History Roadshow 2024

The History Roadshow is a free program of presentations tailored to regional Victorian students of History in Years 11 and 12. This year's Roadshow is coming to Bendigo Library, on Friday 16 August.

The program aims to provide VCE students with rich curriculum-related opportunities to engage with specialist academic and professional historians. It will also feature an exhibition of relevant items from the State Library of Victoria.

Meet our expert presenters

Australian History

Naomi Wolfe is an Aboriginal academic at Australian Catholic University and NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community. She is an historian and theologian with previous experience as a primary and secondary school teacher.

Nell Musgrove is an Associate Professor of History at Australian Catholic University. She teaches and researches Australian history with a particular interest in the colonial period and in the ways that history helps us understand present-day society.

Session 1: Australian history, Foundations

This interactive exploration of Australian history will build on participants' existing knowledge about the history of Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait ways of knowing about the past, colonial occupation, nation-building and expansion, and the ways in which a range of different social groups experienced and contributed to these parts of Australian history.

Session 2: Australian History, Transformation

This session will engage participants in discussions and knowledge sharing about Australian history since World War Two. It will explore major social and political debates of this period, including a diverse range of perspective on key events, and encourage reflection on how this history continues to inform Australian society today.

American Revolution

Patrick McGrath teaches US history at the University of Melbourne. A New York City native, he received his PhD in 2017 from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and has taught US history at the university level in the United States and Hong Kong.

Dr Patrick McGrath's session will provide an overview of recent scholarship on the American Revolution, with an emphasis on how the political tumult of the past decade — including the rise of Trumpism — have reshaped ideas about nationalism, mass politics, and elite rule in the Revolutionary era.

Chinese Revolution

Xiaoping Fang is an Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at Monash University. His research interests focus on the history of medicine, health, and epidemics in twentieth-century China and the socio-political history of Mao’s China after 1949. He is the author of Barefoot Doctors and Western Medicine in China (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2012) and China and the Cholera Pandemic: Restructuring Society under Mao (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021) 

Dr Xiaoping Fang's session will analyze Chinese revolutions in the historical contexts of nation-building progress and the party-state system in China since the late nineteenth century. 

French Revolution

Peter McPhee is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. He is Chair of the History Council of Victoria and Patron of the History Teachers Association of Victoria. He is the author of several histories of the French Revolution and a biography of Maximilien Robespierre.

Emeritus Professor Peter McPhee's session will ask the question of whether the French Revolution of 1789 was inevitable, before going on to discuss the consequences of the Revolution. What changed? Who were the winners and losers?

Russian Revolution

Oleg Beyda is the Hansen Lecturer in Russian History at the University of Melbourne. He is a multi-lingual historian focusing on diaspora studies (the first and second waves of migration from Russia after 1917) and the Second World War in Europe.


Dr Oleg Beyda's session will explore how historians remain divided over the reasons of the Russian Revolution(s), considering the many schools of thought formed around the pivotal events and linking them with the contemporary context of the 21 century. 

Ancient History

Frederik J Vervaet is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Melbourne, where he specializes in Roman sociopolitical and institutional history, and Roman collective mentalities.

Professor Frederik J Vervaet's session will be casting a fresh new light on the epochal and timelessly relevant fall of the Roman Republic, holding the events of its turbulent final century (133-27 BCE) against the light of recent best-selling political science studies into How Democracies Die (Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt, 2018) and How Civil Wars Start (Barbara Walter, 2023).


Testimonials from previous History Roadshows
  • The presenter was so knowledgeable and engaging.
  • The presenter's energy and enthusiasm was infectious and he provided a realistic perspective.
  • A wonderful overview of the successes of the time period.
  • A variety of primary sources provided.
  • I liked the lecture style presentation and providing a taste of university life.
  • Ideas / views / approach of a different teacher.
  • The presentation was good for reinforcing information as well as providing new insights.
  • A fantastic opportunity for students to access information from leading academics which is not available elsewhere.
We look forward to having you with us!

Metro teachers and students are also welcome to register.

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A series of online lectures from previous years will shortly become available. Hear from expert historians and utilise the lectures through term time, revision and all the way up until after exams.

Click HERE to see details of the program in previous years. 

Click HERE for background information about this long-running and successful program.

Dr Rhiannon Evans presents on Ancient RomeDr Rhiannon Evans from La Trobe University presenting on Ancient Rome
to students gathered at the Christian College in Geelong, September 2017.


Adrian_Jones.jpgAssociate Professor Adrian Jones from La Trobe University
presenting at Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College.

For more information or to book

Stephanie Holt
Executive Officer, History Council of Victoria Inc
Email: [email protected]

The History Roadshow is developed and delivered by the History Council of Victoria and offered with support from the Vera Moore Foundation and the Hugh Williamson Foundation. 


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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.

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