History Week

Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM through October 23, 2016


Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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Gerardine Horgan




Victoria’s wide and wonderful past looks set to come alive next week thanks to the hundreds of events in store at this year’s History Week (16-23 October). Events that celebrate our heritage are being held across the state with something to appeal to everyone.

During History Week, Victorians can:

  • see the fascinating change in Melbourne’s suburban life at the stunning new Remembering the ‘Burbs 1850 – 1960 exhibition
  • meet well-known lawyers, murderers, a slain police officer and robbery victims now at rest in Bell Street
  • explore the stories of early Victoria’s many wild colonial boys, including the St Kilda Gang, the Plenty Gang and the Kelly Gang
  • discover the history of Melbourne’s edgy seaside suburb, St Kilda, through two very different lenses
  • discuss the meaning and power of place in Australia’s historical narrative
  • commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Melbourne Olympics and step into the shoes of an Argus Newspaper sports journalist
  • be transported back to Marvellous Melbourne with one of Australia’s most influential historians
  • join makers from all of the Yarra Ranges to recreate a time when clothes were made to last
  • enjoy an online exhibition of stirrers with style and learn other stories of women leaders

and much more.

“Victoria has a fascinating past and History Week gives us an opportunity to get out and explore all those things we may not know,” the executive officer of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Kate Prinsley, said.

The week, which is coordinated by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, features history-making events, engaging discussions, country adventures and walking tours all designed to open a window into our past.

People with a special interest in history are invited to join the Society to take advantage of additional benefits, such as free monthly talks, assistance with historical research, subscriptions to history publications and free admission to society exhibitions.

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria gratefully acknowledges the support of the Vera Moore Foundation.

To find out more about History Week events across the state, visit www.historyweek.org.au  or follow us on social media at www.twitter.com/historyvictoria and www.facebook.com/historyvictoria



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The History Council of Victoria Incorporated (HCV) is the peak body for history in the Australian state of Victoria. Its vision is to connect Victorians with history and to inspire engagement with the past, their identity and the world today. The HCV champions the work of historians and the value of history. It recognises that history can be written about any place, any person, any period. The HCV advocates why history matters.

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Our calendar lists all upcoming public events arranged by the History Council of Victoria (HCV), plus events in Victoria, Australia, that are added by our Friends and Members.

If you are organising an event that relates to History, we encourage you to publicise it on our website.

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As the peak body for history in Victoria, the History Council makes submissions on current issues. In doing this, the HCV Board is guided by its Advocacy Policy and by the Value of History, a statement developed co-operatively by the HCV and the History Councils of New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

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Since 2015, the HCV has been pleased to sponsor the Years 9 and 10 category of the Historical Fiction Competition organised by the History Teachers' Association of Victoria.

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Ways to support us:

Subscribe to our free newsletter: https://www.historycouncilvic.org.au/subscribe
Endorse the Value of History statement: https://www.historycouncilvic.org.au/endorse
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The HCV was formed as an advisory body in 2001 and incorporated in 2003. It comprises representatives from cultural and educational institutions and heritage bodies; history teachers and curriculum advisors; academic and professional historians; and local, Indigenous, community and specialist history organisations.

As the peak body for history, the HCV has both ‘outward-looking’ roles (including advocacy and representation to government and the wider community, consultation, community education, and networking with allied interest groups) and ‘inward-looking’ roles (including member support, information dissemination, and networking between members).



The History Council of Victoria acknowledges the State Library of Victoria and the Public Record Office Victoria for supply of the archival images that appear on this website.

We acknowledge the National Film and Sound Archive for the right to use of the video footage on the home page, titled "Melbourne: Life in Australia (1966)".

Image credits

  • Italian sailors on ship at Port Melbourne 1938, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese procession in Collins near Elizabeth Street 1901, Harvie & Sutcliffe, photographers, State Library of Victoria
  • People’s homes, Aboriginal station Coranderrk 1878, Fred Kruger Photographer, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese nurses at Children’s Hospital under scholarship 1947, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Ladies physical culture class VRI Melbourne c1931, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001, 011/02
  • Melbourne Cup, Derby and Oaks Day, Flemington Racecourse 1936, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001/4802, 372/30
  • Flinders Street viaduct at foot of Market Street with advertisement for McRobertson’s Chocolate on bridge, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12800/P0003, ADV 1342