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.


The 2019 Dickinson Lecture is the Society’s major contribution to History Week. The Lecture by Helen D Harris OAM is on ‘The Right to Vote – The Right to Stand: The involvement of women in local government’. The Lecture is a ticketed event (cost $20) for which the City of Boroondara is managing the bookings. For tickets, ring 3 9278-4770 or book online at www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/events/.
Wednesday 16 October, 7.30 for 8.00 PM
Just Theatre, Kew Court House
188 High Street KEW 3101


The Poetic Home (ends Saturday 5 October)
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

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