Monday, 20 May 2013

What to do on a cold and wet day in Melbourne

Listen to one of our lectures via podcast! 

Recent lecturers have included Darren Peacock & David Lawry, Maree Coote, Ross McMullin, John Hirst, Kate Prinsley, Brenda Niall, Annamaria Davine, Bruce Pennay, and Weston Bate.  The lectures cover a wide range of topics, with some of the most recent ones including: 'Avenues of Honour research project'; 'The Art of Melbourne'; 'Australia’s Gifted Lost Generation of World War I'; and 'The Many Lives of Kenneth Myer'.

See our Lectures webpage for podcasts of past lectures.

Tomorrow night the guest lecturer will be Paul Strangio on his award-winning book, Neither Power nor Glory:  100 Years of Political Labor in Victoria, 1856-1956.

Tuesday 21 May 2013 at 5.45 pm at RHSV Headquarters, 239 A'Beckett St, Melbourne 3000.

Monday, 13 May 2013


WORKSHOP, Thursday 23 May If walls could talk... How old is my house? Who lived in my house? An introduction to the sources used to research the history of your home. Hands on research using the RHSV special collections. Time: 10am – 1pm Duration: 3 hours RHSV Headquarters, 239 A’Beckett St, Melbourne Bookings with payment by May 20 online at RHSV members $35.00 Non Members $50.00 Limited to 12 participants. More information: 03 9326 9288.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Picture of the Month - May 2013

Kenney’s Gentlemen’s Bathing Ship, St Kilda, circa 1855

Kenney’s Gentlemen’s Bathing Ship, St Kilda

Kenney’s Gentlemen’s Bathing Ship, St Kilda, circa 1855, reproduced from John Butler Cooper The History of St. Kilda, Vol 1 (Melbourne, Printers Propriety Limited, 1931), facing page 156, RHSV Collection.

Kenney’s Gentlemen’s Bathing Ship was opened in 1854. An old wooden sailing ship – The Nancy – suitably cleared of fitments was scuttled close to the water-line off St. Kilda. It was the dominant feature of the St Kilda shore line in the late 1850s and during the following decade.

The bathing ship’s owner, William Kenney, described as ‘short, stout, freckled, bluff, choleric and good natured’ (Butler, The History of St. Kilda, 1931, p156), became ‘a household name’ in Victoria, if not beyond. Men returning from the bush would find themselves at his baths ‘washing off the dust of the hot plains’. Read more...