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Black Powder Mill Open Day and Firearm DemonstrationCairnlea, vic
Sounds of Silent – Buster Keaton Steamboat Bill JnrAltona Meadows, vic
The Sounds of Silent are a 5-piece band which recreates the movie going experience of the silent movie era when many bands performed in Melbourne theatres to accompany silent movies.
Old Laverton School Open DayAltona Meadows, vic
Visit the recently restored Old Laverton School, taking in the history of the historic site as an early school building and rural outpost of the developing city in Melbourne’s west in the late 1880s
Cherry Lake StoriesAltona North, vic
An installation and one night only event: View fourteen Sea Flowers floating in the waters of Cherry Lake with the skyline of Altona in the background.
Ghost Signs and Palimpsests- delicate hallmarks of yesteryearAltona, vic
A panel discussion celebrating the eerie, delicate imagery of faded advertising on the brick walls of Hobsons Bay and beyond.
Altona Homestead Ghost TourAltona, vic
Visit one of Australia's original homesteads, only 20 minute drive from Melbourne.
Altona Homestead Open DayAltona, vic
Enjoy a guided tour of Altona’s oldest residential building, the Altona Homestead which was built around 1842.
Storytime in the Park: Let’s discover where our families have travelled from!Altona, vic
Join us for a special StoryTime in the Park where we will explore the theme of travelling. This program is for children 0 to 8 years of age where they will get to sing-a-long with Rocking Russell, as we celebrate our diverse community and heritage.
Hidden Histories Film LaunchSpotswood, vic
The launch of Hidden Histories, a short film created as part of Better Places – Spotswood and South Kingsville. Join us in celebrating stories of this unique area captured through listening to and filming those in the know… locals.
Footscray Park: An Edwardian ParadiseFootscray, vic
Footscray Park: An Edwardian Paradise
Take a guided walking tour through this wonderful Edwardian Park, to learn its history. Hear its unique story of community advocacy to save open space and create the park. Hear the work of its Curator Dave Mathews in its development and the parks stories.
Newport ArchivesNewport, vic
Newport Archives is an audio walk created by Tamara Saulwick for The Substation, which contemplates the connections between time, place and memory.
Spotswood Industrial Heritage WalkSpotswood, vic
This tour of Spotswood provides an insight into the people, industries and businesses that transformed this landscape from a dairy farm to one of the Victoria's most important manufacturing hubs.
Williamstown Projection TourWilliamstown, vic
You are invited to join us on a tour to discover stories of Williamstown's past.
Williamstown Town Hall Heritage tourWilliamstown, vic
Enjoy a guided tour of the recently restored Williamstown Town Hall and learn about the history of the building and the many roles it has played in the lives of the local community over the last century.
Sons of WilliamstownWilliamstown, vic
The Sons of Williamstown project involved the refurbishment of the Great War honour board in the Williamstown Town Hall and tells the stories of the Williamstown soldiers who did not return from the war. Viewing is open for a limited time at the Williamstown Town Hall.
Proud to be a NurseWilliamstown, vic
Who were the young nurses who trained at Williamstown Hospital from 1907-1993? This exhibition curated by former nurse, Wendy Cavanagh (nee Hem) explores their many stories, photos and memorabilia from 1900 to 2022.
Who Lived in My House?Williamstown, vic
Discover how to research the history of your property.
Point Cook Homestead Ghost TourPoint Cook, vic
Discover the home of the Chirnside family. Located at the end of an isolated country track, you will be transported to another world. Explore the 1850s homestead, outbuildings and family secrets on this secluded, haunted 25 acre property.
A History of GlenroyGlenroy, vic
Presented by Michael Church, long-time Glenroy resident
Justice in Kelly CountryGlenroy, vic
The Story of the Cop Who Hunted Australia’s Most Notorious Bushrangers
Secrets of the PinetumWilliamstown, vic
Follow the historic, winding pathways of Williamstown Botanic Gardens through the recently rejuvenated Pinetum to discover the intriguing origins of the tree collection and the fascinating stories behind how they came to be here.
Postcards from the GardensWilliamstown, vic
Explore the early 1900’s craze for postcard sending and collecting at the 162 year-old Williamstown Botanic Gardens
Building Boats since 1858Williamstown, vic
Absorb at your own pace between 12 noon and 4 pm the marvels of maritime construction - tools, skills and material wood, canvas - to be found at the C.Blunt's Boatyard, five generations of shipwrights have been making and repairing wooden boats at this location since 1858.
