The Kew Historical Society was founded in 1958, and is one of the oldest continuing historical societies in Melbourne. For almost 60 years, the Society has worked with local government and other organisations within Kew to stimulate interest in our history and heritage.

The Society has been affiliated with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria since 1959, and works with other historical societies and groups across the City of Boroondara through the Boroondara Historical Societies Association.


Velvet Cape, Weir Collection, Kew Historical Society

Australian Fashion & Design: The Weirs of Princess Street
Illapa at 90 (later 84) Princess Street, Kew was built for Henry Hedderwick in c.1890. It is now part of Rylands of Kew. From 1917 until 1950, 84 Princess Street was the home of George and Edith Weir and their five children. George Weir was initially manager of the North Broken Hill Mine and General Manager from 1917 to 1926. In 2017, the Society was gifted a large and important collection of Edith Weir’s clothing by her granddaughter, Jillian Rigby. These are historic and aesthetically significant items of women’s clothing, which complement our existing costume collection. The donation includes clothing from every decade, from the 1890s to the 1940s. At the April meeting, Jillian Rigby will provide some family background, Robert Baker will explore in what ways the donation complements our costume collection, and Suzanne McWha will examine and describe a number of the costumes in detail. Following the talk, supper will be provided. Visitors are welcome to attend. Please feel free to download and email the flyer to others who may be interested in this event..
Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 8:00pm
Phyllis Hore Room, Kew Library,
Cotham Road, Kew 3101



Traders of Kew: Past and present
By 1858, Kew was well supplied with stores and the usual tradesmen of a township. Many of these early businesses were still in operation a century later. Some of the present day traders have been in business for over 50 years, and in some cases, almost 100 years. Exhibitions at the Kew Court House and Kew Library explore the history of past and present traders in Kew and Kew East through historic photographs and objects.
Kew Court House, 188 High Street, Kew, 3101. Each Friday and Saturday 11.00am-1.00pm
Kew Library, Civic Drive, Kew, 3101. During Library hours

Display – Kew Library

Recent donations to the collection include documents and items of fashion and design. To read more about these, go the the Recent Acquisitions page.

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