Melbourne – A Great Maritime City?

Thursday, December 05, 2019 at 05:30 PM


Community Hub at The Dock
912 Collins St
Level 1 - Multipurpose Room
Docklands, VIC 3008
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Margaret Birtley


Melbourne has been - and is still - a great port city, but it seems to have turned its back on its rich maritime history and heritage. The Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network has recently been established to sharpen the focus upon Melbourne’s maritime heritage and upon the crucial role of its port facilities in delivering social, cultural and economic benefits to Melbourne and regional Victoria.

To learn more about this new organisation, please join members of the HCV Board and the HCV Friends for convivial end-of-year refreshments and a stimulating discussion about the MMHN. Two of its founders, Dr Jackie Watts OAM and Major General (Ret.) Michael O'Brien, will introduce the MMHN and its vision, starting at 6 pm. Their presentations will be followed by a short Q and A session.

HCV Friends and Board members are welcome to bring guests. The ticket price is $15 per person (incl. GST).
If you are not already an HCV Friend, please subscribe via the Friends' web page.

The venue is on the first floor of the City of Melbourne's 'Community Hub at the Dock' building, next door to the Library at the Dock but closer to Victoria Harbour. The Multipurpose Room offers a superb view over the water and the Docklands area, and (as at 2 December) there IS a lift available. 

The light refreshments will cater for vegetarians, vegans and people who require gluten-free options.

To assist with catering, please book your ticket(s) for this end-of-year event by Sunday 1 December 2019.
In the box under the question 'Will you come?', please enter the number of people attending, i.e. 1 or more. Then click the 'Purchase tickets' button.

Transport: Tram routes 11 and 48 run along the Collins Street extension into Docklands and terminate close to the Library at the Dock. The 'Community Hub at the Dock' building is a short distance beyond the Library.

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HCV End of Year event 2019


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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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