Governor Hotham Hotel
Hawthorn Football Club
Hawthorn Fire Station
Electric Tram 1913
The Hawthorn Historical Society was formed in 1974. Our members are committed to exploring, preserving and sharing the community’s history and heritage. We hold frequent events, including talks, walking tours and displays. We also conduct research, help to answer queries from the public and publish historical publications and a quarterly newsletter.
Our Historical Society is affiliated with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Our patron is the Hon. John Pesutto, MP, Member for Hawthorn.
We need your help
Your financial membership will enable us to achieve our goals, to improve community access to the historical resources and support the ongoing work of our volunteers.
The donation of documents, family histories, photos and memories of events in Hawthorn is always welcome.
If you have an interest in history, time to help or have research, photographic, secretarial or IT skills we want to hear from you.
Saturday 17th February 2 pm Love footy? Love social history? Our first talk of the year we are thrilled to have James Nicolas unfold the histories of the Auburn Football Club and the Hawthorn Amateur Football Club. James Nicolas has a love of...
Saturday 17th March 2 pm Guest Speaker: Paul Mishura - Scotch College Archivist. Hawthorn Glen was the original home of Scotch College when it moved from East Melbourne. Learn more about this school, which has been a part of Hawthorn since 1916. ...
Saturday 21st April 2 pm Chris Long has been researching the history of film, radio and the gramophone for many years. He will convey some of his extraordinary knowledge of film, particularly films made in Melbourne and of our city’s important movie...
Saturday 19th May 2 pm The International Olympics Committee has a vested interest in conveying its own version of history, which is often wrong. Albert Isaacs will talk about many of the remarkable events that occurred in the early days of the modern...