The Kew Historical Society was founded in 1958, and is one of the oldest continuing historical societies in Melbourne. For over 60 years, the Society has worked with local government and other organisations within Kew to stimulate interest in our history and heritage.
The Society is affiliated with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and the Australian Museums and Galleries Association. It co-operates with other historical societies and groups across the City of Boroondara through the Boroondara Historical Societies Association.
As directed by the City of Boroondara, a number of our facilities and services will remain closed. This is in line with Stage 4 restrictions. In the meantime, you can continue to access our collections online and Ask an Expert for help with your research questions or collection inquiries.
The Society wishes to advise members of a large and significant donation by Margaret Picken of property illustrations of buildings in Kew and Kew East. The drawings were created for real estate agents between 1983-2006. To view these, visit Victorian Collections. You may find your house there.
ON PARADE – THE KEW COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
The current exhibition focuses on the Kew Festival and its popular (past) parades. It includes selected images of parades from 1990 to 2010. Because of statewide restrictions, the Court House is closed at present, so we have decided to put the photos from the exhibition online, with explanatory captions. View the online exhibition here.
OTHER ONLINE EXHIBITIONS
Other online exhibitions are gradually being added to our Exhibitions page.
2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The AGM of the Kew Historical Society has been postponed until Wednesday, 11 November 7.45pm for 8pm. The meeting will be conducted by Zoom Meetings. For those who wish to attend, please register by email at email@example.com and a meeting ID will be sent by return email.