Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Year 9 History Study Resources

A series of resources held by the RHSV linked to the new Australian History Curriculum, and designed to aid in the interpretation and analysis of images and help develop an understanding of the past.

The first in this series relates to Australian Involvement in World War I – the places where Australians fought and the nature of warfare (Year 9 topic). Resources are provided for each of five themes:  Gallipoli; Sinai and Palestine; Western Front; Women in War; Representing War.

Students may use the visual material and the associated questions on their own. Alternatively, these may be used as a resource by teachers. It is hoped that both teachers and students will become aware of the valuable resources held by the RHSV and be encouraged to use our catalogue further.

The next in the series will provide images of life and working conditions in Australia in 1900.

Go to our website to see the study resources.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Commendations in the VCHA 2015

Unfortunately I was not able to track down all those whose work received the judges' Commendation, but here is a selection of the ones I managed to photograph.  Please let me know if I have any names wrong.
 
Jill Wheeler received a Commendation for Linton Makes History: an Australian Goldfields Town and its Past. 


Tonya Lewis accepted a Commendation in the Collaborative Community Award for Moreland City Libraries and other groups for a USB and website: moreland.vic.gov.au/libraries/library-services/local-and-family-history/remembering-WW1.

Claire McGregor and Rose King accepted the award in the Historical Interpretation category for their Upper Plenty History Exhibition.

PROV puts 2015 Community History Awards Photos on Flickr

RHSV President Don Garden, Meredith Fletcher, and the Keeper of Public Records in Victoria Justine Heazlewood at the Awards on Monday.
Photo courtesy of the Public Record Office Flickr, where you can see more of the official photos.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Full list of Winners and Commendations for the 2015 VCHA


You can download the full list of winners and commendations in the 2015 Victorian Community History Awards from the RHSV website.

The last group of winners from the VCHA 2015

Sue Leong accepted the Multimedia History Award for Postcards from Port: an audiovisual retrospective of Port Melbourne, DVD. 
 
Lucy Sussex received the History Publication Award for her book Blockbuster! Fergus Hume & the Mystery of a Hansom Cab.
 
Fiona Poulton and Katherine Sheedy accepted the Local History - Small Publication Award for Boroondara Remembers: stories of World War 1.
 
 
Alistair Thomson won the inaugural History Article (Peer Reviewed) Award for Anzac Memories Revisited: Trauma, Memory and Oral History.  The article was published in the Oral History Review, Volume 42, Issue 1, Winter/Spring 2015, pp 1-29, Oxford University Press.
 
Apologies to the last three winning entries which avoided my camera lens, but warmest congratulations to them and all the winners.    It has been a big day at the Victorian Community History awards, so the next tranche of photos of those who received Commendations, will have to wait until the morrow.
 
The quality of the photos is not especially good, but the higher quality professional photos will become available on the Public Records Office Victoria in due course.  I will let everyone know when that happens.



More Winners at the VCHA 2015

John and Gillian Francis were the editors of Strewth! An Insight into Local Involvement in World War One, which won the Local History Project Award.

Helen Doyle on the right with Clare Wright on the left.  Helen received the award for Suburbs at War: the Cities of Malvern and Prahran during the Great War, in the category Centenary of World War One Award. 
 
Meyer Eidelson won the Historical Interpretation Award for his work Melbourne Dreaming: a guide to important places of the past and present.  Meyer also received a Commendation for Yalukit Willam: the river people of Port Phillip in the Local History - Small Publication Award.

Victorian Community History Awards 2015

A very pleased winner of the Victorian Community History Award 2015 is Meredith Fletcher, for her biography of Jean Galbraith: writer in a valley.

Emeritus Professor Graeme Davison was surprised and pleased to receive the Judges' Special Prize for the history of his own family, Lost Relations: Fortunes of My Family in Australia's Golden Age.

Craig Cormick was the editor of the winner of the Collaborative Community Award - Ned Kelly Under the Microscope: Solving the Forensic Mystery of Ned Kelly's Remains.

