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  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12:30 PM
    Royal Historical Society of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia

    RHSV August Lecture: Marvellous Melbourne with Richard Broome

    Join lead editor and Emeritus Professor Richard Broome, for a lecture celebrating the development and history of Melbourne. Broome will trace the development of Melbourne from an Aboriginal place, to a colonial hub, through sheepwalks and golden fields of wealth to the urbane modern metropolis the city is today.

    Whilst some historians have said that Australia was born modern, it is really only Melbourne that this can truly be said about, and it is important to understand the city’s formation and growth. Broome will explain “Marvellous Melbourne’s” nineteenth century growth and decline. The lecture will focus, in particular, on the European phase of Melbourne’s history, asking why and how Melbourne grew to have such rich culture and history.

    The lecture will also discuss the highly sought-after and popular book, Remembering Melbourne 1850-1960 (2016), the revised reprint of which will go back on sale at the lecture, after being sold out for months.


    Who:  Richard Broome, Emeritus Professor in History at la Trobe University, in partnership with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria

    What:  Lecture and Q&A with author Richard Broome

    When:  Melbourne Day, Wednesday, 30 August 2017, Refreshments at 12.30pm and lecture at 1:00pm with Q&A immediately following

    Where:  Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne 3000

    Cost:  RHSV members free and $10 for non-members. Bookings essential. To make a booking, please contact the RHSV offices at 9326 9288 or

  • Tuesday, September 05, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    Melbourne School of Design in The University of Melbourne, Australia

    The Craft of History in the Age of Fake News

    Professor Tom Griffiths asks: 'What is the prospect of history in the age of ‘alternative facts’?' and comments: 'The need for history – for scholarly, balanced, self-critical history – has never been greater.'

    This lecture is both the HCV's Annual Lecture and The University of Melbourne's Ernest Scott Prize lecture. (Read more HERE.) Beginning with light refreshments from 6.30 pm, the lecture will be delivered from 7.00 to 8.00 pm.

    Thanks to generous support from the University of Melbourne, this event is free of charge. It is essential, however, to book in advance. Please click HERE to register via the University of Melbourne website.


    What is the prospect of history in the age of ‘alternative facts’? Historians have always been important in civil society – we are the great storytellers! But we are also the storytellers who, when the chips are down, are prepared to do the hard work to try to distinguish between truth and lies, between good history and fake news, between facts and their alternatives. We seem to be entering a time when a substantial proportion of people have lost faith in our ability to discern and agree upon a past reality, who don’t even know how one might go about such a task, who don’t understand what might constitute ‘evidence’ or what ‘context’ means. We seem to have lost faith in expertise and even any sense of what it might be based upon. The digital age has levelled and equalised sources and the internet has become a mire of undifferentiated information and opinion. This is a time when anything goes, and when the noisiest prevail. The need for history – for scholarly, balanced, self-critical history – has never been greater.


    Tom Griffiths AO FAHA is an historian whose books and essays have won prizes in history, science, literature, politics and journalism including the Douglas Stewart Prize, the Eureka Science Book Prize, the Ernest Scott Prize and the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History. He is the author of Hunters and Collectors (1996), Forests of Ash: An Environmental History (2001), Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica (2007) and The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their Craft (2016). He is the W K Hancock Professor of History and Director of the Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University.

  • Friday, September 15, 2017 at 07:30 PM · $35.00 AUD
    The Australian National Aviation Museum in Melbourne, Australia

    The Harry Hawker Memorial Lecture

    The 2017 Harry Hawker Memorial Lecture

    The Harry Hawker Memorial Lectures subject for 2017 is entitled The Plane Game and will detail the formation, history and products of the Australian Beaufort Division of the Department of Aircraft Production and the Government Aircraft Factory.. Our keynote speaker is Mr John Laming, a former pilot of the largest aircraft type ever to serve the RAAF; the GAF Lincoln bomber. The lecture will be fully illustrated. Drinks and finger food will be available and is included in the entry charge. The lecture will take place in the main aircraft hall of the Australian National Aviation Museum amongst the mighty aircraft of the museum collection. Moorobbin Airport is accessed via Centre Dandenong Road which can be entered from the Nepean Highway or Warrigal Road and the museums telephone number is 9580 7752

  • Monday, September 25, 2017 at 09:00 AM through September 28, 2017
    University of Melbourne in Parkville, Australia

    Diverse Worlds

    Diverse Worlds is the 2017 National Conference of the Australian Society of Archivists. This year, it will be held alongside the 2017 Information Technologies Indigenous Communities Symposium at the University of Melbourne.

    For full details, visit:

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM


    DR BEN MOUNTFORD (La Trobe University) will deliver this year's lecture, which is entitled 'The Sydney Ducks are Cackling in the Pond' - Colonial Australia and the Making of the Californian Gold Rush.

    Drinks and nibbles will be served at 5.30pm, lecture starts at 6pm, evening concludes at c.7.30pm



  • Friday, October 27, 2017 at 09:00 AM
    State Library Victoria in Melbourne, Australia

    Marvellous Melbourne - The challenge of change

    The 38th Annual Conference of the Australian Garden History Society will be held in Melbourne from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October 2017.

    Friday 27 October (all day lectures) – State Library of Victoria

    Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October – Garden Tours

    Monday 30 October – Optional Day Tour

    The program is currently being finalised. Visit for more information.

  • Monday, June 04, 2018 at 09:00 AM through June 07, 2018
    Melbourne Meat Market in North Melbourne, Australia

    Agents of Change

    The 2018 national conference of Museums Galleries Australia will be held in Melbourne.

    See the conference website for full details:

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