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

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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The changing face of Victoria

Visit a remarkable free exhibition that tells the stories of the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria. About the exhibition Discover the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria. Encounter explorers, gain insights into life on the goldfields, and explore life in Victoria in the 20th and 21st centuries from Bells Beach to Black Saturday. More than ...

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Dome Galleries, Level 5 The Dome, SLV,

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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Book Launch: Locating Australian Literary Memory

The RHSV is delighted to host the launch of Brigid Magner’s Locating Australian Literary Memory which explores the cultural meanings suffusing local literary commemorations. John Arnold, book historian and former editor of the La Trobe Journal, will launch the book and also there will be readings from the Henry Lawson, Adam Lindsay Gordon and Henry Handel Richardson societies (and maybe ...

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RHSV, 239 A'Beckett Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Seminar: EARLY MELBOURNE SUBURBS 1835-1880

The RHSV and the Genealogical Society of Victoria are delighted to co-present this full-day seminar which will give participants a deep understanding of the forces and influences which have shaped Melbourne’s early growth. The seminar will be opened with a overview by Gary Presland on how Melbourne’s Geography shaped its development. Then the following historians will explain the development of ...

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$40 – $60
RHSV, 239 A'Beckett Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Book Launch: John Marshall and Bounty Migration to Port Phillip

Emeritus Professor Graeme Davison AO, Chair of the History Council of Victoria, will launch Dr Liz Rushen’s book, John Marshall: Shipowner, Lloyd’s reformer and emigration agent. After the launch, Dr Rushen will deliver a paper which explores the significant role John Marshall played in the white settlement of the Port Phillip District. When Port Phillip was first opened up for settlement, ...

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RHSV, 239 A'Beckett Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Starting Family History

The Genealogical Society of Victoria offers RHSV members & friends an introduction to the resources and skills needed to immerse yourself in family history. For anyone contemplating researching their family this event is key. It is also of great interest for those undertaking more general research as family research skills and resources can be used to create histories for any ...

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$5
Level 6, 85 Queen Street Melbourne, 3000 Australia
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The Hotham History Blog is a collection of stories about North and West Melbourne