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.

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.

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Coming Events

Taking it One Week at a Time

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...

Scotch College in Hawthorn

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. ...

Early Films Made in Melbourne – Chris Long

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...


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

Our entertaining guest speaker James Nicolas talking footy with Hawthorn District Football legend Eric Munro. ... See MoreSee Less

What a perfect day for a picnic. Hawthorn Tea gardens - a favourite weekend destination by a boat up the river. Now the site of Leonda Reception Centre. Image from SLV. ... See MoreSee Less

A post from Pas. Hi, just wondering if anyone has an idea what the story is with 65 Lisson Grove? Has been vacant for more than 10 years. The back has been burnt out - probably from squatters but it has a lovely façade. ... See MoreSee Less

Taking it One Week at a Time. James Nicolas ... See MoreSee Less