RHSV President and historian Richard Broome, author of Aboriginal Australians, in this BBC interview discusses the experiences of Australia’s indigenous peoples after the arrival of white settlers, uncovering stories of exploitation and oppression, but also of agency and cultural independence. Click on this link or the image below to listen to the podcast: https://www.historyextra.com/period/victorian/aboriginal-australians-modern-history-podcast-richard-broome/
To buy a copy of Aboriginal Australians click on the book’s title to take you to our bookshop.
Cheryl Griffin’s latest CBD News article, a delightful story about St Francis Church, on the corner of Lonsdale and Elizabeth streets, can be read here: https://cbdnews.com.au/st-francis-a-church-among-the-gum-trees/
We are back working in the Drill Hall and open to the public who want to see our exhibition Tales from the MacRobertson International Air Races, buy books in the bookshop (always available online), use our collection for research or attend an event.
However, in line with government restrictions, masks must be worn within the building and it is mandatory that everyone checks in with our QR code. There are also social distancing rules which limit us to one person per 4 sqm.
Cheryl Griffin’s latest splendid story about Bourke St and the Coles Book Arcade at the turn of the 20th century can be found in the August CBD News here (scroll down to P16). And Ashley Smith’s pungent article on the docks and fish markets can be read in Docklands News here (also scroll down to P 16).
The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald newspapers (17 July 2021) published Richard Broome’s plea for Australian History to be given a ‘fair go’ but was unable to fit in this important paragraph:
“Fifteen teachers, academics and Cambridge University Press mounted a rescue mission, creating a four volume series, Analysing Australian History (2021), to provide texts for the new Year 12 Victorian Study Design in 2022. Some proceeds go to the Indigenous Reading Project.”
You can read Richard’s article below or by clicking on this link to The Age.
Our current lockdown which we hoped would just be a week or two now seems to be indefinite.
Meanwhile our work continues apace, if from our homes rather than the Drill Hall.
Our History Victoria bookshop continues to send out on-line book orders around the world – check out the bookshop here. Our phones are switched through to our Administrator, Rebecca Toohey, and she will pass messages on to other staff.
Soon after the launch of Vera Deakin and the Red Cross by the Governor of Victoria, the Shrine of Remembrance recorded this wonderful podcast with author, Carole Woods.
We also have links to the podcast on our bookshop Vera Deakin page and in our listing of lecture podcasts.
Listen into Geraldine Doogue when she interviews Carole on Saturday 17th July between 7:30am and 9am on Saturday Extra,
The RHSV acknowledges the importance of NAIDOC week 2021 and its theme of ‘Heal the Country’. First Nations peoples have been caring for country for over 60,000 years, but their custodianship has been made difficult at best, and almost impossible at worse, when access was hindered or denied by colonisation.
We urge all our affiliates and members across many traditional lands of Victoria to remember the importance of healing country recently ravaged by fire,
Cheryl Griffin’s latest history article in CBD News examines a photo of a dilapidated house just about to be demolished. The photo was taken in 1915 when the house was already 74 years old. Located in Bourke St west not far from the corner of William St, it was one of the few buildings left standing from the CBD’s earliest days. Built in 1841 by Dr Farquhar MacCrae, brother-in-law of the diarist and artist Georgiana MacCrae,
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.
For guidelines and an application form visit our website: https://www.historyvictoria.org.au/programs/holsworth-local-heritage-grants/
Closing date: 31st July 2021
The RHSV and the whole community history movement welcomes the federal government’s decision in response to intense lobbying to end its inaction on NAA funding. It will provide $67 million of addition funding over 4 years to redress the deterioration of vital records and cut waiting times for users as recommended in the Tune review of January 2020.
Special thanks to author Gideon Haigh, Professor Graeme Davison (RHSV member), the 150 signatories of the open letter and to all our members and friends who responded added their voices to the campaign.
The Royal Historical Society of Victoria acknowledges that today is Sorry Day. We need as a community to remember the pain and trauma experienced by Indigenous families across the nation caused by the removal of over ten per cent of children in many jurisdictions across Australia during the twentieth century. We need to also acknowledge that inappropriate removals of children from First Nations families and communities still occurs in some jurisdictions and urge that this matter be solved urgently.
The National Archives of Australia Struggles to Protect our Heritage
14th May 2021
Politicians of all hues like to appeal to history, but few want to pay for it. History has been at the centre of the culture wars for the past 30 years, and each politician has a view of the past. However, History is not valued when it comes to paying to protect the archives. Yet without archives,
NOTICE OF RHSV AGM
On Tuesday 18th May at 5pm the RHSV will hold its 111th AGM for the financial year ending 31st of December 2020 at 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
1 Attendance and apologies
2 To confirm the minutes of the 110th Annual General Meeting.
3 To confirm the minutes of the RHSV Reconvened Annual General Meeting.
4 To receive the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2020.
Ashley Smith’s latest monthly story for Docklands News has been published. Based on photo of some impressive gates built in 1927 into Victoria Dock, Ashley’s story looks at the unpalatable truth behind the gates.
“For as long as there have been ports, wharves or docks, there have been opportunistic thieves who have taken advantage of unwatched cargo, and Melbourne was no exception. The Argus in 1918 (August 21) identified that stolen items ranged from beer,