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.



Jennifer O’Donnell – House historian
We are in for a great treat this month. Jennifer O’Donnell is a writer of histories of grand houses including ‘Kawareau’, the home of grocery chain owner Fred Cato and later the venue of Stephanie Alexander’s restaurant. She is known as a meticulous researcher of both houses and their occupiers. Jennifer will not only be telling us about her work as a researcher of houses, but will tell us how we can be a ‘House Historian’ and research a house – including our own.
Phyllis Hore Room (rear Kew Library)
8pm, Wednesday 12 July.

Scouts and Girl Guides in Kew 1909-2009
An exhibition featuring a number of photographs and objects illustrating the history of Scouts and Girl Guides in Kew. The first recorded Scouts in Australia date from 1908, while the 1st Kew Scout Troop was established in 1909. The exhibition includes a number of photographs salvaged from the Disraeli Street (1st Kew) Scout Hall at the time of its demolition in 1993.
Each Friday and Saturday 11.00am-1.00pm
Level 1 Kew Court House, 188 High Street, Kew, 3101

Additional information is included in our eBulletin July 2017 (PDF 261kB)