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RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE

Back in 1878 Melbourne's docks were under siege by the Melbourne Harbour Trust itself. Desperate to widen the Yarra so...
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GOOD NEWS FOR HISTORIC JOHN CURTIN HOTEL

The threat of redevelopment of the historic John Curtin Hotel in Carlton has eased after Heritage Victoria announced on 25...
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MAJOR VICTORY IN SAFEGUARDING THE ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS WORLD HERITAGE SITE

The RHSV congratulates the Minister for Planning, the Honourable Lizzie Blandthorn, MP, on her decision to extend the protected area...
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A DOMESTIC REMNANT DWARFED BY THE CITY

Cheryl Griffin's latest article in CBD News has just hit the streets. Cheryl takes us on a journey inspired by...
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DEMOLITION OF 1864 GREAT WESTERN HOTEL

RHSV Condemns Decision

Last drinks called at the Great Western Hotel. The beloved 158-year-old watering hole in King St officially closed its doors on May 29th. Current owners, the Argo Group, plan to build a 23-storey office tower, as part of a $95 million redevelopment.

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What's on at the RHSV

  • WRITING LOCAL HISTORY WORKSHOP

    August 20 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

    All-day workshops for Victorians interested in writing local history. Participants will: gain new perspectives on local history di...

  • Hugh Anderson, historian

    August 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    We are delighted that Professor Frank Bongiorno will be delivering the inaugural RHSV Hugh Anderson Lecture, a new addition to our...

  • Portable Buildings talk, briefing & lunch

    August 24 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    This briefing session, talk & lunch is an invitation-only event. Invitations have been sent to all historical societies which ...

  • Cataloguing Clinics 2022

    August 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Free monthly cataloguing clinics via Zoom. The clinics run for an hour from 11am – 12noon on the 4th Thursday of each month. It ...

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KALEIDOSCOPE

Opens Wed 30 Mar 2022 - From 31 March to December 2022

Curated by Cheryl Griffin and designed by Katrin Strohl. Women have always played a pivotal role in the RHSV's long history however their achievements are rarely spotlighted. This splendid exhibition highlights just 50 of those women who have helped shape and nurture community history in Victoria through the RHSV.

Upcoming Victorian History Events

Featured Books

Remembering Melbourne + Melbourne Twenty Decades Bundle

CHRISTMAS BUNDLE Get both books for the special price of $50 What you get: Remembering Melbourne 1850-1960. by  Richard Broome, Richard Barnden, Don Gibb, Don Garden,...
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The Brilliant Boy Doc Evatt and the Great Australian Dissent By Gideon Haigh

In a quiet Sydney street in 1937, a seven year-old immigrant boy drowned in a ditch that had filled with rain after being left unfenced by council workers. How...
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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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