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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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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Walking the bounds of the Blue Lake with David Sornig.

The walking tour will be a follow up to his book, 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 Flats shanty town; to ...

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Talk: Victoria’s Earliest Potteries by Greg Hill

Talk given by Mr. Greg Hill. Greg has been a collector of Australian pottery for 44 years and an antique dealer for 28. He published ‘Victoria’s Earliest Potteries’ in 2019 which describes a previously unknown history of potteries in Victoria. In this talk Greg will describe the history of some of our earliest potteries including the North Melbourne Pottery that ...

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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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Hotham History Project Inc AGM

Annual General Meeting this year will focus on the special topic: The Melbourne Streets Project. This on-line project was initiated by HHP committee members Sue Scarfe and Stephen Hatcher. It is a long term project that celebrates, in the first instance, the history of our streets in North and West Melbourne. You are invited to contribute to this project and ...

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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

Date and time still to be confirmed. 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 ...

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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