Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) help

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) 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 such as lectures, seminars, excursions, tours and exhibitions for the benefit of members, affiliated historical societies, and the general public.

The RHSV has a variety of established programs that support our mission of promoting Victorian history including History Week, the Victorian Community History Awards and the continued work of the History Victoria Support Group.

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria is managed by the Council that operates under the Society’s Constitution.

Contact Details

239 A'Beckett Street Melbourne VIC 3000

9326 9288

Christine Worthington (Collections Manager & Volunteer Coordinator) Rosemary Cameron (Executive Officer) Farzana Ahmed (Administration Officer)

Visitor Information

239 A'Beckett Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Office: Monday – Thursday 9.00am - 5.00 pm Friday 9.00am – 3.00 pm / Library: Monday – Thursday 10.00 am - 4.00pm Friday 10.00am – 3.00pm

Admission is free. Research is free for members. Research fee (non-members) $16.50 per day.


 Reference library


 Function space

 Guided tour

 Public programmes

 Membership club


Other Facilities

Current exhibition: Standing on the Corner : 1850-1960 (on now until December 2017). Standing on the Corner illustrates how Melbourne’s corners have been used across 110 years. These are corners of Melbourne as they were – so many of them now lost to us. To provide context for the images, we will also display a variety of maps of Melbourne for the period 1850-1960.

Next lecture:
23 November 2017 : Lunchtime Lecture : Secret Codes and the "Cable Girls" of West Block
Speaker: Peter Dowling
Refreshments 12.30 pm, lecture 1.00 pm
Venue: 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Cost: Members free, non-members $10
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