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.

The material on this site is archived by the State Library of Victoria. Contributors agree to their work being available to the public. Read our Privacy Policy.

Coming Events


Sunday 17th November 2.30 pm CONVICT ERA POTTERS - Guest speaker Greg Hill As Melbourne’s inner suburbs developed, so too did the establishment of industries that started manufacturing items locally. Richmond and Hawthorn’s geology provided amazing early resources...


Thursday 28th November 6 pm to 7.30 pm TWILIGHT HISTORY WALK Join us for a twilight walk starting and ending at the Rocket Park (Central Gardens). We will explore the wonderful history of Glenferrie. Come along to hear stories of Hawthorn’s social and commercial...


Saturday 7th December 4 pm to 6 pm For details of our members and friends end of year celebration on 7th December 2019  email us at    or  call 9819 1218...


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