A big day at the RHSV


This morning the RHSV was pleased to receive a visit from the Minister for Planning, the Honorable Richard Wynne, MLA.  The Minister is shown here in company with the RHSV President Associate Professor Don Garden, and the RHSV Ambassador, Catherine Andrews.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

New Book in the History Victoria Bookshop

 
Nostalgic images and memoirs of Victoria’s changing railway system from 1970 to 2007.  The book includes over 220 impressive colour and black and white images, selected by John Dare from his extensive photographic collection.  They depict steam, diesel and electric locomotives, rail motors, rail cars and electric suburban trains in Victoria. As well seventeen interesting chapters relating to various day to day operations of the railway network in Victoria from 1970 to 2007.
 
You can order it online by going to the History Victoria Bookshop, or come into out headquarters to see it first. 

Nostalgic images and memoirs of Victoria’s changing railway system from 1970 to 2007.
The book includes over 220 impressive colour and black and white images, selected by John Dare from his extensive photographic collection.  They depict steam, diesel and electric locomotives, rail motors, rail cars and electric suburban trains in Victoria. As well seventeen interesting chapters relating to various day to day operations of the railway network in Victoria from 1970 to 2007.
- See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/shop/my-railway-days-a-photographic-journey-with-john-dare#sthash.AGtJtSMo.dpuf
Nostalgic images and memoirs of Victoria’s changing railway system from 1970 to 2007.
The book includes over 220 impressive colour and black and white images, selected by John Dare from his extensive photographic collection.  They depict steam, diesel and electric locomotives, rail motors, rail cars and electric suburban trains in Victoria. As well seventeen interesting chapters relating to various day to day operations of the railway network in Victoria from 1970 to 2007.
- See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/shop/my-railway-days-a-photographic-journey-with-john-dare#sthash.AGtJtSMo.dpuf
Nostalgic images and memoirs of Victoria’s changing railway system from 1970 to 2007.
The book includes over 220 impressive colour and black and white images, selected by John Dare from his extensive photographic collection.  They depict steam, diesel and electric locomotives, rail motors, rail cars and electric suburban trains in Victoria. As well seventeen interesting chapters relating to various day to day operations of the railway network in Victoria from 1970 to 2007.
- See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/shop/my-railway-days-a-photographic-journey-with-john-dare#sthash.AGtJtSMo.dpuf

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

New in the History Victoria bookshop

 
An Oak on Maiden Hill: an archaeology of the Victorian goldfields, 1850-1900,  by Ron Southern.
 
 
Water and Gold: interpreting the landscape of Creswick Creek, by Peter Davies, Susan Lawrence & Jodi Turnbull
 

Croydon Inside and Out, by Geoff Arnott, John Hutchinson, Les Hutchinson and Steve McGoldrick.


St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne. By James Grant
 
See our online History Victoria Bookshop catalogue for further details.
An Oak on Maiden Hill: an archaeology of the Victorian goldfields, 1850-1900. By Ron Southern - See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/shop/an-oak-on-maiden-hill-an-archaeology-of-the-victorian-goldfields-1850-1900-by-ron-southern#sthash.6KWEY3Gb.dpuf
An Oak on Maiden Hill: an archaeology of the Victorian goldfields, 1850-1900. By Ron Southern - See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/shop/an-oak-on-maiden-hill-an-archaeology-of-the-victorian-goldfields-1850-1900-by-ron-southern#sthash.6KWEY3Gb.dpuf

New RHSV Patron, the Honourable Linda Dessau

The new Governor of Victoria,  Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau, AM
The Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau, AM, has kindly accepted the invitation of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.  to become our Patron. We will be looking for an opportunity to invite her to the Drill Hall.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

MacPherson Robertson Exhibition Launch, July 2015

A fun and chocolate-filled occasion was enjoyed by members and others at the recent launch of the new RHSV exhibition, "Nail Can to Knighthood", featuring the private and public life of MacPherson Robertson, the Knight of the MacPherson's chocolate label.  Here are some of the folk who attended.
MacPherson Robertson, centre, listening intently to the formal part of the evening.






