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May 2020

A Nation Divided: The Great War and Conscription

May 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - Sep 26, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
Old Treasury Building, 20-70 Spring Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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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 bitter recrimination, it seemed as if the soul of the grieving nation would tear itself apart. A new exhibition at…

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June 2020

Wayward Women?

Jun 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - Jun 5, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
Old Treasury Building, 20-70 Spring Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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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 who sold contraceptive devices from her druggist shop in North Melbourne while campaigning for votes for women? Some of these…

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Velvet, Iron, Ashes

Jun 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - Feb 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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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 celebrated Ashes Urn, how fairy floss is connected to Victoria's Latrobe Valley electricity industry, and why the granddaughter of one…

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March 2021

Walking the bounds of the Blue Lake with David Sornig.

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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 the modern-day docks. Through it all, one thing that has persisted is its uncanny, liminal quality. As well as being…

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April 2021

Talk: Victoria’s Earliest Potteries by Greg Hill

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm

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 operated from 1854 to 1872.

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June 2021

Talk: Historical Experience of Urbanisation of North Melbourne by Fiona Gatt

June 22 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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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 to Victoria in the 1850s, to the service of eight cousins in the war and their post-war lives. The technique…

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August 2021

Hotham History Project Inc AGM

August 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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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 in this presentation selected members will give a 'show and tell' of their entries and outline how you can contribute.…

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October 2021

Brothels, bordellos and bagnios: Sex work in nineteenth-century Melbourne

October 31
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

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 childcare options, so for many women the solution was sex work. They could work their own hours, they could do…

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November 2021

Talk: Maldon: A New History by Brian Rhule

November 30

Date and time still to be confirmed.

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