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August 2018

Annual General Meeting

Aug 25, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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Talk - Annual General Meeting Commencing at 2.00pm. Members and Friends of Hotham History Project Inc. are cordially invited to our Annual General Meeting to be held in the Hotham Room in the North Melbourne Library on Saturday 25 August commencing at 2.00pm. The Agenda for the meeting will be circulated to all members in early August. Due to the unavailability of the advertised guest speaker (who will speak at a later date) we have an alternative speaker and topic…

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September 2018

Talk – Colonial Victoria’s Stained Glass Craftsmen

Sep 25, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Elm Street Church Hall, 2 Elm Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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Tuesday 25 September 2018 at 7.30 pm. Elm Street Church Hall. A talk by Ray Brown titled ‘Colonial Victoria’s Stained Glass Craftsmen’. Colonial Victoria’s leading stained glass window firm, Ferguson & Urie, began in Curzon Street, North Melbourne in 1853. The factory building, now apartments, was the first stained glass workshop in Australia where thousands of magnificent stained glass windows were created and installed in churches, public buildings and private homes in Melbourne and across Australia. It operated until the…

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October 2018

History Week 2018

Oct 7, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018

History Week 2018 History Week, organised by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) will this year be held from 7 to 14 October. Numerous events for the week are planned and the best way to get information on these is through the History Week website at: http://historyweek.org.au/

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Spring Fling 2018

Oct 21, 2018
Errol Street North Melbourne VIC, Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3152 Australia
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Sunday 21 October – Spring Fling Hotham History Inc. will again be represented at Spring Fling held in Errol Street and surrounding laneways on Sunday 21 October. This is our opportunity to tell the local community what Hotham History does and to connect with people through an appreciation of our shared local history. The locals of North and West Melbourne are gearing up to hit the streets in celebration of the 40th annual Spring Fling Street Festival taking place on…

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November 2018

An evening of Historical Treasures

Nov 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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What are Historical Treasures you might ask? It could be an object that has been in your possession for generations, an early photograph of the area or family members, a time capsule or a good luck charm found in your house while renovating. To accompany this program we will have on display a collection of historical memorabilia and photographs from our own library that are rarely on public display. If you have any historical treasures you wish to bring along…

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January 2019

The changing face of Victoria

Jan 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - Dec 31, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Dome Galleries, Level 5 The Dome, SLV
Free

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 220 new items from across our collections are now on display in The changing face of Victoria exhibition. Highlights include:…

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March 2019

Governor Hotham’s Memorial.

Mar 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

Talk by Dr Celistina Sagazio - Governor Hotham’s Memorial. Dr Celestina Sagazio is historian and manager of Cultural Heritage of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. She previously worked as an historian for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) for twenty-six years. She is the author and editor of a number of publications, including Cemeteries: Our Heritage, Conserving Our Cemeteries, The National Trust Research Manual and Women’s Melbourne. Governor Sir Charles Hotham helped spark the historically significant Eureka Stockade Rebellion in…

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May 2019

Greening Melbourne.

May 28, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

Talk by Ian Shears - Greening Melbourne. Melbourne's urban forest includes approximately 20,000 trees in the private realm. These trees help keep our landscape resilient, our city liveable and sustainable and maintain Melbourne’s character and heritage. City of Melbourne's Exceptional Tree Register was adopted by Council in 2012.  It enables us to recognise, celebrate and protect the exceptional trees that exist on privately owned or managed land in our city. You can learn about the trees on the register via…

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July 2019

Alphonsus Vincent (Phonse) Tobin – Irish (and North Melbourne) to his core.

Jul 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

Talk by Des Tobin - ‘A. V. (Phonse) Tobin – Irish (and North Melbourne) to his core.  Alphonsus Vincent Tobin (1905–1993), funeral director and football administrator, was born on 23 August 1905 in Melbourne, third of six surviving children of Irish-born Thomas Tobin, labourer, and his Victorian-born second wife Alice, née O’Dowd. Phonse’s twin brother, Bernard, died two days later. His father struggled financially and the family moved frequently. For a brief period they lived at an undertaker’s premises where…

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August 2019

Vandemonians in North Melbourne: our Local Convict Past.

Aug 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

AGM, Guest Speaker: Professor Janet McCalman AC - Vandemonians in North Melbourne: our Local Convict Past. Janet is an eminent scholar in her field of Australian social history, with particular expertise and reputation in the history of health and medicine. Janet is a superb communicator and scholar whose most notable accomplishments have been in making the richness of Australia’s social history accessible to other scholars, students of history and of the philosophy of science, medical students and postgraduate students of…

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September 2019

Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp.

