Hawthorn 1863

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? Come and join us at the Local History Room of the Hawthorn Library. 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.

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Coming Events

The Personal Story of William Buckley – Talk

Robert Larkins, author of an insightful new book entitled 'The Personal History of William Buckley, Murrangurk among the first people' will be holding a talk on the fascinating character of William Buckley. Buckley, an ex- British soldier who was transported to...

Kinkora Road Walk

Join us for a history walk along one of Hawthorn’s most historic and grand streets. Fantastic opportunity to visit some of the most impressive homes in the state, including 'Shenton'. Once the residence of former Hawthorn Mayor George Swinburne, the stately federation...

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