This 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 here. We welcome online-only activities that help people stay connected and productive during the current period of extraordinary social distancing that the Coronavirus has enforced on us all.

To get started with adding an event, click on the 'Host your own event' button at the foot of this page. Please note that there may be a delay (for moderation) before your event becomes visible on the website. (We give priority to HCV FriendsHCV Board Members and people from organisations that are represented on our Board. People who haven't yet signed up to the Friends are warmly invited to do so.)

Please note that events in this calendar need to be date-specific and require a duration or timespan to be identified. 

  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 05:00 PM
    Online in Melbourne, Australia

    Infectious Disease and Public Health: Lessons from History

    Infectious Disease and Public Health: Lessons from History

    In 2020 Covid-19 reminded us all that we can learn valuable lessons from the history of infectious disease. This webinar brings together three historians of public health in very different eras and contexts, presenting historical research which can help us better understand and manage infectious disease in the 21st century. Guy Geltner (Monash University) examines ‘Public health in the premodern world: The end of an oxymoron’. Warwick Anderson (University of Sydney) considers ‘Crisis in the Herd: A Short History of R0 and Disease Modelling’. Geraldine Fela (Monash University) explores an Australian story, ‘From Condoman to Community Control: Indigenous public health, nursing and HIV in the 1980s’.

    Guy Geltner (Monash University), ‘Public health in the premodern world: The end of an oxymoron’: The new field of premodern public health has rose to some prominence during the outbreak of Covid-19, as health professionals, policy makers and ordinary citizens became aware of the efficacy of ‘low tech’ solutions often associated with earlier, ‘unhygienic’ eras. This presentation will summarize some of the field’s key insights and how they challenge entrenched narratives of modernization and common practices of cultural othering today.

    Warwick Anderson (University of Sydney) considers ‘Crisis in the Herd: A Short History of R0 and Disease Modelling’: Statistical models and simulations have recently come to dominate the framing of epidemic disease, giving us concepts of ‘waves’ and ‘flattening the curve’ – but where do they come from, and where are they directing us?

    Geraldine Fela (Monash University), ‘From Condoman to Community Control: Indigenous public health, nursing and HIV in the 1980s’: As HIV spread through Australia’s gay community in the early 1980s many predicted that the virus would cause a public health crisis of unprecedented proportions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, but this never eventuated. This paper will examine the extraordinary public health approach that was responsible for this success, an approach led by Indigenous nurses and healthcare workers and informed by the politics of self-determination and community control.  

    Presenter Bios 

    Warwick Anderson, MD, PhD, is Janet Dora Hine Professor of Politics, Governance and Ethics in the Department of History and the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney; and a honorary professor in the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.

    Geraldine Fela is in the final year of her PhD candidature at Monash University. Her thesis examines the experiences of HIV and AIDS nurses in Australia prior to the introduction of anti-retroviral therapy. Her research looks at the intersection of oral history, labour history, histories of gender and sexuality and social movement studies.

    Guy Geltner is a social historian of health, cities and punishment at Monash University and the University of Amsterdam. His work can be explored at


    Al Thomson, Professor of History at Monash University, will host the evening and HCV Executive Officer Alicia Cerreto and Monash University's Dr Susie Protschky will facilitate the discussion.

    The seminar is part of an ongoing series, Making Public Histories, that is offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building. Each seminar aims to explore issues and approaches in making public histories. The seminars are open, free of charge, to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society. Click HERE to learn about other events in the series.

    We thank the series sponsors, Monash University Publishingthe Monash University History Program and the Old Treasury Building:

    Monash University Publishing - some current titles         

    Old Treasury Building                                      Monash University History Program

    and the organising partners:

    Old Treasury Building     Monash University History Program      HCV



  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 06:00 PM
    Online and Onsite event in Carlton, Australia

    Fire/Future: Healing Country

    Museums Victoria Lectures is partnering with 'Melbourne Knowledge Week' for the second instalment of the three-part lecture series; 'Fire: Past | Present | Future'. It's also our first lecture back in the Melbourne Museum theatrette and we do hope you will join us.

    After the last few years of bushfires across Australia, it’s clear that Western science may not have all the answers when it comes to fire and land management. Join us as we open dialogue around one of the region’s biggest questions: how to manage and heal Country in a time of catastrophic climate change?  

    Experts bring together academic research into paleo ecology, current Koorie cold burning practice and, the final piece in the puzzle, Traditional Owner-led policy within the land management system.  

    Speakers: Associate Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher, Indigenous Knowledge Institute & Faculty of Science at University of Melbourne; Trent Nelson, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation; Matt Shanks, Taungurung Land and Waters Council. 

    Host: Kimberley Moulton, Senior Curator South Eastern Aboriginal Collections at Museums Victoria 

    Thanks to support from Aboriginal Melbourne, City of Melbourne we offer this program FREE both onsite at Melbourne Museum and streamed online April 28 - 6pm bookings essential via link.

    This link will provide you with even more information on our lecture topic and our speakers.


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