Wednesday, 27 May 2009

AGL Shaw Lecture - Crime in Port Phillip 1835-1851

This is a combined lecture with the C J La Trobe Society

Speaker: His Honour Paul Mullaly
Date: Tuesday 9 June
Time: 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm (Lecture at 6.45 pm)
Place: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Cost: $20.00
Bookings essential 9326 9288

In his talk His Honour will use some of the crimes committed in the Port Phillip District between 1835 and 1851 to illustrate what was happening in the developing community of that time and how the authorities and legal system coped with those crimes. This will involve some discussion of the reaction of those involved either as victims, criminals or witnesses. The background of those convicted, the sentences imposed and the level of remission of such sentences will also be discussed.

His Honour will talk about the relations between the Aborigines and the white community, particularly where it was alleged that the actions of one group or the other amounted to criminal activity and how the relevant authorities dealt with the criminal activity.

Friday, 15 May 2009

RHSV Annual report

The 99th Annual Report of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria can be downloaded from the RHSV website -

The direct link to the online copy of the report is

RHSV Lunchtime Lecture - William Josiah Hammersley

William Josiah Hammersley: Australia's best known sportsman of the mid nineteenth century

Speaker: Gillian Hibbins
When: Thursday 21 May
Where: Royal Historical Society, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Time: 12.30 pm Tea/coffee 1.00 pm Lecture
Cost: Members - free; Non-members - $5.50

William Hammersley, sporting journalist and 1857 Victorian cricket eleven captain, was a colonial mover and shaker in the 1850s to the 1880s. Generally supporting all the 'manly' sports, Hammersley helped to codify Australian Rules Football, pushed the Albert Park Lagoon as a site for rowing and yachting, first used the term 'test match', advocated the introduction of the totalisator, started the athletics races with his pistol, encouraged the introduction of the Maribyrnong Plate, moved to get the first fence erected around the MCG, and used much ink trying to make horse racing honest and to prevent the professionalism of Australian cricket.

Gillian has published Sport and Racing in Colonial Melbourne which covers the start of many of our sports.