Annual Lecture

Each year, the History Council of Victoria presents a public lecture that shares fresh thinking and new evidence on an historical topic.

The 2019 Annual Lecture was presented by Emeritus Professor Richard Broome, FAHA, FRHSV, of La Trobe University.

Professor Broome is President of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Chair of its Publications Committee, and Patron of the History Teacher’s Association of Victoria.  He has authored fourteen books. His latest book, Mallee Country: Land, People, History (to be launched in November 2019), was written with co-authors Charles Fahey, Andrea Gaynor and Katie Holmes. Professor Broome will speak about:

Living on Mallee Country - Deep Time to 1900

ABSTRACT: Mallee country being semi-arid scrub country has made living upon it difficult for humans but not other living things. This lecture will explore how mallee country was used by Aboriginal people from Deep Time to the pastoral era and how Europeans found, settled and often abandoned it as marginal sheep country. Living on mallee country revealed how Nature and Culture each shaped the other.

This event is arranged with support from State Library Victoria and Monash University Publishing.

Wednesday 2 October 2019

Village Roadshow Theatre, State Library Victoria (Entry 3, La Trobe Street, Melbourne)

Please note that the Entry 3 doors in La Trobe Street will open at 5.45 pm. The lecture will commence at 6.30 pm and conclude at 7.30 pm.
In the foyer, before and after the lecture, Monash University Publishing will be selling advance copies of Mallee Country: Land, People, History.


$15 per head. 
$10 for Friends of the History Council of Victoria. (If you are not yet a HCV Friend but would like to join, click here to subscribe.)

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The History Council of Victoria is delighted to offer free admission to students enrolled in any educational course.
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Mallee Country - book cover       Richard Broome - portrait

Click HERE to read about the previous lectures presented since 2004 by the History Council of Victoria. 



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