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.


Recent Acquisitions for the collection include a pair of wedding shoes from 1891, archive files containing heritage research on Kew buildings and spaces, and a Kew Flyer bicycle (pictured at left).

The Kew Historical Society’s large and important collection has been recognised through the award of grant from the National Library of Australia for the funding of a Significance Assessment of its Collection in 2018. The first stage of the grant involved training at the National Library with fellow recipients from cultural organisations from around Australia. Kew was one of two historical societies to receive the award this year.

Performing Arts – Theatre & Music in Kew 1950s-1960s
An exhibition at the Kew Court House, mounted by the Kew Historical Society, featuring rare scrapbooks, photographs, programmes, and contemporary reviews of theatre and music performances in the Kew Recreation Hall and the Kew City Hall.
Each Friday and Saturday 11.00am-1.00pm (re-opens Friday 19 January)
Kew Court House, 188 High Street, Kew, 3101

KHS Newsletter, New Items – Victorian Collections