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

HHS End of Year Drinks

Join us to celebrate another great year for the Society at the historic Auburn Hotel (once called the Geebung Polo Club) in the afternoon of Sunday 4th December 4 pm to 6 pm. it’s a chance to meet and welcome our new members but all friends welcome...

Early Melbourne 1835 – 1851

Historian Loreen Chambers will share her knowledge of early Melbourne from first camp to Separation. Saturday 18th February 2017 Hawthorn Community Precinct 584 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn...


The Auburn Hotel - their history - courtesy of the Hotel menu. Members and friends of the Historical Society celebrated last weekend, another productive and convivial year. ... See MoreSee Less

This is the main drop on the City of Hawthorn Mayoral Chain enameled with the City crest. The chain has 62 links engraved with individual monograms for each of the mayors. You can see the full chain and those for the Cities of Kew & Camberwell, outside the Boroondara Council chambers in Inglesby Road, Camberwell. ... See MoreSee Less

Our Monday Mystery Photo. How have you done so far this year?

Do you fancy yourself a good Hawthorn History Sleuth? Why not post your photos and see how well our HHS team does.
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Was this Hawthorn's first Ambulance Service?
Otto Press Undertaker on the south side of Burwood road offered this service in 1912 and received some subsidy from the council.
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A fabulous wedding photo from the 1910s - thought to be at the family home in Aberdeen Street, Hawthorn. Donated by the Huntly family ... See MoreSee Less