Thursday, 19 July 2012

VicRoads Centenary 1913-2013

Grand Ridge Road, Gunyah, 1913.  From VicRoads Centenary 1913-2013, posted on Pinterest. 
To celebrate the centenary of VicRoads, beginning with the formation of the country Roads Board in 1913, VicRoads has commenced digitisation of up to 100,000 images taken by their official photographers during road projects.  Some of these images have been posted on Pinterest.

Use the search engine using "VicRoads" to find the photos they have posted.  This is a really wonderful resource, about which we will hear more as their celebrations begin to happen.  This is a very exciting project for local historians.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Andrew Lemon discusses RHSV rare books

"Extraordinary Books From Ordinary People"

A lecture presented by Dr Andrew Lemon, President of the RHSV

Harry (Breaker) Morant's copy of Explorations in Australia by John Forrest FRGS 1875
Since its foundation in 1909, the backbone of the RHSV has been the books and papers donated by members of the Victorian public. ‘Ordinary’ people have donated items that have now become extraordinarily rare. The President of the Society, Dr Andrew Lemon, will present this lecture which highlights the character of the collection and its significance for Victoria’s cultural heritage.

Time 12.00- 2.00pm  Tuesday 24th July
 Free Admission. Booking Essential. Bookings can be made at 
or on 9326 9288

Thursday, 12 July 2012

New in our bookshop

For Australia, a new nation with a relatively small population, the death of 60,000 soldiers during World War I was catastrophic. It is hardly surprising, then, that Australians evaluating the consequences of the conflict have tended to focus primarily on the numbing number of losses — on the sheer quantity of all those countrymen who did not return.

That there must have been extraordinary individuals among them has been implicitly understood, but these special Australians are unknown today. This book seeks to retrieve their stories and to fill the gaps in our collective memory. Farewell, Dear People contains ten extended biographies of young men who exemplified Australia’s gifted lost generation of World War I.

The book is available in the RHSV bookshop for $45.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Melbourne Open House - Visit us on Sunday 29 July 2012

The RHSV is participating in Melbourne Open House this year, but on Sunday only.  If you are unable to visit us during the week, this is a great opportunity to drop in on the weekend and see our wonderful Art Deco building,  including the  Officer's Mess on the first floor, not usually on view to the public. Also see our fabulous exhibition, "Melbourne Theatres in Transition:  1840′s – 1940′s, an Idiosyncratic View", featuring the theatres  and performers of Melbourne.  We are open from 10 am to 4 pm.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Forums are live at the RHSV website

Part of our book collection at the RHSV
Following the demise of the networking website "My Connected Community" (mc2) last week, we are putting some of the functions on our own website. 

If you visit the RHSV website now you will see the link "Forums" at the top of the front page.  If you click on that link you will be able to register for the Forums.  Once registered for the Forums, you will be able to post messages, or reply to messages, in the Forums. 

It will also give you the ability to post events to our Calendar of Events.  Once you are at the Forums page you will see a link just above the Forums to the RHSV Events calendar.  There is still some tweaking to do with this, but it will be coming to the front page of our website. The Calendar of Events is available to our affiliated societies and other stake-holders in our sector. 

You will also be asked to indicate whether you would like to receive emails from the RHSV - these emails are likely to include information about give-aways, grants, coming events and so on.  As the Calendar of Events won't send a message each time a new event is posted in the same way as the mc2, did we may send a digest of the events for the coming week as a reminder.

When you are registering for the Forums, which are free for anyone to join, you will be taken to our Membership Subscription page.  At the top of that page there is an option to subscribe to the Forums for free, so choose that button.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Farewell to Chris Cooze - for now

President Andrew Lemon with Chris Cooze at her farewell.
Our Volunteer Co-ordinator Chris Cooze retired from her employment with the RHSV last week, and was farewelled with the best wishes of volunteers, staff and members of RHSV Council at a morning tea in her honour.    Chris's professional expertise and manner was very much appreciated by the RHSV, and as it turns out, Chris likes us too, and plans to return as a Volunteer in the warmer weather!

2012 Annual Book Sale

Books are now being received for our annual book sale which will be held on Sunday 9th September.  This  is our major fundraiser for the year, so do mark it in your diary.

Are you downsizing your library?  Would you like to donate your excess books to our sale?  Donations of books will be accepted until Friday 24th August.  We need books on any topic, except text books (of course, they  must be clean and in saleable condition); we can arrange to collect them.  Phone 9326 9288, or alternatively you can drop books into the RHSV in 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne.  There is a 10 minutes parking space outside our door, near the corner of William Street.