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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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Festival of Bells

June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St James Old Cathedral, 2-10 Batman Street
West Melbourne, VIC 3003 Australia
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NEW DATE Saturday 6th June. Festival of Bells Features New Music from Internationally Famous Composers WEST MELBOURNE – On Saturday, 6th June from 1 to 5 pm, the Festival of Bells at St James Old Cathedral on Batman Street will be presenting new music from some of Australia’s pre-eminent composers.  The compositions, which include and evoke the sound of bells, will involve the tower bells, the Federation Handbells, singers from the Newlands Choir, and the Roslyn McKenzie Mini Ring, a…

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July 2020

Local history topic to be advised – Fiona Gatt.

July 28 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 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 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 uncovered just how influential pre-war circumstances were to…

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August 2020

Hotham History Project Inc AGM

August 29 @ 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 2020

Update ‘At home on Hotham Hill’

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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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 it, what are its stories? This history of a house and its owners and tenants covers more than a hundred…

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November 2020

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

November 24 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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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 it in their own homes, and it…

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