RHSV Council


At the 2019 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 21 May, 2019 four ordinary positions on Council will be open for re-election/election. Three Councillors are retiring by rotation as their two-year terms are completed and are eligible to re-stand; a fourth Councillor will not be standing.

Two office-holder positions, those of President and Secretary, will be open for re-election/election as their two-year terms are completed. The present incumbents are eligible to re-stand.

Nominations for ordinary positions on Council and office-holders will close on Tuesday 14 May 2019. Nomination forms are available from the Executive Officer (executive.officer@historyvictoria.org.au) or can be downloaded here.


Affiliated societies are encouraged to provide expressions of interest for membership of the RHSV’s History Victoria Support Group. These should be forwarded to the Executive Officer (executive.officer@historyvictoria.org.au) by Tuesday 14 May 2019.

Elisabeth Jackson

Acting 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.

Daniel Clements
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.

Carole Woods
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.

Dr Robert Barnes
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. Pior to being the Treasurer Robert served on the Counsel 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 in 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.

Alleyene Hockley
History Victoria Support Group Convenor: Alleyene Hockley

Member of Bendigo Regional Archives Centre Advisory Committee (PROV experience)
Community Representative for Mount Alexander Shire Thematic and Historical Study
Member of Castlemaine Historical Society Inc – Archivist, Events & Community Liaison Officer, and Volunteer Coordinator

Margaret Anderson
Margaret Anderson

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.

Richard Broome
Richard Broome, Emeritus Professor of History, La Trobe University, FAHA, FRHSV
Chair, RHSV Publications Committee

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
Councillor of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies
Patron of the History Teachers Association of Victoria
A Member of an Australian Research Council grant team from La Trobe University and the University of Western Australia writing an environmental history of Mallee lands in southern Australia

Jim Dixon
Jim Dixon FCPA, MBA, B Com, B Ed. Member of RHSV Council and Chair, RHSV Foundation

Jim is a Fellow of CPA Australia and has extensive experience in advising on financial reporting and auditing gained from working with entities and agencies across both the private and public sectors. He is an Associate with GAAP Consulting and was a member of a project team for the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia that developed and published the Australian Infrastructure Financial Management Manual. Previously, Jim has held positions as Assistant-Auditor General in the Victorian Audit Office, Technical Director of CPA Australia, Technical Director of chartered accountants, Pitcher Partners and Senior Manager Research for the National Australia Bank. Jim continues to provide input to the Accounting & Auditing Professional Standard Setting bodies. Jim is a Life Member of Arthritis Victoria having been a Board member for 6 years, including being its Treasurer. He is the immediate Past President of Melbourne Sunrise Probus Club Inc and a member of resident bodies in the Melbourne CBD including East Enders Inc and Residents 3000 Inc. Jim was for many years both a Board member and Treasurer of Black Hole Theatre Inc and a member of the Committee of Management and Treasurer of the Living Museum of the West. He was the first Program Director of the Degree in Banking & Finance at Victoria University.

George Fernando
George Fernando

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
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
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
Portrait image of Lucy Bracey
Lucy Bracey

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.