Hawthorn 1863

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.

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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.

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Year 1883: VIEWS FROM BURGESS STREET and the VANISHED AUBURN CRESCENT near the present John Gardiner High School and South Auburn Primary. The area on the South side of Burgess Street, later subsumed and mostly excavated for the Auburn Brickworks, were then, apparently, known as "The Cairnsville Estate" and a real estate flyer lithograph from the period survives in the State Library of Victoria. The two illustrations accompanying this flyer, documenting the Southern part of Hawthorn East not frequently seen in photographs, are worthy of a posting, here. The Southerly view encompasses Cato's estate, and the future Stephanie's Restaurant. The Westerly view looks down the Gardiner's Creek valley to the city, ans the silhouette of the recently built Exhibition Building can be seen on the horizon.A post from Chris Long. ... See MoreSee Less

Anyone for tennis? Marjorie Magnus seated left, in the Swinburne Girls School tennis team 1935. Thanks Peter E Smyth. ... See MoreSee Less

This "vintage " postcard of the Palace Theatre just arrived from the UK by snail mail. The card was originally sent by Minnie who lived at No. 2 Park Street. Image donated by E. Love ... See MoreSee Less

Where am I? How well do you know Hawthorn? Thanks John Torpey ... See MoreSee Less