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

Early Chinese Market Gardens in Melbourne

        Sunday 1st May 2022  2.00pm Guest Speaker: Terry Young   Hawthorn was home to a number of Chinese market gardens, notably on the Urquhart Estate, but also along the river flats. Terry Young has made a study of the Chinese market gardeners of Melbourne who...

Hawthorn’s Ernest Peacock and Mustafa Kemal in 1918

Sunday 15th May, 2022    2.00pmGuest Speaker: Dr Adrian Jones OAM Ernest Peacock’s substantial home, Pax, was on the corner of Riversdale and Glenferrie Roads. Dr Adrian Jones is researching  Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s speech directed to the mothers of the fallen...

Pre-European Culture in Boroondara

Sunday 26th June 2022    2.00pm   Guest Speaker: Dr Gary Presland Dr Presland is an historian, archaeologist and author, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. He is an authority on Aboriginal history in Melbourne.  He is currently...

Valuation Day

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...


The answer to our Where am I? How well do you know Hawthorn? It is indeed 217 Camberwell Road. Schwartz & Angelo Fine Furniture. They have been offering custom made fine furniture since 1951. Hawthorn Historical Society image of the shop facade. The other two images are in the following feature article Meet a Trader ... See MoreSee Less
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This photo of No 14 Goodall Street, is from our collection. The image was one of a number used in an advertising feature for the subdivision of the Urquhart Estate in 1924. The first owner/occupier of "Grossmont" was Sir Thomas Vasey, secretary of the metropolitan Gas Company house. Constructed around 1889, after Vasey's death, Sir William McPherson took ownership, renaming the house "Invergowrie". The Family only lived here for a few years before purchasing in Coppin Grove Hawthorn, where they renamed the large property once called "Amoe", giving it the well-known name of "Invergowrie" ... See MoreSee Less
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We are looking forward to another interesting presentation at the Hawthorn Community Precinct, Glenferrie Road on Sunday at 2.00pm ... See MoreSee Less
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