MMBW Detail Plans – Series 10f

From 1891 to 1991, the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW) was one of the most powerful state authorities in Victoria. During that period the MMBW was responsible for sewering Melbourne and its suburbs.To facilitate the introduction of sewerage systems the Board systematically produced detailed plans of suburbs, streets and houses. A number of…

Community organisations

This page includes original research into the history of community organisations in Kew and East Kew. (For the history of sporting groups, go to the Sport page). Articles by members of the Society about community organisations include: History of the Kew R.S.L. The Kew sub-branch of the Returned Soldiers and Sailors Imperial League of Australia was granted its…

Sport

Many of the sporting clubs of Kew have a long and illustrious history. In 2014, the Kew Cricket Club is celebrating its 150th anniversary. In March 2014, during the Kew Festival, the Kew Historical Society will be mounting an exhibition on ‘Sport in Kew’ to which a number of sporting groups have been invited to…

Service charges

The Kew Historical Society has access to an expert and knowledgeable range of researchers who, for a standardised fee can discover and describe information about Kew’s history, whether it be the history of individuals, families, houses or businesses. The hourly fee set by the Management Committee for this kind of research is usually $25 per…

Published histories

Histories A number of books and booklets about aspects of Kew’s history have been written between 1858 and 2012. Hyperlinked resources are to external websites. 1858: Bonwick, A Sketch of Boroondara (State Library of Victoria, PDF 10.8Mb) 1910: Barnard, The Jubilee History of Kew (Biostats website, HTML) 1960: Vaughan, W.D., Kew’s Civic Century. 1961: Rogers, D, Lovely Old Homes of…

Unpublished histories

A number of members of the Kew Historical Society are actively involved in research of the suburbs of Kew and Kew East and their environs. Over time, these and previous members have assembled materials relating to these suburbs’ history and heritage. Included here is a list of the research files held by the Society. Information…

Personal research

Sometimes, knowing where to look can resolve a number of queries that you might have about a topic you are researching. If you are lucky, you may already find it on the History or Collection sections of our website. Alternately, information about the topic might be already be in included in our Research Files. The Society has compiled a…

Assisted research

The Kew Historical Society has a small group of researchers who are able to provide research assistance to individuals and groups who are unable to complete personal research with our Research Self-help Fact Sheet. Because research takes time, skill and patience, the Society regrets that it can only offer this service for a fee. The fee…

Benefits of membership

Who can become a member? Membership of the Kew Historical Society is open to all. Anyone with an interest in history including, individuals, families, libraries, schools, and businesses are welcome to join us. Membership benefits Members of the KHS enjoy: Access to the Society’s comprehensive Library and valuable collections – rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, newspapers,…

Research group

Members of the Research Group conduct individual and collaborative research into the history of Kew and Kew East. The resulting research may appear in the quarterly Newsletter or on the History section of this website. Some members of the group are interested in, conduct and write oral histories, some research their family’s history, while others research street…