Hotham History Project Committee meetings and activities are held on the 4th Tuesday of every month. If you wish to attend a committee meeting we recommend you email the who will advise the venue for the meeting.
A number of events are planned over the coming year, including public talks, walking tours and other gatherings. Members will be notified of any last minute changes to event details and the website listing will be updated as soon as possible.
7th April, 2018
Tour - Along the Maribyrnong River with Peter Somerville
Commencing at 1.30 pm. Along the Maribyrnong River with Peter Somerville on the ’Blackbird’. A number of members missed out on this trip last year because of the limited number of places available on the ’Blackbird’. We are therefore planning to run this trip again on 7 April 2018. The trip will cover the geography and early history of the River and its importance to the development of Melbourne.
5th May, 2018
Talk - The Woodbridge Family
Commencing at, 2.00 pm at North Melbourne Library. Talk with Guest Speaker, Lynn Haines. ’The Woodbridge Family: Harness makers and saddlers of North Melbourne’. Lynn is a family historian who has researched her Woodbridge family history from Abingdon in Berkshire to North Melbourne where Bartlett Woodbridge set up as a harness maker and saddlery in Leveson Street, North Melbourne in the 1850s. Lynn will tell the story of the fortunes and misfortunes of the family during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
12th May, 2018
Walk - Coffee Walk Along Historic Errol Street
This National Trust Heritage Festival Walk is a joint activity with the North Melbourne Library. Commencing at 1.00pm. The walk is a repeat of the ’Coffee Walk’ along historic Errol Street, North Melbourne. Further details will be circulated closer to the date.
25th August, 2018
Talk - Annual General Meeting
Commencing at 2.00pm. Our guest speaker will be Professor Janet McCalman who will speak on her recent research on Tasmanian convicts and World War I diggers under the working title, ’It all comes down to mothers and grandmothers: early life influences on the life outcomes of Tasmanian Convicts and the First AIF’.
18th March, 2018
Walk - A Tour of Jack’s Magazine, Maribyrnong
Jack’s Magazine is a remarkable historic place on the banks of the Maribyrnong River. The bluestone buildings and surrounds were constructed between 1875 and 1921 and used for the storage and transport of explosives. This tour will provide an opportunity to see an important piece of Victoria’s military and industrial past. Booking details will be provided in a forthcoming flyer. Tour commences 11am.
14th November, 2017
Film - Alec Campbell - The Last Anzac - interview with his daughter Deidre Langenheim
Hotham Room, North Melbourne Library, 7:30pm This event is a rescreening of a filmed interview with Deidre Langenheim speaking about her family and in particular her father, Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC. Alec served in Gallipoli with the 15th Battalion of infantry and died in Hobart on the 16th May 2002.
21st October, 2017
Walk - Heritage Walk on Curran Street
Guy Murphy, author of 'At Home on Hotham Hill' will lead this walk around Curran Street, North Melbourne. He will tell us about the history of the house at 519 Dryburgh Street and the man who built it, and the wider precinct known as Hotham Hill
16th September, 2017
Tour - Along the Maribyrnong River with Peter Somerville on the boat 'Blackbird'
This trip up the Maribyrnong (Salt Water) River will be guided by Peter Somerville on the Blackbird. The trip will cover the geography and early history of the River and its importance to the development of Melbourne. Meet at 1.30pm at bottom of Saltriver Place, Footscray. Melway 42 E5
26th August, 2017
AGM - Annual General Meeting - Guest Speaker Gary Vines
Our Annual General Meeting will be held in the Hotham Room at the North Melbourne Library on Saturday 26 August 2017 commencing at 2.00pm. Following the AGM our guest speaker will be archaeologist and historian Gary Vines who will give a talk entitled 'From Flemington Bank to Dudley Flats'.
25th July, 2017
Talk - Frank Golding 'Lost and Found: State Children in Australia'
This talk will look at the history of the way welfare has been delivered over the years. Frank will draw on research into his own multi - generational history of state care, using examples close to North Melbourne.
6th May, 2017
Walk - Voices of North Melbourne
This walk through some local streets will be a joint event with the North Melbourne Library as part of Heritage Month. To be led by Heather McKay, the walk will be an exploration of North Melbourne through the oral experiences of its citizens. The walk will leave from the Library at 2.00pm.
8th April, 2017
Film - Laurette 1942 - a film by Francis Fourcou
Local French teacher Veronique Baverstock will introduce this new film about the work of her mother, Laurette, who helped Jews, Spanish refugees, gypsies and other displaced persons in the concentration camps of Vichy France.
