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                                          NEWS                      HISTORY WEEK 24 – 31 October
                                                                                                         Issue No. 288 AUG 2010
                                                                                                 Royal Historical Society of Victoria




 Facts & Fables – making
                                                                   Calling all History Week 2010 event details
 local history                                                     History Week 2010 is being held from Sunday 24 October to
                                                                   Sunday 31 October and a range of exciting events are planned.
 Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 August                                    But we need your event details to add to the list!
 The RHSV conference – Bendigo                                     To make sure your event is included on the History Week website,
 Come and spend an inspiring and stimulating weekend in            please send the following information to:
 Bendigo taking part in our conference.                            info@historyweek.org.au:
                                                                   • the event title;
 The flexibility of the weekend allows you to book for any
                                                                   • a brief description of the event;
 or all of the weekend’s events; these include Saturday’s
 informative excursion to historical sites associated with the     • the location of the event;
 150th anniversary of the Burke and Wills expedition; or the       • the event time;
 conference dinner when the guest speaker will be the Sir          • a cost (if any); and
 John Monash Distinguished Professor, Graeme Davison on            • a contact (name and telephone number) for more
 Facts and Fables: making history; or Sunday’s session when            information.
 excellent speakers will be discussing different ways in making    We’ll then provide you with a copy of the official History Week
 local history.                                                    logo to include on all of your promotional material and send
 The full conference program and booking form is included          you a bunch of postcards to promote History Week to your local
 with this newsletter or can be downloaded from the RHSV           community.
 website.                                                          If you don’t have anything planned as yet, put your thinking caps
                                                                   on. Possible event topics include:
 Bookings close Monday 23 August.
                                                                   • history walking tours around town;
                                                                   • Open House ‘behind the scenes’ tours of historical buildings;
                                                                   • celebrating the life of a local identity;
BOOK SALE                                                          • exploring the history of housing styles in your area;
                                                                   • tracing your family history;
SUNDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 10am – 4pm                                     • creating a town time capsule; and/or
Bring out your books!!!!                                           • welcoming a guest speaker to talk on an area of interest to
                                                                       residents.
We need books for the famous RHSV Annual Book Sale!!
                                                                   Make sure you get back to Samantha Smith, History Week
Clean out your bookshelves; reduce that heap of books on your      Coordinator and send her an email with your details
bed side table!!!                                                  info@historyweek.org.au by the 28 August 2010.
If you have any books that you no longer need please ‘phone us     And help spread the word!
on 9326 9288 and we’ll come and collect them.                      Speak to your local school, newspaper, radio station and
Alternatively you can drop them off at the RHSV – there is 10      community groups and invite them to become involved with
minute free parking outside the front door.                        and promote History Week.
We welcome books on any topic.                                     Join in on the celebrations and make this year’s History
                                                                   Week another stunning success!
Any offers of help gratefully received.                            For all enquiries, please contact the Royal Historical Society of
                                                                   Victoria on (03) 9326 9288.
Thank You
The Royal Historical Society of Victoria would like to thank the      LECTURE – Tuesday 10 August
Vera Moore Foundation for once again supporting History Week.
Small historical societies and larger organizations are brought      VICTORIA IN FOCUS: The RHSV’s
together by the RHSV under the umbrella of History Week –            Photography Collection
the cumulative effect is a fabulous array of events throughout
Victoria. This would not be possible without the support of the      Tuesday 10 August
Vera Moore Foundation.                                               Speaker: Michele Summerton
The RHSV will be announcing its HISTORY WEEK grants                  Where: RHSV
                                                                     Time:    5.15pm
                                                zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ tea/coffee 5.45 Lecture
program for affiliated historical societies in the September edition
of History News                                                      Cost:    Members Free Non- Members $5.50
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                                                                  RHSV NEWS


    Exhibition on the Catalan
    Community in Victoria
                                                     Community history ignored in
    Did you know that Catalan people were the
    first ones to grow tomatoes in Australia? Did    election campaign
    you know that the famous Australian meat
    pie was a French-Catalan invention? The          The national peak body, The Federation of Australian Historical
    connection of the Catalan community with         Societies representing over 100,000 historical society members in
    Victoria was central to the development of
                                                     Australia is disappointed that none of the major political parties has so
    Melbourne in the beginning of the 20thC.
    Indeed, one can still recognise the influence    far paid attention to the community history movement’s important role
    of those Catalan pioneers in Victoria.           during the current federal election campaign.
    Myriades Associacio Cultural is organising
    an exhibition on the Catalan community in        Don Garden, President of the Federation        through the development of local history
    Australia. If you have any information or        of Australian Historical Societies, argues     museums and tourist information on other
    contacts of people from Catalan or Spanish       that community history deserves far more       historic places.
    descent, please get in touch with Lluisa         support. He urges party leaders to clearly     Suppor t for community histor y
    at lluisavilalta@myriadesculturals.org or        acknowledge this in their policy statements.   organisations to provide essential resources
    0415977530.                               ‘Community histor y volunteers do                     for the new National Curriculum in
    Lluisa Vilalta is Project Manager at invaluable work that would be far more                     History.
    Myriades Associacio Cultural, a non-for- expensive if undertaken by government                  Support that allows community history
    profit organisation based in Barcelona.   agencies’, Associate Professor Garden                 organisations to protect heritage places
                                              said. ‘Particularly in rural and suburban             and collections from climate change’s
    Welcome Jane                              areas’, he continued, ‘they make significant          predicted impacts.
                                              contributions to local economies. Assuming
    At the July council meeting, Council was that the estimated 100,000 members each                Associate Professor Garden warns that
    delighted to co-opt Jane Carolan onto the contributes an average of one hour of their           failure to offer such assistance would
    Council. A full introduction to Jane will time per month, valued conservatively at              have dire consequences. ‘Many historical
    be published in the September edition of $20 per hour, this gives a total of about              societies’, he added, ‘are already under
    History News.                             $24 million per annum.’                               considerable financial pressure, finding
                                                                                                    it increasingly difficult to undertake tasks
    Wonderful Whites                             Many of those contributions are now under          that the wider community expects and
                                                 threat unless greater government assistance        values.’ He calls on parties contesting
    The Society is grateful to Whites Law is provided. Examples include –
    Binder y who have been re-binding                                                               the federal election to properly address
    damaged volumes of the Sands and Support and training to preserve, protect,                     societies’ concerns.
