Current membership


Executive committee

Chair: Professor Peter McPhee AM FAHA FASSA (bio)

Deputy Chair: Tara Oldfield (bio)

Hon. Treasurer: Katherine Sheedy MPHA (bio)

Committee members:

Bronwyn Cook (bio)

Emeritus Professor Graeme Davison AO FAHA FASSA FFAHS (bio)

Secretary (non-voting): Stephanie Holt (bio)


Board of the History Council of Victoria Inc

Representative members

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Michelle Rayner MPHA (bio)

Australian Museums and Galleries Association (Victoria): Jackie Fraser (bio)

Heritage Council of Victoria: Dr Helen Doyle (bio)

History Teachers' Association of Victoria: Bronwyn Cook (bio)

Museums Victoria: Deb Tout-Smith MPHA (bio)

National Trust of Australia (Victoria): Dr Annette Shiell (bio)

Professional Historians Association (Victoria & Tasmania): Katherine Sheedy MPHA (bio)

Public Record Office Victoria: Tara Oldfield (bio)

Royal Historical Society of Victoria: Dr Judith Smart AM FRHSV (bio)

State Library Victoria: Dr Anna Welch (bio to come)

Other organisations and their representatives

Old Treasury Building: Margaret Anderson FFAHS (bio)

Oral History Victoria: Jen Rose MPHA (bio)

Universities and their representatives

Deakin University: Dr Carolyn Holbrook (bio)

La Trobe University: Dr Yves Rees (bio)

Melbourne University: Prof Julie Fedor (bio)

Monash University: Professor Nathalie Nguyen FASSA (bio)

Australian Catholic University: Associate Professor Nell Musgrove (bio)


Emeritus Professor Graeme Davison AO FAHA FASSA FFAHS (bio)

Emeritus Professor Peter McPhee AM FAHA FASSA (bio)

Public Fund management committee

Dr Charles Fahey

Boyce Pizzey OAM

Dr Geoff Robinson



Stephanie Holt - Executive Officer and Secretary (bio)

Molly McKew - Publicity Officer (bio)



Margaret Birtley AM - Finance Officer (bio)



The Board is actively engaged in the work of the association through committees that focus on Communications, Development, Events and History Education.




The History Council of Victoria Incorporated (HCV) is the peak body for history in the Australian state of Victoria. Its vision is to connect Victorians with history and to inspire engagement with the past, their identity and the world today. The HCV champions the work of historians and the value of history. It recognises that history can be written about any place, any person, any period. The HCV advocates why history matters.

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Our 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 on our website.

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As the peak body for history in Victoria, the History Council makes submissions on current issues. In doing this, the HCV Board is guided by its Advocacy Policy and by the Value of History, a statement developed co-operatively by the HCV and the History Councils of New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

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Since 2015, the HCV has been pleased to sponsor the Years 9 and 10 category of the Historical Fiction Competition organised by the History Teachers' Association of Victoria.

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The HCV was formed as an advisory body in 2001 and incorporated in 2003. It comprises representatives from cultural and educational institutions and heritage bodies; history teachers and curriculum advisors; academic and professional historians; and local, Indigenous, community and specialist history organisations.

As the peak body for history, the HCV has both ‘outward-looking’ roles (including advocacy and representation to government and the wider community, consultation, community education, and networking with allied interest groups) and ‘inward-looking’ roles (including member support, information dissemination, and networking between members).



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.

We acknowledge the National Film and Sound Archive for the right to use of the video footage on the home page, titled "Melbourne: Life in Australia (1966)".

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