18th March, 2017
Walk - Brougham Street, North Melbourne
Brougham Street runs from Melrose Street to Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne and has a number of significant heritage homes. This walk, led by Marion Poynter and others, will take us past many of these homes and tell us a little of the history of their former occupants. John and Marion Poynter have kindly agreed to open their garden at number 38 Brougham Street.
19th February, 2017
Book launch - Nicholas O'Donnell's Autobiography edited by Dr Val Noone
Nicholas O'Donnell's Autobiography is a gem of family and social history. Born in 1862 at Bullengarook in central Victoria, O'Donnell spent part of his schooling in North Melbourne, and graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne. He established a medical practice in Victoria Street, North Melbourne, from 1886 until he retired due to ill health in 1919. Nicholas includes descriptions of his memories of North and West Melbourne when he first arrived in the late 1860s.
12th November, 2016
Walk - History walk in Fawkner Cemetery
This walk will explore the last resting place of a number of prominent North Melbourne people.
27th August, 2016
AGM - Annual General Meeting - Guest Speaker Dr Val Noone
Our Annual General Meeting will be held in the Hotham Room at the North Melbourne Library on Saturday 27 August 2016 commencing at 2.00pm. Following the AGM our guest speaker will be historian and academic, Dr Val Noone, on Nicholas O'Donnell's account of West and North Melbourne 1854-1919.
26th July, 2016
Talk - Private to Public - a tale of depots, horses and unions
Ian Jenkins will present this talk. Ian is a member of the Australian Railway Association and his talk will highlight the history of the coming of rail to North and West Melbourne.
7th May, 2016
Walk - Raze or recycle: repurposing heritage buildings
(National Trust Heritage Festival Walk starting at 2.00 pm). North Melbourne has a vast array of heritage buildings. But quite a few no longer have the original purpose. Join the North Melbourne Library and Hotham History Project for an easy walk to discover these buildings with a highlight being the magnificent Melbourne Meat Market.
16th April, 2016
Talk - Lola Russell's Memoir 'City Kid'
City Kid is the story of Lola Russell and her shop and residence on the corner of King and La Trobe Streets. Built by James Heffernan in 1850/51 it has been occupied by Lola's family since 1899. Lola's story spans over a hundred years marking the changing fortunes of theatre and film, secondary education and small business. Lola will be in attendance to sign copies of her memoir. Susan Pierotti is a freelance copy editor and proof-reader who has worked for several publishing companies on historical fiction, biographies, fiction and travel books.
16th March, 2016
Workshop/Display - 'Arbiter of Style: The Talented Mr. George Johnson' led by Peter Johnson
From quite humble beginnings George Johnson rose to become the most prolific designer of theatres & halls in Australia during the latter part of the 19th century. At his peak he was designing projects in four different colonies at once. This display will explore some of George Johnson's works including two heritage buildings which grace the streets of North Melbourne - the Hotham Town Hall (today's Arts House) and the Metropolitan Meat Market.
8th March, 2016
Talk - 'Sheilas, Sisters and Suffragettes'
This event to celebrate the role of women on International Women's Day will present a series of short talks including one by our Chair, Lorna Hannan on the history of women in North Melbourne. Other presenters include authors, Penny Mackieson, Renate Klein and Sandy Jeffs. The meeting will conclude with a panel discussion lead by the three authors on issues affecting women.
23rd February, 2016
Talk - 'History of house renumbering in inner Melbourne' by Dr Karl Hessian
Local historians are often confronted by the problem of changing house numbers that occurred in inner Melbourne late in the 19th century. This is your chance to fully understand when and why this happened and to avoid pitfalls in your own research. In his talk Dr. Hessian will also cover the process by which the City of Melbourne enforced the paving of private lanes.
10th November, 2015
Film - Deidre Langenheim on Film
Hotham Room, North Melbourne Library, 7:30pm This event will show a film of Deidre Langenheim speaking about her family and in particular her father, Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC. Alec served in Gallipoli with the 15th Battalion of infantry and died in Hobart on the 16th May 2002.
18th October, 2015
Event - Spring Fling
The Hotham History Project will again sponsor a stall at this year's Spring Fling in Errol Street, North Melbourne. If you are able to assist at the stall to help raise the profile of history in the local community and of Hotham History in particular we would love to hear from you. Bill Hannan will also be conducting his very popular tours of the North Melbourne Town Hall clock tower.
