Welcome to Alicia Cerreto

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In May 2020, the HCV Board appointed Alicia Cerreto as the Deputy Executive Officer, following the news of Margaret Birtley’s retirement. Alicia and Margaret will work together for a time, and later in the year when the extended handover is complete, Alicia will step into the role of Executive Officer.

Alicia will be known to many of you as the current President of the Professional Historians Association (Victoria and Tasmania). In this role she has advocated for the work of historians and for the value of history, overseen a significant increase in membership, and supported the provision of events, professional development and communication with the wider community.

In her professional life Alicia is a consulting historian and is passionate about sharing stories of the past with new audiences. Her work has focused on community organisations such as Berry Street, The Bridge and Travellers Aid Australia. Over her career, Alicia has also worked alongside teachers in both primary and secondary schools. She has worked in philanthropy at both Monash and Deakin Universities. Alicia has community and professional engagement expertise and a well-regarded ability to manage projects and meet project deadlines in a community context.

Alicia’s initial focus will be on the History Roadshow and a new Communications Strategy for HCV, reflecting her expertise in this area. You can read more about her HERE, and her email address is [email protected]

Please join me in welcoming Alicia to the HCV.

Emeritus Professor Peter McPhee AM FAHA FASSA
History Council of Victoria



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: https://www.historycouncilvic.org.au/subscribe
Endorse the Value of History statement: https://www.historycouncilvic.org.au/endorse
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