Heritage

Throughout its 60-year history, the Kew Historical Society has actively worked with the City of Kew (later City of Boroondara), the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and Heritage Victoria to preserve a number of significant built structures.

The Society is not able to support every request by individuals and groups as buildings, traditions and landscapes must be ‘significant’ in order to commit to the research required to support a heritage application. Decisions about our involvement in a heritage issue typically involve a recommendation to our Management Committee by our Heritage Subcommittee.

Historic examples of the Society’s involvement in heritage applications include objections to the demolition of Tara Hall, Southesk, Fernhurst, and Neama, as well as the identification of the need for, and subsequent support of the first Kew Urban Conservation Study (1988). The Society was also highly involved in the campaign to save and conserve the Kew Court House, for which it raised with community support, over $500,000.

In 2018, the City of Boroondara conducted a Kew East Heritage Gap Study. Our formal submission to Council can be downloaded: KHS Submission – Kew East Heritage Gap Study (221KB, PDF).