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.HOUSE MUSE

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.


The Yellow Room, The Johnston Collection.

The Johnston Collection – East Melbourne
William Johnston (1911-86) was a 20th century collector and antique dealer. His collection was bequeathed to the people of Victoria after his death, and is displayed in a constantly changing domestic setting in his former residence. Specific details about this tour for our members will be provided at the May monthly meeting and in the May eBulletin.
* Wednesday 23 May. Melbourne CBD bus pick-up.
Cost $20. Prepayment required at May Monthly Meeting or by direct bank deposit to KHS account 063-142 10066376, with your name as the subject.

Frances Derham: artist and teacher
Speaker: Felicity Renowden

Felicity is an active member of our Research Group and is also a volunteer in the Preshil School Archives. She will talk about the artist Frances Derham, and how her interest in child art was triggered at Preshil and by her teaching experience at the school from 1935-7.
Wednesday 9 May, Phyllis Hore Room, 8.00PM
Phyllis Hore Room, Kew Library,
Cotham Road, Kew 3101

Traders of Kew: Past and present (extended until 30 June)
By 1858, Kew was well supplied with stores and the usual tradesmen of a township. Many of these early businesses were still in operation a century later. Some of the present day traders have been in business for over 50 years, and in some cases, almost 100 years. Exhibitions at the Kew Court House and Kew Library explore the history of past and present traders in Kew and Kew East through historic photographs and objects.
Kew Court House, 188 High Street, Kew, 3101. Each Friday and Saturday 11.00am-1.00pm
Kew Library, Civic Drive, Kew, 3101. During Library hours

Recent donations to the collection include documents and items of fashion and design. To read more about these, go the the Recent Acquisitions page.

KHS eBulletin May 2018KHS March Newsletter  | New Items – Victorian Collections