    McDougall Directories of Victoria on our display and digitise the large number of Contact
    behalf.                                      valuable collections held by community
                                                 history organisations.                         Federation of Australian Historical
    Members will understand the very heavy                                                      Societies
    use made of these volumes and the Greater support to enable community www.history.org.au
    inevitable wear and tear given the number history organisations to contribute as
    of pages and the fragility of the paper. Ted effectively as possible to tourism, especially
    Congdon and Chris McIntyre are terrific
    to deal with and we are thrilled with the
    newly stitched and newly covered volumes.
    The Company acquired our former binder,            Open house at the Drill Hall
    Apollo Moon, some years ago and all             Over the weekend of 24 and 25 July the RHSV participated for the first time
    business is now conducted at White’s office
    in Glenhuntly Road, South Caulfield.
                                                    in Melbourne Open House as one of fifty-nine buildings in the city which
                                                       opened their doors to the public. Nearly 550 visitors, many of whom had
    We strongly recommend the firm to
    members interested in binding and printing
                                                       never been to the Drill Hall before, streamed through the building. We had
    jobs, no matter how small.                         a lot to offer with Jenny Davies’ Beyond the Facade exhibition about
                                                       Flinders Street, as well as our splendid Art Deco building and mysterious
                                                       historical activities.
    The RHSV Foundation                                Owing to the window project still being underway (to assist in dust-proofing
    continues to build                                 our Collection), a huge amount of re-organising and cleaning had to be done
    We are delighted to announce the support           to present a fresh face to the public. So our grateful thanks to Lenore Frost
    of our most recent Foundation Founder:             who managed and contributed so much to our involvement in Melbourne
    Dr. Hugh Anderson                                  Open House, and to Society volunteers who helped both with the cleaning
    We wish to correct a mistake – in the              and shifting, and with their presence during the Open House: Liz Coady,
    June edition of History News we forgot to          Marg Connor, Jenny Davies, Joan Hunt, Lorraine James, Andrew
    include Olwen Ford, along with Frank               Lemon, Chris Manchee, Norma Mullins, Jane Nigro, Diana Phoenix,
    Ford, as a recent Foundation Founder.              Susan Priestley, John Rose, Simon Smith, David Thompson, Brian
    We apologise for forgetting her name and           Ward. Furthermore, our many thanks to staff member Gerardine Horgan
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    support.                                           who was stalwart in her help and advice

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                                                                      WHAT’S ON


 TUESDAY 31 AUGUST                             23 SEPTEMBER                                                                               From the President
                                                                                                                                          Having had the opportunity, for the first
                                                                                                                                          time in my career, for a two month research
                                                                                                                                          visit to England, I came back at the end
                                                                                                                                          of June with horizons broadened. Was the
                                                                                                                                          mind deepened? Who can say. My absence
                                                      PATRON: Prof David de Kretser AC
                                                                                              Speaker:                                    overlapped to some extent with that of our
                                              The Great Melbourne
                                                              Governor of Victoria


                                                                        Dr Richard
                                                      PRESIDENT: Prof Lynne Selwood MSc PhD
                                                                                                                                          Executive Officer, Kate Prinsley, who was
                                                   The Royal Society of
                                              Telescope: Restoring our
                                                   Victoria             Gillespie                                                         off on her Churchill Fellowship tour of
                                                      and
                                                                                              Museum Victoria
                                                                                                                                          community heritage facilities in America
                                              astronomical heritage
                                                   The Royal Historical “The Great Melbourne
                                                                                                                                          and the UK. Kate returned last week, at
Flinders Street Station                               Society of Victoria                     Telescope: Restoring
                                              JOINT ANNUAL LECTURE:      our astronomical
                                                                                                                                          the end of July. Each of us can only say
Exhibition’ celebration                            Joint Annual Lecture: heritage”
                                                                                                                                          sincere thanks to all those who kept the
                                           The Royal Society of Victoria                      Pre-Lecture Refreshments from 6.15pm

                                                 23rd September
                                                                                              Cost of refreshments $20 pay on the night

Please join us for an ‘end of the Flinders                                                    RSVP for catering is essential by 12 noon
                                                                                                                                          wheels turning.
Street Station Exhibition’ celebration on  and the RHSV2010                                   21st September 2010 (Telephone


                                                       7pm
                                                                                              96635259 or email:
                                                                                                                                          In particular I am thinking of our Office
Tuesday 31 August. Jason Robert’s water Speaker: Dr Richard Gillespie
                                                            at the Royal Society Hall
                                                       Entrance now at 8 La Trobe Street
                                                                                              rsv@sciencevictoria.org.au
                                                                                                                                          Manager, Gerardine Horgan and to
colour of Flinders Street Station will be Where: Royal Society Hall, entrance                                                             Christine Cooze and Vicki Court for doing
up for auction as well as several of the              now at 8 LaTrobe Street,                                                            so much more than merely holding the fort.
other framed copies of the architectural              Melbourne
drawings.                                                                                                                                 Indeed I am so impressed by all that
                                           Time:      Pre-lecture refreshments                                                            happened during my absence that it is
Where: Royal Historical Society of                    6.15pm (Cost $20 on the                                                             tempting to disappear again! When I
          Victoria                                    night)                                                                              returned the windows double-glazing
When: Tuesday 31 August.                                                                                                                  project was all but complete, a real benefit
                                                      Lecture: 7pm                                                                        to the Society and its collections that came
          5.30pm to 7pm.                      RSVP: for catering essential 12 noon                                                        directly from the Federal government
Cost:     Free                                21 Sept, telephone 9663 5259                                                                Jobs Fund project and indirectly from
To assist with catering please RSVP by or email rsv&sciencevictoria.org.au                                                                advocacy by the Federation of Australian
Thursday 26 August                                                                                                                        Historical Societies on which the RHSV is
                                                                                                                                          represented. Renovations try the patience
                                                                                                                                          of the most saintly, but the end result is
 TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
                                                                                                                                          already appreciated with much reduced
                                                                                                                                          noise levels, better temperature control
The Many Lives of Kenneth Myer                                                                                                            and much less dust. It is pleasing to know
Speaker: Sue Ebury                            Ken Myer introduced Australia to the first                                                  that many regional historical societies have
                                              regional shopping centres, with Chadstone                                                   also had the benefit of this funding for their
Venue:    RHSV                                                                                                                            premises.
