Friends visit to the RUSIV Library

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 02:30 PM


Royal United Services Institute of Victoria
356 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, VIC 3004
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Event contact

Margaret Birtley

0418 814 957

This event offers a special opportunity to visit the Library of the Royal United Services Institute of Victoria at Victoria Barracks in St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

It's an exclusive opportunity for the HCV FriendsTo join the HCV Friends, please sign up here.

The RUSIV Library holds a military collection of national significance with more than 34,000 items; many are catalogued online.

The collection focusses on Australia, New Zealand and our regions. It covers Army, Navy and Air Force from both historical and strategic perspectives. Among the many rare and unique items are unpublished manuscripts, letters, maps and diaries. Strengths of the collection include:

  • Children's books on war
  • Sheet music associated with wartime, including the music of the two World Wars
  • 'Silk' maps
  • Transcriptions of diaries and letters of both world wars
  • Australian war poetry
  • Maps of the Gallipoli campaign
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Armed Forces
  • Military maps of the Korean and Vietnam wars

Our visit is kindly hosted by RUSIV and includes a short tour of the Barracks - concentrating on its exterior - followed by a longer time inside the Library, with tea and coffee provided. Our tour leader is the President of RUSIV and a Friend of the HCV, MAJGEN Mike O'Brien.

We recommend that you plan to arrive at the Victoria Barracks entry at about 2.15 pm so as to allow time to for admission through the security system. Photo ID, such as a driving licence or passport, will be required.

This event is free of charge for HCV Friends, and is organised exclusively for them.

Bookings closed at 4 pm on Tuesday 18 June. If you missed out and would like to express interest in attending a future visit to the RUSIV Library, please send an email to [email protected]


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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.

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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