Saturday, 20 February 2010

Exhibitions - Minted Melbourne

Date: until 16 April 2010
Time: Monday to Friday 10 am - 4.00 pm
Place: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne

Images from the Robert Law Collection at the RHSV

Born in Scotland in 1870, Law arrived in Melbourne to take up his posting at the Royal Victorian Mint in 1890. His talent an an amateur photographer has left a rich visual history of his times.

The images in the holdings range widely from formal and informal pictures of his family to scenic landmarks, cityscapes and street scenes from Australia and around the world.

HVSG Seminar Day - Moe

Date: Saturday 13 March
Time: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Place: Old Gipps Town, 211 Lloyd Street, Moe
Cost: $15 (includes lunch) - paid on the day

Program includes the following sessions:
Linda Barraclough - publishing on blogs and Flickr
Vicki Court - footnoting, references, bibliographies and indexes
Lenore Frost - researching, interpreting and using photographs

There will be plenty of time to explore Old Gipps Town

Bookings essential by Wednesday 10 March
Email: office@historyvictoria.org.au
Phone: 9326 9288

Friday, 19 February 2010

RHSV Lecture - George Higinbotham and the Family

Speaker: Susan Priestley
Date: Tuesday 9 March
Time: 5.15 tea/coffee 5.45 Lecture
Place: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Cost: Members Free Non members $5.50

George Higinbotham succeeded Sir William Stawell in 1886 as Victoria's third Chief Justice. In 1937, forty-five years after his death, the then Chief Justice, Sir Richard Mann, unveiled a life size bronze statue north to the Old Treasury entrance steps. Mann's speech revealed that Higginbotham's high repute was undiminished by time. Recent biographies have suggested that his public repute was at odds with his private behaviour. This paper seeks to counter that charge.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Lecture - The governor general, the entertainer and a tale of two vexatious litigants

Speaker: Dr Simon Smith
Date: Tuesday 9 February
Place: RHSV 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Time: 5.15 pm tea / coffee 5.45 lecture
Cost: Members free. Non-members $5.50

Australia cherishes its excentrics, dissenters, rascals, ratbags, cranks and agitators. However in the legal sphere, the environment is more restrained. Those individuals who persist in self litigating and try the patience of those administering the system are eventually decalred by the court to be 'vexatious litigants'. Somon Smith's book, Maverick Litigants, traces the evolution of this harsh sanction since its introduction in Australia in 1930 and brings to life previously untold stories of six Australian vexatious litigants.