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.

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

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...


Hawthorn Historical Society shared City of Boroondara's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

79 per cent of Boroondara’s residential areas are zoned Neighbourhood Residential Zones (NRZ). Und...

A Where am I photo from Russell Wolfe. Thanks ... See MoreSee Less

Where am I?
we'd love to see your own Where am I? photos of Hawthorn.
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Just one of the treats of our visit to the Telecom Museum in Hawthorn last Wednesday. Even for those with limited technological "know- how" it was fascinating. Thanks to tour guide Murray. ... See MoreSee Less