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. 

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 06:00 PM through December 09, 2020
    Zoom Webinar in Melbourne, Australia

    Museums Victoria 2020 Lecture Series -- Update on new sub theme 'Collecting the Curve'

    As we have done for all of our 2020 lectures, each event will be brought to you via Zoom Webinar.

    Lectures will continue to be free, but you will need to register to obtain your Zoom link.

    The link provided under 'Tickets' (below) will take you to the Melbourne Museum page to find out what is coming up and when, as well as to register for each lecture.  Videos of our past lectures can also be found in this location.

    Our Collecting the Curve lectures kick off on September 16. We hope you can join us as our experts bring you the work-in-progress documenting the pandemic in Victoria for the state heritage collection. What are they collecting and why? How are they collecting? What are the complications of documenting this constantly changing and evolving situation?

    We look forward to your attendance.

    Further updates will be pasted here as time rolls on.

    Best wishes from the Lecture Conveners and Project Support

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 04:30 PM

    Victorian Community History Awards 2020

    This year all Victorian Community History Award winners will be announced in an online video on Wednesday 28 October at 4.30 pm. We hope you will tune in for this special History Month event and announcement of the Victorian Premier’s History Award and Community History Award winners.

    Where: The Announcement will be available to watch via the Royal Historical Society of Victoria Facebook and the Public Record Office Victoria YouTube and Facebook channels. Here are the PROV links:

    Who: We welcome special guest speakers The Hon. Danny Pearson, Minister for Government Services, and Catherine Andrews who will present the Victorian Premier’s History Award

    RSVP: No need to RSVP! If you can’t tune in on the day you can watch the announcement at any time after the 28th.

    We’d love to see your reactions to the announcement at home. If you take photos or videos of yourself, friends or family watching the announcement send them through to us at or tag us on social media #VCHA2020. Join the occasion by commenting on the video on whichever channel you choose.

    Visit or for more information about the Awards program.



  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM
    Zoom Meeting (Register via the RSVP link below) in Enjoy from your home or office

    Pandemics and epidemics from the past

    Pandemics talk on 29 Oct 2020

    From plagues in ancient times to the current Coronavirus pandemic, communicable diseases have been a recurring danger for humankind. From mask-wearing to the creation of quarantine systems, vaccines, educational campaigns, improvements in water and sewerage systems, and adaptations in hospital and medical practices and hygiene regulations, the social impact of pandemics has been immense. This lunchtime talk will reveal some of the material in the State Library of Victoria collections that depict the way infectious diseases such as typhoid, polio, influenza, measles, and tuberculosis have impacted upon the people of Victoria. 

    Presenter: Tim Hogan, a Principal Librarian, Victorian and Australian collections, State Library of Victoria. Tim is the State Library's representative on the HCV Board

    This lunchtime talk is an exclusive event for subscribers to the HCV Friends program. It will be held as a Zoom meeting (so we will see each other's faces if we enable our video cameras). Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

    If you are a Friend of the HCV, please click the RSVP button at the foot of this page to book your place.

    If you are not yet an HCV Friend, please join us now! Click HERE to subscribe. 

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 05:00 PM
    Zoom webinar in Melbourne, Australia

    Victoria's Native Vegetation: History, Heritage, Politics

    In recognition of 2020 as the UN International Year of Plant Health, this webinar will illuminate the challenging and contested past, present and future of Victoria’s native vegetation.

    Professional historian Dr Gary Presland, author of many books about Victoria’s natural and human heritage (including Understanding our natural world: the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria 1880-2015) will speak about the importance of native vegetation in understanding past human activity.

    Professor Mike Clarke from the Centre for Future Landscapes at La Trobe University will consider the place of fire in the history of Victoria’s vegetation: 'The Bush will be OK, it’s evolved to cope with fire…hasn’t it?'.

    Dr Lilian Pearce, an environmental historian and research fellow on the ARC-funded project Owning nature: mapping the contested country of private protected areas, will consider the changing role of history in ecological restoration theory and practice.

    The discussion will be chaired by Professor Alistair Thomson of Monash University.

    To register and receive the Zoom link a few days before the event, please click the Send RSVP button at the foot of this page. 

    Mountain Ash 2013 - burn edge from 2009   International Year of Plant Health - logo, 2020

    Image credit: Mike Clarke, Cambarville, Victoria. This 2014 photograph shows a dead Mountain Ash tree that most likely began its life before Europeans landed in Australia. The dense saplings surrounding it germinated in the weeks following the Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009.

    This webinar is part of an ongoing seminar 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



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