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.

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.

The material on this site is archived by the State Library of Victoria. Contributors agree to their work being available to the public. Read our Privacy Policy.

Coming Events

Boroondara Cemetery Tour

Saturday 3rd September 12.00pm $5.00 We have scheduled a tour of Boroondara Cemetery in Kew with local history buff Tony Michael, for 12.00pm on Saturday 3rd September. Tony will help inform us of the history of the first cemetery in the area and tell us some of the...

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...


Monday Mystery Photo - HHS Image 1981 - location? ... See MoreSee Less

Hawthorn Historical Society shared a photo. ... See MoreSee Less

If it was too obscure for anyone, here's the location of the sign saying "SNOW'S" - in the apparentl...

HHS image -swimming in the 1980s. I bet you can't wait for summer. ... See MoreSee Less

Cadets were the 'go' in the early 1900s. This HHS image from the Todd-Brook Collection shows the Auburn ANA cadets from Hawthorn College. ... See MoreSee Less

Hawthorn Historical Society added an event. ... See MoreSee Less

Boroondara Cemetery Walk

September 3, 2016, 12:00pm - September 3, 2016, 1:30pm

Join us for a fascinating tour of Boroondara Cemetery to hear stories from the past and meet our Haw...