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The 2021 Victorian Community History Awards shortlist

The 2021 nominees tell stories ranging from war and industry, to pandemics, sport and murder, and include biographies, articles, feature-length...
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RICHARD BROOME PODCAST ON ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS FOR BBC

RHSV President and historian Richard Broome, author of Aboriginal Australians, in this BBC interview discusses the experiences of Australia’s indigenous...
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A SHEEP OR TWO & A KANGAROO

Cheryl Griffin's latest CBD News article, a delightful story about St Francis Church, on the corner of Lonsdale and Elizabeth...
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Today in The Age: A new start for Australian history

The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald  newspapers (17 July 2021) published Richard Broome’s plea for Australian History to be...
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OCTOBER IS HISTORY MONTH

Is your organisation holding a history event In Oct '21?

Register your event and become a part of the official History Month celebrations. Need inspiration on digital events? Or curious about ways the RHSV can help with speakers or equipment? We will include your event in the 2021 History Month calendar, provide you with a copy of the History Month logo and we’ll promote History Month across Victoria and in your local community.

Add your event to the History Month website here

What's on at the RHSV

  • THE BRILLIANT BOY  Gideon Haigh talks about Doc Evatt

    September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    THE BRILLIANT BOY Gideon Haigh talks about  Doc Evatt We are thrilled that Gideon Haigh will talk about his latest book, The Bril...

  • EMERGING HISTORIANS

    October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    EMERGING HISTORIANS Join us for an evening of new ideas and interesting discussion to celebrate History Month in Victoria. “Emer...

  • The 1789 Smallpox Plague – exhuming the buried truth

    October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    In April 1789 a smallpox plague suddenly broke out at Sydney Cove. It swept around the entire continent and killed up to 70% of th...

  • PIONEER REGISTER SEMINAR

    October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    In partnership with the Genealogical Society of Victoria, the RHSV is holding a free Zoom seminar on one of the jewels in its crow...

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TALES FROM THE MACROBERTSON AIR RACES

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

Featured Books

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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The Ghosts Have Never Left – Victorian Gold Rush Towns and the Stories They Could Tell by John & Marie Watt

In words and images this book seeks to capture both the glory days and haunting reminders of 21 Victorian gold Rush towns, which today are either small, sleepy, or...
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Maldon: a new history, 1853-1928. By Brian Rhule

Winner – History Publications Award –  Victorian Community History Awards 2020 Maldon was declared a ‘notable town’ by the National Trust (Victoria) in 1966. This is a history of key...
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