Tuesday, 31 March 2009

RHSV Lecture - A Fiesty View of the Twentieth Century

Speaker: Marion Poynter
Place: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
When: Tuesday 14 April
Time: 5.15pm (tea or coffee) for 5.45 pm lecture
Cost: Members free - Non-members $5.50

The extensive collection of letters and other writings that were left when Melbourne born Valentine Leeper died in 2001, at the age of 101, are of particular interest in providing a unique perspective on the world, national and local events that shaped the twentieth century, through the eyes of an acute and articulate observer. They form the basis of a recently published book on her life and times written by Marion Poynter - Nobody's Valentine: letters in the life of Valentine Leeper, 1900 to 2001.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

RHSV Lunchtime Lecture - First plantings in the Garden State

Speaker: Valda Cole
Date: Thursday 26 March 2009
Place: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Time: Coffee / tea 12.30; Lecture 1.00pm
Cost: members free; non-members $5.50

This year marks the arrival of Edward Henty in Victoria in 1834 and the continuity of 175 years of agricultural pursuits with his plantings of fruit trees and vegetable seeds for sustenance. By following the paths of exploration this talk will look at the simple work of tilling and planting by early explorers and settlers. When gazing over Melbourne's skyline today we are reminded that botanists, horticulturalists and nurserymen shaped much of its beauty. Many of those people, known simply as gardeners brought accomplishments to the new settlement that had been gained in their homelands.