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October 1, 2022 - October 2, 2022

$20 – $160

Our past informs our present and our future. Our education system shapes our society. The way we are taught, the way we learn—these questions have always been sharply debated. This unique two-day conference offers an impressive range of expert historians and educationists who will share their reflections on Victoria’s education system since the passing of the Education Act in 1872. The program is built around the three key elements : Free, Secular and Compulsory. What did that mean then, and what does it mean now? At the end of each session there will be panel discussions and audience questions. Register now for zoom or in-person. Numbers are limited.       

To see the full program click here.

To read the abstracts and speakers’ profiles click here.

This hybrid conference will be both offered live at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s home, the Drill Hall, 239 A’Beckett St, Melbourne VIC 3000 and via ZOOM.


The RHSV is honoured that distinguished education scholar and former Vice-Chancellor of Melbourne University, Emeritus Professor Kwong Lee Dow AO is a financial supporter of this conference. 


  • Morning and afternoon tea will be available all day from registration onwards
  • A light lunch will be served on both days – you will be asked for any dietary restrictions when you register.
  • At the close of the program on day 1, Saturday 1st of October at 5pm, all registered attendees are invited to join the speakers at drinks.


Online Registration for the 2022 RHSV Conference is now open below. All registration fees are inclusive of GST and are shown in Australian dollars. Single day registration covers attendance for a delegate attending the conference for one day only, either Saturday 1st or Sunday 2nd of October 2022. You will be asked to nominate which day you wish to attend when you register.

 Full 2 day conference
Full 2 day conference
via ZOOM
One day only, either Saturday or Sunday,
One day only, either Saturday or Sunday,
via ZOOM
RHSV members*$130$100$70$50
Non-RHSV members$160$130$100$80
RHSV student members*$60$40$35$20
Non-RHSV member students$85$65$60$45

* RHSV membership starts @ $55pa and RHSV Student Membership is $35pa (for f/t tertiary students)




If you would like a Tax Invoice after completing your online registration or you would like to pay by direct debit or cheque, please contact the RHSV office, office@historyvictoria.org.au | 03 9326 9288

Registration Cancellations: All cancellations must be advised to the conference organisers, the RHSV, in writing via email before the cancellation can be processed. Cancellations will not be deemed to be received until you have written confirmation from RHSV. If you have not received acknowledgement within five (5) business days, please contact RHSV on +61 3 9326 9288. Registration Cancellations received in writing by the Conference Organisers by Friday, 2nd September, 2022 will be accepted and all fees refunded less an AUD$25 administration fee. Cancellations received after this date cannot be accepted and will not be refunded, however, transfer of your registration to another person is acceptable. The full name and address details of the new delegate must be advised in writing to the Conference Organisers at least 5 days prior to the Conference. No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the Conference. In the case of a medical emergency which has caused a registered delegate to not attend the Conference, the Conference Organiser must be provided with a medical certificate or appropriate documentation before any refund will be considered. Where the Conference Organisers are advised of the situation after the Conference, and a refund is deemed to be appropriate, the delegate must still pay the administration fee.

This conference is part of the year-long celebrations organised by Victoria’s Department of Education and Training to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Education Act 1872.


October 1, 2022
October 2, 2022
$20 – $160
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Royal Historical Society of Victoria
03 9326 9288


RHSV Gallery Downstairs
239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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03 9326 9288