Hawthorn 1863

Governor Hotham Hotel

Hawthorn Football Club

Hawthorn Fire Station

Electric Tram 1913


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.

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Coming Events

Old Hawthorn, Fresh Eyes

- an exhibition at the Hawthorn Arts Centre      20th March to 4th May 2024   'Old Hawthorn, Fresh Eyes' unpacks complex narratives and hidden stories that enrich our society. Featuring photographs, ephemera, original maps and postcards, and firsthand...

A Scandal in The Family

 SUNDAY 19 May 2024 2pm Pam Carter, Hawthorn Historical Society member, local and family historian, will share her family history discoveries, unpacking some unwelcome surprises. She will reflect on the complexity of uncovering difficult things a family has kept...


Then and Now - the riverbank from Hawthorn bridge.Images . The State Library of Victoria and Jim Love for the Hawthorn Historical Society Collection. ... See MoreSee Less
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Where Am I? How well do you know Hawthorn? ... See MoreSee Less
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Creswick, just north of Ballarat, is well known to many as a old gold mining township with its surrounding district of grazing, agriculture and forestry. The town was named after three brothers Charles, Henry and John Creswick, who established a large sheep station nearby in 1842. Hawthorn has its very own Creswick connection through Henry Creswick, who purchased a two storey bluestone house and land along the Yarra at Hawthorn from James Denham Pinnock in 1852 for £5,854. They moved into "The Hawthorns", thought to still be the oldest house remaining in Hawthorn. Henry Creswick was a foundation member of Christ Church Hawthorn, a member of the Legislative Assembly, a grazier, a magistrate, a wine merchant and wine expert and judge. He was also a keen sportsman, an early member of the Melbourne Cricket Club, the Victorian Racing Club and a skilled rider with the Melbourne Hunt. When Henry Creswick died in 1892 a newspaper obituary described him a the "youngest-looking elderly man in Melbourne" not having changed in appearance for the previous twenty years. as but other family members stayed on until well into the 20th century. Creswick Street and Creswick Reserve in west Hawthorn are named after him. Henry and members of his extended family are buried in the Boroondara Cemetery at Kew. Family photo courtesy of Phillip Slobam. All images other Hawthorn Historical Society Collection. ... See MoreSee Less
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This item has recently come into our collection. We know that the Cedars of Lebanon have great historical and religious significance but there seem to be a number of possibilities as to this particular item's origins. A quick google search throws up Kadisha Valley in Lebanon, some cedars in Turkey, Roissy-en-France and a garden in Painshill Park, Surrey, just for starters!Keep in mind the DATE 1865 and already the tree's GIRTH is 67 ft (26.4 meters).Or perhaps someone knowns something further about Walter Brookes or Gordon A Thompson? ... See MoreSee Less
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565 Glenferrie Road, making the Camberwell Free Press in 1966. ... See MoreSee Less
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