Recent News


The Holsworth Local Heritage Grants are to assist rural organisations publish books on history. Grants of up to $2,000 are...
Read More


2pm Friday 19 July is your deadline to enter your history production into the Victorian Community History Awards. These awards...
Read More


Congratulations to Dr Andrew Lemon AM FRHSV Andrew Lemon has been honoured, becoming a Member of the Order of Australia...
Read More

City of Yarra facilitate façadism in historic strip shopping streets

On 29 May the Heritage Committee of the RHSV made a major submission to the Heritage Council of Victoria regarding...
Read More
Read More News


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.

Read More

What's on at the RHSV

  • The Blackburns. Private Lives, Public Ambition. A lecture by Caroline Rasmussen

    July 16 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

    When socialist barrister and aspiring member of parliament Maurice Blackburn met Doris Hordern, ardent feminist and campaign secre...

  • Victoria’s Earliest Potteries

    July 19 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    We are delighted that Gregory Hill, a leading authority on both Australian Colonial Pottery and Australian Art Pottery, will be de...

  • ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW: Cataloguing and digitisation workshop series.

    July 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    One event on July 26, 2019 at 1:00pm

    One event on September 6, 2019 at 1:00pm

    One event on October 4, 2019 at 1:00pm

    One event on November 1, 2019 at 1:00pm

    One event on November 22, 2019 at 1:00pm

    One event on December 13, 2019 at 1:00pm

    A series of 6 graded workshops covering all you need to know on cataloguing and digitisation. Spaced over 6 months to give partici...

  • Workshop: Making Archival Boxes

    August 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    One event on August 7, 2019 at 11:00am

    One event on September 11, 2019 at 11:00am

    Wed     7 August            11am – 1pm Wed    11 September     11am – 1pm David Thompson is holding two ...

See More Events


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

Essential but Unplanned: The Story of Melbourne’s Lanes by Weston Bate

A thorough history of Melbourne's lanes and alleys with wonderful photographs and maps by Weston Bate.
Order Yours

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...
Order Yours

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...
Order Yours

Find Your Local Historical Society

See list of societies

Our Partners