Heritage Address 2023













Join the Heritage Council of Victoria as we present the final event for the Open House Melbourne July 2023 weekend. Best-selling author, actor and historian Michael Veitch delivers the Heritage Council of Victoria’s annual Heritage Address on 31 July at The Capitol Theatre from 6.30pm.

Michael Veitch began his career in the 1980s writing and performing in television comedy with programs such as the D-Generation and Fast Forward before working as a newspaper columnist and regular broadcaster for ABC radio in Melbourne and Tasmania. Between 2005-2010 he presented the national TV arts program on ABC Television, Sunday Arts. In addition to numerous television, film and theatre credits, Michael has published eleven books on subjects including travel, history, marine exploration and military history. His most recent work, Australia’s Secret Army was released in late 2022.

Through his research and experience as a passionate, long-time Melburnian, Michael will recount some of the more bizarre proposals that nearly befell our city – from the near demolition of Flinders Street Station and Town Hall to city planners’ past obsessions with underground tunnel networks.

Hear his reflections on fascinating tales of the city’s heritage – the battles lost and won and the many near misses along the way – followed by a Q+A with Heritage Council of Victoria’s Chair Professor Philip Goad.