                                              changing the face of the Australian
Time:     5.15 tea/coffee. Lecture 5.45       landscape. Parking meters, state of the                                                     Not only the windows were in place. So
Cost:     Members Free                        art information systems at the National                                                     was the planning for our end of August
                                              Library of Australia, ground-breaking                                                       conference in Bendigo – please make a
          Non Members $5.50                   medical research at The Howard Florey                                                       point of joining us in this wonderful historic
When Kenneth Baillieu Myer’s father           Institute and genetic engineering at                                                        city where we will consider facts and fable
fell dead on the footpath in 1934, Ken’s      CSIRO were all facilitated by him.                                                          in the presentation of local history, and
life changed in an instant. As the eldest     Visionary and romantic, he was depressive                                                   get some new insights into the Burke and
son of the Jewish immigrant retailing         and driven, charming one moment, icy                                                        Wills expedition which headed off to the
genius, Sidney Baevski Myer, who went         the next. Unpretentious and a passionate                                                    outback 150 years ago this month. Also
from pedlar to philanthropist millionaire     conservationist, he was generous both                                                       in place was the temporary exhibition at
in fifteen years, 13-year-old Ken was         publicly and anonymously, giving away his                                                   A’Beckett Street to mark the centenary of
immediately acknowledged as head of the       fortune and in doing so founding modern                                                     Flinders Street station curated by Jenny
family.                                       philanthropy in Australia. Happiest when                                                    Davies. Her energy and enthusiasm gave
Despite a conventional education at           finally free of the Store, he died with his                                                 the RHSV our most successful and visited
Geelong Grammar and a year at Princeton       wifeYasuko in a light plane crash in Alaska                                                 exhibition in years. By popular demand it
University, Ken was an unconventional         in 1992.                                                                                    has been extended till the end of August:
man. He had hit headlines when he                                                                                                         make a point of coming to see it, or see it
                                              With unprecedented access to family                                                         again, before it closes.
was born and continued to make news           documents, Sue Ebury paints a vivid
throughout his life-as the powerful           portrait of the many aspects of Ken Myer’s                                                  Also in place were arrangements for
Executive Chairman of Myer; in his refusal    life, and the man himself.                                                                  the RHSV’s first involvement in the
to be Governor-General of Australia; with                                                                                                 Melbourne Open House weekend at
his separation and divorce from his wife      Sue Ebury was born and educated in New                                                      the end of July, where our former Drill
Prue and remarriage to a Japanese woman       Zealand. After nineteen years as an editor                                                  Hall was one of dozens of distinctive
half his age,Yasuko Hiraoka; as Chairman      and publishing director at an international                                                 buildings open to the public. Our co vice-
of the Victorian Arts Centre and the          publishing house, she moved to Hong Kong,                                                   president Lenore Frost organised a team
National Library of Australia; and during     where she edited The War Diaries of Weary                                                   of volunteers to welcome the curious, and
his disastrous years as Chairman of the       Dunlop and wrote the bestselling biography                                                  the Society’s headquarters have never
ABC-a reward for signing the ‘Myer It’s       Weary: The Life of Sir Edward Dunlop.                                                       been so attractively presented. We were
time’ letter, acknowledged by Whitlam as                                                                                                  rewarded by nearly 600 visitors over the
influential in bringing the Labor Party to
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                                                                      BOOKS RECEIVED

    BOOKS RECEIVED                                           on each of the governors from Phillip to            In its own words, ‘a compilation of interviews,
    We note below relevant items sent to the                 Marie Bashir. Written by different authors,         photographs and articles’ that aims to
    Society. Interested groups or authors are                each essay focuses on the time each governor        ‘encapsulate the spirit of Birchip and its
    invited to contribute to this valuable service           spent in New South Wales. Reading them              people’ in a ‘coffee table book’.The common
    to members in the News and through possible              together gives some insight into the changing       theme from the diverse interviews is that
    deposit in the library. Some items may later             roles of governors.They also remind us of the       their town is their home. This message is
    be reviewed in the Journal.                              continuing power that governors can wield.          conveyed in the stunning recent photographs
                                                                                                                 taken by Glenys Rickard as well as the rich
    Bill Billett, Mont St Quentin,                           Rachel Cook, Closets Are For Clothes,               images from the past. The result is much
    A S o l d i e r ’s B a t t l e , R o s e n b e r g ,     A History of Queer Australia, Black                 more than a ‘coffee table book’. While it does
    S y d n e y, 2 0 0 9 , p p. 1 8 4 , $ 3 2 . 9 5          Dog, Melbourne, 2010, pp. 147, $18.99               not substitute for the sustained analytical
    The publishing of military histories continues           Written specifically for teenagers, the book        narrative, it may well be attractive as a model
    to be a thriving enterprise. Ninety years ago,           comprises excerpts of gay and lesbian history,      for publication about other local areas.
    the battle of Mont St Quentin and Peronne                a history of repression and change. Part of The
                                                             Drum Series, it features fictionalised first-       Linda Meadows and Dorothy Meadows
    resulted in an Australian victory and a further
                                                             person accounts, often drawn from people            (eds), Women of Chelsea and District,
    breaking of the stalemate on the Western
                                                             ‘who actually existed’ and played a part in         Chelsea and District Historical Society
    Front. Carried out by brigades of the 2nd and
                                                             queer history. These are clearly identified as      I n c. , P O B ox 3 7 7 , C h e l s e a , 3 1 9 6
    5th Divisions under the ultimate command                                                                     Produced by a committee of women, the
    of Monash, this battle is not as well-known              such. Contributes to our understandings of
                                                             the diversity of Australian society.                book presents interesting stories from the
    as Villers-Bretonneux and Hamel but Billett                                                                  lives of 29 women over more than a century.
    thinks it should be and his meticulous                   John Currey (ed.), Matthew Flinders,                Its immediate usefulness is limited by the
    account shows its importance and relative                The Investigator in Port Phillip,                   fact that there is no index and no editorial
    oversight.                                               T h e B a n k s S o c i e t y, 2 1 C r e s s y      overview of the content. Assisted by the City
    Hugh Carroll, Mallee Roots to Vanilla                    S t , M a l ve r n , 3 1 4 4 , 2 0 0 9 , p p. 9 9   of Kingston, there is also no ISBN.
