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Congratulations to Dr Andrew Lemon AM FRHSV Andrew Lemon has been honoured, becoming a Member of the Order of Australia...
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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...
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Victorian Community History Awards now open

Applications forms and information can be found here. Applications close 2pm, Fri 19 July 2019. If you are an author,...
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Survey of Vic Historical Societies re Local Heritage Protection

The Heritage Council of Victoria is currently reviewing arrangements for local heritage. On behalf of the Council, the RHSV surveyed...
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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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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?

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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.
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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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