Friday, 11 November 2011

RHSV Address Book

The Address Book is a showcase of the treasures of our collections.  Beautifully illustrated the images in the book have been selected for their ability to tell the history of Victoria and the RHSV.  With over 30 illustrations – accompanied by extensive captions – the Address Book contains photographs from our map, manuscript, image and rare book collections.

The wrap-around cover of the Address Book shows a detail from an illustration by Albert Charles Cooke of Melbourne in 1882.

The outcome is a jewel – a beautiful 60 page A5 book with plenty of space to write names, addresses, email addresses or other notes. The alphabet is tabbed down the right hand side and it is spiral bound meaning it falls open easily. The Address Book is a beautiful gift. You can order the book directly from the RHSV office or we could post the book as a gift to friend for you. The book is $30.00 plus p&p.

Orders can be made over the phone 9326 9288 or by mailing your cheque to 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Our new website now live!

Our new website has gone live.  Content is still being up-loaded, so please be patient.  In the meantime, the latest History News  is available under the Publications drop-down menu to the right of our logo. 

Monday, 7 November 2011


Victorians are invited to stop and consider what the future holds for our history books, as the Royal Historical Society of Victoria presents their November talk topic: “New ways of telling history – an appraisal”.

To be held on Tuesday 8 November at 5.15pm, historian Alex McDermott will draw on a decade’s experience writing, researching and teaching history for various mediums and offer his appraisal of the future of history.

“In 2003 English historian Simon Schama suggested that ‘the future of history, the survival of history is going to depend at least as much, if not more on the new media and television as on the printed page’,” noted McDermott.

“I’d like to ask is this true and, if it is, should it alarm or excite us?

“I want to look at what connects and what distinguishes the various forms of history-telling in Australia in the early 21st century.

“I’ll also discuss the possibilities that still remain to be exploited.”

Alex McDermott has most recently written Australian History for Dummies and is an expert on Kelly studies. Between 2007 -2009 he was chief historical consultant and history researcher for Screen Australia’s Making History Initiative, which led to the ABC broadcast of ten historical documentaries including Rogue Nation, Constructing Australia, Monash – the Forgotten Anzac  and Menzies and Churchill at War.

The event will be held at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria in the former Australian Army Medical Corps Drill Hall - an impressive Art Deco space, listed on the Victorian Heritage Register for its state-wide architectural and historical significance.

Formed in 1909, the Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) is committed to collecting, researching and sharing an understanding of the history of Victoria. Housing the most extensive single information resource on the history of Melbourne and Victoria, collections are open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.

The RHSV is a community organisation that relies on membership subscriptions. Join today and help promote and preserve the history of Victoria –

Date:                            Tuesday 8 November
Time:                           5.15pm tea/coffee; 5.45pm – 6.45pm lecture
Address:                      Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A’Beckett Street
Cost:                            $5.50 non members; free for members
Bookings:                    t: (03) 9326 9288   e:

Thursday, 3 November 2011

New in our Bookstore

Books entered into the Victorian Community History Awards are beginning to make their way onto RHSV 'for sale' bookshelves.

Amongst these are The People of Budj Bim: Engineers of aquaculture, builders of stone house settlements and warriors defending country by the Gunditjmara people with Gib Wettenhall.    This book won the Overall Prize in the Awards.  It is available for $20 plus p+p.

Welcome to Little Europe:  Displaced Persons and the North Camp by Josef Sestokas received a Commendation from the judges in the Best Print Publication (Self or Community) category.  It is available at $45 per copy, plus p+p.

A Whole New World: 100 years of  education at University High School received the judges Commendation in the Best Print Publication (Commercial).  It is available for $60 plus p + p.

The Wealth Beneath Their Feet: a family on the  Castlemaine goldfields, by Marjorie Theobold received a Commendation by the judges in the Best Print (Commercial) category. It is available for $39.95 plus p+p.

To order a book and check the cost of postage, please email the RHSV office on or ring Gerardine on  03 9326 9288.