Coming Events

1880s Boom and Bust

 SUNDAY 21 July 2pm The Melbourne land boom of the late 1880s was one of the greatest speculative booms in history followed by a ferocious financial bust which shaped the future of Melbourne for many decades. Dr Peter Yule uses the fortunes of the Baillieu family to...

Past Events

Old Hawthorn, Fresh Eyes

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

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...

A Day at the Movies

A Day at the Movies

  SUNDAY 21 April 2024 2pm Don't miss the chance to view rare and riveting film from Melbourne's days of old. Chris Long is in high demand for his historical movie footage, so we are pleased to have secured him to come and share it with us. So, mark the following date...

Auburn Heritage Walk

Auburn Heritage Walk

   SATURDAY 20 MAY 2023, 1pm Our guide, Biruta Don will take us for a delightful stroll around Auburn showing the range of heritage buildings from fine Victorian, Federation and interwar dwellings, commercial and public buildings, and from industrial beginnings to...

The Printer and the Painter

The Printer and the Painter

The story of Australia's official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II     Saturday 22 July 20232.00pm           Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Yewers  This story connects two Boroondara residents: printer James Beveridge and artist William Dargie. In 1954, Beveridge, a...

Dame Nellie Melba

Dame Nellie Melba

  - an aurally illustrated talk with nine recordings, 1895 - 1926         Sunday 26th March 2023  2.00pm     Guest Speaker: Albert Isaacs    A combined event with Richmond & Burnley Historical Society      As well as some magnificent original early...

Kinkora Road Walk

Kinkora Road Walk

 SUNDAY 23rd April 2023, 2pm This guided history walk was oversubscribed last year so here is your opportunity if you missed out.  Our guide Elizabeth Love will explore an area of Hawthorn that was first settled by some wealthy landowners and  home to many musical,...

Hawthorn Schools Exhibition

Hawthorn Schools Exhibition

Discover the history of some of the lost schools of Hawthorn and some which have survived.
Free Entry
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Kinkora Road Walk

Kinkora Road Walk

 SUNDAY 6th March 2022 This walk will explore an area of Hawthorn that was first settled by some wealthy landowners. This interesting region was home to many musical, literary and visual artists – some well-known and others less so. The walk includes a part of the...