 
   

The Exhibition is open each Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, except Fridays (10 to 3 pm), until 18 December.   

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Cooking for Copyright

Anne Raddacliffe's cupcakes, courtesy of the Cooking for Copyright Facebook
The Australian Library and Information Association has launched a campaign to change copyright law which restricts the publication of previously unpublished material in libraries and archives.  This is clearly an important issue for researchers everywhere, so do what you can to support them.   Here is a link to explain the campaign.   Friday 31 July is Cooking for Copyright Day.  See what your local library is doing to support the campaign.   Use the Twitter hashtag   #cookingforcopyright  

Cooking for Copyright

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Friday, 24 July 2015

The Annual AGL Shaw and Latrobe Society Lecture

Left to right:  Don Garden, Madonna Grehan, and Diane Reilly
Each year the Royal Historical Society is the venue the combined AGL Shaw Lecture  and the La Trobe Society Lecture, featuring some aspect of the history of Victoria in the time of Charles Joseph La Trobe.

In June his year Dr Madonna Grehan spoke about "Charles Joseph La Trobe and the Regulation of Everyday Life:  Implementing the Births, Deaths an Marriages Act".
RHSV President Don Garden introduces the lecture with an explanation of the
background to the annual combined lecture.

If you were unable to attend the lecture in June, the podcast of Dr Grehan's talk is available from the RHSV website.  Dr Grehan's lecture goes a long way to explaining the difficiulties in obtaining birth, death and marriage records in that early period, and it is well worth hearing.
Madonna Grehan speaking to a very attentive audience at the RHSV.


Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Aboriginal histories at the RHSV bookshop





 
 Or you can visit us for a browse at 239 A'Beckett St, Melbourne (cnr William St)

Friday, 3 July 2015

Online Exhibition of RHSV Scrapbooks

Part of the scrapbook collection. 
The Scrapbook Collection of the RHSV is quirky and interesting, and now you can have a taster on them in a new Online Exhibition at our website.
 
For decades, the RHSV has received hundreds of donations of (printed) scrapbooks, from a number of scrapbook enthusiasts. These scrapbooks are comprised of mainly albums, containing newspaper clippings, pictures, letters, poetry, stories and other memorabilia. These are in no particular order, but have been compiled by various individuals who have selected items according to their own assessment of what is important, interesting, and worth remembering, from their own era. Enter this exhibit for a small sample of the stories that can be uncovered in our Scrapbook Collection.
For decades, the RHSV has received hundreds of donations of (printed) scrapbooks, from a number of scrapbook enthusiasts. These scrapbooks are comprised of mainly albums, containing newspaper clippings, pictures, letters, poetry, stories and other memorabilia. These are in no particular order, but have been compiled by various individuals who have selected items according to their own assessment of what is important, interesting, and worth remembering, from their own era. Enter this exhibit for a small sample of the stories that can be uncovered in our Scrapbook Collection. - See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/online-exhibitions#sthash.7qB2fwVi.dpuf
For decades, the RHSV has received hundreds of donations of (printed) scrapbooks, from a number of scrapbook enthusiasts. These scrapbooks are comprised of mainly albums, containing newspaper clippings, pictures, letters, poetry, stories and other memorabilia. These are in no particular order, but have been compiled by various individuals who have selected items according to their own assessment of what is important, interesting, and worth remembering, from their own era. Enter this exhibit for a small sample of the stories that can be uncovered in our Scrapbook Collection. - See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/online-exhibitions#sthash.7qB2fwVi.dpuf
 
A scrapbook devoted to immigrant ships.
This one features articles about squatting families.

Friday, 19 June 2015

RHSV Annual Report 2014


The RHSV Annual Report for 2014 is now available for downloading from our website.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Victorian Community History Awards 2015 entries now open

Download your entry form from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria website
 
There are two new prize categories for 2015:
 
Centenary of WW1 Award – $1500 This year the judges will award a special prize for the best work or project submitted in any category on the impact of World War One on Victoria or Victorians.

