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

From Mutton to Masterchef

Saturday October 21st 2017, 2 pm Guest Speaker: Jan O'Connell  Jan O’Connell is the grand-daughter of a grocer with a background in the advertising industry and an interest in the history of food and food-manufacturing in Australia. Her first book “Me & My Big...


Where am I? How well do you know Hawthorn? ... See MoreSee Less

Where am i? How well do you know Hawthorn? ... See MoreSee Less

Hawthorn West primary School Grade V, 1954. Imaged donated by Sandra Torpey. ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks to Kevin Robertson for finding this great image in Queens Road Hawthorn. Runs between Auburn Rd & Henry St next to the railway line. ... See MoreSee Less

Great photo of the Team loading up for Bathurst - '72

Talana - 1 Harcourt Street - fabulous plaster work! One of the images on display at out recent Melbourne Mansions Seminar. Photo by George Fernando, 2015. ... See MoreSee Less