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

Yarra Street Walk

Yarra Street – one of the earliest streets in Hawthorn. Learn about the history of the area and enjoy a leisurely stroll whilst looking at the wonderful houses like “Zetland”. This is Hawthorn Historical Society’s first History Street Walk for...

Glenferrie Road Festival

Sunday 5th March 10 am to 4 pm Glenferrie Road Festival is always a fun day. Come down and say hello. We will be just outside Mountfords Shoe Store at 763 Glenferrie Road  with walks. photos and things to interest old and young. Find out Who Lived in My House? or...


To open the footy season. "Wells Visited Hawthorn"- cartoon from The AGE in 1954. Can anyone enlighten us about"candles"? ... See MoreSee Less

Another in our occasional sports series. This time the girls from MLC in 1930. ... See MoreSee Less

The Hawthorn Tramways Trust, from our collection. Imagine travelling anywhere these days for 2 pennies. ... See MoreSee Less

Would you like to learn more about one of the oldest streets in Hawthorn? Join us for a history walk down Yarra Street on Sunday 19th March at 1.30 pm. Details - 0408176905 Cost $5.00 for non-members. ... See MoreSee Less

New bridge over the Yarra to Hawthorn 1881. ... See MoreSee Less