Thank you for accepting the HCV's special offer!

Thank you for accepting our special offer for 2023 graduates. Congratulations on your academic achievements!

We are pleased to welcome you as a subscriber to the HCV Friends for a free 12-month period. Towards the end of your first year, you'll receive an email invitation to renew your subscription.

Meanwhile, as a Friend of the History Council of Victoria you will receive:

  • First notification and priority booking for all HCV events including the annual lecture
    We will email you an 'Friends Alert' newsletter when there is exclusive news to share.
  • Discounted rate for tickets to paid events (e.g. the end-of-year celebration)
    Simply select the Friends rate (as instructed) when booking. 
  • Exclusive access to Friends-only events, behind-the-scenes tours and roadshows and access to mentoring/networking opportunities
    The 'Friends Alert' newsletter will advise you of opportunities as they arise.
  • Discounts with publishers
    Details of other publishing discounts will be advised in 'Friends Alert' newsletters.
  • Ability to ‘submit your event’ to the HCV Calendar
    Click HERE and scroll to the foot of the page, then click the 'Host your own event' button. We will check your Friends membership status when moderating your additions to the calendar.

You will also receive the occasional E-news bulletin that we send to a large number of supporters.

Any questions, at any time? Email us on [email protected]


Alicia Cerreto

Executive Officer

History Council of Victoria Inc

I work part-time (two days spread across the week).

Twitter: @History_Vic

Facebook: @HistoryCouncilVic



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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Our calendar lists all upcoming public events arranged by the History Council of Victoria (HCV), plus events in Victoria, Australia, that are added by our Friends and Members.

If you are organising an event that relates to History, we encourage you to publicise it on our website.

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As the peak body for history in Victoria, the History Council makes submissions on current issues. In doing this, the HCV Board is guided by its Advocacy Policy and by the Value of History, a statement developed co-operatively by the HCV and the History Councils of New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

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Since 2015, the HCV has been pleased to sponsor the Years 9 and 10 category of the Historical Fiction Competition organised by the History Teachers' Association of Victoria.

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Ways to support us:

Subscribe to our free newsletter:
Endorse the Value of History statement:
Find us on socials: Twitter / Facebook / YouTube

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The HCV was formed as an advisory body in 2001 and incorporated in 2003. It comprises representatives from cultural and educational institutions and heritage bodies; history teachers and curriculum advisors; academic and professional historians; and local, Indigenous, community and specialist history organisations.

As the peak body for history, the HCV has both ‘outward-looking’ roles (including advocacy and representation to government and the wider community, consultation, community education, and networking with allied interest groups) and ‘inward-looking’ roles (including member support, information dissemination, and networking between members).



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