10th October, 2015
Walk - John Jones' Houses
John Jones was a prominent builder who lived and worked in West Melbourne. This walk will explore the history of the 20 surviving houses including who lived in the houses and where they worked. The walk will start at the corner of King and Roden Streets at 2pm and will proceed down Roden Street to Adderley Street returning to Errol via Hawke Street. At the conclusion of the walk particupants are invited to share a coffee in Errol Street.
19th September, 2015
Talk - Annual General Meeting - Helen Chung Guest Speaker
Our Annual General Meeting will be held in the Hotham Room at the North Melbourne Library on Saturday 19 September 2015 commencing at 2.00pm. If you would like to volunteer for a position on the committee we would love to hear from you. Following the AGM our guest speaker will be pioneer journalist Helene Chung. Helene will give an illustrated presentation titled 'A Chinese Australian TIn Mining Heritage: Women Past, Present and Future.'
28th July, 2015
Talk - Aspects of the History of North & West Melbourne and the Anglican Church
This presentation by Professor John Rickard will be held in the North Melbourne Library.
26th May, 2015
Talk - Jack Lewis - Citizens Action Plan
This presentation will examine the Citizen's Action Plan 1973 for North and West Melbourne. The talk will commence at 7.30pm at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership, 603-615 Queensberry St., North Melbourne. Access from Union St.
18th April, 2015
Walk - Evoking the North Melbourne of 1915
In partnership with North Melbourne Library. Led by Heather McKay, this walk will focus on residents of North Melbourne who fought in WW1. Meet at Pleasance Gardens at 2.00pm.
24th March, 2015
Talk - Heritage buildings in the Arden-Macaulay Precinct
Heritage architect Graeme Butler will outline his work on assessing heritage places in the Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan area. The talk will commence at 7.30pm at the North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol St.
22nd November, 2014
Walk - Errol Street Memories
Errol St Memories with PODCAST Contributions or walk around West Melb. with locals from 1940s to 1960s who attended King St State School.
28th October, 2014
Talk - The Benevolent Asylum
Mary Kehoe: The Benevolent Asylum
30th August, 2014
AGM & Talk - Bringing in Change, housing inner Melbourne in the 1960's
Judith O'Neill - Housing Commission, Slum Clearance - Oswald Barnett Photographs
14th June, 2014
Walk - Maribyrnong River
Maribyrnong River, Pipemaker's Park & Burley-Griffin's Essendon Incinerator. Curator: Richard Ennis. Perhaps lunch at Angler's Arms Hotel, Maribyrnong).
3rd May, 2014
Walk - Journeys
For National Trust Heritage Festival April 18 - May 18th. Theme 'Journeys.' Bill's journey through North Melbourne. Bill Liddy & friends concentrating on Lothian, Victoria & Queensberry Streets
12th April, 2014
Walk - Journey to the Goldfields
Journey to the Goldfields along Flemington Road - From Howard Street to Melrose Hotel, (Melrose Street) / or Melrose to Turf Club Hotel, (corner Peel Street & Flemington Road)
22nd February, 2014
Talk - Historical subdivisions.
Geoff Leach will discuss how the original crown lot subdivision into quarter acre blocks relates to the widths of one and a half and double fronted houses. He will demonstrate how the LANDATA database can be used to trace the timeline of subdivision and development back to the original crown land sales. Bookings essential to info(at)hothamhistory.org.au. The talk will commence at 2.00pm at the Dewey Common, Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership, 603-615 Queensberry St., North Melbourne. Access from Union St.
14th December, 2013
Book Launch - Moving Around: Stories of a North Melbourne Family 1902 -64
Join us for the launch of a new publication by Rae Nicholls & Lorna Hannan. It is the story of the Quinn family from the time Rae Nicholls' grandmother, Ada Jane Quinn arrived in North Melbourne with her young family in 1902, told by a combination of Rae's notes of past conversations, her taped interviews with family and excerpts of their own writing. To be launched by the Honorable Richard Wynne 2pm for 2.30pm at St Michael's Hall, 8 Brougham Street, North Melbourne.
12th October, 2013
Meeting - Annual General Meeting
This year's annual general meeting will be held at the Learning and Life Centre at the North Melbourne Football Club, 204-206 Arden Street, North Melbourne at 2pm. The meeting will be followed by a talk by Professor Janet McCalman on Vandemonians in Hotham: Tales of former Tasmanian convicts who ended their days in Hotham from the Founders & Survivors Project.