Ghosts of the Old City WilliamstownWilliamstown, vic
Explore hidden alleyways, Victoria's oldest morgue, a forgotten burial ground and Australia's Timeball Tower in Victoria's oldest seaport.
Heritage Walking Tours- Step back in timeWilliamstown, vic
Unlock the secrets of the historic Williamstown waterfront and seaport. One hour in duration and catering to all abilities, explore the historic seaport of waterfront Williamstown, as well as its hidden lanes, monuments and buildings.
Royal Yacht Club of Victoria- Heritage Maritime Art ExhibitionWilliamstown, vic
An exhibition of historical maritime paintings and photos depicting recreational yachting on Hobsons Bay from the 1850s to 1930 will be displayed at Royal Yacht Club of Victoria and Seaworks Maritime Museum
Hobsons Bay Heritage on Screen- a tasteWilliamstown, vic
A B&W episode of Homicide ‘Peter’s Party’ (1970) featuring the Point Gellibrand Pile Light and ‘The Don of Trugo’, a VCA student short, which centres on the unique game of Trugo.
Alfred Graving Dock ToursWilliamstown, vic
A rare opportunity to explore the Alfred Graving Dock within the old Naval Dockyard in Williamstown with guided tours during the festival.
Tall Ship Alma Doepel WW2 HistoryMelbourne, vic
The story of 1903 tall ship Alma Doepel service during WW2 in the Australian Army as part of the Army Water Transport (AWT) division of the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE).
Stories of the Upfield LineBrunswick, vic
A walk along the the heritage listed Upfield Railway line looking at the unique railway infrastructure and talking about the people who operated the level crossing gates until the late 1990s.
Heritage Tour of the Mission to SeafarersDocklands, vic
Are you curious to discover what's inside the heritage-listed Mission to Seafarers in Melbourne's Docklands?
Explore this architecturally significant building in a free hour-long tour led by our experienced and knowledgeable volunteers.
Arts and Crafts Furniture Restoration at the Mission to SeafarersDocklands, vic
Join members of the Furniture History Society as they discuss the renovation of the Mission's Arts and Crafts dining suite, in it's original setting and open to the public for the first time.
THOMAS BENT, FRANCIS BRADFORD AND ELECTRIC TRAMWAYS IN MELBOURNE 1904-1909Melbourne, vic
In our first co-presentation for 2023 with Engineering Heritage Victoria, Ken McInnes will speak about the controversies surrounding the electrification of Melbourne’s suburban railway system in the early years of the twentieth century.
WELL BUILT: SIMMIE & CO MASTER BUILDERS 1924 – 1978Melbourne, vic
What do the Shrine of Remembrance forecourt, the Film and Sound Archive and the Kensington RSL all have in common? They were all built by the pioneering building company, Simmie & Co (1924-1978). A photography exhibition about this prominent building company in Melbourne and Canberra.
A Walk in the Flagstaff GardensMelbourne, vic
Join expert tour guides from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria on a guided walk through the beautiful Flagstaff Gardens – the historic heart of the City, every Monday at 11.00am and 2.00pm.
Lessons from history: colonial foundations of criminal justice in VictoriaMelbourne, vic
The Hon Chris Maxwell will deliver the Society’s inaugural Paul Mullaly History and Law Lecture during Law Week 2023. He has been a highly respected Justice especially known for his advocacy for individual rights.
LAW AND ORDER UNDER LA TROBE: THE FIRST PRISONS OF PORT PHILLIPMelbourne, vic
Dr Green’s fellowship topic is very interesting and, until her current work, little researched. Dr Green has investigated the planning and construction of the first purpose-built penal and psychiatric institutions in the Port Phillip District and Colony of Victoria during the La Trobe administration
Princes Hill History WalkPrinces Hill, vic
Explore Princes Hill and hear tales both true and tall. Will you find secrets in the gravestones? Hear the roar of the crowd as your team kicks a goal? Wish you had bought that property in the seventies? Come on an urban walking adventure and share your stories.
South Cemetery History WalkPrinces Hill, vic
Curious about the interred occupants of the Melbourne General Cemetery? You will be amazed at some of the stories our local historian has to share on this incredible tour.