    Slices, Ouyen – One Hundred Years,                       Another elegantly produced booklet taken
                                                                                                                 Melton & District Historical Society, PO
    Mallee Printers, Sea Lake, 2009, pp.                     from Flinders’ A Voyage to Terra Australis,
                                                                                                                 Box 58, Melton, 3337 have produced the six
    235, $40 + $10 post Available from                       published in 1814, and dealing with Flinders’
                                                                                                                 attractive booklets on identities, places, and
    Ouyen District History & Genealogy                       time in Port Phillip in April 1802 when he          reminiscences; $12 for the set.The society has
    Centre, PO Box 131, Ouyen, 3490.                         climbed Arthurs Seat, landed at Mornington,         also produced a CD-ROM entitled Melton
    Ouyen is well-served by this historical                  then Indented Head, crossed Corio Bay,              Yesterday & Today, $15 + $3.50 post.
    narrative that clearly places local history              climbed theYou-Yangs and inspected the area
                                                             on the western side of the entrance.                The Corner Shops of Ballarat, A History
    gleaned from rich newspaper, oral and visual
                                                                                                                 and Directory, National Trust of Australia
    sources into wider contexts of an outside                Penelope Hetherington, Paupers, Poor                (Victoria) Ballarat Branch, c/- 301 Clissold
    world. Ouyen has its distinctive features but            Relief and Poor Houses in Western                   St, Ballarat, 3350, 2009, pp. xvi + 86
    its history is always bound up with the outside          Australia,1829 to 1910, University ofWestern        Funded by the Holsworth Trust, this is an
    world, not least because of the importance of            Australia Press, Perth, 2009, pp. xiv + 202         attractive book that charts the sites and
    wheat. This must be an instructive read for              A substantial contribution to Australia’s           proprietors of corner shops. Well-researched
    those with Ouyen connections. Additionally,              welfare history set against the often distinctive   and illustrated but regrettably, without an
    it is an important contribution to broader               history of Western Australia.                       ISBN number and containing a ‘forward’!
    understandings about the Mallee’s history,
    largely neglected by regional studies.                   Bronwen Hinz, Many Hopes, One Dream,                M.J. Nolan, The Enterprising Life of Dr
                                                             The Story of the Ethnic Communities                 Henry Backhaus, Bendigo Pioneer, M.J.
    Michael Cathcart, The Water Dreamers,                    Council of Victoria, Australian Scholarly           Nolan, Bendigo, 2008, pp. 136, $25. Available
    The Remarkable Histor y Of Our                           Publishing, Melbourne, 2009, pp. xviii + 215        from Central Catholic Bookshop, Melbourne.
    D r y C o n t i n e n t, Te x t P u b l i s h i n g ,    An important scholarly account of nearly            As the author notes, Backhaus ‘was one of
    Melbour ne, 2009, pp. 327, $34.95                        40 years of advocacy and support for ethnic         the most unusual’ Catholic priests in 19th
    This may well be one of those books that is              groups in Victoria set within changing local        century Australia, with not only considerable
    widely read and that has a continuing impact             and world environments and sometimes beset          interest in civic affairs but also in investment.
    on the ways we see ourselves and our land.               with political debate.                              His notable success in the latter enabled the
    Cathcart focuses on the ways in which white                                                                  building of Bendigo’s massive cathedral.
    settlers struggled with the lack of rainfall in so       Noel Jackling, Dancing to Damnation?,
                                                             Harold Wood and John Woodhouse in                   Nolan presents a documented study of this
    much of Australia. Not only did their contact                                                                man of many parts and helps to dispel the
    with Aboriginal peoples trigger a ‘battle for            the fight to lift the ban on dancing on
                                                             Methodist Church property, Uniting                  many myths about the man and his very
    land’ but ‘also a battle for water’ (p.6). In                                                                valuable estate. An interesting book of
    the process, explorers, settlers, novelists,             Church Historical Society, PO Box 698,
                                                                                                                 significance not only in Bendigo.
    poets, politicians and engineers have ‘dreamt’           Elsternwick, 3185, 2009, pp. ix + 179, $20
                                                             As the long title suggests, the author examines     Kevin O’Reilly, In Just Five Years, The
    about solutions to the continent’s dryness.
                                                             the changes in attitudes to dancing in the          RAAF & Nhill in World War II, 1941-
    This is both an environmental and a cultural
                                                             Methodist Church and its adherents, and             1946, K. O’Reilly, 12 Kimber Court,
    history of Australia that examines many of
                                                             the parts played by two leading figures –           Dingley Village, 3172, 2009, pp. 208
    these ‘dreams’. In 21st century Australia it is
                                                             Harold Wood, Principal of Methodist Ladies’         In the author’s words, ‘a collection of
    both a book for its time and for a long time                                                                 articles, documents, reminiscences and
    after that.                                              College, and John Woodhouse, influential
                                                             layman – in the eventual lifting of the ban on      photographs’ that describe the substantial
    David Clune and Ken Turner (eds),                        dancing on Methodist property in 1954. He           and important presence of both a navigation
    The Gover nors of New South                              relates the debate to social changes in 20th        and later, an air armament and gas school
    Wales, 1788-2010, Federation Press,                      century Melbourne in an enlightening text.          for the RAAF during World War II. The
    Sydney, 2009, pp. xxii + 666, $59.95                                                                         collected evidence is wide-ranging and
    Published as part of the commemoration                   Anne McClelland, My Blood’s Country:                includes much detail of interaction between
    of responsible government in New South                   the Spirit of Birchip, Birchip Business             the training base and the town where the
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                                                             and Lear ning Centre, 77 Cumming
    Wales, this book contains short biographies                                                                  author was growing up.
