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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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We hope to be back in the Drill Hall on Wednesday 21 July but this will depend on Government directives....
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Vera Deakin podcast available

Soon after the launch of Vera Deakin and the Red Cross by the Governor of Victoria, the Shrine of Remembrance...
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The RHSV acknowledges the importance of NAIDOC week 2021 and its theme of ‘Heal the Country’. First Nations peoples have...
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HOLSWORTH GRANTS close 31st July 2021

Writing history about rural or regional Victoria?

Grants of up to $2,000 are available for the publication of any specific or general local history or natural history in rural and regional Victoria. The Grant is intended for small organisations with an interest in publishing works of historical value, even where the organisation has little or no experience of self publishing work. Joint projects encompassing several groups or annual/special edited journals incorporating submitted historical articles from a wide community are encouraged. For guidelines and an application form visit our website: Closing date: 31st July 2021

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What's on at the RHSV


    July 31

    PODCASTING 2 DAY MASTERCLASS 3CR Community Radio will be running a 2 day masterclass in how to make podcasts for our RHSV members....

  • Welcome to new RHSV members

    August 5 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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    One event on August 5, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    One event on October 19, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Drinks for our new members who have joined in 2020 and 2021: the staff give new members a background briefing on the RHSV and its ...

  • Portable Buildings in Australia by Miles Lewis

    August 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Miles Lewis's presentation will look at why Australia's large collection of portable buildings should be nominated as a group for ...


    August 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Social media has become the most influential and important virtual space to network, build a community, promote what you do, find ...

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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

Jigsaw Puzzle – 1000 Pieces

Jigsaw Puzzle – 1000 pieces Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s 1st jigsaw puzzle. Measuring – 715mm x 530 mm Made locally in Victoria, using one of the popular images from our collection....
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Yarra: A Diverting History by Kristin Otto

It was John Wedge, Batman’s private surveyor, who named the Yarra Yarra. In September 1835 he was at the Turning Basin with some Kulin and heard them identify the...
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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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