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.


The 1919 Influenza Epidemic in Kew
Speaker: Andrew Frost
In October and November 1918, the Spanish Influenza epidemic broke out in the United Kingdom, India, Australia and New Zealand. Initially, it was known as the South African influenza, since it seemed to spread to Australia from there with troop transports returning from the War. Andrew will describe the impact of the epidemic in Kew. Visitors welcome. Supper provided.
Wednesday 13 June, Phyllis Hore Room, 8.00PM
Phyllis Hore Room, Kew Library,
Cotham Road, Kew 3101

Traders of Kew: Past and present (extended until 30 June)
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

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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