Due to unforeseen circumstances the Victorian Folk life Fund for 2008 has had to be suspended. Please do not send an application for this year. It is hoped the programme will recommence in 2009. For further information please contact the Royal Historical Society of Victoria on 9326 9288.
The El Nino droughts of 1864-1869. This is a joint event held with the Royal Societyof Victoria Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Don Garden Where:Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne When: Thursday 7 August Time: 6.00 pm Delicious savoury refreshments - 6.30 pm Lecture Cost: $15.00 members of RHSV & RSV - $20.00 non members
The 1864-1869 drought was one of the most damaging and severe in colonial history. The talk focuses on the effects of the droughts on the eastern colonies, particularly on the pastoral industry.
This was a critical time in the expansion of the pastoral industry as it moved increasingly into arid and semi-arid regions. Unfamiliarity with the environmental conditions in the regions combined with a couple of good seasons in the early 1860s had encouraged overconfidence and misjudgements in stocking the land.
The unpredictable and punishing nature of the climate caused considerable pain and promoted reflection on the nature of the colonial experience. It also resulted in the first significant but vain attempts to 'drought proof' the colonies.
Date: Tuesday 8 July, 2008 Time: 5.15pm tea/coffee 5.45pm lecture Price; Free (members) $5.50 (non-members) Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street Melbourne VIC
At the outbreak of the 1939-45 War the Australian Government believed that Australia was not open to the threat of invasion but that we did need to prepare for sporadic raids. In November 1940 the latter became reality with German vessels laying minefields at strategic points around the Australian coast.
When the German mines claimed their first victims and Japan brought the conflict into our hemisphere Australian thinking changed radically. Plans for a chain of coastal radar stations were speedily authorised. The Wilsons Promontory station was one of the first of 130 or so to be put into operation around the Australian coast.
This RHSV lecture will be given by Ian McKellar who has researched and published its story in a book, much of it told by the men who actually served there. He describes the equipment that they used and the method of handling the intelligence that the radar stations provided.
The Royal Historical Society of Victoria 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 (e.g. lectures, seminars, excursions and exhibitions) for the benefit of members and the general public. The Society publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, a reviewed journal and books of historical interest.