                                                             Avenue, Birchip, 3483, 2009, pp. 160
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                An inspiring and rewarding tour
                RHSV Executive Officer Kate Prinsley reports on her recent six week
                                         Churchill fellowship in the UK and US.


T    hree days back in my freezing cold       to find out more about
     office at the RHSV and my mind           the County Historian
is wondering off to the ‘knee high by         Program which is so
4th July’ corn fields of Indiana, the fast    effective in Indiana and
talking ‘corrrfee’ drinking New Yorkers,      to look at volunteer-
and the erudite English who as rain           managed / volunteer-
softly fell on St. Swithen’s day hoped        led historical societies.
that this wasn’t the traditional omen for     Feeling like a member
the end of the heat wave – with 40 days       of the TV show The
of rain to follow.                            Partridge Family, Jeff
                                              Harris, Director of Local
My six week Churchill Fellowship –            History Services, drove
four weeks in the US and two weeks            me around Indiana in
in the UK – was to investigate the            the local history services
sustainability of local history in the        white van visiting
community: in terms of generating             societies. Here I learnt the
interest and, more particularly, in           expression ‘community
addressing succession planning for            buy in’ means more
volunteers.                                                                Kate Prinsley stands between a grandfather and
                                              than putting on relevant
                                                                           grandson - volunteers at the Wabash and Erie Canal
In this short article I can only lightly      exhibitions – ‘community
                                                                           Historical Society in Delphi Indiana
sketch the organizations and people I         buy in’ is raising funds
met. The recommendations I would              and I was ‘gob smacked’
make – the distillation of my thoughts        at the extraordinary sums
– will be the basis of my paper to be         raised from the tiniest of towns.
presented at our conference in Bendigo        A sad good bye to Indiana and it’s off to
on August 28th - 29th.                        Washington. There I had meetings with
My research tour began in Nashville           federal bodies; the Institute of Museum
with a visit to the American Association      and Library Services, the American
of State and Local History (AASLH).           Association of Museums and most
What a strange place to find the head         worthwhile librarians in the local history
quarters of American local history –          room at the Library of Congress. Along
amongst the Civil War and Elvis!!! “Sure,     the way I have become increasingly
I know the answer to your problem”            fascinated with the complex funding of
said Bob Beatty, Director of Programs,        local history and the role in local history
“we have the same issues here and the         of organisations such as the Daughters        Reading Room
solution is ……”. He proceeded to              of the American Revolution (a quick           The McLean County Museum of
give me documents, contacts of people         visit to their head quarters).                History, Bloomington, Illinois.
and workbooks that the AASLH have             Then to Troy to visit the Museums
developed – a great and very grateful         Association of New York and onto
way to start my project.                                                                    research into volunteer led community
                                              New York City where I changed the             groups. It all seemed perfect in
Two days later and I’m off to Illinois        tack of my research to look at dynamic        England until my last week when David
to meet Mary Anne Schierman of the            local history programmes – a mix of           Cameron, the new Prime Minister,
American Association of Museum                grass roots and the more established.         asked government bodies to plan for up
Volunteers. What an inspiring day it          Meetings were held with the Museum            to a 40% cut in funding and his ideas
was to see practical and applicable           of the City of New York, the Manhattan        for the Big Society with the expectation
examples of volunteer recruitment,            Borough Historian, the Lower East             being placed on volunteers to deliver
management and programmes at the              Side History Project, City Lore and the       ‘core services’ – how this will impact on
Macleigh County Historical Society            American Social History Project.              local history is of course yet to unfold.
in Bloomington and the exemplary              A quick hop across the pond and I’m
management of volunteers at the                                                             I look forward to reporting more fully
                                              in England. I moved to Australia in           and in detail about my Churchill
Lincoln Library in Springfield. I finished    1995 and since then there have been
off my Illinois sojourn with an excellent                                                   Fellowship and encourage RHSV
                                              enormous changes in arts funding in           members to come to the Bendigo
visit to the Chicago Metro History            Britain: particularly National Lottery
Centre.                                                                                     Conference – 28th -29th August.
                                              funding with its support of heritage
Next the suitcase is packed again and         and the Renaissance program funded
I’m off to Indiana. My visit was hosted       through (MLA) Museums Libraries
by the ‘rock stars’ of local history –        and Archives. I had time to explore two
the Indiana Historical Society. I had         local history services that had benefited
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                            GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
                                                                                               From the President
    Victoria’s Heritage Grants                                                                 continued
    Applications are now open for Victoria’s Heritage Grants for Places and Objects and        weekend, and of course we encouraged
    Heritage Studies and Advisory Services.                                                    them to think about joining the RHSV as
    Victoria’s Heritage Grants assists owners and managers of heritage places and              members. I am really grateful to all our
    objects and local government heritage management in Victoria.                              volunteers who got the place ready and
                                                                                               who helped out on the two days.
    Objects and Places grants funding is available for the repair, documentation and           Behind the scenes, hours of planning
    interpretation of heritage places and objects. For guidelines and application forms        were going into other projects: our hopes
    for Places and Objects grant funding, visit:                                               for renewing and revitalising our long
    http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/web18/dvcgrants.nsf/AllDocs/                                    term tenancy of A’Beckett Street; our bid
    E9DAF62C8BEFBCA257759000F9308                                                              for increased annual funding from Arts
                                                                                               Victoria for the next three years; our joint
    Heritage Studies and Advisory Services grant funding is available for local                project with the State Library of Victoria
    government Heritage Studies and Heritage Advisory Services. For guidelines and             to put the Victorian Historical Journal
    application forms for Heritage Studies and Advisory Services, visit:                       on line. Our other co-vice president Dr
    http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/web18/dvcgrants.nsf/AllDocs/6F40CD8F9789BC39CA                  Simon Smith, Richard Barnden and all the
    25775900126CD5                                                                             members of the relevant sub-committees
                                                                                               deserve our thanks.
