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Royal Society of Victoria

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  • 1854 -

The Royal Society of Victoria began in 1854 and was modelled on the Royal Society of London.

From the beginning their purpose was the promotion of science for the benefit of the community. It aimed to contribute to the advancement of science for the good of the Victorian community.

The Royal Society of Victoria had its origin in two independent societies, the Victorian Institute for the Advancement of Science and the Philosophical Society of Victoria, which were founded in 1854 and united in the following year as the Philosophical Institute of Victoria. The name was changed to The Royal Society of Victoria late in 1859 and the first meeting was held on 21 December that year.

The Society continues to focus on the promotion of science for the benefit of the community. Each year the Society runs a series of public lectures and scientific symposia across a wide range of sciences.

Royal Historical Society of Victoria

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  • 1909 -

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) is a community organisation dedicated to collecting, researching and sharing an understanding of the history of Victoria.

It was established in 1909 with donations from early settlers and their descendants as well as amateur and professional historians.

The RHSV specialises in Victorian history and contains manuscripts, documents, photographs and some artefacts. This has created a rich and diverse collection covering social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of Victoria’s history.


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Roadknight and Co

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  • c.1870 - c.1965

The Roadknights are inextricably linked to the early settler history of Geelong. Pastoralists, Real Estate Agents, Auctioneers, Woolbrokers etc., their name is indelibly connected to land and their pursuits have helped shape the region.

By c.1870 Roadknight & Co. appears to have begun formalised business operations, although the partnership Mackenzie, Roadknight & Co advertised livestock auctions in 1868.

The subdivision and sale of land comprised the bulk of the firm's business over multiple generations of the Roadknight and extended families. Business operations ceased following the death of Frank Cyril Roadknight.


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Renton, WH

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Auctioneer, licence granted c.1919, conducted his first sale 1919

Renown' Cycle Works

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EW Winkler's 'Renown' Cycle Works on Moorabool Street, commenced business in 1921

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