Monday, 31 March 2014

Christening Gowns Through the Decades




CHRISTENING GOWNS THROUGH THE DECADES
They may look too delicate to touch, but the exquisitely crafted christening gowns on display in Heyfield from April 3 to the 6,  have stood the test of time. Stored in drawers, shoe boxes and under the bed, these intricate family heirlooms have been shaken out to take part in a unique exhibition.
        
Most were handmade by family members harking back to traditions which have been lost in recent years.  The love and skills gone into making these tiny garments is immediately apparent. You  will see examples of beautiful embroidery, delicate beading, tatting, intricate crocheting and knitting.

The oldest gown is 150 years old and travelled to Australia from Scotland in the family trunk. Another more recent garment was made by the Great Grandmother - at 85 years of age and you should see the stitching! Each gown has a story to tell on display, and many are accompanied by a photograph.

 On display along with the gowns is a local woman's amazing collection of antique lace, dating from the 1870's and collected from all over the world.  Watch craftswomen demonstrating their arts, many of which have been used in the past to make a christening gown, such as embroidery, heirloom sewing, silk knitting, Brazilian beading, crocheting and much more. 

The supper room has been transformed again into an English Tearoom complete with white tablecloth, maids in black and white uniforms serving  scones and rich Gippsland cream with steaming cups of tea – in fine china of course!

Hours;
Thursday 3rd April; 10am - 4pm
Friday 4th April; 10am - 8pm
Saturday 5th April; 10am - 4pm
Sunday 6th April; 10am - 4pm

Heyfield Hall, Macfarlane St, Heyfield.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Face2Face at the RHSV

Associate Professor Don Garden, President of the RHSV, and Dr Jill Evans, Lead Curator of the new exhibition at the RHSV: Face2Face: portraits in the RHSV Collection into the 1940s, at the launch on Tuesday 18 March, 2014.


Five broad themes emerged during the selection of images for the exhibition : traditional ownership, power, social contribution, celebrity and family life. Together these portraits provide glimpses of past life in Victoria over nearly one hundred years.

The exhibition will remain on view at RHSV headquarters from 10 till 4 pm each weekday until July.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Observations on the upper classes in Melbourne, 1924-74

Collins Street showing the entrance to the Block Arcade, circa 1913. State Library of Victoria collection No H89.106/13


 RHSV Lecture  -   Tuesday 18 February 2014, 5:15 PM

Distinguished Melbourne historian Paul de Serville will launch the 2014 season of evening
monthly lectures and will speak to the RHSV on ‘Observations on the upper classes in Melbourne, 1924-74’.

Paul de Serville is recognised as an authority on colonial Society, notably in the Port Phillip District and Victoria. His first book, Port Phillip Gentlemen (Oxford University Press 1980), was itself a pioneering study, described at the time as ‘a study of a neglected class and a neglected period in Australian history: the gentlemen colonists of Port Phillip and the society that they created in Melbourne before the gold rushes’.

He followed with a sequel, Pounds and Pedigrees: the Upper Class in Victoria 1850-80 (OUP 1991) – the upper class being described as ‘a mixed bag in terms of origin and upbringing.’

Paul de Serville has the degree of Master of Arts from the University of Melbourne and has published several subsequent works of history including histories of the Australian Club in Melbourne and the Weld Club in Perth and of the Riverina station Tubbo. His biography Rolf Boldrewood: a Life was published by Melbourne University Press in 2000. He most recently published The Athenauem Club: a New History of the Early Years. Many of his works include detailed lists and genealogical information that have been widely appreciated by other researchers. Paul de Serville has written for the Victorian Historical Journal and has contributed a dozen entries to the Australian Dictionary of Biography.



Cost: Members Free, Non-Members $10


Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Change to History Victoria Support Group email address - UPDATE


Certain demands were made.


We have been sending out (almost) weekly emails to those people subscribed to our Forums over the past several months as a replacement for the automatic messages from the old “My Connected Community”, discontinued by Vicnet.    These emails help to promote the activities of the RHSV and Affiliated Societies, and provide an opportunity for an exchange of information through the Forums.

Unfortunately gmail has made it difficult for us to continue with them owing to their policy of obliging users to provide mobile numbers, alternative emails, one Google password and a personal name (they didn’t like History Victoria Support Group).

We have therefore switched to an outlook.com email address, so please check your junkmail in case our emails get directed there.

Please continue to add your events to our Calendar and your questions and comments to our Forums.  If you wish to be unsubscribed from our Forums/Calendar/emails, please send an email to office@historyvictoria.org.au. 



Please note that our the RHSV office email remains unchanged, the only change is the email for the weekly notification of events coming up.


