Coming Events

A Tour of Burnley Gardens

Wednesday 29th November        10.30 – 11.30 am Established by the Horticulture Society of Victoria in 1861, The Burnley Gardens were set up to  introduce new plants to the colonies, and to promote botanical and horticultural science. This it has done for over 150...

Past Events

From Mutton to Masterchef

Saturday October 21st 2017, 2 pm Guest Speaker: Jan O'Connell  Jan O’Connell was our guest speaker at the Annual General Meeting on October 21st. Jan’s background in copywriting and advertising has lead to a lifelong fascination with the people and the companies...

Tour of the Hawthorn Town Hall

This year's Open House Melbourne was held on the weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July and we were pleased to run tours of the Hawthorn Arts Centre in the former Hawthorn Town Hall, to tell it's story. There was tremendous interest from the general public and...

Hawthorn History Seminar – Melbourne Mansions

August 19th 2017, 1 pm – 4 pm Prof. Miles Lewis A.M, Architectural historian & Professor of Architecture University of Melbourne will deliver the inaugural Michael O’Grady lecture Melbourne Mansions Our understanding of the larger houses of 19th Century Melbourne is...

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...

The Rise and decline of the Boroondara Urban Landscape

Join us on Saturday 22nd for Ian Hundley's talk and discussion about the urban landscape changes that have taken place in Boroondara over the decades - a different but important perspective on our history and built...

Yarra Street Walk

Yarra Street - one of the earliest streets in Hawthorn. Learn about the history of the area and enjoy a leisurely stroll whilst looking at the wonderful houses like "Zetland". This is Hawthorn Historical Society's first History Street Walk for 2017.   Don't miss it!...

Flowers and Gardens in Embroidery and Needlework

A feast for the eyes. Sunday 13th November 2.00pm - Lindy Bajurnow and Nadia Malaspina bring their creative experience and historical knowledge to provide us with a wonderful display. A short presentation will reveal the back-story of their creations and the history...