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Royal Historical Society of Victoria

239 A'Beckett Street MELBOURNE Phone: (03) 9326 9288 Visit Website

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria was formed in 1909 and is a community organisation committed to collecting, researching and sharing an understanding of the history of Victoria. With the support of a large number of volunteers, the RHSV provides a full program of activities (eg lectures, seminars, excursions and exhibitions) for the benefit of members and the general public. The Society publishes a monthly newsletter, a reviewed journal and books of historical interest. Its activities are available to all Victorians. Today, the Society has over 1200 individual members, as well as functioning as the umbrella organisation for more than 260 local and specialist historical societies throughout Victoria. Membership of the RHSV is open. All those with an interest in history are welcome to join. The collection is used extensively by local history and family researchers, post-graduate students, authors and commercial enterprises. We offer personal advice and assistance to individual re

Our Collection

The focus of the collection is Victorian history from earliest times but particularly since European settlement. The collection includes books, pamphlets, ephemera, manuscripts and images.

The RHSV Collection is one of Australia's most significant historical collections focusing on the Victorian experience in Australian History. Donations have been received over more than a century and includes items from early settlers, their descendants, amateur and professional historians, societies and community organisations making it a rich and diverse collection covering social, economic, political and cultural aspects of Victoria's history.

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