Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM through October 22, 2017


Locations vary across Victoria
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Google map and directions

Event contact

Lauren Indiveri-Clarke

(03) 9326 9288

Join the Royal Historical Society of Victoria for their annual History Week, taking place 15-22 October 2017. This uniquely Victorian celebration of history is designed to connect past to present, bring people together and to revel in our rich and vibrant past. Events take place all across Victoria, with something for everyone.

History Week is coordinated by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and features events, lectures, tours, talks, adventures and more – inviting participants to step out of the present and peer into the past.

Below is just a selection of some of the dozens of events taking place this History Week that Victorian’s can explore, attend and partake in.


  • Catwalk to Sidewalk – a photographic exhibition showcasing Melbourne’s past and present street fashions.
  • Migration Melbourne – walking tour with historian Nadia Rhook, retracing the urban footpaths of migrants, that shaped Melbourne.
  • Mapping Port Melbourne’s Past  join historians Janet Bolitho and Margaret Bride for a discussion on the use of historic maps and aerial photos to track changes to Port Melbourne.
  • Victoria Police Museum Tour – meet some of Melbourne’s murky underworld figures and learn about some of the Victoria Police’s most notable investigations.


  • Dyson’s: Moving with the Times – a rare opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ of this iconic local, Australian family-owned and operated business.
  • Whittlesea Crime Tour – take a bus trip to uncover Whittlesea’s criminal past. Visit sites of infamy and uncover stories of crime and mayhem from days gone-by.
  • Learn How Gunpowder was Made – see the restored Black Powder Mill in operation and learn about the history of the production of gunpowder and explosives.

Events take place all across the city of Melbourne and the countryside. Many of the events are free, but some require bookings and/or have a cost. For information on the above events and all the others on offer, please visit www.historyweek.org.au

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

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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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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