Art of the Lithographer

ART OF THE LITHOGRAPHER Format: Online exhibition 11 November 2020 Curator: Robert Baker This online exhibition showcases seven illuminated certificates and testimonials in the collection of Kew Historical Society. The earliest of these dates from 1882, while the final example is from 1918. The collection also includes other examples, which can be viewed using the…

Kew Illustrated, 1891

KEW ILLUSTRATED, 1891 Format: Online exhibition Venue: Kew Court House 9/2016 – 2/2017 Curators: Robert Baker, Suzanne McWha Digitisation: Andrew Mackinnon At the beginning of the 1890s, the Kew businessman and Town Councillor, Henry Kellett, commissioned J.F.C. Farquhar to photograph scenes of Kew. These scenes included panoramas as well as pastoral scenes. The resulting set…

On Parade

ON PARADE – THE KEW FESTIVAL Kew Court House March 2020 – June 2020 Curators – Judith Scurfield, Robert Baker Parades were traditionally designed to allow community groups to participate in local festivals. The Kew Festival, initiated in 1974, encouraged community groups to engage with and value local heritage. As part of the 2020 Kew…

Kew’s Civic History

From Municipality to City – Chairmen and Mayors of Kew 1861-1994 Kew Court House October 2019 – February 2020 From Municipality to City explores the civic contributions of the men and women who led Kew from 1861 to 1994. A Strengthening Communities Grant, provided by the City of Boroondara and the Rotary Club of Balwyn, funded…

Dickinson Lecture 2018

DICKINSON LECTURE Dr Gary Presland – F.G.A. Barnard: naturalist, historian and committed Kewite Francis GA Barnard was born in Kew and lived and worked there for most of his 74 years. Like his father, also named Francis, he was a pharmacist by profession, but his interests and involvements were diverse and wide ranging. Both father and…

Recent Acquisitions

2018 The Kew Historical Society wishes to acknowledge and thank all donors, past and present who have gifted items to our collection. A number of items donated during the current year are listed below. Commemorative objects In 1905, Mrs J.M. Griffiths laid the foundation stone of a new Baptist School Hall in St John’s Parade…

Xmas Party – 14 December 2016

ANNUAL XMAS DINNER INVITATION 2016 has been a very successful year for the Kew Historical Society and the President and Management Committee would like all members to join them for an End of Year Celebration in a lovely, comfortable venue with beautiful views. Venue: Kew Golf Club, 120 Belford Road, East Kew. Time: 6.30 for…

Mayors of Kew

The Kew Historical Society’s collection includes an historically significant series of mayoral photographs covering the period 1863 to 1971. Many of the mayors in the collection were figures of statewide or national significance. In a number of cases, the portrait is the only known photograph in public collections. The Kew Historical Society’s researchers have been…

Dickinson Lecture 2016

DICKINSON LECTURE 2016 by Richard Broome FAHA LECTURE TITLE The Radical Hope of Aboriginal Activism in Victoria Date: Wednesday 19 October 2016 Time: 7.30pm for 8.00pm Venue: ‘Just Theatre’, Kew Court House, 188 High Street, Kew, 3101 The Kew Historical Society is pleased to announce that Richard Broome will present the third annual Dickinson Lecture…

Research – Mayors of Kew

The Kew Historical Society is the custodian of the original framed photographs of the Mayors of Kew. The series dates from about 1862 to 1970. All are identically framed with dark wood. On the mount under the glass, the name of the mayor and the date/s of his/her term of office are recorded. The Research Group of…