Governor Hotham Hotel
Hawthorn Football Club
Hawthorn Fire Station
Electric Tram 1913
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Do you have burning research questions you need answers to? We will be at our Society rooms each 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm. If you can’t make it in person, email us your queries. We can help you find the information you need to make your next breakthrough!
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.
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.
Sunday 10th July, 2022 2.00pm Following the success of our Valuation Day in 2019, we will join with Richmond & Burnley Historical Society and the experienced valuers from Charles Leski Auction House who will be on hand to value items of interest you...
Sunday 21st August, 2022 2.00pmGuest Speaker: Robin Grow Robin Grow is President of the Art Deco and Modernism Society of Australia and is the author of several books on the topic, including a history of the Land Titles office (2013), and MELMO – Modernist...
A “complete registry system”: WH Archer’s innovative scheme for recording Birth, Deaths and Marriages in Colonial Victoria, 1853
Sunday 23rd October, 2022 2.00pm Guest Speaker: Dr Madonna Grehan Victoria’s 1852 Bill for compulsory civil registration of births, deaths and marriages passed without fanfare. By contrast, the scheme devised in 1853 to implement this...