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.


Recent Acquisitions for the collection include 20th century costumes, a pair of wedding shoes from 1891, archive files containing heritage research on Kew buildings and spaces, and a Kew Flyer bicycle (pictured at left).

Traders of Kew: Past and present
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

Display – Kew Library


KHS Newsletter 2018-1 | February eBulletinNew Items – Victorian Collections