The Royal Historical Society Victoria | RHSV collects historical material and researches the history of Victoria, Australia. They welcome donations to their collections as well as monetary donations.


“The RHSV publishes six newsletters per year, the Victorian Historical Journal (a reviewed journal since 1911), and books of historical interest.”


“The Society has over 1000 individual members, as well as functioning as the umbrella organisation for more than 320 local, regional and specialist historical societies throughout Victoria. RHSV membership is open to those who have an interest in history and who wish to join.”

Online Collections

OnSite Collections

  • Library collection “The Library also contains journals and newsletters of historical societies, organisations and schools, and published and typescript family histories. Directories in the Collection include Victorian Municipal Directories (incomplete), Sands & MacDougall Directory (1857-1974) and Bradshaw’s Guide.”

  • Manuscript collection “Several series of newspaper cutting books, all indexed will attract much interest. Particularly strong in shipping, local history and biographical information, the books supplement published material.”

  • Pioneer Register “Information requested in the registers included: full name; date and place of birth; name of the parents and their residences; date of arrival in Victoria and name of ship; places of residences in Victoria and with dates; public offices held; literary work, publications, inventions or other work of public benefit; date and place of marriage; name of wife in full, with parents names and place of residence; names of children; portrait if available; signature and relationship of the information provider. …You can fill in a Pioneer Register form for your ancestors who travelled to or were born in Victoria prior to 1900: Download the form and return to or RHSV, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.”

  • Image collection “The RHSV holds approximately 2,000 maps that range from rare manuscript maps to parish plans tracing the history of land occupation throughout the State.” Also aboriginal work, photographs and more.

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