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February 2020


February 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where:            Board River Cruise Vessel “Yarra Princess” at Berth 6 Federation Wharf which is directly South of Federation Square, close to Flinders St Station and Tram Route. Parking is available at Federation Square; weekend flat rate is $16. When:             Saturday 29th Feb 2020 Time:               11.00am to 14.00pm Arrive no later than 1045 for boarding. Cost:                $65.00 per head including drinks and finger food + live music by the “Mudlarks” Dress:              Suitable for the weather on the day…

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Alma Doepel – Leap Day Cruise

February 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Victoria Star, 30 Victoria Harbour Promenade
Docklands, VIC 3008 Australia
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Cruise from Docklands to Williamstown Visit Melbourne’s busy international ports (big ships up really close!), cruise past the Williamstown Seaport Festival and see tall ships at berth, then cruise down to St Kilda and around the bay before returning to Docklands. Food and drinks available on board. This cruise has been generously donated by Victoria Star Cruises and all proceeds go to the Alma Doepel Restoration – www.almadoepel.com.au On Saturday 29 February 2020 at 11:00 am link to the booking:…

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March 2020

The inaugural meetings of the Special Advisory Groups (SAGs)

March 1, 2020 - March 31, 2020

Maritime Skills, Education and Careers  The inaugural meeting of the Special Advisory Group (SAG) covering Maritime Skills, Education and Careers (SEC) is was held on Thursday 27 February 2020 at 4.00 to 5.30 PM.  Venue: Kangan Institute, Automotive Centre of Excellence, Docklands, Boardroom 2.61 (2nd floor), 1 Batman’s Hill Drive, Docklands.   Museums & Collections and Heritage & Research The inaugural meeting of the Special Advisory Group (SAG) covering  Museums & Collections and Heritage & Research was held at 4.30 pm…

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The changing shape of Birrarung (Yarra River)

March 10, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Old Quad Building 150, Building 150, The University of Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC 3010
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In the first outing of our ‘Up from the Vaults’ series for 2020, Dr Liz Dean from the School of Social and Political Sciences will explore the significance of Birrarung (the Yarra River). In 2017 the Victorian Government implemented the landmark Yarra River Protection Wilip-gin Birrarung murron Act 2017; legislation which recognises the Yarra River as a living entity and acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people as its traditional custodians, while also protecting the river for future generations. ‘Wilip-gin Birrarung murron’…

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Walking the bounds of the Blue Lake with David Sornig

March 28, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Hotham History Project walking event. The walking tour will be a follow up to his book, in Blue Lake, David Sornig examines how the 8km-square zone to the west of central Melbourne became the city’s blind spot. Once a fertile wetland with a large blue saltwater lagoon, it passed through various incarnations: from boneyards and rubbish tips; through the Depression-era Dudley Flats shanty town; to the modern-day docks. Through it all, one thing that has persisted is its uncanny,…

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April 2020

POSTPONED : Port Phillip Bay – Looking out, looking in: Aboriginal and Colonial perspectives

April 27, 2020

Artwork: John Cotton, Aboriginal camp on the banks of the Yarra, c1845 (Pictures Collection, SLV)   April 6, 2020, A Panel presentation “Port Phillip Bay – Looking out, looking in Aboriginal and Colonial perspectives” convened MMHN hosted by Federation Square involving the Koori Heritage Trust, Aboriginal Branch, City of Melbourne and the RHSV. Reflections on perceptions at the point of contact.   Regrettably, this event is postponed due to COVID-19.

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April 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artefact and Research Centre, 4 Harper St Abbotsford

Join the Heritage Council of Victoria in partnership with Heritage Victoria Thousands of historical archaeological treasures reside within Heritage Victoria’s Artefact and Research Centre. As part of the Heritage Festival, we are offering tours of the Artefact and Research Centre for one afternoon only. Date: Thursday 30 April Times: 12PM, 2PM and 4PM Address: Artefact and Research Centre, 4 Harper St Abbotsford Bookings: kerry.taylor@delwp.vic.gov.au THIS IS A FREE EVENT BUT BOOKINGS ARE ESSEN

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May 2020

78th Anniversary – Battle of the Coral Sea – virtual the live-streamed Commemoration Ceremony

May 3, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Artwork: Designer: Brian Clinton. (Used with permission of Australian Postal Corporation, 1992)   May 3, 11:00 AM An invitation to join virtual the live-streamed Commemoration Ceremony to market the Anniversary of Battle of the Coral Sea fought during 4–8 May 1942. A major naval battle in the Pacific Theatre of World War II between the Imperial Japanese Navy and Naval & Air Forces from Australia and the United States of America, resulting in a strategic Allied victory and which, reversed…

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POSTPONED : End of an Era: the last Gippsland Lakes Fishermen

May 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Library at the Dock, Docklands Docklands, VIC Australia + Google Map

In a new FRDC funded project, researchers are documenting the contribution and rich socio-cultural history of Australia’s oldest small-scale commercial fisheries. Small-scale fisheries operating in near-shore waters of bays, inlets and estuaries have been the foundation upon which Australia’s commercial fishing industry, now valued at over $1.5 billion, was built. These original fisheries and their associated ways of life, and the families and communities that formed around the fishing nets and harbours, have imbedded their work, stories, and ties to…

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July 2020

POSTPONED : “Maritime Melbourne: History on Paper

July 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am - July 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

June/July 2020 A presentation by Michael O’Brien on “Maritime Melbourne: History on Paper” within the Melbourne Rare Book Week Program, a collaboration between MMHN and Rare Books Melbourne. Regrettably, this event too is postponed due to COVID-19.

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