• Invergowrie


  • Hawthorn 1863

    Hawthorn 1863

  • Governor Hotham Hotel

    Governor Hotham Hotel

  • Hawthorn Football Club 1873

    Hawthorn Football Club 1873

  • Hawthorn Fire Station

    Hawthorn Fire Station

  • Electric Tram 1913

    Electric Tram 1913


Hawthorn Historical Society welcomes you. The Society was formed in 1974 and we celebratied 40 years in 2014. 

Hawthorn is one of Melbourne’s oldest and most historic suburbs. John Gardiner first settled here close to the junction of the Yarra River and Gardiner's Creek in 1836. The Hawthorn Village was planned in 1852 as one of the first settlements to the east of Melbourne.

The Society is committed to exploring, preserving and saving our community's history. We hold talks, walking tours, conduct research, answer queries and produce a quarterly newsletter. We welcome contributions and attendance at our meetings and we welcome your participation on FaceBook.


To help us achieve our goals we need your help. We actively seek contributions and donations such as documents, family histories, photos and memories of events in Hawthorn. If you have an interest in history, skills in photography or IT or just have the time to assist us with research, we want to hear from you. 

Members can access further resources in our MEMBERS ONLY section. 

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We hope you find our site interesting and informative.