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About the RHSV Collection:

This is a significant historical collection focusing on the Victorian experience in Australian history. The collection continues to expand with donations from the public and society members.

The collection contains books, manuscripts, ephemera, pioneer registers, scrapbooks, journals, photos, slides, glass negatives, maps, artwork and prints and audio visual material. We are amalgamating a number of databases so start by searching in RHSV Collection and then check the others if needed.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, please fill in the General Enquiry Form here .


Members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities should be aware that the RHSV catalogue site contains names of deceased people.

Users are warned that there may be words and descriptions which reflect the creator’s attitude, or that of the period in which the item was produced, that are inappropriate or offensive today.

This historical language is reproduced where necessary to help locate the item and understand its historical context.

RHSV Collection

Search tips: two words or more use ” “; two words in the same record  eg flying AND school.

Specific collections. Note: they will open in a separate window.

Images Collection

Search for catalogue records of photographs, slides, glass negatives and postcards.

Postcard Collection

Produced prior to 1955

Victorian Historical Journal Index

We have a full set of VHJs produced since 1911. On this website digital copies are available from 2013 onwards.

The State Library of Victoria has digital copies of the VHJ on their website from 1911-2012.  

Memorials Database

An index to over 1500 Victorian historical memorials, honour rolls, commemorative plaques, cairns, obelisks and site markers (circa 1995)