President Richard Broome, Emeritus Professor of History, La Trobe University, FAHA, FRHSV Chair, RHSV Publications Committee, Co-editor Victorian Historical Journal
Richard is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. He taught at La Trobe University for over thirty years and has won national teaching awards. For many years he also lectured to secondary students and at secondary teachers’ conferences. He is now the inaugural Patron of the History Teachers Association of Victoria. Richard is the author of fourteen books including the dual prize winning Aboriginal Victorians. A History since 1800 (2005) and Aboriginal Australians. A History Since 1788, fifth edition (2019). He was the lead editor of the RHSV’s Remembering Melbourne 1850-1960 (2016, 2017) and also lead editor of the RHSV’s forthcoming book Melbourne’s 20 Decades. His book Mallee Country. Land, People, History, written with three colleagues, Charles Fahey, Andrea Gaynor and Katie Holmes will be published in late 2019.
Vice President: Elisabeth Jackson
Chair: RHSV Collections Committee
Elisabeth completed a degree in history at the University of Melbourne. Encouraged by Weston Bate, she obtained a position at the La Trobe Library, State Library of Victoria. This led to a career in libraries and she became CEO of Hume Moonee Valley Regional Library and later Library Manager at the Moonee Valley City Council. She has maintained an interest in history and is a member of the Brunswick Community History Group and the Coburg Historical Society. She served as a Councillor with the City of Brunswick and was Mayor in 1990-1991.
Treasurer: Daniel Clements
With over two and a half decades in the accounting field, Daniel Clements is currently the Business Advisory & Taxation Director at Nexia Australia, specialising in operational, strategic and compliance support.
Hon Secretary: Carole Woods FRHSV
Carole has been RHSV hon. secretary for eight years and a member of the Publications Committee since 1989. She currently chairs the Fellowship Committee. Carole has been a judge of the Victorian Community History Awards for sixteen years, and chairs the judges’ panel. In 2014, assisted by Jenny Coates and Australian Red Cross Archivist Moira Drew, Carole curated the exhibition ‘The Australian Red Cross in the Great War’. Her publications include Beechworth: A Titan’s Field, Vision Fugitive and a history of the Fitzroy Library. She also belongs to the Camberwell, Fitzroy and Hotham historical societies.
Assistant Hon Secretary: Cathy Butcher
Cathy Butcher worked in the Commonwealth Public Service from 1983-89 delivering the Hawke Government’s policies for worker participation, industrial democracy and equal employment opportunities into Australian government factories. In 1989 Cathy became an Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) trainer then Manager at the Trades and Labour Council in the ACT From 2000 Cathy worked as OH&S coordinator for the Victorian Trades Hall Council representing workers on numerous Worksafe Victoria stakeholder groups. In 2013 the Victorian WorkCover Authority presented Cathy with the award: ‘Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to Health and Safety’. Cathy retired in 2015 but was appointed as a member of The Independent Occupational Health and Safety Compliance and Enforcement Review by the Minister for Finance, Robin Scott, established to make recommendations to improve health and safety outcomes for Victorian workers. All the recommendations of the panel were accepted by the Victorian Government
Dr Robert Barnes BA, MA, MLitt, PhD, FRHSV
Robert is a member of the council, previously having served as the RHSV Treasurer for several years. Prior to being the Treasurer, Robert served on the Council for over 15 years, including 2 years as Vice-President. He is the author of a biography of Captain John Hunter, the second governor of NSW, published by Sydney University Press and has contributed articles on David Collins to the RHSV’s journal.
He was the CEO of the Australian Institute of Bankers, the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute over a 20 year period. He was also the President of the Nepean Historical Society for 6 years (2006-2012) and chaired the committee which oversaw the commemoration of the bi-centenary of the first European Settlement in Victoria at Sorrento in 2003.
History Victoria Support Group Convenor: Pauline Hitchins
A writer, editor and public relations consultant with several decades of experience, Pauline spent 10 years with the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) producing both the Victorian and National publications and worked for many years for the Heritage Council of Victoria.
She has been involved with local historical societies for countless years and is currently chair of the Wellington Shire Heritage Network, vice president of Sale Historical Society, secretary-treasurer of Maffra and District Historical Society and editor of numerous associated newsletters and social media.
Margaret Anderson joined the Council of the RHSV in 2016 and is a member of the Heritage Committee. Margaret researches and writes on women’s history, the history and demography of the family and on aspects of public history and museums. She has held senior positions as a public historian in South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria, and is currently General Manager of the Old Treasury Building, Melbourne. She is a Fellow of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies and a member of the Board of the History Council of Victoria.
George Fernando was the convenor of the History Victoria Support Group (HVSG) for three years from 2014 to 2016. He continues to serve on the HVSG committee, attending the seminars held in Melbourne, Northern Victoria, Gippsland and Western District.
George is the president of Camberwell Historical Society and has served in this post for 14 years. He is a member of the Boroondara Historical Societies Association; he also regularly attends the meetings and conferences of the Association of Eastern Historical Societies.
George has an abiding interest in history and in his travels throughout Australia, never fails to visit historic places, historical societies and museums.
Charles Sowerwine, Emeritus Professor of History , University of Melbourne
Chair, RHSV Heritage Committee
Charles Sowerwine grew up in the New York suburbs. In 1974, he came to Melbourne as Lecturer in French History at the University of Melbourne and immediately joined the National Trust, recognising the uniqueness of Melbourne’s Victorian heritage. He is now Emeritus Professor at Melbourne and Fellow at La Trobe University. Local history and heritage remain a great passion.
Dr Rosalie Triolo
Chair, RHSV Membership Development Committee
- History Education and History of Education Senior Lecturer: Monash University
- History Teachers’ Association of Victoria: President, Life Member, Award for Outstanding
- Contribution, Editorial Board Member for ‘Agora’ journal
- Council of Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria: Outstanding Professional Service Award History Teachers’ Association of Australia: Vice-President
- Australian Historical Association: Delegate from the History Teachers’ Association of Australia Australian National Museum of Education: Representative for Victoria
- Federation of Australian Historical Societies: Merit Award
- Shrine of Remembrance Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Community Understanding of Victorian Service and Sacrifice in War and Peacekeeping
- Monash University Molle Holman Doctoral Medal
Lucy Bracey is an associate historian with Way Back When consulting historians and is committed to giving voice to the past. She is the author of a number of commissioned histories, has produced several radio documentaries for ABC radio national and curated exhibitions for community groups throughout Melbourne. She is a past president of the Professional Historians Association (Vic & Tas), a member of Oral History Victoria and a Friend of the History Council of Victoria. Lucy has a Master of Public History from Monash University and a Master of Information Studies from the University of Canberra.
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