Recent Acquisitions


Australian Fashion
Kathleen Gervasoni has generously donated a number of evening dresses and hats to the costume collection. The items date from the 1970s and were either purchased from Kew shops (eg Anne Harrison of Kew) or were worn by Kathleen at official events as the wife of Councillor and Mayor, Jack Gervasoni.

Australian Fashion
Jillian Rigby has generously donated three additional items, formerly belonging to her grandmother, Edith Mary Betteridge (1867-48) who lived with her family at 84 Princess Street, Kew from c.1917-48). The donation includes a pair of white satin shoes (pictured right) that match the previously donated wedding dress worn by Edith Betteridge at her marriage to George Weir in Broken Hill in 1891; a cream silk and lace jacket, and a long, black chiffon scarf, embroidered at one end and ending with a silk tassle at the other.

Graeme Butler, who has practiced in Melbourne for near to 40 years, is the author of numerous urban conservation and heritage studies. Graeme has generously donated to the Society his extensive research files about heritage buildings and landscapes in Kew. His research was primarily conducted in 1999 for the Kew Heritage Review – an assessment of Places graded B in the City of Kew Urban Conservation Study 1988 by Pru Sanderson Design Pty Ltd. The files will be invaluable to our researchers who are conducting historical and heritage studies.

On 5 December, John Wyatt contacted us to offer us a 1940s Kew Flyer bicycle. Kew Flyers were originally manufactured by Harry Cooper (from 1893) and were retailed from his shop in Cotham Road. His business was known throughout Australia as he sponsored the famous Kew Flyer Road Race, which we wrote about in Newsletter No.105, December 2013. Learning that we were a Historical Society, John generously donated the bicycle. The Society is currently planning for its restoration.

A collection of items donated by Judith Voce comprising military uniforms, personal items, clothing patterns, civic publications, books, and photographs. The items donated mostly related to Kew and its environs.