CO.AS.IT. Italian Carlton: Self-Guided TourCarlton, vic
The Italian Carlton Self-Guided Tour, compiled by well-known historian and author Dr Celestina Sagazio, highlights Carlton’s rich Italian built and cultural heritage and is available to download from the CO.AS.IT., Melbourne website or as a hardcopy at the CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano.
CO.AS.IT. Free Museo Italiano Guided ToursCarlton, vic
Join a Free guided tour led by Elizabeth Triarico, Manager CO.AS.IT. Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano, in celebration of International Museums Day. Gain a special insight into the Italian Australian immigration experience, with unique stories and objects, like the Sputnik coffee machine.
Trades Hall TourCarlton, vic
Princes Hill Community Centre and The Carlton Community History Group under the guidance of the Trades Hall Council Staff, present a tour of Victoria’s Trades Hall in Lygon Street, Carlton. Come and hear the unique stories behind the famous campaigns and victories.
Guided Walk GOLD RUSH IN SOUTH MELBOURNESouth Melbourne, vic
Offering two events focused on South Melbourne during the 1850 Victorian Gold Rush, which reshaped South Melbourne’s population and architecture. South Melbourne was the site for Canvas Town which provided temporary accommodation for the influx of immigrants heading the Victorian Gold Fileds.
VETERANS PUBLIC ART TRAILMelbourne, vic
This event aims to highlight the contribution of the veteran community to Melbourne’s built environment through the range of public art by veterans.
The works include 3D sculptures and 2D murals as well as buildings designed or sponsored by veterans as artists, architects and arts patrons.
Woven Together – Tour the Australian Tapestry WorkshopSouth Melbourne, vic
During the Australian Heritage Festival 2023, the ATW invites you to join us in a series of special guided tours that explores the stories of how this historical craft and contemporary art have been woven together since our establishment in 1976.
Do you know about Melbourne’s oldest cultural institution – the Melbourne Athenaeum Incorporated?Melbourne, vic
Playing a key role in Melbourne's cultural and artistic life since 1939, the Melbourne Athenaeum has a wealth of archives and stories. Join archivist Susie Shears while she uses key pieces from our archival collection to illustrate our historic and ongoing theatrical and literary contribution.
Talk and tour THE SEE YUP TEMPLE: IT’S HISTORY AND HERITAGESouth Melbourne, vic
Offering two events focused on South Melbourne during the 1850 Victorian Gold Rush. The See Yup Society began in 1854 to look after the arrival of immigrants from Southern China heading for the goldfields. The Temple in Raglan Street, built in 1856, continues to serve its community today.
Through The Eyes of SurgeonsEast Melbourne, vic
Venture through the columns into the world of the surgeons.
You may imagine this place is all about surgical instruments but there is so much more to discover.
Fire Services Museum of VictoriaEast Melbourne, vic
Experience Victoria's Fire Service history.
Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre Open DayEast Melbourne, vic
Be inspired on a visit to the Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre, where you can learn about Australia’s first and only Saint! Explore the museum with one of our guides or with our new audio tour, take time to relax in our contemplative spaces, and enjoy a cuppa with a Sister of Saint Joseph.
Open House at La Trobe’s CottageMelbourne, vic
Learn about the La Trobe Family's life in early Melbourne, in their simple yet elegant prefabricated cottage surrounded by a delightful garden
Digitise Your HistoryMelton, vic
Do you have family photos and videotapes gathering dust at home? Through the magic of digitisation technologies, you can quickly and easily preserve these precious memories for the future.
Return to VietnamMelton, vic
Since the 1980s, thousands of veterans have returned to Việt Nam. Why have they done so? What do their stories mean? And how do their journeys connect to the ANZAC legend?
Spanner in the WorksMelton, vic
Loretta Smith brings Australia's first all-girl garage to life in her book, 'Spanner in the Works'. Come along and find out more about the extraordinary life of Alice Anderson.
The Tea LadiesMelton, vic
Join acclaimed author Amanda Hampson to discuss her recently released murder-mystery novel, 'The Tea Ladies'.
Melton Cemetery TourMelton, vic
Come and hear the fascinating stories of those who walked our streets before us. Take a tour of Melton Cemetery, guided by the experts of the Melton Family History Society.
A display of Church Vestments and a talk about our historic 1857 ChurchSt Kilda, vic
View the beauty of the first church built south of the Yarra. Hear the story of the citizens who built it and it’s early school.
