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'History Week' - City of Melbourne 2014 - Free Events

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History Week: the week of the 19 – 26 October 2014
During the week of 19 – 26 October 2014, there will be hundreds of events held allowing Victorians to explore our fascinating past. Some of the free events this year's History Week has to offer include:

*Listen to lightening talks on women engaged, enraged and often forgotten in some of the most iconic conflicts of our past.

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* Try your hand in the Cobden Historical Society's Legendary Gumboot Toss.

*Take a fascinating walking tour and uncover Footscray's hidden stained glass treasures.

*Learn some of the many stories behind the headstones at the Donnybrook Cemetery, exploring the accomplishments and tragedies of the district's early settlers.

*Bring in your favourite antique to Treasures of Docklands and find out its true value.


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* Uncover the history of Melbourne's first road – City Road - its importance, industrial architecture, Melbourne's tallest buildings and the current City Road Master Plan.

*Take a glimpse at early farming practices and agricultural methods in one of Melbourne's original food bowl - the Plenty Valley.

*Discover the experiences of Victorians away from the frontline - their contribution to the war effort and growing social divisions which climaxed in the bitterly contested conscription referenda in 1916 and 1917.


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*Celebrate 100 years of the Red Cross in Australia with a stunning photographic exhibition - most on public display for the first time.

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*Get a dose of historical law and order with a rare tour of our heritage listed Supreme Court building, hearing stories from the archives and discovering judicial robes and wigs;

*Lose yourself in history with a leisurely browse through the entries for the Victorian Community History Awards

These free events may require bookings so visit the Official History Week Website for full details.

"Victoria has such a diverse and intriguing history, so we are delighted to once again be able to pull together a whole host of reasons to get out there and enjoy it," said Kate Prinsley from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. From fascinating walking tours and engaging discussions, to country outings and history making events - there is something in store for everyone to enjoy."

History Week is generously supported by the Vera Moore Foundation and is being coordinated by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Event supporters include the Professional Historians Association, State Library of Victoria, Museum Victoria, History Teachers' Association of Victoria, Shrine of Remembrance and the Supreme Court of Victoria among others.

Visit the events page of the History Week website and begin planning your History Week in advance. Book ahead for free events listed above, as they may become fully booked due to high demand.

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Why? From fascinating walking tours and engaging discussions, to exhibitions and “history in the making” events – there are hundred of events on for everyone to enjoy.
When: During the week of 19 October - 26 October 2014
Where: Various locations in Victoria
Cost: Events listed above are FREE
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