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.

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Coming Events


Sunday 25th August   1 pm - 4 pm VALUATION DAY Check your cupboards and bring along a piece or two to be valued by our experts Richard Gordon – Silver, ceramics, European decorative arts and jewellery. Harry Glenn – Australian pottery & ceramics, Australian jewellery,...


Sunday 15th September   2 pm THE CONSTABLE FAMILY - Three Generations of builders in Hawthorn & Surrounds Guest speaker: Mel Constable If you live in Boroondara, there’s a good chance your home was built by the Constable family. Benjamin and Hannah Constable and their...


3 days ago

Hawthorn Historical Society

Glennys Jobson Clothier has asked about the Camberwell Tram depot. Several adjacent properties were purchased by the MMTB in July 1928 and the tender from Mr B F Vorwerg for £31,990 was accepted in November of that year. Progress of the construction was reported in Melbourne newspapers. The first two images below are from the Boroondara Library Service collection and the State Library and the third is from Stephen Haby. ... See MoreSee Less

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Does anyone remember this purple house almost on the corner of Cole Street with Tooronga Road? ... See MoreSee Less

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

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Following our post on the Glenferrie Theatre you might be interested in this advertisement ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Hawthorn Historical Society

Throw Back Thursday:
Do you recognise this building?
Is it still standing?
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