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The Heidelberg Historical Society Museum is opening on Sundays from Sunday 29th November

The Museum is opening on Sunday 29th November, Sunday 6th December, and Sunday 13th December 2020. It will be closed for the remainder of 2020, until February 2021.

With social distancing, we can only have 2 people and 1 volunteer in the Research Room and up to 4 people in the Exhibition space during each time slot between 2pm and 3:15pm and 3:30pm and 4:45pm.

Book your timeslot by email only at heidelberg.historical.society@gmail.com. This applies to our members as well as to the public.

Face masks are required to be worn inside the Museum. You will be required to leave your name and phone number as per Victorian Government regulation.

If you are not a member you can join by submitting the online application form which will be processed by our Secretary promptly.

23rd November 2020

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The Battle of Waterdale Road!!

Posted on Friday, 9th October 2020 by Janine Rizzetti

When thinking about political action in the Heidelberg District, perhaps Waterdale Road West Heidelberg doesn’t spring immediately to mind. But fifty years ago this month, Waterdale Rd was the site of three protest marches and clashes between students from La Trobe University and police and Special Branch members.

The protests were initially in support of the moratorium marches against the Vietnam War, but widened to the broader question of the right to protest.

Barry York, who was one of the organizers, has written about these marches on the Museum of Australian Democracy website

It includes a 2 minute sound clip with Larry Abramson talking about his arrest at gunpoint. You can hear more reflections of the participants at the second march at this YouTube site

The third part of this documentary can be found here

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