The Hotham History Project is a community group with an interest in the history of North and West Melbourne, formerly known as Hotham.

Events

A Nation Divided: The Great War and Conscription

The debate over conscription during the darkest years of WWI has been described by some historians as the most bitter, divisive and violent ever to consume the nation. From 1916 to 1917, thousands of impassioned speeches were made, endless newspaper columns were written, and mass meetings and huge rallies were held throughout Australia. As families, communities and organisations divided in ...

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Old Treasury Building, 20-70 Spring Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Wayward Women?

Meet some women who don't fit the stereotype of demure Victorian womanhood in 'Wayward Women?'. There are some familiar faces like Madam Brussels, the successful brothel-keeper, and Frances Knorr, the Brunswick baby farmer. But have you heard of Beatrice Phillips, 'the worst woman in Melbourne', who was convicted for various offences over 227 times? Or Brettena Smyth, an early feminist ...

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Old Treasury Building, 20-70 Spring Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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North Melbourne Air Crash – NAA Webinar

In September 1943, around 60,000 war-weary Melbournians gathered to enjoy a morale-boosting display of RAAF aerial manoeuvres, but ended up witnessing the tragedy of the Second World War first hand. The North Melbourne air crash occurred just a few hundred metres from where the National Archives’ Victoria office is now located. Discover this fascinating wartime story through records from the ...

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Webinar, Australia
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Brothels, bordellos and bagnios: Sex work in nineteenth-century Melbourne

In nineteenth-century Melbourne there were no supporting pensions and no childcare options, so for many women the solution was sex work. They could work their own hours; they could do it in their own homes and it paid a great deal more than factory or domestic work. But deserted wives and mothers were not the only women who turned to ...

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via Zoom,

Lucky Dip Cemetery Tour

This tour is a bit of everything all in one. Dip in and see what treasures we can find. This all-new tour will discover angels, remember events, take a fresh look at the cemetery environment and consider some of the people and their stories that we’ve never included in tours before. Time: 2pm – 4pm, Sunday 3 October 2021 Cost: ...

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$10
coburg cemetery, Corner Bell and Elizabeth Streets
Preston, Vic 3058 Australia
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Talk: Historical Experience of Urbanisation of North Melbourne by Fiona Gatt

Fiona Gatt is doing a PhD at Deakin University on North Melbourne History and has very kindly agreed to make a presentation to members and friends of our group on the 28th of July 2020. Fiona’s Honours thesis used family history methodology to show the long view of the Great War. The thesis followed five related families from their immigration ...

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North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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The Hotham History Blog is a collection of stories about North and West Melbourne