Dickinson Lecture 2018

DICKINSON LECTURE Dr Gary Presland – F.G.A. Barnard: naturalist, historian and committed Kewite Francis GA Barnard was born in Kew and lived and worked there for most of his 74 years. Like his father, also named Francis, he was a pharmacist by profession, but his interests and involvements were diverse and wide ranging. Both father and…

Recent Acquisitions

2018 The Kew Historical Society wishes to acknowledge and thank all donors, past and present who have gifted items to our collection. A number of items donated during the current year are listed below. Commemorative objects In 1905, Mrs J.M. Griffiths laid the foundation stone of a new Baptist School Hall in St John’s Parade…

Xmas Party – 14 December 2016

ANNUAL XMAS DINNER INVITATION 2016 has been a very successful year for the Kew Historical Society and the President and Management Committee would like all members to join them for an End of Year Celebration in a lovely, comfortable venue with beautiful views. Venue: Kew Golf Club, 120 Belford Road, East Kew. Time: 6.30 for…

Mayors of Kew

The Kew Historical Society’s collection includes an historically significant series of mayoral photographs covering the period 1863 to 1971. Many of the mayors in the collection were figures of statewide or national significance. In a number of cases, the portrait is the only known photograph in public collections. The Kew Historical Society’s researchers have been…

Dickinson Lecture 2016

DICKINSON LECTURE 2016 by Richard Broome FAHA LECTURE TITLE The Radical Hope of Aboriginal Activism in Victoria Date: Wednesday 19 October 2016 Time: 7.30pm for 8.00pm Venue: ‘Just Theatre’, Kew Court House, 188 High Street, Kew, 3101 The Kew Historical Society is pleased to announce that Richard Broome will present the third annual Dickinson Lecture…

Research – Mayors of Kew

The Kew Historical Society is the custodian of the original framed photographs of the Mayors of Kew. The series dates from about 1862 to 1970. All are identically framed with dark wood. On the mount under the glass, the name of the mayor and the date/s of his/her term of office are recorded. The Research Group of…

Economy

Economic and social history is inevitably interrelated. In Australian history, there have been periods of economic boom and bust, including the Boom of the 1880s followed closely by the Depression of the 1890s. In the 20th century, the Great Depression had a severe impact on many sections of the the local community. The Boulevard in…

Local Government

By 1860, Kew had grown to the extent where residents were able to successfully withdraw from the Boroondara Road District to form the Municipality of Kew. From being a separate municipality with an elected chairman, Kew progressed to a borough (1863), a town (1910) and finally a city (1921). In 1994, the City of Kew was…

Education

Kew has had numerous educational institutions, both public and private. By the time that F.G.A. Barnard had completed his Jubilee History of Kew (1910), many of these had already vanished. Some schools were to survive and flourish, while others were created after Barnard wrote his history. Articles by members of the Society about schooling in Kew include: A…

Transport

Transport was always a vital concern for the residents of Kew, cut off as they were from Melbourne by the River Yarra. Transport to and within Kew has included boats and bridges to cross the Yarra, and trains, trams and buses to reach the various parts of Kew. Articles by members of the Society about ‘Transport’…