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History Week 2017


Join the Royal Historical Society of Victoria for their annual History Week, taking place 15-22 October 2017.

This uniquely Victorian celebration of history is designed to connect past to present, bring people together and to revel in our rich and vibrant past. Events take place all across Victoria, with something for everyone.

History Week is coordinated by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and features events, lectures, tours, talks, adventures and more - inviting participants to step out of the present and peer into the past.

Below is just a selection of some of the dozens of events taking place this History Week that Victorian's can explore, attend and partake in.


Catwalk to Sidewalk - a photographic exhibition showcasing Melbourne's past and present street fashions.

Migration Melbourne - walking tour with historian Nadia Rhook, retracing the urban footpaths of migrants, that shaped Melbourne.

Prahran's History on Display: Cato Street Archaeological Dig - join archaeologist, Dr Michelle Negus Cleary to learn about artefacts unearthed in what was hailed as one of the area's most significant finds.

Drive-In Saturday with David Kilderry - a talk by David Kilderry, a pre-eminent drive in theatre historian, drive-in owner and CATHS member.

Mapping Port Melbourne's Past - join historians Janet Bolitho and Margaret Bride for a discussion on the use of historic maps and aerial photos to track changes to Port Melbourne.

Victoria Police Museum Tour - meet some of Melbourne's murky underworld figures and learn about some of the Victoria Police's most notable investigations.

Royal Historical Society of Victoria: Standing on the Corner - a photo exhibition illustrating how Melbourne's corners have been used over 110 years.

Royal Historical Society of Victoria: Flagstaff Garden Walking Tour - join expert tour guides from the RHSV on guided walks through the beautiful Flagstaff Gardens - the historic heart of the City.


Dyson's: Moving with the Times - a rare opportunity to go 'behind the scenes' of this iconic local, Australian family-owned and operated business.

Whittlesea Crime Tour - take a bus trip to uncover Whittlesea's criminal past. Visit sites of infamy and uncover stories of crime and mayhem from days gone-by.

Learn How Gunpowder was Made - see the restored Black Powder Mill in operation and learn about the history of the production of gunpowder and explosives.

Wedding Dresses Through Time - enjoy a fascinating exhibition of bridal gowns, wedding memorabilia and photographs.

Guided Tour of Queenscliffe Historical Museum - join museum tour guides as they bring to life stories of our early pioneers.

Events take place all across the city of Melbourne and the countryside. Many of the events are free, but some require bookings and/or have a cost. For information on the above events and all the others on offer, please visit www.historyweek.org.au

People with a special interest in history are invited to join the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and take advantage of additional benefits, such as free monthly talks, assistance with historical research, subscriptions to historical publications and free admission to society exhibitions.

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