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.

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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...


Sunday 13th October   2 pm EARLY PHOTOGRAPHERS OF MELBOURNE Guest speaker: Barney Meyer - panoramic photographer Barney Meyer, photographer and Hidden Melbourne website author, presents an illustrate talk about Melbourne’s early photographers, including Melbourne’s...


Immaculate Conception Church gargoyles. A follow up from Darryn Rudd - more details in discussion of previous post. This is an excerpt from an address by Father Micahel Head.

"If we leave it much longer, it will be lost. We do lose things. The faces on the wall facing Lynch Street. One is Fr George Kelly, the PP, another is Mr J Castles, who was significant in the St Vincent de Paul Society, but who knows who the others are? Sadly it seems their names are lost. The face on the wall above the nave looks very like Fr Oliver Daly, the first parish priest. It might be. The other four / six blocks were not used but were intended to be used.
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Not the usual view of this building but I think many of you will know where it is. Where am i? How well do you know Hawthorn? ... See MoreSee Less

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Les Gough's Caravans - We found this on ebay. Now the site is Vasey RSL Care Central Office. ... See MoreSee Less

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Can't wait to find out what the valuers from Charles Leski think of this old music box in a wooden box with inlaid details on the lid.
Now ONLY two weeks to go until Valuation Day. This is a combined event hosted by the Boroondara Historical Society Association. Sunday 25th August, Hawthorn Community Precinct, 584 Glenferrie Road 1-4pm. Cost $5 for two items. Check Events on our website for further details of appropriate items.
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A follow up on Pic Nic Station. it was on the Richmond side of the River in a section of what was called Survey Park. Some of which became the Burnley Experimental Gardens. There was a significant head on train crash in 1882. The line had not been duplicated yet on this section and a timetabling error was implicated as a special train (put on for a Box Hill subdivision sale) one minute past hawthorn station hit a train coming from Pic Nic station. Unfortunately we have not YET seen an image of the station but there are many stories and images of the crash scene in newspapers of the time . The first from the Illustrated Australian News and the others from The Australasian Sketcher with pen and pencil. ... See MoreSee Less

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