Australian Heritage Festival: Chapel Street Heritage WalkPrahran, vic
Meet at the PMI for a guided walk to discover the former department stores of Chapel Street, Prahran, during an accessible, family-friendly walk.
The Romance and Development of the Australian Wool IndustryPrahran, vic
The Romance and Development of the Australian Wool Industry in the Nineteenth Century: Some Trends in the Growth of Time.
Fashion in the Age of EleganceKew, vic
In a foreign climate and environment, how did women adapt to living in rural Victoria and the emerging suburbs of Melbourne. Explore and delight in the opulent tastes and styles adopted by women through the extraordinary collection of 19th century gowns in the Kew Historical Society collection.
Footsteps in the House of DiscoverySouth Yarra, vic
Shoes - Footsteps in the House of Discovery, a house tour featuring selected shoes from the National Trust collection of historical fashion, as well as footwear-related decorative arts and idiosyncratic curios.
Richmond’s Industrial Past, Creating Opportunities for the FutureRichmond, vic
Richmond's Industrial Heritage saw the development of a wide range of industries. These industries changed the shape of manufacturing, innovation and growth in producing goods for local and global markets. The companies provided a wide range of employment opportunities for men and women.
Renowned gardeners in St Kilda CemeterySt Kilda East, vic
This event will introduce participants to gardeners who designed many of Melbourne's famous gardens
An Amazing Case and a Heritage GardenThomastown, vic
In January 1856, Christian Ziebell returned from ten-month trip to Germany with, potentially, plants in a Wardian Case. This invention by Dr. Ward changed the world and the world of plants. Enjoy a performance of The Amazing Case of Doctor Ward and entry to Ziebell's Farmhouse Museum and Garden.
Teddy Bears’ Picnic Storybook readingElsternwick, vic
Join us at Rippon Lea with author, the National Trust's very own Matt Chester, as he reads from the sweetest teddy bear book going around; Elm & Willow's Adventures at Rippon Lea: Teddy Bears' Picnic.
Rippon Lea’s Victorian KitchenElsternwick, vic
Rippon Lea’s kitchens are a rare example of a 19th century kitchen complex. The original kitchens were enlarged in 1882 and remained in use for fifty years. Abandoned when a new kitchen was installed on the ground floor, they now offer a glimpse into the lives of those who lived “below stairs”.
Rippon Lea Stone fruit Jam Making Competition 2023Elsternwick, vic
Are you a jam maker? Enter a jar (or two) of your best home-made jam in Rippon Lea Estate’s Stone fruit Jam Making Competition. Show off your jam making skills and share the story that inspires your love of jam making.
Significant Trees of Rippon Lea – a walking tourElsternwick, vic
The trees at Rippon Lea play an important part in the Estate’s history, with some dating back to the 1880s. This walking tour will provide a fascinating insight into the work required to manage and nurture this magnificent collection for the enjoyment of both today’s visitors and future generations.
Toorak mansion tourToorak, vic
Explore the newly restored areas of the architectural wonder that is Mandeville Hall, and discover the magnificent features, exquisite interiors and opulent rooms of this internationally significant Toorak mansion. End the tour with a glass of sparkling wine.
Stonnington Mansions Bus TourToorak, vic
Come on an elevated bus ride through the City of Stonnington and discover the architectural wonders in Armadale, Malvern and Toorak, with architectural historian and former Mayor of the City of Stonnington, Steve Stefanopoulos OAM.
St Andrew’s Brighton – A self guided walk around a significant Historic GraveayrdBrighton, vic
A self guided tour around the St Andrew's Brighton Historic Graveyard - a rare example of a suburban churchyard burial ground which is also of state significance. The first Christian burial was conducted in 1844 and the last burial in 1948. (Fee includes complimentary history book.)
Organ Fireworks at St Andrew’s BrightonBrighton, vic
Organ Fireworks - Dr Calvin Bowman plays a selection of organ favourites including Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Trumpet Voluntary and the Widor Toccata on the War Memorial Grand Organ at St Andrew's Brighton
Treasures of TROVEHawthorn , vic
Discover the wide range of resources available on the National Library of Australia's TROVE database, and how it can be used for your own historical research.
Pub to Pub Heritage WalkBrighton, vic
Starting at the former Khyat’s Hotel in Wilson Street, we will wend our way to the Marine Hotel in New Street while revealing Brighton’s interesting history and development through significant buildings and landmarks with entertaining stories about personalities and related events.
