Saturday, 20 December 2014

President Don Garden and the RHSV Volunteers' Christmas Party, 2014

 RHSV President Don Garden and the Volunteers enjoyed a luscious Christmas feast at their Headquarters in A'Beckett.  Don thanked the Staff and Volunteers, and particularly those who worked to make the party a wonderful and friendly event.  He also outlined the latest progress on our efforts to remain at the Drill Hall.  Our most recent approach to the new Minister can be seen in the December Update on our homepage.

The Drill Hall will close at noon on Tuesday 23 December, so there is still time to check out the History Victoria Bookshop in person.  Online orders will not be dispatched until we re-open on Monday 12 January.  Enjoy your celebrations and holiday break, and we will see you back next year!
 
 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Gifts and Holiday reads at the RHSV

The new History Victoria Online Bookshop was launched during History Week by Maree Coote, a former winner of the Victorian Community History Award in 2012 for her book The Art of Being Melbourne.  A feature of the launch was the large number of the entries in the 2014 awards, available for purchase in our Online catalogue.  You are also welcome to come in and browse the selection on display. 

If you wish to purchase a book online, please do so soon, as we won't be able to guarantee delivery before Christmas if you leave it too late.  If time is short, pop in and buy them over the counter, at 239 A'Beckett St, Melbourne, near Flagstaff Station.

Click here to view our History Victoria Online catalogue.

You can also download a complete list of entries, with descriptions, in the 2014 Victorian Community History Awards.  Not all of these are available for sale - you will need to check the catalogue.

December 2014 History News now available

You can download the most recent issue of History News from the RHSV website.    Please note that the RHSV headquarters will be closed from 23 December 2014 and re-open on 12 January 2015.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Soldier Boys launched at the Drill Hall


With some World War 1 era songs to put us in the mood, Max Waugh's book on Soldier Boys: the militarisation of Australian and New Zealand Schools for World War 1 was launched at the Drill Hall by RHSV President Don Garden on Tuesday 18 November. 


Afterwards the guests adjourned to the Officers' Mess upstairs and enjoyed a panel discussion with Max Waugh, Russell Robinson (author of Khaki Crims and Desperadoes), moderated by Past RHSV President Andrew Lemon. 


Soldier Boys is available at the RHSV bookshop, but Khaki Crims is not at present.

Monday, 10 November 2014

VCHA 2014 Historical Interpretation Award Commendations

The winners in each category of the Victorian Community History Awards 2014 have already been posted to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria website.
 
The following posts list the entries which were Commended by the Judges.
 
Coastal Guide to Nature and History Port Phillip Bay, by Graham Patterson.

Coranderrk: we will show the country, by Giordano Nanni and Andrea James,.

A Way With the Fairies: the lost story of sculptor Ola Cohn. An autobiography, by Barbara Lemon, editor.

Art Behind the Wire: the untold story of refugee families interned in Australia during the Second World War, by Melinda Mockridge.

Friday, 7 November 2014

VCHA 2014 Multimedia History Award Commendations

 
St Paul's Cathedral App


Ballarat & District Genealogical Society website
 
Queen Victoria Women's Centre Centenarty Digital Timeline
 
Nepean Historical Society website
 
Special Commendation
Young Historians
(Students from years 3-13)
Recreating Gallipoli (DVD)
Wangaratta West Primary School 3/4C

VCHA 2014 Collaborative Community History Award Commendations

The Church on the Hill: a centenary history of St Brigid's, Crossley, and its Irish-Australian community, by Helen Doyle and others.

Middle Park: from swamp to suburb, by Jackey Tidey, editor.

An Historical Geography of Tourism in Victoria, Australia - case studies, by Ian D Clark, editor.

The Grand Mansions of Essendon and District, 1880-1892, by Mary Cahill, editor.

Acheron: a history of the district, by Elaine Furniss, Andrea Turner and others.