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

ALL EVENTS POSTPONED

until at least 1 July 2020

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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Velvet, Iron, Ashes

Discover surprising connections between extraordinary people, events and icons from Victoria's history. Follow your own path of exploration on a trail of unexpected, intertwined stories. Velvet, Iron, Ashes opens up a new way of seeing our history and reveals as never before how our stories intersect. Find out how the armour of infamous bushranger Ned Kelly is connected to cricket's ...

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State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Update ‘At home on Hotham Hill’

Guy Murphy has kindly offered to give a talk about the update on his book, ‘Hotham Hill: The Second Chapter' First Chapter Summary: For more than a century, countless passers-by have wondered about the big house at 519 Dryburgh Street, North Melbourne-the house with the overgrown Bougainvillea and the commanding view of Royal Park. Who lives there now, who built ...

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North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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‘Brothels, bordellos and bagnios: Sex work in nineteenth-century Melbourne’.

If your husband left you with young children, no money and no job, what would you do? If you were an unmarried mother with no family to turn to, and no work available where you could take a child, how would you survive? In nineteenth-century Melbourne there were no supporting pensions and no childcare options, so for many women the ...

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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