Sep 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

Talk by David Sornig - Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp. 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.…

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October 2019

An update on the Home on Hotham Hill.

Oct 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

Talk by Guy Murphy - An update on the Home on Hotham Hill. Date still to be confirmed. 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 and fifty years, and encapsulates…

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In the Footsteps of Nicholas O’Donnell: doctor and community leader in Hotham 1869-1919

Oct 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
$10

Saturday 12 October 2.00pm. A walk lead by Val Noone - In the Footsteps of Nicholas O’Donnell: doctor and community leader in Hotham 1869-1919. Dr Nicholas O’Donnell (1862- 1920) was a prominent medical practitioner and Irish scholar who lived and worked in North Melbourne during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His remarkable manuscript of Irish family history, Nicholas O’Donnell’s Autobiography, has been edited and annotated by Dr Val Noone who will lead this walk highlighting the events and…

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2019 Spring Fling

Oct 19, 2019
Errol Street, Errol Street
North Melbourne, VIC Australia

Come and visit the Hotham History Project at the 2019 Spring Fling. We will be in shop 54 in Errol Street, just along from the library.  As usual, we will have some of the Hotham History publications about the local area for sale and members of the Hotham History Project will be on hand to have a chat about North and West Melbourne History. A multimedia display will showcase some of the street history and famous people from North and…

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November 2019

Talk by David Sornig, Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp

Nov 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

Talk by David Sornig, Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp.

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Walk led by Celestina Sagazio of the Melbourne General Cemetery including the Hotham Monument.

Nov 30, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Melburne General Cemetery, Melbourne, VIC Australia

Walk led by Celestina Sagazio of the Melbourne General Cemetery including the Hotham Monument.

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December 2019

Book Launch: A Guide to Historic St Kilda

Dec 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Readings Bookshop St Kilda, 112 Ackland Street
St Kilda, VIC 3182 Australia
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Free

Where was the alpaca paddock? Who has the Palais chandelier? Was there a Banksy painting in a laneway? Join author, David Willis for the launch of his latest book, A Guide to Historic St Kilda on Tuesday 10 December at 6pm at Readings, 112 Acland St. RSVP: stkildapress@outlook.com

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Book Launch: Locating Australian Literary Memory

Dec 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
RHSV, 239 A'Beckett Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Free

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 a Banjo Paterson song)! It is orientated around eleven authors – Adam Lindsay Gordon, Joseph Furphy, Henry Handel Richardson, Henry…

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January 2020

DNA for family history research

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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Free

DNA testing has become a more affordable and increasingly popular way for people to explore their family history. ​Join Craig Smith, enthusiastic family historian who has successfully used DNA to identify long lost relatives and new-found cousins and learn what can be revealed by taking a DNA test and how it can assist you with your genealogy research. Bookings are required.

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February 2020

Seminar: EARLY MELBOURNE SUBURBS 1835-1880

February 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
RHSV, 239 A'Beckett Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$40 – $60

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 their locale Footscray by Carmel Taig Prahran by Steven Haby & Judith Buckrich Heidelberg by Graham Thorley “Up Sydney Road”…

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Book Launch: John Marshall and Bounty Migration to Port Phillip

February 18 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
RHSV, 239 A'Beckett Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
Free

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, Marshall was Britain’s most active emigration agent: in the three years 1839-1841, he sent 21 ships containing nearly 5000 bounty…

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Night School: Indigenous astronomy

February 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Southbank Library, 207 City Road
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Free

How did Indigenous astronomers predict weather and harvest cycles, and navigate vast distances? Join Krystal De Napoli, a Kamilaroi astrophysics student, as she explores Indigenous knowledge of the night sky, including solar eclipses and moon halos. Bookings required.

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Starting Family History

February 24 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Level 6, 85 Queen Street Melbourne 3000 Australia + Google Map
$5

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 characters, not just your family. The GSV has not just an impressive research centre but it hosts a multitude of…

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March 2020

Walking the bounds of the Blue Lake with David Sornig.

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 2020

Down the Maribyrnong with Peter Somerville on the Blackbird.

April 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Members will recall the cruise up the Maribyrnong River on the Blackbird in April 2018. This trip takes us into an entirely different environment down the River. Peter Somerville has an intimate knowledge of the history of the River and will guide us past the old junction of the Maribyrnong with the Yarra River, past Web dock container terminal and onto Docklands. Tickets $20 for HHP members, their children $10. Non HHP members $25. Space is limited, book now with…

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Victoria’s Earliest Potteries’

April 28 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 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 2020

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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Free

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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