27th July, 2013
Talk - Mineral Mt Somers to Marvellous Melbourne: the use of NZ limestone in Melbourne
On a trip home to her native New Zealand, Mary Chapman noticed limestone at a quarry near Oamaru stockpiled awaiting shipment to St Mary's, West Melbourne. Mary will talk about some of the magnificent buildings in Melbourne that have used New Zealand limestone - and in particular our own St Mary Star of the Sea. The talk will commence at 2.00pm in The Crypt, rear of St Mary Star of the Sea, Howard St, West Melbourne.
4th May, 2013
Walk - North Melbourne's de-licensed pubs and the former Temperance Hall
This year we are proposing to do a temperance walk instead of a pub walk, wandering past the sites of some of the many de-licensed pubs in North Melbourne, and visiting the old Temperance Hall in Queensberry Street, built in 1874 for the Hotham Temperance Hall Company.Meet outside the North Melbourne Library, Errol Street, about 1.50pm
26th March, 2013
Talk - Billy Edwards, a West Melbourne Identity by Mimi Colligan
Marion (Bill) Edwards (1874-1956), trans-sexual barman, pony trainer and bookmaker, frequented the pubs of West Melbourne from the 1920s. Although neighbours knew she was female they described her later as an 'old gentleman'. Dr Mimi Colligan writes on 19th century popular culture and biography and is the author of the entry on Marion (Bill) Edwards in The Australian Dictionary of Biography. To be held at 7:30pm in the Dewey Common at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership, 603-615 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne. (Entrance from Union Street.)
21st October, 2012
Event - North Melbourne Spring Fling
Spring Fling Street Festival 2012 celebrates the diversity and richness in North & West Melbourne. As part of History Week, the Hotham History Project will be hosting a stall in Errol Street, which will be closed to traffic. 11am-6pm.
20th October, 2012
Meeting - Annual General Meeting
This year's annual general meeting will be held at the Learning and Life Centre at the North Melbourne Football Club, 204-206 Arden Street, North Melbourne at 2pm. The meeting will be followed by a talk, Dr Smith's Free Lunch, by Professor John Poynter about the Free Banquet organised for the Royal Visit of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh in 1867, which ended in a riot. The general public is welcome to attend.
25th September, 2012
Talk - Archibishop Mannix in West Melbourne 1913-17
Dr Val Noone is an academic with a keen interest in Irish history, in particular, the Irish in Australia. He is on a subcommittee of the Melbourne Diocesan Historical Commission planning celebrations for the centenary of Daniel Mannix's arrival in Victoria in March 1913. Starting 7:30pm. To be held in the Dewey Common at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership, 603-615 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne. (Entrance from Union Street.)
21st July, 2012
Talk - Stained Glass in North & West Melbourne
Ferguson & Urie were well-known 19th century stained glass makers based in North Melbourne. There are some magnificent examples of stained glass in our local churches so we thought we would acknowledge this work and the work of some of the stained glass artists who have contributed their artistry to our suburbs with an illustrated talk. Talk will commence at 2pm at the Uniting Church hall, Elm Street, North Melbourne.
12th May, 2012
Walk - 19th Century Schools in North & West Melbourne
There were once many private and government schools in North & West Melbourne. Several of these old school buildings have disappeared but some buildings remain. In the case of the Queensberry Street State School, this is being magnificently restored to reopen shortly as The Bastow Institute. We propose to walk past the sites of some of these old schools with the reminiscences of long-ago pupils ringing in our ears. Meet outside the North Melbourne Library, Errol Street, about 1.50pm
24th March, 2012
Talk - St Mary Star of the Sea
If your appetite was whetted by seeing the magnificently restored interior of St Mary's during our twilight walk in November last year, you may wish to join Thomas Hazell, the Restoration Co-ordinator, who will share his expertise on bringing the church back to its former glory. He has also offered to include a tour of the 1870s presbytery, designed by famous architect William Wardell, the architect of St Patrick's Cathedral. Meet outside St Mary Star of the Sea, Victoria Street, West Melbourne, about 1.50pm
25th November, 2011
Walk - Churches of West Melbourne and the Bells of St James
Meet outside St Marys Star of the Sea in West Melbourne at 6pm. From St Marys the group will walk to St James old cathedral where long time bell ringer Bill Cook will talk about the bells. Bell ringing commences approximately 7.15pm. (These details are tentative and are to be confirmed).
