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

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True North

A self guided walk to view the Hoardings erected at the new Arden train station worksite. The hoardings give a glimpse into some of the rich history of North Melbourne. Read more about the True North project here.

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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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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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Talk ‘Re-Living the Early Days’: Memory, childhood and self-indigenisation in Hotham/North Melbourne – by Fiona Gatt

Hotham History Project invites you to a talk on 'Re-Living the Early Days': Memory, childhood and self-indigenisation in Hotham/North Melbourne – by Fiona Gatt, Historian, academic & PhD candidate, Deakin University. This talk will analyse an archive of letters, written in 1934–5 during the centenary celebrations of Melbourne, by adults who were children in the 1860s and 70s in Hotham. ...

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Bastow Institute, 603 - 615 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne, victoria 3051 Australia
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The Hotham History Articles tab is a collection of stories about North and West Melbourne