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.


The costumes of Mary-Ann Henty

The Henty Collection and its national significance
Dr Laura Jocic
Dr Laura Jocic has now completed her assessment of the costumes and costume accessories that were donated to KHS by the descendants of Francis and Mary-Ann Henty in 2024. Her report has been developed for the National Library of Australia and it offers a case about whether some or all of the items in the Henty family collection are nationally significant, or not. Her report will determine whether KHS is eligible for further grants from the NLA for conservation treatments. Dr Jocic’s illustrated lecture will outline her case. Don’t miss out as we may have a large audience.
Wednesday 8 May, 7.30pm
Phyllis Hore Room, Kew Library
Civic Drive, Kew, 3101