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 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.




Dr Gary Presland – F.G.A. Barnard: naturalist, historian and committed Kewite
Francis GA Barnard was born in Kew and lived and worked there for most of his 74 years. Like his father, also named Francis, he was a pharmacist by profession, but his interests and involvements were diverse and wide ranging. Read more …
Wednesday 10 October, Just Theatre Kew Court House

Elsinore, Wellington Street

Historic Houses of Kew
Our new exhibition at the Kew Court House includes paintings of both cottages and mansions by the artist Joy Stewart (1925-2018). 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, 188 High Street, Kew. Friday and Saturday 11.00am-1.00pm

Victorian Silhouette
A concurrent free exhibition at the Kew Library showcases Victorian costumes from the 1860s and 1870s. These costumes have previously not been exhibited due to their fragile nature. The display also uses the curtains from the mansion Tourmont ( now Fintona) in Balwyn that were donated to the Society in 2015.
Kew Library, Cotham Road, Kew. During library opening hours.

KHS Oct 2018 eBulletin | Newsletter No.124, Sept 2018  | New Items – Victorian Collections