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City Circle Tourism Tram Script

Yarra Trams have requested the RHSV’s help to revitalise and rewrite the script for the City Circle tourism tram...
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Submission to the Heritage Council: Federation Square

Federation Square is a unique, essential part of Melbourne because it fulfils so effectively a long-standing shared vision of a...
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RHSV gains a grant for 2019 from the FRRR

The grant from the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal is to engage and train a Digital Co-ordinator to work with 4 historical societies which are all in areas affected by the 2009 bushfires...
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Corkman Hotel Developer / Demolishers Get their Way

The Corkman Hotel saga ends with a complete victory for the developers. But the seeds of that victory were in the contradiction between the heritage overlay that was supposed to protect it and the planning scheme which encouraged developers to put up a 40 metre tower on the site!
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Victorian Premier’s History Award

2018 Victorian Community History Awards

The arresting title sets the tone for this compelling book. In the 19th century, Victoria had the highest rate of insanity in Australia, not surprising given the turmoil of the gold rush.

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Celebrating 35 Years of Operational Women in the Metropolitan Fire Brigade - 25 January to 22 February 2019

Our first major exhibition in 2019 will celebrate 35 years since the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) first opened its doors to operational women ...

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Featured Books

Free passage: convict family reunion in Australia 1788-1852. By Perry McIntyre

When Mary Crampton petitioned from Ireland to be allowed join her husband, Richard, who she claimed was sent out of the country ‘owing to some unforeseen misfortune’ she was...
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South of the Strzelecki Ranges: an environmental history of Corner Inlet. By Cheryl Glowrey

South of the Strzeleckis is the story of the South Gippsland coast and the people whose lives were intertwined with the sea, rivers and swamps of Corner Inlet. The...
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Game That Never Happened, The: the vanishing history of soccer in Australia. By Ian Syson

The Game that Never Happened finishes where many other histories of Australian soccer have barely even started. It begins in the mid-nineteenth century and concludes between the two world...
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