Building a Future – Architects vs EngineersKew, vic
Imagine a world without engineers and architects. They have done all the heavy lifting which makes our world amazing. Boroondara (Kew) Cemetery has many such magicians whose achievements will make you give thanks for their contribution to Marvellous Melbourne.
Researching the history of your homeMalvern, vic
Every house has a story. Would you like to find out the story of your house, but don’t know where to start? Are you interested to know when it was built, or who lived there before you? Join us for an introduction to researching the history of your house.
Guided History Tours: The Hospital Years 1920-1993Bundoora, vic
This year marks 100 years since Bundoora Homestead was home to the Bundoora Repatriation Mental Hospital. Join this unique guided experience to hear the stories that shaped the site, hosted by ex-hospital staff members Rosemary Barnes and Arnold Wheeler.
Honouring Those Who ServedCaulfield South, vic
Take a step back in time
Who’s Who at the Brighton CemeteryCaulfield South, vic
From all Walks of Life they came.
Art Deco Buildings in BoroondaraCamberwell, vic
This talk will explore the Art Deco movement within the City of Boroondara, looking at buildings past and present within the municipality that are significant of this architectural style.
Escape and survival through artMalvern East, vic
Hear the many amazing stories of the family including their escape from World War II Vienna, to Singapore and an internment camp in Tatura in rural Victoria. How did all their possessions and artworks survive the turbulent war period to be seen in Melbourne?
Eye Spy! Waking our secret agentsHeidelberg, vic
Some museum objects seem to be asleep in our storage rooms. They are like secret agents.
From the extensive array of objects collected over the past 55 years, this exhibition presents more than 150 secret agents. Their undercover identities slept in our store, preserved by our Society.
How to Research the History of Your HouseBalwyn, vic
This talk and workshop presented by Way Back When Historians explores the process of researching the history of your house, demonstrating what documents to use with practical case studies.
Castles, Costumes and the Auditor General all by the SeaBlack Rock, vic
Visit Historic Black Rock House and learn the history of its owners and visitors of yesteryear. Learn about past original owner Charles Hotson Ebden and his work as a pastoralist. Visits from Governor La Trobe, William Wills, past owner Sir Peter MacCallum plus many other interesting characters.
Scout Heritage Museum Open DayBentleigh East, vic
The Scout Heritage Victoria Museum and Archives is the premiere repository and display of Scouting memorabilia and records in Victoria with items presented in themes from the inception of Scouting in Victoria in 1908. We celebrate 50 years of Scout Heritage Victoria.
Reimagining Mid-Century Panel DiscussionBeaumaris, vic
Reimagining Mid-Century Homes in Beaumaris is a panel discussion between architects and homeowners on the possibilities of mid-century architecture in Melbourne's suburbs. In celebration of the release of Beaumaris Modern 2, we feature author Fiona Austin, Peter Madison and two local homeowners.
BEAR’S CASTLE TOURSWhittlesea, vic
Bear's Castle lies locked away in the catchment of the Yan Yean Reservoir. Access to this unique building is only granted on special occasions, and this is one of them.
Take this rare opportunity to visit the only known building of cob construction in Victoria.
The story of Schwerkolt CottageMitcham, vic
On this guided tour of Schwerkolt Cottage - one of the few remaining 19th century stone settlers’ cottages in metropolitan Melbourne - hear the story of the Schwerkolt family. The Cottage features a garden, barn, smithy, wine cellar, smokehouse and museum in a bushland setting.
From Then Until Now in the Whitehorse AreaMitcham, vic
Join us for the Official Opening of the new Interpretive Panels in the Schwerkolt Cottage Museum that share the stories of the Whitehorse area. There will also be an opportunity for you to explore the museum and complex and enjoy afternoon tea.
‘Optimism, Opportunities and Achievement’Dandenong, vic
'Optimism, Opportunities and Achievement': A reflection on the Centenary of Local Government in Dandenong in 1973
Shared storytelling afternoon tea: ‘Our home is the City of Greater Dandenong’Dandenong, vic
A storytelling afternoon over a delicious afternoon tea, listening to and sharing stories from local community members of their family experiences in City of Greater Dandenong over the centuries.
Our community objectsDandenong, vic
Our community objects: exploring 150 years of Local Government through objects and stories from the City of Greater Dandenong collection