Local Government

By 1860, Kew had grown to the extent where residents were able to successfully withdraw from the Boroondara Road District to form the Municipality of Kew. From being a separate municipality with an elected chairman, Kew progressed to a borough (1863), a town (1910) and finally a city (1921). In 1994, the City of Kew was…

Education

Kew has had numerous educational institutions, both public and private. By the time that F.G.A. Barnard had completed his Jubilee History of Kew (1910), many of these had already vanished. Some schools were to survive and flourish, while others were created after Barnard wrote his history. Articles by members of the Society about schooling in Kew include: A…

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’…

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…