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.

The Society acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our premises are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.


Old Physiotherapy Room, Kew Cottages (Cliff Judge Collection)

Drawing upon the Irena Higgins and Dr Cliff Judge collections, this exhibition of historic photographs, documents, books and artefacts explores the history of Kew Cottages from its inception as the Kew Idiot Asylum in 1887 to its closure in 2008.
Each Friday 11AM – 1PM
Level 1, Kew Court House
188 High Street, Kew, 3101