Chinese delegation visit RHSV on study tour

Today we were delighted to host a delegation from the National Audit Office of the People’s Republic of China who are visiting Australia.

They were intrigued by Richard Broome’s talk on Victoria’s indigenous history and loved the early Victorian legal document which Elisabeth Jackson showed them, from our manuscripts collection, which had some very detailed Chinese calligraphy.

The photos show Professor John Fitzgerald, from our Foundation committee, who is fluent in Chinese chatting over tea,



Congratulations to Dr Andrew Lemon AM FRHSV

Andrew Lemon has been honoured, becoming a Member of the Order of Australia for services to community history and the racing industry, in the Queen’s Birthday list of honours.

Andrew Lemon has written sixteen books, four of which have won prizes, in subjects ranging from local history, education, sport and biography, his most recent being The Master Gardener (2018) on L. R Garnett, a principal of Geelong Grammar and a noted garden and environmental writer for The Age.


City of Yarra facilitate façadism in historic strip shopping streets

On 29 May the Heritage Committee of the RHSV made a major submission to the Heritage Council of Victoria regarding planned amendments by the City of Yarra to Design and Development Overlays covering historic strip shopping centres. The RHSV has also been lobbying individual Councillors.  We become aware, whilst preparing our submission, that the same approach was being applied not just by the City of Yarra but throughout the inner and middle suburbs of Melbourne.


Corkman Hotel Developer/Demolishers Get their Way

The Corkman Hotel saga ends with a complete victory for the developers. But the seeds of that victory were in the contradiction between the heritage overlay that was supposed to protect it and the planning scheme which encouraged developers to put up a 40 metre tower on the site! Read the RHSV statement on this appalling saga here.


Melbourne Sharpie Subculture Scene

Earlier in November we held a very successful event connected to our Putting It Out There: Melbourne in the 1970s exhibition. The event was titled “This is My City: Melbourne Sharpie Subculture Scene”.

Julie Mac, a former sharpie, gave a very entertaining lecture about the history of the sharpie culture in Melbourne.

Our photo show Julie Mac surrounded by some of those at the event – a mix of old sharpies and young people intrigued by the rebel culture that was distinctly Melbourne.


Roving Curator Grant

The RHSV is excited to announce that we were successful recently in being awarded a Museums Australia (Victoria) Roving Curator Grant. This means that MAV curator, Kitty Owens, will work with our curator, Lenore Frost on our first exhibition in 2020 which will focus on the West Melbourne swamp. Lenore will be looking at the history of the swamp from pre-European times until the present day.