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.

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

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...


Bruce Nichols lived with his family on the corner of Church Street and Hill Street Hawthorn during the 1940s and early 50s. He was a student at West Hawthorn State School and has recently shared with us some of his photos and early memories of billy cart adventures and caravan holidays, as well as memories from his school days. ... See MoreSee Less
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Exploring our family history has become a hugely popular leisure activity not just in Australia but across the world. As we become more skilled researchers and more resources become available to us, we can form a better understanding of where our ancestors came from what their lives were like. Some of these insights can be both entertaining as well as confronting. A SCANDAL IN THE FAMILYJoin our next HHS meeting to find out more. Sunday 19th May, 2.00pm . 25 Ingelsby Road, Camberwell. ... See MoreSee Less
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Some of you will remember the old pub on the corner of Barton and Burwood Road. It was constructed by John Connell way back in 1853 and was later known as the Whitehorse Inn. Hawthorn Historical Society image of a painting by Henry Gritten contrasted with a State library of Victoria image from the 1960s before it was demolished. ... See MoreSee Less
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From Our Collection. This fundraising brochure for the construction of Robert Cochrane Kindergarten, which was opened on April 21st 1950. Were you one of the lucky little people who enjoyed the new model Kitchen. ... See MoreSee Less
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Then and Now - Camberwell Junction.It's been a wonderful community response, but it is the final week - only a few days left to catch our exhibition OLD HAWTHORN - FRESH EYES at the Town Hall Gallery - 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, until May 4thImages - State Library of Victoria and Jim Love for Hawthorn Historical Society ... See MoreSee Less
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