Hawthorn 1863

Governor Hotham Hotel

Hawthorn Football Club

Hawthorn Fire Station

Electric Tram 1913

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What a wonderful description of Methodist Ladies College in the Victorian Almanac of 1888 - long before Federation. Only 26 teachers, and visiting teachers of the highest professional standing, but just imagine the many advantages for the young ladies from other colonies. These included the BRACING CLIMATE and the SOCIAL TRAINING, only possible in a great city ... ... See MoreSee Less
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It might seem strange to enjoy a walk through the Boroondara Cemetery, but it is a lovely and interesting stroll. There are so many famous people but also many ordinary Hawthorn and Kew families can be remembered here as well. Not only is the cemetery very well maintained with tended paths, lovely trees and banks of roses, but the dome within the Springthorpe memorial always takes ones breath away with its beauty. ... See MoreSee Less
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Have you started your Christmas shopping? Don't forget to SHOP LOCAL. There is always something new to discover when you look at this 1950s Rose series postcard of Glenferrie Road. Dobson's on the WRONG side of the street, Patterson's Shoes where hundreds of locals bought their shoes for decades, Walkers department store and Cohen tobacconist and more. ... See MoreSee Less
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Carn Brae at 5 Harcourt Street Hawthorn. Designed by John Beswicke, as were many in Harcourt Street, and later renovation by Charles Norris in the 1920s for the Nicholas family (of Aspro fame).The house is set well back from the road and sits within a heritage listed garden. As a private commission this garden and the family's country retreat Burnham Beeches were designed by the well known Government landscaper Hugh Linaker. ... See MoreSee Less
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Where Am I? How well do you know Hawthorn? ... See MoreSee Less
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