RHSV August Lecture: Marvellous Melbourne with Richard Broome

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12:30 PM


Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Google map and directions

Event contact

Lauren Indiveri-Clarke

(03) 9326 9288

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 [email protected]

Posted by on ,


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.

Read More


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.

Read More


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.

Read More


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.

Read More


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
Find us on socials: Twitter / Facebook / YouTube

Read More



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