PPPG VISIT TO THE ROYAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA
Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239A'Beckett Street, Melbourne.
On Wednesday, 3 July 2013, eighteen members of the Port Phillip Pioneers Group enjoyed a most interesting morning at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria's premises. The following notes about their visit were prepared by Marilla James:
The Royal Historical Society of Victoria ( RHSV ) was formed in 1909.
Judith Bilstza gave us a talk about their Collections which include: -
- The Pioneer Register, an historical register that was set up after survey letters were written to find out about people coming to Australia. The Society got a great response. Respondents sometimes told about children who didn't come and what their history has been.
- A huge collection of pamphlets for which the contents are Indexed online.
- Also books, pictures, manuscripts, etc.
- Their Manuscript Collection is wonderful.
- Lodge Books are a good source of information.
- All the History Groups' Newsletters are there - a gold mine of information.
- The Government Gazettes are useful in showing who bought property.
- A huge book containing shipping newspaper cuttings is indexed online.
Judith Bilstza also advised going to the Ballarat Mechanics Society and to look in the National Library of Australia's 'Trove' website on the internet.
The "Town and Country" newspaper can be helpful for obituaries that can't be found elsewhere.
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