Hawthorn 1863

Governor Hotham Hotel

Hawthorn Football Club

Hawthorn Fire Station

Electric Tram 1913


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Our Historical Society is affiliated with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

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Ron Welsh says ...This photograph would have been taken during the day as the gasometers are full. They went down in the morning and the evening when meals were being cooked. Although we had a gas heater in Rosslyn St in the lounge it was not used to save gas. Open fires were in the main used for heating or even at some times a stinking kero heater. An electric radiator was usually used in the kitchen in the mornings to keep mum warm ... See MoreSee Less
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There are a lot of choices for the letter L as we continue our street and landscape focus on Hawthorn.1. This gem at 52 Lisson Grove.2. The Lido picture theatre - updated and modernised but returned to its original purpose.3. Hawthorn Library on Glenferrie Road4. Lennox Street, The oldest house in what was to be in the 1850s the main street of the Hawthorn Village.5. Lych gate in Auburn Road. ... See MoreSee Less
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The beautiful historic Christ Church, Hawthorn celebrates 170 years in the Hawthorn Community tomorrow 19th November, with a dedicated church service at 10.00am followed by loads of fun activities and a community market until 2.00pm. ... See MoreSee Less
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Ron Welsh alerted us to this great image of Camberwell Junction and the Z3 tram heading down Riversdale Road. Image taken in March 1986. ... See MoreSee Less
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LEST WE FORGET! Hawthorn RSL service at St James Park. ... See MoreSee Less
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