Perhaps a book for Christmas?

By Richard Broome, Royal Historical Society of Victoria

In November-December the RHSV is gearing up for Christmas. 

Our bookshop offers many fascinating books on Victorian history which are available online through or by direct purchase from our premises at 239 A’Beckett St.

On offer will be many books from the recent Victorian Community History Awards, including the winner of the Premier’s History Prize, John Burch’s magnificent history of the Hattah Lakes area Returning the Kulkyne, as well as many section winners including John Barnes’ biography of Governor LaTrobe and Morrison and Clausen’s Cruden Farm, the diaries of Lady Murdoch’s garden.

Also on sale is our own thinking-person’s coffee table book, Remembering Melbourne 1850-1960, the product of over 100 volunteers in 20 historical societies including the RHSV.

This book, which sold out in four weeks last year, is back in an improved edition. It contains 368 pages in hard-bound edition, displaying 700 images, each one with a significant caption, and its 40 sections are each introduced by an expert.

Many of the images are of buildings and streetscapes long disappeared and puts us in touch with the Melbourne of our forebears and our childhood. It is still the same ridiculous price of $35 for pickup at our premises, plus $20 for postage and handling. All proceeds to the RHSV’s publications fund to sustain our 108-year-old journal.

Finally, our exhibition Standing on the Corner, is still open for viewing until December 20. It reveals photographs of famous street corners in Melbourne as they once stood, as well as maps to orient the viewer. These photographs and maps come from the RHSV’s own collection of over 55,000 images.

Gold Coin entry open Monday to Friday, Royal Historical Society of Victoria 239 A’Beckett St.


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