Friday, 25 October 2013

Archie Cowan - A local history in drawing

'Gowrie', 10 Ardmillan Rd, Moonee Ponds
Archie Cowan (1938-2011) was born in Scotland. Much of his work consisted of finely detailed pen and ink drawings although he also worked in other media including oils, acrylics, water colour, pastel, pencil and charcoal. His work now hangs in 30 countries and in many private collections in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Archie also used his drawings in a range of calendars and planners that he produced for various organisations. He had several one-man exhibitions, but mostly directed his talents toward commissioned work.

In September 2012 the estate of the late Archie Cowan donated to the RHSV many drawings of houses, streetscapes and hotels, beautifully sketched by Archie Cowan. Collectively they create a loving and personal local history of towns and suburbs of Victoria. 

A selection of his drawings are currently on display at the RHSV until Tuesday 26 November, 10 am to 4 pm.  For further information see

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Official photos from the Victorian Community History Awards 2013

Winner of the Historical Interpretation Award - The Monster Meeting: The Great Meeting of Diggers 4 pm, 15 December, 1851.
 There are some excellent photographs of the awards ceremony at Deakin Edge on Monday taken by a professional photographer on the Public Records Office Victoria Flickr account.

An Iron in the Fire in History Week

Just one cabinet with a huge variety of irons.
Original laundry product packaging.
A collection of washing day toys.
This exhibition displays an amazing array of irons of all shapes and sizes. It features irons on loan from Victorian members of The Australian Iron Collectors Association together with irons from the museum collection. Discover sad irons, crimping irons, tailors irons, travelling irons, trivets and many more interesting, unique and unusual irons and learn a little about their history. 

The Kyneton Museum is at 67 Piper Street, and the museum is open on  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11am-4pm. Group tours can be arranged.

More photos from the Awards Ceremony 2013

Winners and Commendations booklet, 2013

You can download the booklet of Winners and Commendations from here.

The RHSV News Blog was not able to catch up with all of the Winners and Commendations on Monday, but here are some with whom we did:

Valerie Wilson was the winner of the multimedia History Award for her website A Guide to Pioneer Graves in the Mornington Cemetery.

Fran Henke collected a Commendation in the Collaborative Community History Award on behalf of the Polio Network Australia for their book Iron Wills, Victorian Polio Survivor's Stories.

Rod Charles won the Judges' Special Prize for his book A Whirr of Many Wheels Cycling in Geelong: a chronicle from 1869 to 1980, volume 1, 1869-1914.
Cheryl Scott received a Commendation in the Small Publication Award for her book The Osborne House Story.
John Kirby collected a Commendation in the Historical Interpretation Award category for An Exhibition on the First Hundred Years of Port Melbourne.
Jan Wositzky and John Ellis collected  the Winner's Historical Interpretation Award for the Chewton Domain Society with their CDs and booklet of The Monster Meeting, The Great Meeting of Diggers 4pm, 15 December, 1851.
Winners and Commendations in the category Historical Interpretation Award.
The Winners, Commendations and selected other entries of the Victorian Community History Awards are currently on exhibition at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.  Many of these are also available for sale at the RHSV.  You can see the list of what is available here.  This list will continue to be updated as additional books come in.

Congratulations to all our Winners, Commendations, and everyone who entered a book in the Victorian Community History Awards for 2013.  Local history is alive and well in the State of Victoria. 

At the Awards Ceremony 2013

Overall winner Robin Vowels with his trophy.

Winner and Commended of the Small Publication Category
Colleen Bower, winner of the Small Publication Award for her book Water Races and ?Tin Mines of the Toora District.. 

Justine Heazlewood, Director and Keeper of Public Records, and Don Garden, President of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, enjoying the event at Deakin Edge.
Olwen Ford, winner of the History Publication Award, for her book Harvester City: the making of multicultural Sunshine, 1939-1975.
Stand by, there are more photos to come!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Victorian Community History Awards 2013. And the winner is .......

Victorian Community History AwardThis award recognises the most outstanding community history project submitted in any category. - See more at:
Victoria's Iron Lacework, by Robin A Vowels.

Victorian Community History Award.  This award recognises the most outstanding community history project submitted in any category.

You can see all the category winners here.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

History Week in Kyneton

Inspect the new premises of the Kyneton Historical Society at 75 Piper Street, Kyneton.

 Part of the front room where the historical society records are waiting to be accessed.

Part of the storage facility houses copies of Kyneton newspapers.

You can research your Kyneton and district families on Tuesdays and Saturdays from  9 am to 1 pm. 

Shop windows at 74 Piper Street and 24a High Street, Kyneton showcases items from the archives to depict the day to day living of the time.

If you have photos of History Weeks events to share, load them onto the History Week Victoria 2013 Flickr

Friday, 11 October 2013

The Victorian Community History Awards are coming!

The Victorian local history community is getting excited about the approaching announcement of the awards for the 2013 Victorian Community History Awards.  There have been some fascinating past winners of these awards.

The RHSV has invited entrants in the awards to send us their books for re-sale, and these have begun appearing on our bookshelves for sale.    You can consult a list of which ones are so far available here.  This will be updated in a few weeks' time.  Or you can call in during the week, Mondays to Fridays, 10 am to 4 pm, and have a browse, corner of A'Beckett and William Sts, Melbourne (entrance in A'Beckett St).

Amongst the 2013 VCHA entries for sale are:

Our Schools 1912-2012: Celebrating the first hundred years of public secondary education in Benalla.
             The Monster Meeting (CD pack) (Chewton)
            History of an era with Recipes, 1888-2002.  Rose Cottage, Bacchus Marsh.

Other 2013 VCHA entrants' books were posted here.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for the Awards to be announced. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 21 October.