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

Visit to the Telstra Telecommunications Museum

Wednesday 17th May 1.30 pm Perhaps you know what PMG stands for! Or you might remember the mechanical speaking clock. Housed in the old Hawthorn Telephone Exchange building, the Telecommunications museum holds a collection of old telecommunications equipment from the...

The Dalley Family of Hawthorn

 Sunday 18th June, 2 pm Charles Dalley was Mayor of Hawthorn in 1906 – 1907 and it was from the back of his motor car that the famous Living Hawthorn movie was shot. But the Dalley family has a much longer connection to Hawthorn having operated market gardens off...


A recent photo of the J.C. Adams Agent 'ghost sign' on the side of the building shown in our last post of Burke Road. ... See MoreSee Less

We love these old photos of Burke Road Camberwell/Hawthorn. Source unknown. ... See MoreSee Less

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

Very sad to hear of the passing of Ken Bethell, a good friend of the HHS and a fine gentleman who was generous with his time and knowledge. This photo shows Ken with his granddaughter outside the historic Talana, a home designed by his grandfather Charles Beswicke. image taken by George Fernando on the memorable HHS Harcourt Street History Walk. ... See MoreSee Less

Calling card for Miss S. Dunbar of 8 Yarra Street found behind a skirting board in a house in Hawthorn Grove. Miss Dunbar and her brother lived in Yarra Street in the early 1900s. Thanks to the Gibbs family. ... See MoreSee Less