Historical information

Kew Library history:
1860: Kew's first library was the Kew Literary and Scientific Society, which opened on 6 August 1860.
1884: Kew Town Hall was extended and the library transferred to a room on the upper floor. This was not an ideal arrangement as the room was required for Council purposes.
1904: A cottage adjoining Kew Town Hall was purchased for use as a library.
1937: The library was closed for a major overhaul of stock and renovation of the building. It reopened in December 1937 and remained there for more than 35 years.
1973: When the Civic Centre opened in Charles Street, Kew, the library moved in.
1987: Kew Library moved to its current location in the converted city hall, overlooking the beautiful Alexandra Gardens. The library was officially opened at this site on Friday 23 October 1987 by the Mayor of Kew, Cr James Tutt.


An historically interesting photographic record of investment in public infrastructure and services by municipal councils during the 1950s.

Physical description

Framed photographic collage showing the opening of Extensions to the Kew Municipal Library by The Hon. L.W. Balvin M.L.A. Chief Secretary on 19 August 1954. The photos are in their original mount and frame.

Inscriptions & markings

[Inscription] "Kew Municipal Library: Opening of Extentions by The Hon. L.W. Balvin M.L.A. Chief Secretary 19.8.1954, with Cr. A.S.C. Stevens J.P. Mayor and Cr. W.D. Vaughan J.P. Chairman Library Council".
[Photographer] "Stuart Tompkins Studios."