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

Kate Prinsley (Executive Officer) Gerardine Horgan (Administrative Officer) Christine Worthington (Collections Manager, Volunteer Coordinator)

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: Melbourne Day: The Making of ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ 1835-1890, the Making of Remembering Melbourne 2015-2016
Speaker: Professor Emeritus Richard Broome FAHA FRHSV
(1.00 pm, Wed 30 August 2017, refreshments 12.30pm)

History Victoria Support Group Seminar
(10am-3.30pm, Saturday 19 August 2017)
at the Gold Museum, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat
-37.810783 144.95624 16 Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV)
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