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.


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.  


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.


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.


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


Podcast of Dr Gary Presland’s launch of The Swamp Vanishes

The launch speech for the RHSV’s current exhibition, The Swamp Vanishes, is now available online.

Launch speech: Dr Gary Presland

Curator: Lenore Frost

Consulting historian: Dr Gary Presland

Curatorial support: Richard Barnden and David Thompson

Before European settlers arrived in the Port Phillip district, a large wetland that lay between the Yarra River and the Moonee Ponds Creek sustained the indigenous people and the cultural traditions of the Kulin nation.


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,



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,

Richard Broome on local ABC with Andrew Hansen

While you were still snoozing at 6:20am Richard Broome, our President, was busy chatting to Andrew Hansen (of Chaser fame) on local ABC radio about Melbourne’s Twenty Decades, our latest publication, and the website is close to meltdown with book orders. ABC listeners are quick on the draw!

If you’d like to listen to the interview:
https://www.abc.net.au/…/progr…/breakfast/breakfast/11848484 (the interview is about 4 mins 20 seconds into the podcast).

If you still haven’t bought your copy (and don’t be the only person in Melbourne without one) click on the link:


Fire Salvage

Follow this link to our resources website page on Disaster Management. There are links to excellent information and videos on how to salvage items from collections after a fire or flood. There are also case-studies and chronologies on how disaster responses unfold. We hope our affiliated societies never have to put this into action but good planning, good information and good examples are our friends in difficult times.


Not a night owl? Listen to 3AW podcast.

If you’re usually tucked up in bed early on a Sunday night & missed our president, Richard Broome, chewing the fat with the 3AW Sunday Night Team, here is a link to the podcast. (Scroll forward to 1:02:04 for Richard’s Interview).

Richard comes on around 1:02:04 & is chatting about our latest publication, Melbourne’s Twenty Decades.

Thanks to everyone who has popped in today to pick up their copies,