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.
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:
Before we all break into a chorus of Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do click on the link below to read Cheryl Griffin’s latest article in CBD News.
And there she was, just riding down the street …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Cheryl Griffin’s latest great story for CBD News is out and, if you can’t get a copy of CBD News you can read it on-line here.