We most strongly protest the misguided government policy and demand the penalty on studying the Humanities is removed

Friday 19 June 2020

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria, the peak body for local and community history in Victoria for over a century, is astonished that Humanities students in Australian universities are being burdened with an unprecedented rise of up to 113% in student fees. This is an impost on one of Australia’s most creative sectors at a time when creative solutions are needed to help Australia emerge from an economic shock of unparalleled dimensions.

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What to do with our statues and monuments?

What to do with our statues and monuments?

A Policy Statement from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria

23 June 2020

The Black Lives Matter protests have highlighted the ways the past impacts heavily on us today. Our predecessors’ values were in many respects appalling. Attitudes we would describe as racist, misogynist or anti-Semitic were embedded in past cultures. We are beginning to question them but we have a long way to go.

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Yarra

CBD News loves our articles on history so much that they have asked us to supply a monthly article for their sister publication, Docklands News. Ashley Smith, an RHSV researcher, has produced his first Docklands News piece and it is a wonderful riff on Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works’ divers. It can be read here. The photo has also been reproduced in both Melbourne’s Twenty Decades and Remembering Melbourne.

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Queens Birthday Honours Congratuations

Heartfelt congratulations to our affiliated society member Helen Gobbi, of History Monash, who was awarded an OAM for service to community history. Helen is a very worthy recipient and last year was awarded an RHSV Award of Merit. Her citation for the Award of Merit can be read on our website here.

And to Arthur and Lurline Knee who were both awarded OAMs for the service to the community of Tatura. 

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TWO NEW ROLES AT THE RHSV

We have decided to split the Administration Officer’s role into two parts: a full-time Administration role and a part-time (one day per week) book-keeper.

The position descriptions for both roles can be found by clicking on the links above.

Applications for both positions close at 5pm on Tuesday 16 June.

If you would like to discuss either position please contact our Executive Officer, Rosemary Cameron on rosemary.cameron@historyvictoria.org.au or 9326 9288

 

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Scrapped newspapers were communities’ heart and soul, say historians

Caroline Webb had a great article in today’s The Age (Fri 29 May) about the demise of local newspapers and the loss to historians. Wonderful quotes (and photos) from Heidelberg Historical Society secretary Janine Rizzetti, Camberwell Historical Society president George Fernando and our own President, Richard Broome.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/scrapped-newspapers-were-communities-heart-and-soul-say-historians-20200528-p54xei.html

 

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CONGRATULATIONS!

At our AGM on Tuesday 26 May 2020, the RHSV membership elected two new Fellows, Elisabeth Jackson and Dr Rosalie Triolo.

We also honoured some high-achieving volunteers who work for historical societies across Victoria – from Ouyen, Bendigo, Malmsbury, Knox, Richmond & Burnley, East Melbourne and Croydon –  and from the RHSV itself.

The citations for all our 2020 awards can be read on our website (the menu is at the bottom of our Home Page) or use these links:

Fellows,

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Thinking of re-opening? Some advice for historical societies.

In Victoria, it is mooted that by 1 June galleries, museums and libraries will be able to re-open and we’ll be able to have small gatherings. This is conditional on there being no second wave of course – our future plans must remain flexible and contingent. The RHSV has pulled together some advice, using our own experience, for historical societies wanting to re-open their museums and research facilities. We are happy to modify and amend this advice if you have some good ideas to add.

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MAKING WAY FOR THOROUGHLY MODERN MELBOURNE

The lastest CBD News has hit Melbourne streets and it contains another corker of an article from Cheryl Griffin. Inspired by a photograph, taken in about 1924, which represents a time capsule of Melbourne as it was just after World War One – and on the cusp of great change. The old Myer buildings in Lonsdale St just about to be demolished to make way for the Myer we know today. Read Cheryl’s article here.

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SUCCESS: REJECTED BY VCAT!

Elisabeth Jackson, RHSV Vice President and member of the RHSV Heritage Committee reports on a successful heritage outcome opposing a development application which went before VCAT. The development site in question was on the corner of Sydney Rd and Park St, Brunswick.

Elisabeth says, “Heritage concerns were only one aspect of the objections to this proposal which involved a huge tower overshadowing Princes Park and building on a very contaminated site. The main heritage concern related  to the proposed removal of a 1920s electrical substation. 

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ONE MORE STEP IN THE BATTLE TO PRESERVE THE CULTURE OF QVM

On Friday 3 April the RHSV submitted two objections to Heritage Victoria regarding the relentless push to destroy the culture of Queen Victoria Market. The two objections were for

  • Permit Application Number P30767 (Trader Shed)
  • Permit Application Number P32629 (Northern Shed)

The objections in full can be read here on our website.

Our thanks to Ian Wight and Judith Smart who prepared these two submissions.

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HOLSWORTH LOCAL HERITAGE GRANTS NOW OPEN

Closing date 31 July 2020

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.

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