22nd October, 2011
Talk - Annual General Meeting
This year's annual general meeting will be held at the Learning and Life Centre at the North Melbourne Football Club, 204-206 Arden Street, North Melbourne starting at 2pm. The meeting will be followed by a public talk by Jack Bowen, a grandson of the original founder of Bowen and Pomeroy, which began in 1894 on the corner of Arden and Dryburgh Streets, North Melbourne. The general public is welcome to attend.
9th July, 2011
Walk & Talk - George Johnson Tour
This walking tour will involve visiting a series of buildings in North Melbourne designed by notable nineteenth century architect George Johnson. Places to be visited include the Meat Market and the North Melbourne Town Hall and Library. Learn about these handsome buildings from members of the Hotham History Project and Bill Hannan (author of Pride of Hotham, the story of George Johnson in North Melbourne on sale on the day). The walk is $10 or $5 concession. Meet outside the North Melbourne library in Errol Street in time to depart at 2
9th April, 2011
Walk - R-Rated Real Estate
A street walk examining buildings featured in the HHP publication 'R-Rated Real Estate' by Lorraine Siske.
26th October, 2010
Talk - Female immigration
Guest speaker, Dr Liz Rushen has written widely about female immigration to Australia in the 1830s. Liz will talk about her book, Single & Free: female migration to Australia 1833-1837, and about the lives of some of the women she researched, including Jane Maloney, the mother of Dr William Maloney who represented this area for many decades in both State and Federal government. Lorraine Siska will also talk about her detailed research on Jane Maloney who lived and owned property in Roden Street, West Melbourne. Talk will commence at 7.30pm in the Supper Room of the North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street.
9th October, 2010
Event - Annual General Meeting
Guest speaker, Clare Hart, will talk about indigenous plant and small animal life in the North & West Melbourne area. The meeting will commence at 2.00pm at the Learning and Life Centre, North Melbourne Football Club, 204-206 Arden Street, North Melbourne.
18th August, 2010
Event - Burke & Wills 150th Anniversary
Re-enactment of the departure of the Victorian Exploring Expedition from Royal Park on 20 August 1860. The event program includes the unveiling of a plaque by the Governor, the re-enactment of the farewell speeches by Robert Doyle as the Lord Mayor Dr Eades and Dave Phoenix as Robert O'Hara Burke, and an opportunity to "walk the track" and learn more about the Expedition. Start time: 10am at the memorial cairn in Royal Park. Please see: http://www.burkeandwills150.info/ for more information about activities for the 150th anniversary.
1st August, 2010
Anniversary - Burke & Wills 150th Anniversary
Burke & Wills 150th anniversary The Victorian Exploring Expedition to cross the continent from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria, led by Robert O'Hara Burke, left from Royal Park on 20 August 1860. The Hotham History Project hopes to be part of the celebrations to mark this important event. We will keep you posted.
27th July, 2010
Talk - The Lost Dogs' Home
The campaign to establish a Lost Dogs' Home in Melbourne started in 1910, culminating in the opening of the Home on its North Melbourne site in February 1913. The Managing Director, Dr Graeme Smith, will talk about the crucial role the Lost Dogs' Home plays in caring for the abandoned animals of Melbourne. The talk will begin at 7.30pm at the North Melbourne Library.
22nd May, 2010
Walk - The Gidneys, horse traders of North Melbourne
Not really a walk but a stroll around Canning and Wood Streets looking at and learning more about some of the grandest houses in North Melbourne, built by the Gidney family who established a highly profitable horse breeding and trading business with India in the late 19th century. Meet at the Dryburgh St end of Pleasance Gardens at 2pm.
20th March, 2010
Walk - The Churches of North & West Melbourne.
Join us at 2pm for a tour of some of North & West Melbourne's magnificent landmark churches dating back to the early years of settlement. Meet outside the North Melbourne Library.
7th November, 2009
Walk - The Geography of Hotham's Horses
North Melbourne developed rapidly in the 1850s in the wake of the gold rushes as hotels and businesses sprang up to provide temporary accommodation and the stabling and provisioning for horses for the immigrants pouring into the colony. As History Week is being held during the Racing Carnival, we propose to continue the horse theme and visit some of the sites in North Melbourne where businesses related to horses and carting once flourished. (2pm start.)
