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History Victoria Bookshop now stocks secondhand books

The RHSV's History Victoria Bookshop now has a small selection of rare used books in the bookshop and found on-line....
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Holsworth Heritage Grants now open

Grants of up to $2,000 are available for the publication of any specific or general local history or natural history...
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AGM – Nominate for Council / HVSG

The 2019 AGM will be held at 5pm on Tue 21 May. If you wish to nominate for Council or...
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Skinny tower block garners disapproval

In CBD News Prof Charles Sowerwine, Chair of the RHSV's Heritage Committee, labels the Royal Society of Victoria naive with...
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Spotlight

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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What's on at the RHSV

  • WORKSHOP: STORAGE OF ARCHIVES. Venue: Castlemaine

    May 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    This workshop will examine basic storage of archives and provide cost effective and simple tips for the storage of paper based and...

  • Weston Bate Oration: Making History By Saving It

    May 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    The RHSV is delighted that Kristin Stegley OAM, Chairman of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), has accepted our invitatio...

  • History Week 2019

    October 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until October 20, 2019

    History Week 2019 will run from Sunday 13 to Sunday 20 October. Keep watch for new initiatives around History Week and our flagshi...

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  • History Week 2019

    October 14 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until October 20, 2019

    History Week 2019 will run from Sunday 13 to Sunday 20 October. Keep watch for new initiatives around History Week and our flagshi...

    History Week 2019 Temporary Banner
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EXHIBITION - MAIN GALLERY

Cold War Games - 7 Mar - 4 Jun

In 1956, an Olympic year, the world was beset with Cold War anxieties. Tensions between East and West had been heightened less than a month before the Games when the USSR invaded Hungary to crush an uprising. Then Israeli, French and British armies invaded and occupied Egypt’s Sinai and Suez Canal Zone. Would the Melbourne Olympic Games be remembered as the “friendly” Games, a sea of tranquillity in a stormy world, or would they become a victim of the Cold War? Would our moment in the sun be blown away by revolutions and wars raging over 15,000 kilometres away?

Upcoming Victorian History Events

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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Progressive new world: how settler colonialism and Transpacific exchange shaped American reform. By Marilyn Lake

The paradox of progressivism continues to fascinate more than one hundred years on. Democratic but elitist, emancipatory but coercive, advanced and assimilationist, Progressivism was defined by its contradictions. In...
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