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.

Dear Members
The Society’s management committee has considered the medical opinion of the Chief Health Officer, advice from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, the requirements of the Department of Health and the Victorian Government COVID-19 re-opening plan.  We conclude that it is the responsibility of the management committee to provide a safe place for members, volunteers, visitors and contractors so we have decided that:

  • Effective from the time of the Victorian Government’s changes to restrictions, in accordance with Phase C of its re-opening plan, which is expected to be around 5 November 2021 or sooner, all members, volunteers, visitors, and contractors aged 16 and over must be fully vaccinated (two doses) to attend Kew Historical Society events and premises.

The management committee believes that this move is in accordance with appropriate safety and community expectations. We appreciate your support.
Yours sincerely,
Judith Voce, KHS President


The 2021 Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards were held on Tuesday 5 October by AMaGA Victoria. The Awards featured a celebration of organisations using the Victorian Collections online collection management system. The Awards acknowledge the hard work undertaken by these organisations in documenting and preserving their heritage materials. Award recipients were chosen based on the quality, quantity and public accessibility of collection entries produced over a 12-month period across 2020 and 2021. Kew Historical Society won the award for excellence in cataloguing by volunteer-run organisations.

Online exhibitions

Three online exhibitions are now available for viewing on the website. You can access them via the Exhibitions page.


September 2021 Newsletter |  Memberships