    For 2009/10 local government heritage advisory grant recipients, please also note          So – welcome back Kate, and a welcome
    that annual report spreadsheets to complete will be emailed to all recipients shortly.     to our two new Council members Jane
    The Grants Information Line is 1300 366 356. Applicants are also encouraged to             Carolan and Jenny Coates, and on with
    contact Heritage Victoria (ph: (03) 8644 8800) directly to discuss grant proposals.        the show. Check out our What’s On, and
                                                                                               I encourage members to attend next
                                                                                               Tuesday evening’s lecture by Michelle
        ENQUIRIES:                                                                             Summerton who will tell us about the
        Victoria’s Heritage Grants for Places and Objects funding program,                     riches of the RHSV’s wonderful images
        contact:                                                                               collection.
          Tony Armstrong on (03) 8644 8893, tony.armstrong@dpcd.vic.gov.au or                                           Andrew Lemon
          Megan McDougall on (03) 8644 8902, megan.mcdougall@dpcd.vic.gov.au.
        Victoria’s Heritage Grants for Heritage Studies and Advisory Services                    What a great idea.......
        funding program, contact:
                                                                                                 It’s that time again, when your
          Lisa Rogers on (03) 8644 8937, lisa.rogers@dpcd.vic.gov.au or Geoff Austin             letterbox groans under the weight
          on (03) 8644 8894, geoff.austin@dpcd.vic.gov.au or Ian Wight on (03) 8644              of election campaign materials, and
          8954, ian.wight@dpcd.vic.gov.au.                                                       you can’t step near a polling booth
                                                                                                 without being showered in paper.
                                                                                                 Before you start throwing things in
        Applications close Tuesday 24 August 2010.
                                                                                                 to the nearest recycling bin, consider
    Commemorating Eminent Australians                                                            this...
                                                                                                 By collecting political brochures,
    The second funding round of Commemorating Eminent Australians is now open.                   election pamphlets,how-to-vote
    The Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts are                 cards and candidate posters, and
    calling for applications until Friday 13 August 2010. The Commemorating Eminent              donating them to the State Library’s
    Australians grants program is designed to provide funding for the recognition of eminent     Riley & Ephemera Collection, they
    Australians who have made a significant impact on Australia and the world.                   will illuminate our political history
    Eligible projects may include:                                                               for generations of researchers!
    •    The conservation of graves of people of significance to Australia.                      It’s easy - just pop them in an
    •    The conservation of monuments, objects, plaques and statues that commemorate            envelope and address them to Katie
         eminent Australians.                                                                    Flack, c/o the Australian History
                                                                                                 & LiteratureTeam in the Library’s
    Please see attached guidelines and application form (also available in Word docs from        Access & Information Division.
    their website.                                                                               State Library of Victoria.
    http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/programs/cea/index.html                               We also welcome donations
    For more information:                                                                        relating to social justice campaigns,
                                                                                                 environmental campaigns,
    Heritage Projects Section
                                                                                                 community campaigns etc.
    Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts GPO Box 787
                                                                                                 Please include your name and
    CANBERRA ACT 2601
                                                                                                 contact details if you would like an
    Tel: 1800 653 004 (free call)                                                                acknowledgment of your donation.
    Fax: (02) 6274 2095                                                                          http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/our-
    Email: heritagegrants@environment.gov.au
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                                                   AROUND THE SOCIETIES                                 COLAC: On Saturday 28 August a General
                                                                                                        Meeting with a speaker will be held at the
                                                   This column is compiled by Lenore Frost              COPACC History Centre, at 1.30 pm.
                                                   on behalf of History Victoria Support Group          Enquiries: colachistoricalsociety@googlemail.
                                                   using information provided by societies either       com or phone 5232 1624.
                                                   directly or contained in their newsletters.
                                                   For the next issue please send details of            DAYLESFORD: Glenlyon and Daylesford
                                                   forthcoming events by 10 August to lenore10@         will celebrate 150 years since the formation
                                                   hotmail.com.                                         of the Glenlyon Roads Board, the foundation
                                                                                                        entity of the current Hepburn Shire. The
                                                   BAPTIST: Ken Edmonds will g ive                      Glenlyon Progress Association will hold a
                                                   an illustrated talk, “Rembrandt and the              weekend of festivities on 22-24 October.
                                                   Waterlander Mennonites”, about possible              Enquiries: contact Dave Johnson on 5348 7761
Kate Prinsley launches the On-line                 connections between Rembrandt and the early          or email kibo@tpg.com.au.
Guide.                                             Mennonites who influenced Baptist origins.
                                                   Meetings are held at the Auburn Baptist              DUNOLLY: Goldfields Historical Society
New resource for affiliated                        Church, 597 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn at 7.30             celebrated its 50 th Anniversary with the
                                                   pm. Enquiries: 9729 1752.                            sealing of a time capsule. It was placed into a
societies                                          CAMBERWELL: Mr Vivian Kenney will
                                                                                                        specially constructed steel box and fitted into
                                                                                                        the disused fireplace at the Dunolly Museum.
Members of the History Victoria Support            address the Society on the subject of “Clocks”       There is no-one left from the first meeting
Group, a committee of the RHSV, have               on Thursday 23 September in the Meeting              held in 1960.
been engaged in a project to update                Room of the Hawthorn Town Hall (side
                                                   entrance via car park) 360 Burwood Road,             ECHUCA: Celebrating their 50th Anniversary,
an earlier RHSV publication: Guide to
                                                   Hawthorn, no time given. Enquiries: 9836             on 9 June at the Cargo Shed of the Port of
Managing Historical Societies. While a                                                                  Echuca Wharf, the society dedicated a plaque
                                                   3558.
mere update was originally envisaged,                                                                   to those persons responsible for the movement
in fact it was realised quite early in the         CARISBROOK: The society has opened                   to save the Wharf, bring back the boats to
process that a major re-write was required,        a new Research Centre, formerly the Infant           Echuca, and to honour the first President and
as the early edition pre-dated extensive use       Welfare Centre next to the Town Hall. There          Vice President of the society.
