Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Launch of the Victorian Community History Awards 2011

Pictured are Justine Heazlewood, Director of Public Record Office Victoria, and Dr Andrew Lemon, President of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria at the official launch of the Victorian Community History Awards for 2011 at the RHSV headquarters today.

Formerly administered by Information Victoria, the 2011 VCHA is a new partnership for PROV and RHSV. Prizes have been increased, in particular that for the Best Community Research, Registers, and Records, which is now $4,000. This complements PROV's commitment to community history through the Community History Grants.

Entry forms can be picked up from the RHSV, at 239 A'Beckett St, Melbourne, or at the Public Record Office, North Melbourne, or downloaded from the RHSV website. Further brochures will be distributed to RHSV members and Affiliated Societies with the July newsletter.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Victorian Community History Awards 2011

The Victorian Community History Awards 2001 will be delivered as a partnership between the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and the Public Record Office Victoria.

Dr Andrew Lemon, President of the RHSV, said "We are delighted to join with the Public Record Office Victoria in delivering these prestigious awards as both organizations share a commitment to an understanding of the past based on real knowledge and properly safeguarded evidence of our history. Community history is important because this is where the love of history, the understanding of the power of history, begins".

The Victorian Community History Awards recognize excellence in historical method. The various categories acknowledge that history can be told in many and varied formats with the aim of reaching and enriching all Victorians.

Entrants' work must be completed between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2011. An official entry form must accompany each entry. The Entry form can be downloaded here.

The categories and prizes are listed on our webpage, link above.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

RHSV Annual Report

The 101st Annual Report of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria can be downloaded from the RHSV webpage.

A direct link to the pdf can be found here.

New in the bookshop

Told through the lives of six families, from the colourful goldfields’ era to the Second World War, The Wealth Beneath Their Feet is a social history of the central goldfields of Victoria. These stories of immigrant families with limited or no financial resources are, at times, heart-rending, and we suffer along with them in their trials and tribulations; from women who suffered the perils of childbearing, raising children in the primitive conditions of the goldfields, to men seduced by the tales of riches beneath their feet, despite the ever-present dangers of mining and unrelenting work. As the mining declined, the town grew; with the construction of roads and railways, and the provision of a reliable water supply to the parched inland, providing employment for those who were still young and strong. Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2011.

Available from the RHSV bookshop for $39.95 plus post and handling, or drop in before the La Trobe lecture on Tuesday. See our full list of publications here.

Thursday, 9 June 2011


Wine lovers and history buffs are invited to join historian and researcher, Dr David Dunstan, as he delivers the 2011 AGL Shaw Lecture - “La Trobe and the Vignerons”.

To be held on Tuesday 14 June at 6pm, Dr Dunstan will explore Charles Joseph La Trobe’s relationship with the pioneering Swiss vignerons and the early development of the Victorian wine industry.

Dr Dunstan will recount the influx from 1839 of Swiss vignerons to the Port Phillip District of New South Wales and their great success in winegrowing.

He will also highlight the link to Superintendent Charles Joseph La Trobe and his Swiss wife, Sophie - their presence at Port Phillip being a factor in early individual decisions to emigrate.

As Dr Dunstan notes, the La Trobes ‘may... be held responsible for kick starting a grape growing and wine making industry in colonial Victoria’.

About the guest speaker: Dr David Dunstan is a Senior Lecturer with the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. He is a historian and researcher with many books and published essays to his credit, including several titles about the wine industry in Australia. Among these are: Better than Pommard! A History of Wine in Victoria (1994), Wine from the Hills (2000), and Morris of Rutherglen (2009). He has taught Australian Studies and Australian History at the University of Melbourne, and at Deakin, RMIT and Monash Universities. David is currently working on a long term project on the history of the Melbourne Herald newspaper and Australian journalists, columnists, correspondents and cartoonists at home and abroad.

Time: 6pm – 8pm lecture

Address: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne

Cost: $25 (refreshments included)

Bookings: t: (03) 9326 9288 e: office@historyvictoria.org.au