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

The Society is affiliated with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and Museums Australia. It co-opertaes with other historical societies and groups across the City of Boroondara through the Boroondara Historical Societies Association.



Punching above our weight: The community history & heritage movement
Assoc. Prof. Don Garden OAM
Across Australia there are thousands of volunteers who devote thousands of hours to the collection, preservation and dissemination of our community history and heritage. This is not only good for us as a community, as we learn better to understand who we are and where we have come from. It also has considerable benefits for us as individuals and helps to build social capital in our communities. We punch above our weight as community members. Don Garden is President (until May) of the RHSV, and a member of the Australian Heritage Council until June. Immediate Past President of the FAHS. He taught History and Environmental History at the University of Melbourne, where he is an honorary fellow, and has published seventeen books – a mixture of local history, a history of Victoria, a biography, a company history and two environmental histories.

Sunday 17 February, 1.00-4.00 pm
Phyllis Hore Room, Rear Kew Library
Thousands of titles with a wide selection of non-fiction, including travel guides, biographies, self-help manuals, craft, gardening, history and psychology books, as well as adult and teenage fiction. Most books $1 or $2 and children’s picture books two for $1. Proceeds assist the work of the Kew Historical Society.

Elsinore, Wellington Street

Historic Houses of Kew
Our current exhibition at the Kew Court House includes paintings of both cottages and mansions by the late Joy Stewart. A story accompanying each building explores its architectural significance as well as the lives of its inhabitants. Flyer – Historic Houses of Kew
Level 1, Kew Court House

KHS eBulletin Feb 2019 | Newsletter No.125, Dec 2018New Items – Victorian Collections