                                                   are two Research Rooms – one for the public
of personal computers. The Local History                                                                ELTHAM: A heritage walk will be held on
                                                   and one for members. Equipment includes
Grants Program assisted with a grant to            computers, printers, scanners, film readers,         Saturday 4 September, from 2 pm. For details
enable us to provide a copy of the Guide           and a Scanpro 2000 to digitise film.                 contact the society on edhs1@bigpond.com
to all our affiliated societies in CD format.                                                           or check the webpage www.tinyurl.com/
                                                   C A S T L E M A I N E : P r o f e s s o r Ja n e t   elthamdhs.
Recognising that a CD full of links to             McCalman will speak about the “Tasmanian
useful information will also become                Convicts Project” at the meeting of Monday           FITZROY: “My native place: Alfred Deakin in
outdated over time, an online updateable           6 September. Meetings are held at the Former         Fitzroy” will be presented by Carole Woods on
version was also planned. The online               Courthouse, 7 Goldsmith Cres, Castlemaine at         Thursday 26 August at the Reading Room of
                                                   7.30 pm. Enquiries 5470 6072 or email chsi@          Fitzroy Library, Napier Street, Fitzroy at 7.30
version was launched at the History
                                                   castlemainehistoricalsociety.com.                    pm. Carole will discuss Deakin’s reflections
Victoria Support Group seminar in                                                                       on childhood, memory and literature, and
Rutherglen on 29 May by our Executive              CHELTENHAM CEMETERY: The next                        his connections with Fitzroy. Enquiries:
Officer, Kate Prinsley. The CD version             tours at the Cheltenham Memorial Park,               fitzroyhistorysociety@yahoo.com.
will be posted to affiliated societies a little    Wangara Rd, will be “Mostly Murders”. They
                                                   will be held on Sunday 12 September at 2 pm          FOOTSCRAY: The next meeting will be
later in the year. This will contain useful                                                             held at Ercildoone, corner of Napier and
                                                   and Sunday 31 October at 11 am. Tours are
information for running your historical                                                                 Hyde Streets, Footscray, on Sunday 15 August
                                                   $10 for non-members, and $5 for members.
society, including pro forma templates,            Bookings essential – either online at www.focrc.     at 2 pm. To celebrate 150 years at Footscray
advice on roles of office bearers, collection      org/tours.htm or ring Vivienne on 5420 7671.         Primary School, Stephen Palmer will relate
policies, and so on.                                                                                    memories of his time at the school. Enquiries:
                                                   CINEMA & THEATRE: Northern suburbs                   foothist@bigpond.com.
You can access the online Guide here:              cinemas/former cinemas inspection, including
http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/socguide.        the former Rivoli, West Preston and Regent           INVERLOCH: The restoration of the Rocket
htm . Material is still being progressively        theatres will take place on Saturday 21 August.      Shed has proceeded, with construction work
loaded onto the website.                           For further details see the website www.caths.       completed except for finials, downpipes and
                                                   org.au.                                              barge rolls. These will be completed after the
We are grateful for the assistance of the                                                               shed has been relocated, which is expected to
Local History Grants Program to enable                                                                  be early August. Relevant permits have yet to
us to produce the Guide to Managing                                                                     be obtained, and the weather is expected to
Historical Societies.                                                                                   have an effect.




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    KANGAROO GROUND: The Andrew                         at the Ouyen Community Club in the evening.         TERANG: The society reports that a number
    Ross Museum’s most recent publication, The          Numbers are required for booking. For further       of hard-working members removed the tin
    Christmas Hills story by Mick Woiwod, was           details, email history@ouyen.vic.au or phone        from their museum roof to remove droppings,
    launched at the museum on 1 August. This            5092 1763.                                          dead and live pigeons, eggs, nests, etc from the
    is a 275 page illustrated volume. Enquiries:                                                            roof space, the iron replaced with Tex screws,
                                                        PRAHRAN MECHANICS: The closing
    wcleeson@primus.com.au.                                                                                 and wire netting put in place to stop the return
                                                        date for the PMI Short History Prize is Friday
                                                                                                            of the pigeons. Well done, everyone.
    KEILOR: The Society has received a                  27 August at 4 pm. Entries up to 15,000
    grant from the “Restoring Community War             words in length, non-fiction and previously         WARRAGUL: The society meets in the Old
    Memorials Grants Program 2009-2010” for             unpublished are eligible for a $1,000 prize. For    Shire Hall, Queen St, Warragul on the last
    the Keilor Cenotaph Enhancement Project,            entry forms ring 9510 3393 or visit www.pmi.        Monday of the month at 7.30pm. Notes from
    which aims to display the names recorded on         net.au/events.htm#prize.                            the June guest speaker, Kevin Richardson,
    the Honour Rolls in the Old Shire Hall in a                                                             on the subject of Brandy Creek are included
                                                        PYRAMID HILL: “Trekking with Burke
    public place, in the surrounds of the Cenotaph.                                                         in the July newsletter. It was the Post Office
                                                        and Wills 150 years ago”. A program of events
                                                                                                            which changed the name of Brandy Creek to
    KOO-WEE-RUP SWAMP: The society was                  has been prepared to celebrate the 150th
                                                                                                            Buln Buln.
    successful in a grant application to Cardinia       anniversary of Burke & Wills, including walks
    Shire Council, which covers half the cost           and bus tours from 29 August to 1 September.        WARRNAMBOOL: The renovations to
    of new security doors and shutters for their        Email pyhhist@bigpond.com for details, or           History House have been completed and
    headquarters at Mallow House.                       see their website http://www.pyramidhill.net.       the collection returned. It is now open
                                                        au/index4.html.                                     each weekday afternoon except Friday,
    KYNETON: The society will hold a Burke                                                                  from 1.30 to 4 pm. See the website www.
    and Wills trip on Sunday 22 August. Meeting at      QUEENSCLIFFE: A bus trip to Ballarat
                                                                                                            warrnamboolhistory.org.au.
