Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc, Melbourne

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Forma autorizada del nombre

Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc, Melbourne

Forma(s) paralela(s) de nombre

Otra(s) forma(s) de nombre

  • Formerly Historical Society of Victoria, 1909-1952
  • RHSV


  • Community

Área de contacto


Executive Director or Librarian



Dirección (calle)

239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne 3000





Nombre del país

Código postal



03 9326 9288


Correo electrónico


Área de descripción


In 1909 the Historical Society of Victoria (becoming the Royal Historical Society of Victoria - RHSV - in 1952) was formed to capture the history of the state of Victoria. This was to be achieved by creating a register of early Victorian colonists.
The society's collection is one of Australia’s significant historical collections focusing on the Victorian experience in Australian history. It was established in 1909 with donations from early settlers, their descendants, amateur and professional historians. The collection continues to expand with donations from the public, historical societies and community organisations. It is a rich and diverse collection covering social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of Victoria’s history.

Contexto geográfico y cultural

Mandatos/Fuentes de autoridad

The Society's objectives are set out at

Estructura administrativa

Officer in charge: Executive Director

Administración de registros y políticas de recolección

Items relating to Victorian and local history and cultural heritage - books, manuscripts, photographs and other images, artefacts.



The holdings include:

  • Manuscript collection: over 20,000 items range from official government documents to personal letters and diaries donated to the society.
  • Pioneer register: the society has collected and maintained a register of early colonists in the state of Victoria containing more than 2,200 forms.
  • Image collection: includes paintings, engravings, drawings, lithographs, postcards, maps and parish plans, and items of museum ephemera. Historical photographs date from the 1850s. Major subject areas are portraiture, street scenes – both Melbourne and many Victorian country towns, architectural and occupational.
  • Library collection: As well as being an important collection of books, the collection includes rare pamphlets, documents, ephemera, newspaper cuttings on a variety of topics in the Vertical Files, newsletters, family histories and directories.

For further details, see the website.

Instrumentos de descripción, guías y publicaciones

Área de acceso

Horario de apertura

Open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, by appointment.

Condiciones de acceso y requisitos

If you want to visit and make use of the collections, please make an appointment to ensure that relevant material is held.
Charges apply for some services, for example, for use of the collection by non-members.


Área de servicios

Servicios para la investigación

Off-site: A fee is charged for extended research. For arrangements and General Research Enquiry Form, see
On-site: If you prefer to visit and use the collection, please make an appointment.

Servicios de reproducción

For printing and photocopying services and fees, see

Áreas públicas

Área de control

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Identificador de la institución

Reglas y/o convenciones usadas

Estado de elaboración

Nivel de detalle

Fechas de creación, revisión o eliminación

Revised 1 September 2022




Notas de mantención

Puntos de acceso

Puntos de acceso

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Thematic area)
  • Agricultura (Thematic area)
  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Defence (Thematic area)
  • Educación (Thematic area)
  • Medio ambiente (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Geography (Thematic area)
  • Immigration (Thematic area)
  • Indigenous (Thematic area)
  • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
  • Law and Justice (Thematic area)
  • Medicine and Health (Thematic area)
  • Natural Resources (Thematic area)
  • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
  • Populations (Thematic area)
  • Recreación / Ocio / Deporte (Thematic area)
  • Religión (Thematic area)
  • Science and Technology (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Transportation (Thematic area)
  • Travel and Exploration (Thematic area)
  • Portapapeles

Contacto principal

239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne 3000
Melbourne, Victoria 3000