History Week




Victoria’s wide and wonderful past looks set to come alive next week thanks to the hundreds of events in store at this year’s History Week (16-23 October). Events that celebrate our heritage are being held across the state with something to appeal to everyone.

During History Week, Victorians can:

  • see the fascinating change in Melbourne’s suburban life at the stunning new Remembering the ‘Burbs 1850 – 1960 exhibition
  • meet well-known lawyers, murderers, a slain police officer and robbery victims now at rest in Bell Street
  • explore the stories of early Victoria’s many wild colonial boys, including the St Kilda Gang, the Plenty Gang and the Kelly Gang
  • discover the history of Melbourne’s edgy seaside suburb, St Kilda, through two very different lenses
  • discuss the meaning and power of place in Australia’s historical narrative
  • commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Melbourne Olympics and step into the shoes of an Argus Newspaper sports journalist
  • be transported back to Marvellous Melbourne with one of Australia’s most influential historians
  • join makers from all of the Yarra Ranges to recreate a time when clothes were made to last
  • enjoy an online exhibition of stirrers with style and learn other stories of women leaders

and much more.

“Victoria has a fascinating past and History Week gives us an opportunity to get out and explore all those things we may not know,” the executive officer of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Kate Prinsley, said.

The week, which is coordinated by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, features history-making events, engaging discussions, country adventures and walking tours all designed to open a window into our past.

People with a special interest in history are invited to join the Society to take advantage of additional benefits, such as free monthly talks, assistance with historical research, subscriptions to history publications and free admission to society exhibitions.

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria gratefully acknowledges the support of the Vera Moore Foundation.

To find out more about History Week events across the state, visit www.historyweek.org.au  or follow us on social media at www.twitter.com/historyvictoria and www.facebook.com/historyvictoria



October 16, 2016 at 12:00pm - October 23, 2016
Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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Gerardine Horgan · 93269288

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