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VETERANS PUBLIC ART TRAIL
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.
Through The Eyes of Surgeons
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.
Trades Hall Tour
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.
Fire Services Museum of Victoria
Experience Victoria's Fire Service history.
THOMAS BENT, FRANCIS BRADFORD AND ELECTRIC TRAMWAYS IN MELBOURNE 1904-1909
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 – 1978
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 Gardens
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 Victoria
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 PHILLIP
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
Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre Open Day
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.
CO.AS.IT. Italian Carlton: Self-Guided Tour
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 Tours
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.
Guided Walk GOLD RUSH IN SOUTH MELBOURNE
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.
Heritage Tour of the Mission to Seafarers
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 Seafarers
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.
Open House at La Trobe’s Cottage
Learn about the La Trobe Family's life in early Melbourne, in their simple yet elegant prefabricated cottage surrounded by a delightful garden
Woven Together – Tour the Australian Tapestry Workshop
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.
Talk and tour THE SEE YUP TEMPLE: IT’S HISTORY AND HERITAGE
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.
Sunset Cocktails at Walsh Street
Open the door to Robin Boyd’s iconic Walsh Street residence after-hours for autumn sunset cocktails.
Princes Hill History Walk
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.