Events

This calendar lists all upcoming public events that are being organised by the History Council of Victoria (HCV), plus events that are added by our Friends and Members.

If you are a Friend or a Member of the HCV and you're organising an event in Victoria, Australia that relates to History, you are welcome to publicise it here. Click on the 'Host your own event' button at the foot of this page to get started. Please note that there may be a delay (for moderation) before your event becomes visible on the website. (People who haven't yet signed up to the Friends are warmly invited to do so.)

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 18 rsvps
    Old Treasury Building in East Melbourne, Australia

    Making Aboriginal histories

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    This seminar is part of NAIDOC Week 2018. It focusses on new approaches to investigating, writing and understanding Aboriginal history, with short presentations by three historians who are working in this field.

    Alexandra Roginski is a PhD candidate with the Australian National University and author of The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery (2015)Her presentation, 'Strategy on Stage: Indigenous Performers in Nineteenth-Century Popular Science', explores how the ethnographic history method, which reads through European accounts to interpret the actions that take place in moments of intercultural contact, can help us to populate sites of domination with glimmers of reclaimed power.

    Dr Billy Griffiths is the author of Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia. He is a research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. His paper, 'Haunted Country’, reflects on the work of archaeologist Isabel McBryde and the rise of a new historical consciousness in Australia.

    Dr Shannon Faulkhead is a Finkel Fellow and a member of the Board of the Koorie Heritage Trust. She holds positions with Museums Victoria and the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre. Her presentation, 'Animation to continue inter-generational Indigenous language knowledge', demonstrates how the 3D animation is serving as a tool for Indigenous communities to re-engage with and revitalise Indigenous languages and thus to preserve and share intergenerational knowledge of their history.

    The audience at this seminar will have the opportunity to present their own insights and to ask questions of the panellists.

    With thanks to the series sponsors, Monash University Publishing and the Monash University History Program:

    Monash University Publishing   Monash University History Program 

    and the organising partners:

    Old Treasury Building     Monash University History Program      HCV

    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.

  • Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM
    Central Goldfields Art Gallery in Maryborough, Australia

    Friends' field trip

    Join fellow Friends of the HCV on a winter field trip to visit some fascinating historical collections in the Central Goldfields. We will visit museums and collections in Maryborough and Maldon.

    This excursion requires you to drive yourself, or to arrange car-pooling with others. The HCV Executive Officer, Margaret Birtley, will meet you at each location.

    HCV Friends are warmly encouraged to bring their own friends and family.

    A full itinerary (including suggestions for lunch venues) will be supplied by email to all who RSVP. Here is an outline:

    10:30 - Meet at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery (Old Fire Station, Neil Street, Maryborough) where the current exhibition features an amazing selection of wedding photos taken by a local man, Wal Richards. Over five decades, 1946-1996, Wal documented almost every wedding in the Maryborough district. We'll be welcomed by the curator.

    11:15 - Visit the Maryborough Midlands Historical Society at Worsley Cottage (about a 3-minute drive from the Gallery)

    Drive 30 minutes to Maldon / Lunch (BYO picnic or purchase at a convenient location)

    2:00 - Visit the Maldon District Museum where some very significant items are on display, including the Maldon Miners' Banner (recently registered by the Heritage Council of Victoria) and the Maldon Panorama photograph that's the subject of a fascinating article in the latest edition of the Victorian Historical Journal (vol.89, no.1, pp. 165-178). David Oldfield, co-author of the VHJ article, will be on hand to welcome us and answer questions.

    3:00 - Visit the Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum (opened 2006) which incorporates the Thompson’s Foundry engineering archive.

    4:00 pm - Excursion program concludes; homeward bound!

    Cost - please be prepared to pay $5 per head for admission at the Maldon District Museum, and to pay your own way regarding the cost of transport and refreshments.

     

    This is a special networking event for HCV Friends and their friends & family.

    If you are not yet a member of the HCV Friends, please click HERE to sign up now!

    If you are already a Friend of the HCV, please click on the RSVP button below to accept this invitation. 

     

  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 06:00 PM
    Old Treasury Building in East Melbourne, Australia

    History and fiction

    This seminar probes the boundaries and relationship between history and fiction through the eyes of three practitioners. History is never completely knowable: does this mean reasonable speculation is an essential tool of historical work? Academic historians have long been encouraged to engage their imaginations in reconstructing and understanding the past. Does this differ from the work of historical fiction? If so how? Are they simply complementary approaches to grasping the truths of past human societies? How do writers of historical fiction conceptualise and perform their work of researching and creating characters, explaining events, and weaving narratives? We will hear from three accomplished authors working across different historical periods and places, and using different literary forms:

    Dr Linda Weste is an award-winning poet and author, and tutor in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Melbourne. Her book Nothing Sacred: A novel in verse, explores late Republican Rome.

    Dr Kelly Gardiner is a writer of historical fiction for readers all ages, and lecturer in creative writing at La Trobe University. Her works traverse many periods and settings, ranging from the WWI fields of Flanders in 1917, her most recent book for young readers, to the world of 17th-century opera in Goddess.

    Dr Ali Alidazeh is an accomplished author of both fiction and non-fiction, and a lecturer in literary theory and creative writing at Monash University. His most recent novel, The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc, was published in 2017.

    The audience at this seminar will have the opportunity to present their own insights and to ask questions of the panellists.

    Bookings will open on 1 July.

    With thanks to the series sponsors, Monash University Publishing and the Monash University History Program:

    Monash University Publishing   Monash University History Program 

    and the organising partners:

    Old Treasury Building     Monash University History Program      HCV

    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.

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