Wednesday, 12 December 2007

RHSV Tour and lunch with an artist in wood

Thursday 21 February

Time: 10.30 Lunch approx 12.30 pm

Cost: Members $20; non-members $25

Marjorie Morgan OAM, historian and biographer will lead this fascinating tour looking at the life and exquisite carvings of John Kendrick Blogg, including carvings to be found in the buildings visited on this tour as well as in the National Gallery of Victoria. On the tour we will see John's carvings at Canterbury Presbyterian Church and then go to Surrey Hills to visit the Primary School, the uniting Church and finally St Stephen's Presbyterian Church where we will have lunch.

Meet at Canterbury Presbyterian Church, 146 Canterbury Road, Canterbury at 10.30 am. Parking is available on the tennis court beside the church. Melway Map 46 B10 opposite Hopetoun Street.

John Blogg was born in Canada in 1851 and migrated to Melbourne in 1884. He lived in Surrey Hills for many years. and when he was 50 took up woodcarving. Until his death in 1936 he made more than 300 wood carvings.

Finish at St Stephen's Presbyterian Church corner of Canterbury and Warrigal Roads. Melway Map 46 J 11.

Bookings essential by Monday 18 February - 9326 9288 or

RHSV Meeting - Crescendo, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra celebrating 100 years

Tuesday 11 March

RHSV - 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne - entry via William Street

5.15 pm tea / coffee
Lecture 5.45 pm

Cost: Members free; non-members $5.50

Stella Barber will present this talk about the MSO and how it has become the orchestra it is today. The MSO, founded by Alberto Zelman in 1906, has survived wars, depressions, financial near-ruin, restructures and re-launches, name changes and a cavalcade of the world's greatest conductors to become Australia's oldest and possibly greatest symphonic ensemble.

RHSV lecture - The History of thoroughbred racing in our time

Tuesday 12 February 2008

RHSV - 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne - entry via William Street

5.15 pm coffee / tea
5.45 pm lecture

Cost: members free; non-members $5.50

Andrew Lemon has spoken to the RHSV previously about the history of Australian horse racing but the horse world keeps changing and he has some new perspectives as he puts the finishing touches to his forthcoming book, The History of thoroughbred racing in our time, scheduled for publication for the spring of 2008.

The book covers the social and political history of racing throughout Australia in the period 1939-2007. His talk will concentrate on the turbulent recent history of the industry.

Monday, 5 November 2007

Local History Grants Program

The Local History Grants Program (LHGP) supports projects that preserve and present Victorian local history.

Types of possible projects include:
  • Preparation & printing of local history books
  • Recording of oral histories
  • Preparation, display & travelling of exhibitions
  • Conservation & cataloguing of documents & objects
  • Web projects that provide local history information
  • Training in local history skills
The LHGP is administered by Public Record Office Victoria.

The program is funded through the Community Support Fund.

The closing date for applications to the 2007-08 round is Monday 7 January 2008.

Details about applying for the grants plus application form and lists of former recipients are available from Local History Grants Program on the PROV website.

Victorian Community History Awards 2008

Entries for the Victorian Community History Awards 2008 are now open.

2008 will see us celebrating 10 years of the Victorian Community History Awards. These Awards successfully bring together the growing interest of individual histories documented throughout Victoria.

Entries close at Close of Business, on Friday, 28 March 2008.

The Victorian Community History Awards 2008 will be presented on Saturday, 31 May 2008.

Download the 2008 entry form here. (PDF 891KB)

If you have any queries regarding these Awards please contact the Marketing Department at Information Victoria

Further information about the Victorian Community History Awards including a list of previous winners can be located on the RHSV website - Victorian Community History Awards

Friday, 5 October 2007

RHSV exhibition - History begins at home

This exhibition attempts to illustrate the history of the area around the RHSV building in A'Beckett Street using materials drawn from the RHSV's own collections.

Topics covered in the exhibition include:
  • Flagstaff Hill & Gardens
  • The Old Treasury Buildings
  • The Queen's Theatre Royal
  • The Old Exhibition Building
  • The Old Government Offices
  • The Queen Victoria Hospital
  • The Queen Victoria Market
  • The Old Melbourne Cemetery
  • The local churches
  • A local industry - Printing
  • A centre of communications
  • Frederick McCubbin - artist of King Street
  • The Noone photographs
  • The Woodbury photographs and of course,
  • the RHSV building

When next in the city between now and the end of the year call into the RHSV to view this informatitive exhibition and see the range of material hidden in our collections.

The exhibition is open during office hours - Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm.
Cost: $4.00