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.



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
The Society’s rooms at the Kew Court House will reopen on 1 Feb 2019

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 uses curtains from the mansion Tourmont ( now Fintona) in Balwyn that were donated to the Society in 2015.
Kew Library, Cotham Road, Kew. During library hours.

Current Exhibition at the Kew Library


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