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 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.



History of Boroondara Library Service
Presenter – Myra Dowling, Local and Family History Librarian
Myra is responsible for the management of the local and family history collections and services across the Boroondara Library Service. In this interactive talk, learn about the development of library services from the mid-1800s to the vibrant community-focused present day. Myra started her career as a primary school teacher, and moved to work in Public Libraries more than 30 years ago – first with the former City of Camberwell and now with the City of Boroondara.
Wednesday 14 November at 8.00PM
Phyllis Hore Room, rear Kew Library, Civic Drive, KEW 3101

Historic Houses of Kew
Our current exhibition at the Kew Court House includes paintings of both cottages and mansions by the artist Joy Stewart (1925-2018). A story accompanying each building explores its architectural significance as well as the lives of its inhabitants. Flyer – Historic Houses of Kew
Level 1, Kew Court House, 188 High Street, Kew. Friday and Saturday 11.00am-1.00pm

Victorian Silhouette
A concurrent free exhibition at the Kew Library showcases Victorian costumes from the 1860s and 1870s. These costumes have previously not been exhibited due to their fragile nature. The display also uses the curtains from the mansion Tourmont ( now Fintona) in Balwyn that were donated to the Society in 2015.
Kew Library, Cotham Road, Kew. During library opening hours.

KHS eBulletin Nov 2018 | Newsletter No.124, Sept 2018  | New Items – Victorian Collections