    78 Piper St, Kyneton, at 10.30 sharp, members       will be held on Thursday 26 August, leaving
    will travel to Lancefield to catch up with others   Queenscliff at 9 am and returning by 5 pm.          WAVERLEY: A short Annual General
    at Macedonia House at 11 am. BYO lunch,             Stops will include the Eureka Centre and the        Meeting will be held on Sunday 22 August,
    drinks, sturdy shoes for walking, gold coin         Art Gallery of Ballarat. The bus and tours          followed by “A Time to Remember – 1937” -
    donation appreciated. Enquiries: kynetonhs@         will cost $40 per person, refreshments at           an afternoon at the flicks. Meet at St Philip’s
    hotmail.com.                                        own expense. Enquiries: 5258 2511 or email          Church, Stephenson’s Rd, Mt Waverley at 2
                                                        qhminf77@bigpond.net.au.                            pm. Please bring a plate to share. Enquiries:
    LEONGATHA: The Society will display                                                                     9802 9332.
    antique items from their collection at the          RICHMOND & BURNLEY: The “Yarraberg
    Daffodil Festival on 27, 27 and 28 August.          History Walk” will be held on Sunday 19
    Join their own “Antiques Road Show” – bring         September. There will be a morning and an
    along items to be valued by Simon Ford of
    Inverloch. The cost is a gold coin donation,
                                                        afternoon walk. For further details check the
                                                        website http://home.vicnet.net.au/~rbhs/ or              History

                                                                                                                 NEWS
    and will commence at 1.15 pm.                       call 9428 6231.
    MALMSBURY: Sue Walter has written a                 RINGWOOD: On Tuesday 24 August
    new book called Gold ‘n greens: a history of the    Associate Professor John Murphy, from the
    Chinese of Malmsbury and District , about initial   School of Historical Studies, the Australian
    gold seeking and later market gardening of the      Centre at Melbourne University will talk about
                                                                                                                    ROYAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA INC.
    Chinese community. This is available for $38        the history of poverty in Australia with emphasis
                                                                                                                    239 A’BECKETT STREET MELBOURNE 3000
    plus $9.50 postage from The Secretary, PO           on welfare and social implications. Meet at the     		            		           		            		
                                                        Federation Estate (old Ringwood State School)                             Phone: 9326 9288
    Box 113, Malmsbury 3446.
                                                        in Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood, Room 4,                                     Fax: 9326 9477
    MARYSVILLE: The Society is pleased to
                                                        at 8pm.                                                       website: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au
    report that they have been able to purchase a
                                                        ROMSEY & LANCEFIELD: The Autumn                                  email: office@historyvictoria.org.au
    house which survived the bushfire to be their
    new headquarters. They took possession in           2010 edition of the Romsey & Lancefield Record                           ABN 36 520 675 471
    mid-June. The new address will be 39 Darwin         carries a tribute to their member, the late                            Registration No. A2529
    Street, Marysville. They do not expect to be        Helen Broad. Helen was also a member of the                        Office Hours: Monday to Friday
    able to open until sometime next year.We wish       Mornington Historical Society, and a loved                                   9am to 5pm
    them luck in their new home.                        and respected member of the Royal Historical                      Library Hours: Monday to Friday
                                                        Society of Victoria.
    MILITARY – VIC: On Thursday 26 August                                                                                           10am to 4pm
    Will Davies, author of Beneath Hill 60, will        SHEPPARTON: The Society has a wonderful                                  ESTABLISHED 1909
    speak about his research. Meetings are              new website: see www.heritageshepparton.                  President                Prof Bill Russell
    held at the Oakleigh RSL, Drummond                  com.au. On this website you can read about the            Executive Officer        Kate Prinsley
    St, Oakleigh, starting at 8.15 pm. Visitors         150th Anniversary of Shepparton and the book              Administrative Officer   Gerardine Horgan
    welcome. Enquiries: 9749 5829 or email              the society is about to publish in celebration.           Local History Officer    Vicki Court
    stephencgray@hotmail.com.                           ST KILDA CEMETERY: The Friends’                           Volunteer Co-ordinator   Christine Cooze
    MORWELL: On 6 June, in a combined                   forthcoming tour through the cemetery is
    project of the Historical Society, the Morwell      “Booksellers, Authors & Literati”, Sunday                Design and Artwork: John Gillespie 0419 135 332
    Rotary Club and the Latrobe Council, a              22 August, 2.00 pm. Tour leader: Elizabeth
                                                                                                                           Printed by: Igroup 9552 8000
    Bills Horse Trough was moved to its original        Hore. Meet at Dandenong Road entrance,
    location on the median strip of Hazelwood Rd        Melways Ref 58 F9. Cost: $10.00 including
    and Commercial Road intersection. It has been       refreshments (members of FOSKC free).
    restored now serves as a pioneer memorial.          Bookings essential, contact 9531 6832 or 0422
                                                        379 053.
    NEWSTEAD: The annual get-together of
    members and friends will be held on Saturday    TALBOT: In February this year the Society                      The RHSV acknowledges the support of the Victorian
    21 August at 6.30 pm at the Courthouse. Bring   launched a new book – the Diary of Bandsman                            Government through Arts Victoria
                                                    H E Krutli, D Company, 14th Battalion, 4th
    a plate of food to share and a drink if you wish.
                                                    Infantry Brigade, Australian Imperial Forces                     Items for publication should be sent to the
    Tea and coffee will be available and the open                                                                              Executive Officer, RHSV
    fire will be burning. Enquiries: 5476 2006.     (AOF), September 1914 to April 1916. The book                        email: office@historyvictoria.org.au
                                                    costs $20, and can be obtained by emailing                             Copy closes 10th of the month
    OUYEN: On Friday 3 September, the day
                                                    talbotmuseum@hotmail.com or phone 5461
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                                                    3340.
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