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-operates with other historical societies and groups across the City of Boroondara through the Boroondara Historical Societies Association.


By limelight in Winter: A magic lantern show
John Semmens
In 1863 the children of Kew were treated to a magic lantern show in the Atheneum to celebrate the marriage of Queen Victoria’s eldest son, Prince Albert Edward to Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Relive this event as John Semmens introduces his magnificent magic lantern, cutting edge of 19th Century entertainment, and takes us back for a glimpse of the Victorian world.
Wednesday 14 August, 8.00-9.45PM
Phyllis Hore Room, Kew Library
1 Civic Drive KEW 3101


The Poetic Home
Our second exhibition at the Kew Court House in 2019 explores the lavish décor of the interiors of three nineteenth century mansions in Kew. These interiors were created by a new breed of decorating firms including Cullis Hill and Co, and the Paterson Brothers which emerged in the boom years of the 1880s. Southesk and Tara Hall were regrettably demolished in 1960 and 1970 but Villa Alba remains and is now a house museum showcasing nineteenth century interior decorative finishes, and interior decoration.
Open each Friday & Saturday, 11.00am – 1.00pm
Level 1, Kew Court House
188 High Street Kew, 3101

KHS August 2019 eBulletin | KHS September 2019 Newsletter | New Items – Victorian Collections