Peter Yule's most recent book is a biography of one of Australia's most astute and daring entrepreneurs, William Lawrence Baillieu. This beautiful hardcover book of 423 pages includes many photographs, covering the period from 1859 to 1932. 'Big Bill' was a major figure in Victorian politics. He was widely thought to be the 'puppet master' behind every Victorian state ministry.
Yule's biography is "the first ever of this significant Australian, the founder of the Baillieu family dynasty, and arguably the most important individual in the development of the modern Australian economy".
The book is available from our book store for $55 + p/h.
To order a copy you can e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (03) 9326 9288.
Daisy Searls, left and Mimi Colligan at the launch of the new RHSV exhibition last night
Curated by Mimi Colligan, the exhibition allows us to explore the past world of Melbourne's theatres, theatrical performers, entrepreneurs and early film making. The exhibition is open on weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm, and will run until 31 August 2012. See it at The RHSV headquarters, 239 A'Beckett St, Melbourne, near the corner of William Street. There is access from Flagstaff Station Monday to Friday.
At the RHSV Annual General Meeting on Tuesday evening, six volunteers were recognised for their outstanding service to their historical society. The picture above shows three from the ranks of our RHSV volunteers. From the left is David Thompson, Ruth Permezel, John Rose with Acting President Bill Russell after having received their awards. Professor Russell noted that it was particularly appropriate that these awards be made in National Volunteer week.
Further awards were made to members of our Affiliated Societies who were nominated by their societies to receive an Award of Merit for their outstanding service.
The Royal Historical Society of Victoria was formed in 1909 and is a community organisation committed to collecting, researching and sharing an understanding of the history of Victoria.
With the support of a large number of volunteers, the RHSV provides a full program of activities (e.g. lectures, seminars, excursions and exhibitions) for the benefit of members and the general public. The Society publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, a reviewed journal and books of historical interest.