Women's History Month, March 2020

From mid-March 2020, the COVID-19 health emergency in Victoria forced the cancellation or postponement of face-to-face events in order to safeguard the health of all – visitors, staff, presenters/lecturers and volunteers – and to assist in reducing the spread of the infectious virus. The events tagged with (#) were unable to be delivered as planned.


Events planned across the whole month:

Harbour Lights: Women with a Mission 1914-1918

Wayward Women? (#)

Women in Gippsland's History

Women of Walhalla


Events planned for specific dates:

1 March: The Whole Duty of (Wo)men: Female Printers in the Goold Collection

3 March: Put Her Name On It

3 March: Disposing of the unwanted products of women's bodies: identifying the gynaeocentric zone

4 March: The Role of Women in the Force

4 March: Stronger Together: Re-imagining the Women's Mural - A Virtual Tour

5 March: Women to the Front

6 March: Celebrating the Life of Mary De Garis

8 March: International Women's Day

10 March: Fashionable Style: the 1850s Crinoline

12 March: Maggie Heffernan

14 March: One name at a time

17 March: What the Little Bird didn't tell me (#)

22 and 29 March: Hanging by a Thread (#)

22 March: Bobbin lace-making demonstration (#)

26 March: The Women who made Gippsland (#)

31 March: Marking Women’s History Month – Votes for Women (#)

31 March: Teasing women’s stories from the archives (#)



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:

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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