Thursday, 16 April 2015

You can never have too much cake, white lace, or tea cosies!

Afternoon tea at "Vivaleigh", 1917.  State Library of Victoria. Manuscripts Collection (MS 11281)

Join the Royal Historical Society of Victoria for a High Tea in the Exhibition Gallery.
Please join us for High Tea on Tuesday April 21 from 3pm. Beautiful china, beautiful cakes and
specialty teas.   See our special 'Portraits of a Tea Cosy" exhibition.  An afternoon of elegance is promised.  
$25 per person.
RSVP: Wednesday 15 April to Ged
9326 9288 or
Later in the afternoon you can join us for our usual monthly lecture:
Production Designer of ABC TV
Series Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries.
5.15 for a 5.45 start.

Monday, 13 April 2015

New in the History Victoria Bookshop

Knox Anzacs, 1914-1919. By Ray Peace

A Seed is Planted: a history of the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria, 1848-2014. By Marjorie Porter

Trendyville: the battle for Australia’s inner cities. By Renata Howe, David Nichols & Graeme Davison
The Giant by the River: a history of the Yarraville Sugar Works. By Carmel Taig

Portraits of a Tea Cosy

Two of Loani Prior's tea cosies on exhibition.
Stories of family, tradition and the immeasurable consequence of making and passing on hand made objects are all brought to life at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s colourful new exhibition, Portraits of a Tea Cosy.

Created by yarn artist Loani Prior and photographer Mark Crocker, Portraits of a Tea Cosy is a celebration of family, history and cultures. It is also an ode to the taking of tea, the making of friends and the keeping of memories.

 The exhibition will be held weekdays from 10am–4pm, concluding on Thursday 14 May 2015.
About the exhibition:

Exhibition: Portraits of a Tea Cosy
Showing: weekdays until 14 May 2015
Open: 10am – 4pm, Monday – Friday

Venue: Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne
Cost: Gold coin donation
Enquiries: (03) 9326 9288 e:

 Check out our Facebook.  The Portraits of a Tea Cosy post there has started to attract other tea cosies!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Portraits of a Tea Cosy, 7 April - 14 May 2015

Maryanne Noonan and Marg Lanne attended the opening of the exhibition with their own special tea cosies.
Portraits of a Tea Cosy exhibition consists of photographs, audio stories and knitted objects d’art created by Loani Prior that were inspired during a series of story gatherings and workshops held during 2012.

Loani Prior and Mark Crocker at the exhibition opening.
Loani Prior created each of the tea cosies in the exhibition, which also features portraits by Mark Crocker of people who attended the tea cosy workshops in 2012 to show their tea cosies and share their stories.

A travelling exhibition developed by Warwick Art Gallery and toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland, the project is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments and by Arts Queensland in the Department of Science, Information, Technology, Innovation and the Arts and, by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

After the exhibition ends in Melbourne, it will be heading off to Bribie Island Seaside Museum, Bribie Island, Queensland for its last showing.

The exhibition is at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria Gallery, 239 A'Beckett St, Melbourne from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday, from 7 April to 14 May 2015.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

RHSV Best Seller List to Feb 2015

 The top selling books in the History Victoria Bookshop from the time it went online at the end of October 2014 until the end of February 2015 shows father and daughter in first and second positions:

1 Poor Souls, They Perished: The Cataraqui, Australia's worst shipwreck, by Andrew Lemon and Marjorie Morgan.

2 A Way With the Fairies: the lost story of sculptor Ola Cohn.  An Autobiography edited by Barbara Lemon.

After that, in equal third position, are:

3 The Art of Being Melbourne, by Maree Coote.

3 Barristers Solicitors Pettifoggers: profiles in Australian colonial legal history. By Simon Smith.

3 Burning the Bails: the story of the Ashes. By Krista Bell.

3 Gum Trees, Lagoons & Flat Plains: A history of Yarroweyah, Koonoomoo and Yarroweyah North 1878-1962. By Margaret E. Fleming.

3 Norwood: it changed the face of Melbourne. By Roland Johnson.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

RHSV Catalogues are back online

Difficulties were experienced during the switchover.  Image courtesy of

A major upgrade to our IT network and operating systems has lately been installed, but experienced a few hiccups in the switchover.  The technicians have now sorted it out (and we hope it stays sorted out!), and our databases are available once again for searching.  We apologise for inconvenience caused during the downtime.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

President Don Garden and the RHSV Volunteers' Christmas Party, 2014

 RHSV President Don Garden and the Volunteers enjoyed a luscious Christmas feast at their Headquarters in A'Beckett.  Don thanked the Staff and Volunteers, and particularly those who worked to make the party a wonderful and friendly event.  He also outlined the latest progress on our efforts to remain at the Drill Hall.  Our most recent approach to the new Minister can be seen in the December Update on our homepage.

The Drill Hall will close at noon on Tuesday 23 December, so there is still time to check out the History Victoria Bookshop in person.  Online orders will not be dispatched until we re-open on Monday 12 January.  Enjoy your celebrations and holiday break, and we will see you back next year!