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.

WHAT’S ON – MAY 2017

The River Yarra  – Andrew Kelly
The Yarra River Association was incorporated in 2005 and is part of the Waterkeeper Alliance of more than 150 waterkeepers worldwide. Andrew Kelly, the Yarra Riverkeeper, is the Vice President of the Association. At the meeting, he will speak about the Yarra’s past, present and future. Andrew has degrees in geography and archaeology from the University of Melbourne.
8:00pm, Wednesday 10 May, Phyllis Hore Room, rear Kew Library

The second book sale for 2017 will be held in May. There will be many bargains. Don’t miss out. Funds raised during the sale support the Boroondara Library Service and the Kew Historical Society.
1:00pm and 4:00pm, Sunday 21 May, Phyllis Hore Room, rear Kew Library.

Round the Bend – Asylums on the Yarra 1848-2008
A photographic exhibition exploring the historical roles of the ‘asylum’ in Victorian culture, focusing on the Yarra Bend Asylum, the Kew Lunatic Asylum (later Willsmere Hospital) and Kew Cottages.
Each Friday and Saturday 11.00am-1.00pm
Level 1 Kew Court House, 188 High Street, Kew, 3101

The Collection – Recent acquisitions (updated 2 May)
Items from our Collection on the Victorian Collections website (updated 23 May)