Hawthorn 1863

Governor Hotham Hotel

Hawthorn Football Club

Hawthorn Fire Station

Electric Tram 1913

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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.

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Coming Events

Kinkora Road Walk Postponed

  EVENT CANCELLED due to COVID restrictions  SUNDAY 22nd August This walk will explore an area of Hawthorn that was first settled by some wealthy landowners. This interesting region was home to many musical, literary and visual artists – some well-known and others...

Words and Music – a Music Afternoon

SUNDAY 19th SEPT 2PM.Hawthorn Community Precinct584 Glenferrie RoadHawthorn, 3122  Join us for an exciting musical afternoon featuring live and recorded musical performances as well as a wide range of talks from our members on the rich history of the music scene in...


A Hawthorn Childhood in the 1950s-69s. We are pleased to share with you our latest blog. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Governor Hotham Hotel in the 1960s was a well known watering hole in the days of six o'clock closing. As well there were the usual hotel single and double rooms available to rent. Many of those employed as maids or in the bar, became a huge part of the camaraderie of the venue for the locals, but these workers often struggled to make ends meet financially. A large part of their job was to be welcoming but to know how to be discreet. The present and this reference meant a lot to one of those workers who was doing life the hard way - Mrs Flo Deery kept her letter of thanks. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are thrilled. We finally have our hands on John Torpey's book titled Boroondara Private Schools 1851-1951. A century of non-government education in the City of Boroondara. The small and not so small private schools like Hawthorn Grammar and Grace Park Ladies College thrived for many years. A comprehensive exploration of the schools, why they did so well and which fell by the wayside and why. The cover shows teachers and students at Rolyat Ladies College in Creswick Street ,circa 1890 (Source Library of South Australia). The book is a fabulous resource for local and family history enthusiasts. Price $29.90 Discount for HHS Members ($25) ... See MoreSee Less
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FLASH BACK FRIDAY to 2003.Lots of you will probably have memories of the Social Club and the museum which remained at Glenferrie when the hawks left for Waverley. ... See MoreSee Less
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Where am I? How well do you know Hawthorn? We haven't had one for a while - see how you go? ... See MoreSee Less
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