Sunday, 1 March 2015

RHSV Best Seller List to Feb 2015

 The top selling books in the History Victoria Bookshop from the time it went online at the end of October 2014 until the end of February 2015 shows father and daughter in first and second positions:

1 Poor Souls, They Perished: The Cataraqui, Australia's worst shipwreck, by Andrew Lemon and Marjorie Morgan.

2 A Way With the Fairies: the lost story of sculptor Ola Cohn.  An Autobiography edited by Barbara Lemon.

After that, in equal third position, are:

3 The Art of Being Melbourne, by Maree Coote.

3 Barristers Solicitors Pettifoggers: profiles in Australian colonial legal history. By Simon Smith.

3 Burning the Bails: the story of the Ashes. By Krista Bell.

3 Gum Trees, Lagoons & Flat Plains: A history of Yarroweyah, Koonoomoo and Yarroweyah North 1878-1962. By Margaret E. Fleming.

3 Norwood: it changed the face of Melbourne. By Roland Johnson.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

RHSV Catalogues are back online

Difficulties were experienced during the switchover.  Image courtesy of

A major upgrade to our IT network and operating systems has lately been installed, but experienced a few hiccups in the switchover.  The technicians have now sorted it out (and we hope it stays sorted out!), and our databases are available once again for searching.  We apologise for inconvenience caused during the downtime.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

President Don Garden and the RHSV Volunteers' Christmas Party, 2014

 RHSV President Don Garden and the Volunteers enjoyed a luscious Christmas feast at their Headquarters in A'Beckett.  Don thanked the Staff and Volunteers, and particularly those who worked to make the party a wonderful and friendly event.  He also outlined the latest progress on our efforts to remain at the Drill Hall.  Our most recent approach to the new Minister can be seen in the December Update on our homepage.

The Drill Hall will close at noon on Tuesday 23 December, so there is still time to check out the History Victoria Bookshop in person.  Online orders will not be dispatched until we re-open on Monday 12 January.  Enjoy your celebrations and holiday break, and we will see you back next year!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Gifts and Holiday reads at the RHSV

The new History Victoria Online Bookshop was launched during History Week by Maree Coote, a former winner of the Victorian Community History Award in 2012 for her book The Art of Being Melbourne.  A feature of the launch was the large number of the entries in the 2014 awards, available for purchase in our Online catalogue.  You are also welcome to come in and browse the selection on display. 

If you wish to purchase a book online, please do so soon, as we won't be able to guarantee delivery before Christmas if you leave it too late.  If time is short, pop in and buy them over the counter, at 239 A'Beckett St, Melbourne, near Flagstaff Station.

Click here to view our History Victoria Online catalogue.

You can also download a complete list of entries, with descriptions, in the 2014 Victorian Community History Awards.  Not all of these are available for sale - you will need to check the catalogue.

December 2014 History News now available

You can download the most recent issue of History News from the RHSV website.    Please note that the RHSV headquarters will be closed from 23 December 2014 and re-open on 12 January 2015.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Soldier Boys launched at the Drill Hall

With some World War 1 era songs to put us in the mood, Max Waugh's book on Soldier Boys: the militarisation of Australian and New Zealand Schools for World War 1 was launched at the Drill Hall by RHSV President Don Garden on Tuesday 18 November. 

Afterwards the guests adjourned to the Officers' Mess upstairs and enjoyed a panel discussion with Max Waugh, Russell Robinson (author of Khaki Crims and Desperadoes), moderated by Past RHSV President Andrew Lemon. 

Soldier Boys is available at the RHSV bookshop, but Khaki Crims is not at present.

Monday, 10 November 2014

VCHA 2014 Historical Interpretation Award Commendations

The winners in each category of the Victorian Community History Awards 2014 have already been posted to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria website.
The following posts list the entries which were Commended by the Judges.
Coastal Guide to Nature and History Port Phillip Bay, by Graham Patterson.

Coranderrk: we will show the country, by Giordano Nanni and Andrea James,.

A Way With the Fairies: the lost story of sculptor Ola Cohn. An autobiography, by Barbara Lemon, editor.

Art Behind the Wire: the untold story of refugee families interned in Australia during the Second World War, by Melinda Mockridge.