Living on Mallee Country - student ticket deal

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 06:30 PM


Village Roadshow Theatre
179 La Trobe St
(Entry 3)
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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Event contact

Margaret Birtley

0418 814 957

Emeritus Professor Richard Broome, FAHA, FRHSV, of La Trobe University, will deliver the 2019 Annual Lecture of the History Council of Victoria. This event is arranged with support from State Library Victoria and Monash University Publishing.

Wednesday 2 October 2019 (doors open at 5.45 pm for 6.30 pm lecture)

Village Roadshow Theatre, State Library Victoria (Entry 3, La Trobe Street, Melbourne)

The Entry 3 doors in La Trobe Street will open at 5.45 pm. The lecture will commence at 6.30 pm and conclude at 7.30 pm.
In the foyer, before and after the lecture, Monash University Publishing will be selling advance copies of Mallee Country: Land, People, History.

The History Council of Victoria is delighted to offer free admission to students enrolled in any educational course.
Please reserve your seat by using the RSVP button at the foot of this page.
If you are not an enrolled student, please book your ticket via this page. 

Mallee country being semi-arid scrub country has made living upon it difficult for humans but not other living things. This lecture will explore how mallee country was used by Aboriginal people from Deep Time to the pastoral era and how Europeans found, settled and often abandoned it as marginal sheep country. Living on mallee country revealed how Nature and Culture each shaped the other.

Richard Broome, FAHA, FRHSV, Emeritus Professor in History at La Trobe University, is President of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Chair of its Publications Committee, and Patron of the History Teacher’s Association of Victoria.  He has authored fourteen books. His latest book, Mallee Country: Land, People, History (2019), was written with co-authors Charles Fahey, Andrea Gaynor and Katie Holmes and will be launched in November.

Mallee Country - book cover       Richard Broome - portrait

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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
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  • 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