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.

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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.

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

Kawarau Book Launch

Tuesday 18th October 7.30 pm Free Kawarau, in Tooronga Road, built in 1893, was most famously the home of philanthropist Frederick Cato from 1904 until his death in 1935. It later saw service as Stephanie’s Restaurant and is now Alia College. Jennifer O’Donnell is the...

Hawthorn Historical Society AGM

Saturday 22nd October 2.30pm Free Following a short business meeting we will be treated to a talk by Ian Smith from the Cinema and Theatre Historical Society of Australia. Come and hear about some of Hawthorn’s iconic entertainment venues and then join us for...


Half mile marker? Those were the days. Thanks to Lynne Kells for her photo from October 24th.
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Marker in backyard at Hawthorn Community House. 1/2 mile to post office (now Inner East Health, which runs the house -coincidence) ?
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Monday mystery photo - now this is a real mystery. Help needed. Thought to be a girls school in Hawthorn and connected to the Flint or Davies families. - Does anyone recognise the minister far left or crest on the banner lower right. Photo donated by Robert Flint ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks to Ian Smith for his entertaining talk about the architecture and history of Hawthorn theatres. And as well a thank you to our patron John Pesutto MP Member for Hawthorn for joining us at our AGM. ... See MoreSee Less

It was an enjoyable AGM of the Hawthorn Historical Society this afternoon. Well done Elizabeth Yewer...

Walter Jona front and centre as President of the Hawthorn City Band in 1976. Thanks Lindsay. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Theatres of Hawthorn (& Beyond)

October 22, 2016, 2:30pm - October 22, 2016, 4:00pm

Ian Smith from the Cinema and Theatre Historical Society of Australia will treat us to a talk about ...