History Article (Peer Reviewed ) - $500 This award recognises the best essay or article published in a recognised peer reviewed journal that illuminates the history of Victoria or Victorians. Articles must be written in a scholarly style using appropriate conventions of citation and evidence and be formally reviewed by referees with relevant expertise.
 
Entries close 5pm Friday 7 August 2015.  
 
Please get your entries in early, and complete the form fully.
Centenary of WW1 Award – $1500 This year the judges will award a special prize for the best work or project submitted in any category on the impact of World War One on Victoria or Victorians.
History Article (Peer Reviewed)- $500 This award recognises the best essay or article published in a recognised peer reviewed journal that illuminates the history of Victoria or Victorians. Articles must be written in a scholarly style using appropriate conventions of citation and evidence and be formally reviewed by referees with relevant expertise. - See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/programs/victorian-community-history-awards#sthash.9sBGKHp7.dpuf

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

June 2015 History News now available

 
You can now download the June 2015 issue of History News from our website. 

RHSV Annual Second Hand Booksale, Saturday 13 June 2015


From the libraries of the well-read.  For more details see our website.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Crime in the Port Phillip District


Judge Paul Mullaly's book, Crime in the Port Phillip District, 1835-51, won the Judges' Special Prize for Excellence in the Victorian Community History Awards in 2009.  It presents a particular view of society in Melbourne and the Port Phillip District in the early days of settlement, and it is offered at the very special price of $29.95 while stocks last.

The index for this volume is on the publisher's website. You can download it from here.

Judge Mullaly was also the originator of the project to place the digitised Willis Casebooks on the RHSV website, covering the period in 1842-43 when Willis was the Resident Judge of Port Phillip.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Archaeology and history together


Tim Smith, right, with RHSV President Don Garden at the RHSV Annual General Meeting tonight.

Tim Smith is the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria and delivers the functions of the Heritage Act 1995 – including nominations for places and objects for inclusion on the State-level Victorian Heritage Register (VHR), permits for changes to listed items, and management of the State’s archaeological resource. Tim is also the Director of Maritime Archaeology of the AE2 Commemorative Foundation Ltd (AE2CF).  After the AGM, Tim gave us a riveting presentation on   a private project at Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay in 2010 to map the underwater battlefield cultural landscape.
a private project led at Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay in 2010 to map the underwater battlefield cultural landscape. - See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/tim-smith-military-heritage-from-victoria-to-the-turkish-dardanelles#sthash.TtDmdMym.dpuf

Tim Smith is the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria and delivers the functions of the Heritage Act 1995 – including nominations for places and objects for inclusion on the State-level Victorian Heritage Register (VHR), permits for changes to listed items, and management of the State’s archaeological resource. Tim is also the Director of Maritime Archaeology of the AE2 Commemorative Foundation Ltd (AE2CF). - See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/tim-smith-military-heritage-from-victoria-to-the-turkish-dardanelles#sthash.TtDmdMym.dpuf

Tim Smith is the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria and delivers the functions of the Heritage Act 1995 – including nominations for places and objects for inclusion on the State-level Victorian Heritage Register (VHR), permits for changes to listed items, and management of the State’s archaeological resource. Tim is also the Director of Maritime Archaeology of the AE2 Commemorative Foundation Ltd (AE2CF). - See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/tim-smith-military-heritage-from-victoria-to-the-turkish-dardanelles#sthash.TtDmdMym.dpuf
Tim Smith is the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria and delivers the functions of the Heritage Act 1995 – including nominations for places and objects for inclusion on the State-level Victorian Heritage Register (VHR), permits for changes to listed items, and management of the State’s archaeological resource. Tim is also the Director of Maritime Archaeology of the AE2 Commemorative Foundation Ltd (AE2CF). - See more at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/tim-smith-military-heritage-from-victoria-to-the-turkish-dardanelles#sthash.TtDmdMym.dpuf