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

Some Pioneers of Early Melbourne

From an ‘unnamed little shanty town’ in 1836, the village grew to be Melbourne the golden capital of a newly-created colony in 1851. The physical development of this unprepossessing place on the banks of the Yarra was to become, however, the home for some intrepid,...

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 hope to be just outside Readings Book shop again with things to interest young and...


Hawthorn Historical Society shared Glen Iris & Surrounds Pictures in History's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

The BIG SCREEN of Toorak Drive-in 1965. Special thank you to David Kilderry of Drive-Ins Downunder ...

One of Hawthorn's picturesque cottages in 1975 - 36 Haines Street. Photograph Robert Pearce - Historic Hawthorn Series. Swinburne Image Bank ... See MoreSee Less

Another Dacre family Auburn State School photo. This time from 1941. Just love those boys' jumpers. Donated by Anita Payne. ... See MoreSee Less

A post from Lee Brown on Feb 19th. This is a photo of my dad working on the roof of 5 Liddiard St Hawthorn around 1975, Swinburne Uni in the background. ... See MoreSee Less

Look at the magnificent decoration of the Hawthorn Town when the Cinderella Ball was held in 1905. ... See MoreSee Less