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.

Costumes of Mary Ann Henty dating from 1842–1880


Earlier this year we decided to apply for a Community Heritage Grant so that we could get a significance assessment made of the Henty costumes donated in early 2023 by the descendants of Francis and Mary Ann Henty. In our application for the grant, we contended that the Henty Collection was nationally significant. We received support for our application from several individuals and institutions including representatives from Museum Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria. KHS is one of 59 community-led organisations to receive a 2023 Community Heritage Grant. The Significance Assessment is to be conducted by Laura Jocic.


After a very full 2023, we will be closing our rooms at the Kew Court House on Friday 15 December until Friday 2 February., and our Heritage Centre at Kew Library from Wednesday 13 December until Tuesday 23 January. We can be contacted by email during this period.