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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VICTORIAN COMMUNITY HISTORY AWARDS ARE NOW OPEN

The Victorian Community History Awards are proudly presented by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and Public Record Office Victoria.

The Awards recognise excellence and originality in historical storytelling. The range of award categories reflects the variety of formats that can be used to enrich the lives of Victorians through history.

Please read the conditions of entry carefully before entering.

Entries close 5pm Wednesday 8 July 2020.

The Awards Ceremony will be held in October 2020 coinciding with History Month.

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RHSV OPEN FOR BUSINESS, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

We have closed our doors to visitors however we are fully operational behind those closed doors and are answering research queries, selling books, accepting entries for the VCHA and Holsworth Trust grants, dealing with our Group Insurance Scheme, fighting heritage battles, publishing journals and newsletters and looking after our members.

Nearly all our planned events up to and including July have been cancelled or postponed. All ticket buyers will get a full refund when their event is cancelled.

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COVID-19 RHSV Response

10 March 2020

Please do not visit the RHSV if you have been exposed to COVID-19 – the self-imposed quarantine period is 14 days after a “medium” or “high-risk” exposure to the virus which generally means having been in close contact with someone who is known to be infected, or having travelled from a high-risk region. 

The RHSV is a responsible and caring, volunteer-based, not-for-profit organisation, which is also not classed by governments as an essential service.  

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March is Women’s History Month

Across Melbourne, during March, there is a plethora of wonderful events celebrating Women’s History.

Link to calendar of Women’s History events.

The concept of Women’s History Month was revived by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria which convened a gathering of representatives of interested organisations during 2019. This calendar is hosted by the History Council of Victoria.

The RHSV is promoting events every day through Facebook during March and our History Victoria Bookshop has a focus on books about and by women.

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Two for price of one in the Herald Sun

In Sunday’s Herald Sun (1 March 2020) there was a great article, Future Lies in the Past, where News Editor John Masanauskas interviewed Richard Broome.

It is not often that historians make the gossip columns (“Gossip Queen: Invitation Only – Inside the A-List events in Melbourne” no less) but there was our past-President, Andrew Lemon, snapped at the opening of the revamped horse racing gallery at the MCG’s Australian Sports Museum.

Both articles attached here and here.

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Listen to 20 decades of history on 3RRR

Richard Broome, Andrew Lemon and Rosemary Cameron ambitiously attempted to cover Melbourne’s 20 decades of history with Headley Gritter on 3RRR’s The Party Show on Sunday 23 Feb between, wait for it, midnight and 2am! We had lots of fun but only covered about a quarter of that history. Return visit planned for History Month in October.

Listen to the podcast:

102.7FM, 3RRR Digital in Melbourne

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RHSV applauds new history grants

The Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, announced on Monday 27 January that $12 million was earmarked for academics to pursue research on Australian issues, focussing on Australian culture, society and history.

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) applauds the greater attention given to Australian history, society and culture with these additional grants.

“For too long Australian history has been seen by many as uninteresting and unimportant. However, it is the site of a massive human drama in which the oldest living culture was disrupted by one driven by ideas of private property,

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CONGRATULATIONS

We were delighted to see, in the Australia Day Honours, that six of our own had been awarded Orders of Australia. Our congratulations and best wishes to 

  • Our President, Emeritus Professor Richard Broome AM for significant service to education in the field of history, and to historical groups.  
  • Our Hon Secretary, Carole Woods OAM for service to community history. 
  • Our Victorian Historical Journal co-editor, Dr Judy Smart AM for significant service to education,
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