The RHSV supports International Human Rights Day Saturday 10 December 2022, whose theme is ‘dignity, freedom  and justice for all’.

The RHSV through its collections and publications is endeavouring to fulfill the role of History as a truth seeking and telling discipline. We are decolonising our catalogue to take account of First Nations History and have a dedicated distinguished lecture for Indigenous History, which is then published in our journal. Our current exhibition is about the women of the RHSV who have made such a significant contribution to our organisation and the wider society. A recent and extensive acquisition to our collection is the Jones Family Collection which reveals the social history of an ordinary Melbourne family, providing insights of a bottom-up history to counter the great man view of history so prevalent in colonial studies. Our aspiration is to tell further stories of diversity in future years.

Richard Broome AM

President RHSV