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

Governor Hotham’s Memorial.

Talk by Dr Celistina Sagazio - Governor Hotham’s Memorial. Dr Celestina Sagazio is historian and manager of Cultural Heritage of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. She previously worked as an historian for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) for twenty-six years. She is the author and editor of a number of publications, including Cemeteries: Our Heritage, Conserving Our Cemeteries, The ...

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North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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Greening Melbourne.

Talk by Ian Shears - Greening Melbourne. Melbourne's urban forest includes approximately 20,000 trees in the private realm. These trees help keep our landscape resilient, our city liveable and sustainable and maintain Melbourne’s character and heritage. City of Melbourne's Exceptional Tree Register was adopted by Council in 2012.  It enables us to recognise, celebrate and protect the exceptional trees that ...

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North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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Alphonsus Vincent (Phonse) Tobin – Irish (and North Melbourne) to his core.

Talk by Des Tobin - ‘A. V. (Phonse) Tobin – Irish (and North Melbourne) to his core.  Alphonsus Vincent Tobin (1905–1993), funeral director and football administrator, was born on 23 August 1905 in Melbourne, third of six surviving children of Irish-born Thomas Tobin, labourer, and his Victorian-born second wife Alice, née O’Dowd. Phonse’s twin brother, Bernard, died two days later. ...

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North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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Vandemonians in North Melbourne: our Local Convict Past.

AGM, Guest Speaker: Professor Janet McCalman AC - Vandemonians in North Melbourne: our Local Convict Past. Janet is an eminent scholar in her field of Australian social history, with particular expertise and reputation in the history of health and medicine. Janet is a superb communicator and scholar whose most notable accomplishments have been in making the richness of Australia’s social ...

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North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp.

Talk by David Sornig - Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp. In Blue Lake, David Sornig examines how the 8km-square zone to the west of central Melbourne became the city's blind spot. Once a fertile wetland with a large blue saltwater lagoon, it passed through various incarnations: from boneyards and rubbish tips; through the Depression-era Dudley ...

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North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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In the Footsteps of Nicholas O’Donnell: doctor and community leader in Hotham 1869-1919

Saturday 12 October 2.00pm. A walk lead by Val Noone - In the Footsteps of Nicholas O’Donnell: doctor and community leader in Hotham 1869-1919. Dr Nicholas O’Donnell (1862- 1920) was a prominent medical practitioner and Irish scholar who lived and worked in North Melbourne during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His remarkable manuscript of Irish family history, Nicholas ...

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