Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 12:00 AM through August 28, 2023


Morwell Historical Society and Surrounds
Vic, VIC 3840
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Christina Browning

9326 9288

RHSV Historical Societies Support Committee – Regional Seminar Weekend

The third RHSV seminar for 2023, and second in rural Victoria, is being hosted by Morwell Historical Society on Saturday 26 August 2023 with optional activities in the La Trobe valley on Sunday 27 August 2023.

The needs of societies in the region have shaped our program, but RHSV members Victoria-wide are invited to attend, to learn from informed speakers as well as different societies’ experiences and simply enjoy Gippsland. The presentations and visits will strengthen the best of most historical societies’ and individual members’ existing work and inspire fresh approaches.

Indeed, for potential attendees unfamiliar with the unique qualities of the wider region, why not make a longer break?



Please note that in every session there is time for questions and answers and sharing of experiences.

10.00am REGISTRATION, coffee and networking

10.30-10.40am PROGRAM START: Acknowledgement of Country, welcome, housekeeping

10.40am -11:40am Family history research and writing – Gippsland case studies

Speaker: Carol Smith

11:40am – 1pm Capacity Building: Leading and retaining volunteers and attracting new visitors and members

Speaker: Paul Fearon

1:00pm – 2:00pm LUNCH and mingling/networking

2:00pm – 3:00pm Hitchhiker’s Guide to Collection Management

Speaker: Jillian Hiscock

3:00pm – 4:00pm Writing engaging exhibition labels and appealing visitor ‘self-guided’ tours

Speaker: Rosalie Triolo

4:00pm CLOSE

Followed by

5:30pm Optional DINNER, @ Morwell Bowling Club Bistro, 52 Hazelwood Road, Morwell

If you’d like to attend this seminar dinner, please RSVP below. You can check out the menu etc here: (à la carte menu)


PAUL FEARON FAICD FCPA FIPAA (Vic) joined the RHSV Council following a 40-year career in the energy industry and as a government regulator. He has also held director roles in two small volunteer-based charities; has arts, business and finance degrees; and, has commenced a PhD in History. Paul will provide a ‘primer’ on principles and techniques in leading and retaining effective teams of volunteers.

JILLIAN HISCOCK has been the RHSV Collections Manager since 2018. She qualified as a librarian at Melbourne University after doing a Bachelor of Arts at La Trobe University. She has had a career working in public and special libraries, and managing government department libraries and intranets. She ran the Department of Transport library which supported Heritage Victorian and the Planning portfolio, this in role particular has given her relevant experience in managing collections that span manuscripts, ephemera, books, images and non-print materials.

CAROL SMITH is a local Morwell resident and the author of two books A Call to Arms and Heading for the Hills. A Call to Arms covers her family’s military history with stories beginning with both grandfathers one of whom fought at Gallipoli and was later wounded on the Western Front and the other who rode in the Charge of Beersheba. Heading for the Hills talks about her two uncles Ron McIntyre and Charlie Mills, both ‘Rats of Tobruk’ who had been captured at El Alamein and transported to Prisoner of War Camps in Italy.

Dr ROSALIE TRIOLO, FRHSV is RHSV Vice-President and HSSC Chair. Rosalie has enjoyed over 40 years in History education, including multiple, long-term, volunteer Victorian and national History leadership roles; teaching Australian history in diverse Victorian rural and city government schools, including Boort and Derrinallum; publishing for general, as well as tertiary, secondary and primary education audiences; and, facilitating the development of specialist teachers of History for 25 years at Monash University. Rosalie will offer strategies for catering to, and attracting, newer groups in communities so they might visit, join and contribute to societies.



You have the option to design your program over two days – pick and choose what suits you.


SATURDAY 26 August 10am – 4:00pm, MORWELL

Full day seminar: Strengthening your societies through History (detail above)

@ Morwell Historical Society, 12 Hazelwood Road, Morwell VIC 3840

Bookings for the Saturday seminar should be made below

The seminar is followed by an optional a la carte dinner, @ Morwell Bowling Club Bistro, 52 Hazelwood Road, Morwell

Book dinner below but you can check out the menu here: (à la carte menu)


SUNDAY 27 August: self-drive optional activities + lunch

1. PowerWorks, Ridge Road, Morwell – Special Opening 10am to 12noon for seminar participants

Preferred booking on registration

Entry Fee $5.00 /$2.50


2. Latrobe Valley Maltese Museum, Henry Street, Morwell – open from 11am-4pm

Australia’s first and only Maltese Museum.

Entry Fee: $5

A GROUP LUNCH can be reserved at 12 noon at a cost of $20 with viewing of the exhibition afterwards – participants would need to book on registering for the seminar (book below)

There are two courses for lunch: first course is soup followed by a choice of 2 or 3 main courses.


3. Morwell Centenary Rose Garden, corner of Commercial Road & Maryvale Crescent (a short distance from the Morwell Historical Society) – a rose filled parkland of over 2 hectares

Visitors can access at any time

4. Immigration Wall and Heritage Walk around Kernot Hall Lake

Visitors can access at any time

5. Latrobe Regional Gallery, 138 Commercial Road, Morwell (on corner with Hazelwood Road)

Open on Sunday: 10am to 4pm



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