1st November, 2009
Walk - History Week 2009
In 2008 the Royal Historical Society of Victoria initiated History Week as a forum for a wide range of events encouraging people to explore Victoria's fascinating past. In 2009, History Week will be held from 25 October to 1 November. The Hotham History Project proposes to run a walk to be included in the History Week Calendar of Events.
5th September, 2009
Walk - Molesworth Street
In 2002 the Hotham History Project published Winsome Robert's Molesworth Street: A North Melbourne Neighbourhood, 1840-1905. Join Winsome as she brings alive the tumultuous early years of settlement on Hotham Hill with the submergence of the natural landscape and the effect of the terrain on the social development on the hillside. Meet outside North Melbourne Library, Errol Street at 2.00pm.
22nd August, 2009
Meeting & Talk - AGM and 'La Chaumiere, West Melbourne 1971 to 1998'
AGM - 2.00pm; Guest Speaker, Gerald Georges at 2.30pm. Gerald Georges, was the proprietor of West Melbourne French restaurant, La Chaumiere, for almost 30 years. Gerald's anecdotes and recollections will bring back fond memories for all those who visited La Chaumiere during its heyday. Venue: City of Melbourne Bowls' Club, Flagstaff Gardens (Dudley Street end, entrance at eastern end of building)
26th May, 2009
Talk - The Heffernans
Lyndon Arnold's ancestors built the intriguing 1850s shop/house on the south-east corner of King & La Trobe Streets. Lyndon has researched the Heffernan family who built the house and will talk about his forefathers' contribution to early West Melbourne history. Talk begins at 7.30pm.
31st March, 2009
Talk - The Natural History of the Melbourne Region
Gary Presland will speak about the natural environments of the Melbourne region when first encountered by Europeans. His book The Place for a Village: How Nature Has Shaped the City of Melbourne was published in 2008.
25th November, 2008
Talk - At Home on Hotham Hill
Guy Murphy, author of At Home on Hotham Hill, (Annals of Hotham vol 4), will be giving a talk on his book in the North Melbourne library from 7.30pm.
23rd September, 2008
Talk - The City of Melbourne Bowls Club
The City of Melbourne Bowls Club is one of the oldest bowling clubs in Melbourne. The Club has been researching and writing its history over the past couple of years. Come along and learn more about its rich and varied past and the latest news on its exciting new clubhouse.
6th September, 2008
Meeting - Annual General Meeting and Talk 'John Noone of West Melbourne, Government Lithog
AGM - 2.00pm, Guest Speaker: Val Noone at 2.30pm, both events at the North Melbourne Library. Dr Val Noone is a fellow of the Department of History at the University of Melbourne, and a great-grandson of John Noone. His talk will outline the life and times of John Noone (1820-1883) and Julia Reilley (1840-1902) and their children of Stanley Street and later Roden Street, West Melbourne. Particular attention will be given to John's scientific and technical work as government lithographer, 1861-88, especially in producing land maps of Victoria; Julia's life as mother; and the remarkable record of five daughters who became teachers. Some reflections are offered on changes in printing technology, the role of mapping in colonisation, the impact of the 1890s depression and the role of women in state education.
22nd July, 2008
Talk - George Donald's House
Long-term committee member, Lorraine Siska, has lived in her 1860s house in West Melbourne most of her life. She has become fascinated with learning the secrets of its past, and in particular, the story of the second owner of the house, George Donald, Inspector of General Markets, an important and highly respected figure of his time. Lorraine will talk about her voyage of discovery and provide suggestions about how you can go about researching the history of your own house. The talk will begin at 7.30pm in the North Melbourne Library.
27th May, 2008
Talk - John Jones, A West Melbourne Builder
John Jones, a Welsh builder and stonemason, built over forty homes in West Melbourne between 1861 and 1889, of which over fifteen have survived. Hotham History Project member, David Evans, lives in the two-storey terrace in Hawke Street that John Jones built for his family in 1881. David will talk about John Jones, his buildings and his legacy. The talk will be at 7.30pm in the North Melbourne Library.
25th March, 2008
Talk - Six Men in a Seat
Learn more about some of the six colourful men who have represented the seat of Melbourne since Federation.
27th November, 2007
Talk - HS Chapman & the Australian Ballot
Chapman St, North Melbourne has been named after Henry Samuel Chapman, who in 1856 introduced into the Victorian Parliament a form of secret ballot now used throughout the world. The Hotham History Project invites you to a talk by Trefor Owen, a Manager at the Australian Electoral Commission and a third generation electoral officer. Trefor has lived in Chapman Street for many years and has long been interested in HS Chapman and the impact of his groundbreaking legislation. The talk will be held at the North Melbourne Library, commencing at 7.30pm.
