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’…

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…

Religion

Most historians of Kew including as James Bonwick (1858), F.G.A. Barnard (1910), W.D. Vaughan (1960), and Dorothy Rogers (1973) focus on the development of the mainstream Christian congregations, however there were a number of other religious groups and institutions who contributed to the cultural and social life of Kew. Articles by members of the Society…

Religion

Most historians of Kew including as James Bonwick (1858), F.G.A. Barnard (1910), W.D. Vaughan (1960), and Dorothy Rogers (1973) focus on the development of the mainstream Christian congregations, however there were a number of other religious groups and institutions who contributed to the cultural and social life of Kew. Articles by members of the Society…

Monuments & Memorials

The most prominent monument in Kew is the Kew War Memorial, opened in 1925 to commemorate the citizens of Kew who served in the Great War. Other memorials include private memorials such as the Springthorpe Memorial (right) in the Boroondara General Cemetery. Articles by members of the Society about monuments & memorials include: War Memorials in Kew…

Streets

The names of streets often have historical significance. However street names change over time. High Street in Kew (right) was previously known as Bulleen Road and/or Main Street. During World War I, the numbering of houses in many streets of Kew was altered. For example, in St. John’s Parade, the numbering of houses in the street…

Houses

Pru Sanderson, in the landmark ‘Kew Conservation Study’ (1988) wrote: ‘Kew does not have significant nineteenth century streetscapes, but in the mixture of housing styles numerous important buildings remain, and in the individual examples both old and new, Kew’s built heritage is almost a compendium of domestic architecture in Melbourne, from smaller family houses through to…

Hotels

Historians have often debated whether the Woodman Inn or the Harp of Erin was the first hotel in Kew. Both were constructed in 1854. While the Harp of Erin still remains, the Woodman Inn, like many other hotels in Kew, has now vanished. The licensees of the  hotels in Kew, especially those in the C19th…

Communities

People from many nations have contributed to our population long before the successive waves of immigration transformed Melbourne into a multicultural society. While this pattern occurred more slowly in Kew, the city has always housed distinctive populations and groups. It is instructive to read the data about country of origin and religions of residents in…

Commerce and industry

In 1858, James Bonwick in a ‘Sketch of Boroondara’ wrote that Kew was  ‘… well supplied with stores and the usual tradesmen of a township. Mr. French was the first storekeeper of Kew, opening his repository of groceries &c., somewhere in August, 1853’. He went on to describe other businesses, many of which have vanished,…