the Yarra River and the Moonee Ponds Creek sustained the indigenous people and the cultural traditions of the Kulin nation. It was known by the new settlers as Batman’s Swamp, later West Melbourne Swamp. In less than 20 years that important wetland had been despoiled by European settlers, who turned into a receptacle for sewage and rubbish.

Upcoming Victorian History Events

  • From Horse to Hot Rod

    March 19 @ 10:00 am - March 22 @ 4:00 pm

    Castlemaine Pioneers and Old Residents Association Inc is celebrating its 140th birthday this year in March with a 4 day exhibitio...

  • Book launch, “St Kilda families: Memorials in Christ Church”

    March 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Everyone interested in history is welcome to attend the launch of St Kilda families: Memorials in Christ Church on Sunday 22 March...

  • Empire’s Noble Son

    March 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    The Glen Eira Historical Society is thrilled to kick off their 2020 Speaker Series with a talk by Dr Daryl Moran on his recent boo...

Featured Books

Waltzing Matilda Australia’s Accidental Anthem. A Forensic History by W. Benjamin Lindner.

Waltzing Matilda started as an accidental collaboration in outback Queensland in 1895 that caused the death of a seven-year relationship and went on to inspire a nation during World...
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