Image taken from page 339 of "Rosa Lambert".
http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/11043231646/


UPDATE.  The alternative email addie turned out to be as troublesome, if not worse, than the gmail, so we have struggled on and got the gmail working again, so no change for the time being.
I have been sending out (almost) weekly emails to those people subscribed to our Forums over the past several months as a replacement for the automatic messages from the old “My Connected Community”, which was discontinued by Vicnet.    These emails help to promote the activities of the RHSV and Affiliated Societies, and provide an opportunity for an exchange of information through the Forums.
Unfortunately gmail has made it difficult for us to continue with them owing to their policy of obliging users to provide mobile numbers, alternative emails, one Google password and a personal name (they didn’t like History Victoria Support Group).
We have therefore switched to an outlook.com email address, so please check your junkmail in case our emails get directed there.
Please continue to add your events to our Calendar and your questions and comments to our Forums.  If you wish to be unsubscribed from our Forums/Calendar/emails, please send an email to office@historyvictoria.org.au.
Best wishes,

Lenore Frost
Councillor, Royal Historical Society of Victoria
- See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/forums/topic/new-email-for-history-victoria#sthash.IwnoydPn.dpuf
Hello folks,
I have been sending out (almost) weekly emails to those people subscribed to our Forums over the past several months as a replacement for the automatic messages from the old “My Connected Community”, which was discontinued by Vicnet.    These emails help to promote the activities of the RHSV and Affiliated Societies, and provide an opportunity for an exchange of information through the Forums.
Unfortunately gmail has made it difficult for us to continue with them owing to their policy of obliging users to provide mobile numbers, alternative emails, one Google password and a personal name (they didn’t like History Victoria Support Group).
We have therefore switched to an outlook.com email address, so please check your junkmail in case our emails get directed there.
Please continue to add your events to our Calendar and your questions and comments to our Forums.  If you wish to be unsubscribed from our Forums/Calendar/emails, please send an email to office@historyvictoria.org.au.
Best wishes,

Lenore Frost
Councillor, Royal Historical Society of Victoria
- See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/forums/topic/new-email-for-history-victoria#sthash.IwnoydPn.dpuf
Hello folks,
I have been sending out (almost) weekly emails to those people subscribed to our Forums over the past several months as a replacement for the automatic messages from the old “My Connected Community”, which was discontinued by Vicnet.    These emails help to promote the activities of the RHSV and Affiliated Societies, and provide an opportunity for an exchange of information through the Forums.
Unfortunately gmail has made it difficult for us to continue with them owing to their policy of obliging users to provide mobile numbers, alternative emails, one Google password and a personal name (they didn’t like History Victoria Support Group).
We have therefore switched to an outlook.com email address, so please check your junkmail in case our emails get directed there.
Please continue to add your events to our Calendar and your questions and comments to our Forums.  If you wish to be unsubscribed from our Forums/Calendar/emails, please send an email to office@historyvictoria.org.au.
Best wishes,

Lenore Frost
Councillor, Royal Historical Society of Victoria
- See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/forums/topic/new-email-for-history-victoria#sthash.IwnoydPn.dpuf

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

History News - Face2Face

We start the year with a larger (and more colourful) History News with a new editor (Chips Sowerwine),  more feature articles, and a new exhibition called "Face2Face: portraits in the RHSV Collection into the 1940s".  The exhibition opens at 5 pm on Tuesday 18 March.  See the invitation in History News, which is now available on our website

Following the opening of the exhibition, at 6 pm Professor Richard Broome of La Trobe University, and a member of the RHSV Council, will present a lecture, "Aboriginal Activism and the Aborigines Advancement League".

RSVP by Friday 14 March by ringing  9326 9288 or email office@historyvictoria.org.au.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Christmas is History at the RHSV!

Celebrating Mooroolbark
The RHSV supports research and publication of Victorian history in many ways. One of those ways is to provide a retail outlet for Victorian history publications, especially those entered in the Victorian Community History Awards each year.  If you have a hard-to-buy-for friend or relative, consider a regional history book with particular interest for them.  See our online lists of publications for sale on our website, or come in and browse. Or you might like to support our work and consider an RHSV membership as a gift. 

Our office will close on Friday 20 December, so don't leave it until the last moment, come in this week for some Christmas shopping.  We are close to Flagstaff Station on the corner of William and A'beckett streets, Melbourne.




Ballangeich and Ellerslie Bridging the Years

Edward M Curr and the Tide of History - Commendation, History Publication Award

Pioneers and Suffragists - Commendation, Local History Project Award

Water Races and Tin Mines of the Toora District - Small Publication Award

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

VicRoads Centenary Exhibition at the RHSV

VicRoads Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown and Project Manager Centenary Natalie Wilcock at the launch yesterday.
Yesterday evening  Steve Brown, the Chief Operating Officer of VicRoads,  launched the last of a series of state-wide exhibitions of photographs from their archives, in celebration of their Centenary.    The Royal Historical Society is hosting the last of these exhibitions, which can be seen Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm from 25 November  to Friday 20 December 2013.

Photo: Outside Spencer Street plant travelling to Pomborneit, Melbourne 1930, courtesy Vicroads.

Interest of school children in first car to reach Bullumwaal 1913, courtesy Vicroads.