6th October, 2007
Walking Tour - Walking the Streets
Discover the history behind the naming of some of North Melbourne's Streets. (Postponed until further notice - watch this space.)
8th September, 2007
Walking Tour - Victorian Archives Centre Tour
The Hotham History Project is organising a tour for our members of the Victorian Archives Centre in Shiel Street, North Melbourne. The tour will be conducted by Public Record Office Victoria volunteers and will commence at 11am. Groups are restricted to 15 people and need to be organised well in advance so please contact the Secretary if you wish to join the tour.
11th August, 2007
Meeting - Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Hotham History Project will be held in the North Melbourne Library, commencing at 2pm. The theme for the AGM will be "150 years of education in North & West Melbourne.
26th June, 2007
Talk - Jim Brady on North Melbourne in the 1850s
Presentation on North Melbourne in the 1850's, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Mattingley's school in Errol Street, the forerunner of the Errol Street Primary School. Our favourite Thespian, Jim Brady, (who appeared as "The Vagabond" at the Beat the Bounds of the Benevolent Asylum 150th celebration, November 2000, and as "John Buncle", Buncle Day, Hotham History Project AGM, September 2005) will present excerpts from Albert Mattingley's address to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria in 1915 on the early history of North Melbourne. Talk to commence at 8pm. Further details to be announced.
26th May, 2007
Walking Tour - Discovering Errol Street
A repeat of our 2005 walk, uncovering the layers of history of the once famous and bustling Errol St shopping precinct. Meet outside the North Melbourne Library at 2pm.
24th April, 2007
Talk - Gary Presland on the History of North & West Melbourne
Talk by Gary Presland on the area now known as North & West Melbourne. Gary Presland is an archaeologist and historian who has published widely and spoken frequently about pre-European Aboriginal life in the Melbourne area. His best known work on this subject is Aboriginal Melbourne, which was originally published in 1985 as Land of the Kulin. Gary's most recent studies have focused on reconstructing the natural history of Melbourne at the time of European arrival, for which he was awarded a PhD at The University of Melbourne. Talk to commence at 8pm. Further details to be announced.
27th February, 2007
Walking Tour - Twilight Walk around St Michael's Parish
A twilight walk around St Michael's Parish will be held commencing at 6pm to commemorate the centenary of St Michael's church. Meet outside Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne.
29th October, 2006
Fair - Spring Fling
Spring Fling - North & West Melbourne North Melbourne Town Hall and Little Errol Street Come along to our stall at the Spring Fling to buy our books and have your questions about the history of the area answered. .
15th October, 2006
Fair - Annual Fair - West Bourke Heritage Association
YMCA Hall, cnr Essex & Market Streets, Footscray Theme: Short run print publishing Title: Local Heritage Publishing Speakers include Christine Worthington from the Prahran Mechanics' Institute. The Hotham History Project will have a stall selling our publications, along with the other groups that form the West Bourke Heritage Association
23rd September, 2006
Talk - Hotham History Project AGM
2.00 pm The Hotham History Project AGM will be held in the North Melbourne Library.
23rd September, 2006
Book Launch - Launch of Men of Hotham
3.00pm Launch by Bill Hannan of a new series People and Places in North and West Melbourne. The inaugural volume, Men of Hotham: Municipal Government in North Melbourne 1859-1905, by Heather McKay is a biographical dictionary of the councillors and staff who administered nineteenth century Hotham.
1st September, 2006
Talk - Launch of Bilingual Edition of Sammarchesi
A bilingual edition of Luigi Soccio's book Sammarchesi: Memories of Migration from San Marco in Lamis will be launched at the San Marco club in Carlton. A join publication of the Hotham History Project and the San Marco Club, the translation was undertaken by secondary school students from San Marco in Lamis, Italy. Contact the San Marco Club for further details.
27th June, 2006
Book Launch - Launch of The Pride of Hotham
North Melbourne celebrated the opening of its grand, new Town Hall on 27 June 1876. It therefore seems appropriate that the first comprehensive history of the Town Hall and its architect, George Johnson, was launched at the Town Hall on the 130th anniversary of this date.
