Collections

The collections of the Kew Historical Society include bound and unbound archives, audiovisual materials,  books, costumes & textiles, maps, and pictures, These are kept in our collection store in the southern section of Kew Library and at the Kew Court House. Items in our collection have been donated by members and friends of the Society over a sixty-year period. For information about donating items to the Society, please access our Donating Items page.

COLLECTION SHOWCASE

We aim to regularly highlight items from the Collection. This item is a trophy of the Kew Bowling Club, created in 1968, but including an item dating from 1885-86, five years after the Club was established. It is part of a large collection of items and archives gifted to the Kew Historical Society in 2020.

Trophy in two sections, commemorating the Kew Bowling Club’s season 1885-86. The trophy includes a Lignum Vitae Bowl used in the 1885-6 season. It was presented to the Acting President in 1968. The text on the plaque reads: ‘Kew Bowling Club season 1885-86, presented by W.M. McLean Esq. Won by John Braim. The lignum vitae bowl is one of a presentation set of four donated by Mr Kevin Lee – Flemington B.C. to the acting president Rr G.O.S. Greer on 25th feb 1968.’

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SIGNIFICANT ITEMS

A Significance Assessment (2018) (PDF, 1MB) of the Society’s collection was funded by the National Library of Australia in 2018. While the entire collection was viewed, the consultant’s report concentrated, at the Society’s request, on the framed photographs in the civic collection, on costumes, and maps and plans. Separately, a number of items have been designated as Treasures of the collection by the Management Committee. 

PRESERVATION

Following the success of the Significance Assessment in 2018, the National Library has funded a Preservation Needs Assessment of our collection. The assessment will be carried out by consultants from Grimwade Conservation Services in 2020.

ACCESS TO COLLECTION ITEMS

In 2019, the Kew Historical Society was declared by the Victorian Government a Class-B Place of Deposit for Government Records. Many of the items in our Civic Collection derive from donations made by the former City of Kew, many of which are classified as Government Records. Most of these, and indeed other items in the collection can be viewed by appointment. Items which we have digitised can be accessed at the Kew Historical Society’s section of Victorian Collections.