Saturday, 30 August 2014

Melbourne Day at the RHSV

From left Karen Jackson, Professor Richard Broome, Dr Liz Rushen, Genevieve Grieves, and Reuben Berg
To celebrate Melbourne Day this year, today we had a panel discussion on Mapping Melbourne , presented jointly by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council.

The speakers brought personal perspectives on what Melbourne means to them, and were received warmly by the assembled audience.  The discussion was facilitated by Karen Jackson.

Rueben Berg is a Gunditjmara man, a founder of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria, and a graduate architect. Rueben is also the Indigenous Heritage Advocate for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Monash University Department of Architecture. Rueben is passionate about Aboriginal perspectives on place, and about sharing these perspectives with the broader community.
Emeritus Professor Richard Broome practised History at university for thirty-five years, much of that time at La Trobe University, where he taught Australian and Indigenous history. He has won teaching awards, been involved in secondary school curriculum review, is Patron of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria and is Vice President of the RHSV. He is the author of eight books, including the prize winning Aboriginal Victorians. A History since 1800 (2005) and Aboriginal Australians. A History since 1788 (2010) in print since 1982 in four editions. He has just completed a history of the Aborigines Advancement League which will be published early next year.
Genevieve Grieves is Worimi - traditionally from mid north coast New South Wales - and has lived on Kulin country for many years.  She is currently a Lecturer in the Indigenous Studies Program, University of Melbourne where she is also undertaking her PhD in memorialisation and frontier violence. Genevieve was the Lead Curator of the First Peoples exhibition, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the Melbourne Museum, which opened in September 2013. She has previously worked with the Koorie Heritage Trust where she developed the Mission Voices website for the ABC and, later, as a field producer and online content developer on the First Australians project.  She wrote and directed a documentary called Lani’s Story and creates video art, most notably Picturing the Old People.
Dr Liz Rushen’s passion is researching and writing about immigrant women. After receiving her doctorate from Monash University in 1999, Liz was the Executive Director of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. She is a member of the Professional Historians’ Association, on the board of the History Council of Victoria and an Adjunct Research Associate in the School of Historical Studies at Monash University. Her books include Single & Free: female migration to Australia 1833-1837, several other books on female migration to Australia and a social history of Bishopscourt, Melbourne.
Karen Jackson is Yorta Yorta and Director of the Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit at Victoria University.  She is an advocate for culturally safe spaces that enable Aboriginal people to aspire to personal, family and community goals and the delivery of relevant educational programs by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people.

Monday, 28 July 2014

August 2014 History News

The August-September issue of History News is now available to be downloaded from our website:

Victorian History Blogs

Following a discussion on the RHSV Forums about blogs, the following list has been created. If you would like to add to these history blogs, you can mention it in the comments below or in the Forum, and they can be added to the list. There will be a link in the sidebar of RHSV News back to this post.

Here is a link to a toolkit for bloggers:
Busy Archivists Blogging Toolkit:

Historical Society Blogs

Port Melbourne:   updated already!

Stratford Bulletin:  new




Carol’s Headstone Photographs:

Fighting the Kaiser (Coburg):

Geelong and District:

Resident Judge of Port Phillip:

Shire at War (Alberton)

The Empire Called (Essendon & Flemington)

Monday, 21 July 2014

22 July last day of the 2014 RHSV Booksale

Ex Libris.  Artist:  Zbigniew Lubicz-Miszewski.  Licensed under Wikimedia Commons.
Tomorrow, Tuesday 22 July 2014 will be the last day of the booksale.  We thank all our volunteers who helped on the day of the sale and during the preceding months; the members who came and bought books; and the book-buying public.  We hope to see you all again next year - and bring your friends!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Victorian Community History Awards 2014 - entries close soon!

Entries for the Victorian Community History Awards 2014
close at 5 pm on Friday 1 August.  
 Only 12 postal delivery days left, so don't delay, get your entry in the post now, or you can hand-deliver it to the RHSV Headquarters, 239 A'Beckett St, Melbourne.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

RHSV Annual Booksale 2014 - UPDATE


The booksale has been a great success for the RHSV  - and for the people who got some great bargains.  The sale will continue at the RHSV Headquarters for the rest of the week - there are still plenty of bargains to be had, so come and check out the books between 10 am and 4 pm (3 pm Fridays) at least until next Wednesday.  

Thursday, 19 June 2014

RHSV Booksale 10am–3pm, Saturday 12 July 2014

Here’s a rare chance to acquire rare books. The RHSV has just secured books from  the collections of the well-read, including the celebrated Prof. A.G.L. Shaw LibraryMany of these wonderful books have been selected for inclusion in the RHSV Collection. The remainder, including rare out-of-print Victorian local history books, will be sold at our  annual Book Sale, open to non-members and the public.
OR: Enjoy first choice of these treasures at A
on Thursday 10 July from 5 – 7 pm.
RSVP: or 93269288 
(Not a member? Simply join now or anytime before or on the Pre-Sale night  either in person, by phone or at

10am–3pm, Saturday 12 July at
Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne 9326 9288