22nd June, 2006
Talk - A Guide to North Melbourne Library's Local History Collection
Our wonderful Local History Librarian, Heather McKay, and the Local History Coordinator for Yarra/Melbourne Libraries goes to a lot of trouble to collect material to add to our extensive Local History Collection. Come and learn about all the wonderful resources in your local library. Commencing at 7.30pm at the North Melbourne Library.
21st June, 2006
Exhibition - The Town of North Melbourne
A joint project by the Public Records Office of Victoria and City of Melbourne, this exhibition marks the centenary of the 1905 merger of North Melbourne and Melbourne City Council. It explores the people and places of this 'town on the edge of town' through books, plans, Sands & McDougall directories and photographs Victorian Archives Centre. It will run from 21 June to 30 September, 2006.
23rd May, 2006
Talk - The History of the North Melbourne Town Hall
Bill Hannan has spent many hours over the past few years researching and writing this finely crafted, detailed and erudite history, titled The Pride of Hotham: the History of North Melbourne's Most Prominent Landmark. Come along and learn of his experiences in writing the book, which we hope will be launched the following month. Commencing at 7.30pm at the North Melbourne Library.
2nd May, 2006
Talk - Dating Family Photographs
Lenore Frost of the Essendon Historical Society has kindly agreed to share her tips and tricks on dating family photographs. This should be an entertaining and informative evening. Lenore has written extensively on local history and there will be an opportunity to purchase some of her books. Commencing at 7.30pm at the North Melbourne Library
29th April, 2006
Walking Tour - R-Rated Real Estate Belonging to North & West Melbourne
Lorraine Siska will be conducting another of her fascinating walks based on her research for the book she produced with Alan Ashley in 2004. Commencing at 2pm, the walk will take you past some of the historic buildings, or sites of early buildings, that Lorraine chose because they illustrate the changes, both good and bad, to the historic building fabric of North & West Melbourne.
28th February, 2006
Meeting - West Melbourne Oral History Project
Oral histories in our collection convey a vivid picture of growing up in North & West Melbourne in the 1930s-50s. The Committee wants to incorporate some of these memories into a volume on West Melbourne that will also include the workplaces, buildings and institutions that make up West Melbourne. We encourage anyone interested in being involved in this important project to attend this meeting at 7.30pm in the North Melbourne Library.
5th February, 2006
Meeting - West Melbourne Discovery Walk
Members of the Hotham History Project Committee are planning a summer's afternoon wander around West Melbourne to identify places of interest that could be the subject of a future walk. This is very much a preliminary exploration, but we invite members to join us who have an interest in West Melbourne and wish to show us some of their favourite places. We will meet at 5pm at the corner of Errol & Victoria Streets outside the Three Crowns Hotel.
5th December, 2005
Performance - Billy Maloney: A New Play by Bill Garner and Sue Gore
North Melbourne Town Hall (8 performances only), 8pm Mon 5th December to Sat 10, 2pm matinee Wed 7th and Sat 10th.
10th September, 2005
Meeting - Annual General Meeting & 'Buncle Day'
In the spirit of Hotham's centennial celebrations, we will hold our Annual General Meeting on September 10, which will be known as our first 'Buncle Day. The AGM will enable people to catch up with many of our present projects and is an opportunity to welcome more members to the Committee.
1st September, 2005
Exhibition - The Town of North Melbourne
This exhibition marks the centenary of the 1905 merger of North Melbourne and Mebourne City Council. it explores the people and places of this 'town on the edge of town' through books, plans, Sands & McDougall directories and photographs. It is currently at the City Gallery, Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street, Melbourne until 22 September.
20th August, 2005
Fair - Local & Family History Fair (West Bourke Heritage Association)
6th August, 2005
Walking Tour - Errol Street Precinct and Surrounds
4th June, 2005
Walking Tour - R-Rated Real Estate belonging to North and West Melbourne
(Based on the book by Lorraine Siska and Alan Ashley.)
14th May, 2005
Walking Tour - Walk around Hotham Hill
6th November, 2004
Talk - At Home on Hotham Hill
Guy Murphy, author of 'At Home on Hotham Hill' gives a public talk about the history of 'the Bougainvillea House' at 2pm, in Meeting Room No 1 (upstairs) North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street, North Melbourne.
1st September, 2004
Book Launch - At Home on Hotham Hill: A Portrait of a Nineteenth Century Entrepreneur
The official launch of volume 4 of the Annals of Hotham, At Home on Hotham Hill: A Portrait of a Nineteenth Century Entrepreneur by Guy Murphy.