The Kew Historical Society was founded in 1958, and is one of the oldest continuing historical societies in Melbourne. For over 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 the Australian Museums and Galleries Association. It co-operates with other historical societies and groups across the City of Boroondara through the Boroondara Historical Societies Association.


Our rooms at the Kew Court House at 188 High Street, Kew are now closed. They will reopen on 31 January 2020. We would like to thank all our volunteers, both at the Court House and in special working groups for making the previous year such a success. For general inquiries, contact Ms Desley Reid, Secretary of the Society using info@kewhistoricalsociety.org.au.


Presentation Wallet owned by Grace Thake, East Kew Womens’ Club, 1945
On 17 May 1947, and article in the The Australian Women’s Weekly described how:
“Wives and mothers in a Melbourne suburb, East Kew, have formed the East Kew Women’s Community Club. While babies and young children are under the supervision of a play leader, wives and mothers follow up their own interests. The club caters for varying tastes, has musical appreciation, drama, and “Keep Fit” classes. President Mrs. Grace Thake says that the club hopes soon to have tennis, debating, and discussion groups. The club originated from a debate, “Should women take an active part in social and civic affairs?” Two days later their interest in these matters was proved by the forming of the club, which took for its motto: “To help others, improve ourselves, and foster the community spirit.” Membership is open to all women, regardless of age, politics, and religion, and aims to co-operate with all societies working for the improvement of health and cultural standards.” (Australian Women’s Weekly, 17 May 1947)

KHS December 2019 Newsletter | New Items – Victorian Collections