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February 2024

BOOK LAUNCH: ABORIGINAL VICTORIANS. A HISTORY SINCE 1800.

February 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Ticket Info:
Free
RHSV Gallery Downstairs, 239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Please join us for the launch of the second edition of the double award-winning history by Emeritus Professor Richard Broome AM, ABORIGINAL VICTORIANS. A HISTORY SINCE 1800.
Music by singer songwriter Butjulla and Gubbi Gubbi man, Gavin Somers.
To be launched by Gunditjmara woman, Jill Gallagher AO, CEO of VACCHO (Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation)
The MC will be La Trobe University’s Indigenous Studies Professor Julie Andrews OAM, a Yorta Yorta and Woiwurrung woman and member of the Dhul-an-yagan family clan of the Ulupna people.

BILLIBELLARY INDIGENOUS HISTORY LECTURE. The view from here: thinking about Australian Indigenous histories and their future.

February 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Ticket Info:
$10 – $20
RHSV Gallery Downstairs, 239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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We are honoured that Professor Lynette Russell AM will deliver the 2024 Billibellary Indigenous History Lecture at the RHSV. Professor Lynette Russell AM FASSA FAHA (Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor and ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Professor at Monash University’s Indigenous Studies Centre) is an award-winning historian and Indigenous studies scholar. Her research is broadly anthropological history. Russell has published widely in the areas of theory, Indigenous histories, post-colonialism and representations of race, museum studies and popular culture.

CATALOGUING CLINICS 2024

February 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Fourth of the month, happening 10 times

Ticket Info:
Free
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Join Jillian Hiscock, the RHSV Collections Manager, each month in this informative and easy-going Zoom forum on all aspects of cataloguing collections for historical societies. In 2024's first Cataloguing Clinic for the year, Jillian will talk about collection management, what you keep or don’t keep, when you catalogue material as an archive or a collection and any issues around the actual collection. Jillian has a different topic each month and is happy to be guided by those who attend as to what they would like covered in upcoming clinics. Bring your questions (no matter the topic) - this is an interactive space where questions are encouraged. The RHSV does not endorse any particular cataloguing software - we believe it is horses for courses - and Jillian will talk about issues that impact on cataloguing whether you are using cataloguing cards or software.

BOOK LAUNCH OF UNIVERSITIES IN TIMES OF CRISIS AND DISRUPTION BY LORRAINE LING AND KAY LIVINGSTON

February 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ticket Info:
Free
RHSV Gallery Downstairs, 239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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To be launched by Professor John Dewar AO Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University.

This book examines the role and future of universities in times of chronic disruption and crisis – presented via an original conceptual framework which the authors term ‘Dislocated Complexity’ – and discusses how to move forward in the face of severely disrupted social, political, economic and environment contexts.

March 2024

CURATOR’S TOUR OF GARRYOWEN’S MELBOURNE WITH DR LIZ RUSHEN

March 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Ticket Info:
Free
RHSV Gallery Downstairs, 239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Historian Dr Liz Rushen will take you behind the scenes of our current exhibition, Garryowen's Melbourne which Liz curated. The exhibition grew out of the research Liz had done for her book, Garryowen Unmasked: The Life of Edmund Finn, which was launched earlier this year and was aided by her deep knowledge of the RHSV collection and its treasures.

The tour will be followed by afternoon tea.

Tour of Historical Trades Hall followed by more labour history in the Curtin Hotel

March 7 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Ticket Info:
$35
Victorian Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053 Australia
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In 2023 we organised a tour of Trades Hall and everyone on the tour said it was exceptional and that Antony Moore, the guide, was worth bottling. So, in 2024, we'll be hosting another tour with Antony but with a great addition.  From 2pm - 3:30pm you'll be touring Trades Hall with Antony and then we'll skip over the road to the Curtin Hotel where so much Labor history has played out and, over a drink, David Cragg, will enlighten us with more Labor history.

Doris McRae: teacher and activist

March 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ticket Info:
Free
Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street
North Melbourne, VIC 3051 Australia
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Two world wars, a global depression and the Cold War transformed the social fabric of Australia. For many teachers with a desire to make a better world for women and children, this meant action beyond the classroom. Presented by Dr Cheryl Griffin, this presentation looks at how prominent Victorian teacher and activist Doris McRae addressed social, industrial and political issues such as equal pay and employment opportunities for women.

Women’s humanitarian work is never done: Women humanitarians and war child refugees in the 20th century

March 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Ticket Info:
$10 – $20
RHSV Gallery Downstairs, 239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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We are delighted that Professor Joy Damousi AM FASSA FAHA, one of Australia’s most distinguished historians and humanities thought leaders, will deliver the 2023 Women's History Month Lecture, part of our Distinguished Lecture series. Joy is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

CORNERS OF MELBOURNE: THE GREAT ORANGE-PEEL PANIC AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE STREETS

March 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Ticket Info:
$10 – $20
RHSV Gallery Downstairs, 239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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What better defines a city than its street corners? A corner gives you a starting point, a destination and a place to turn. It’s furnished with pillar boxes, newsstands and tram stops, and lamp-posts for light and lounging. Where would you be likeliest to find a pub? At the corner, of course. And who better than Robyn Annear to usher you around the corners of Melbourne, and reveal their bizarre, baroque and mostly forgotten stories?

WESTERN TREATMENT PLANT TOUR

March 26 @ 8:45 am - 12:45 pm
Ticket Info:
$55
Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Experience the Western Treatment Plant at Werribee, and discover the historical and environmental importance of this fascinating site. The Western Treatment Plant was added to the Victorian Heritage Register in 2021, recognising its historical, archaeological and technical significance. The historic Western Treatment Plant in Werribee is a world leader in environmentally-friendly sewage treatment, and one of Victoria’s most unlikely hidden treasures.

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