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Kew Historical Society Inc Kew, Victoria

Founded in 1958, the Kew Historical Society is one of the oldest suburban historical societies in Melbourne. The Society was formed to assist in the preparations for Kew’s 100th Anniversary in 1960. Today, the Society continues to work with local government and other organisations within Kew to stimulate interest in our history and heritage. It publishes, in print and online, information and resources about Kew’s history, as well as organising events relevant to our heritage. The Society cooperates with other historical societies and groups across the City of Boroondara through the Boroondara Historical Societies Association.

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PO Box 175 Kew Victoria 3101

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Opening Hours

Fridays & Saturdays 11.00am to 1.00pm. Closed in January.

Entry Fee

Free entry

Location

Level 1, Kew Court House 188 High Street Kew Victoria

The Kew Historical Society was founded in 1958, and the collection predates and postdates that year. The collection has sometimes grown gradually, or significantly, the latter through key donations (eg The Rogers Collection), or due to events such as the amalgamation of the former City of Kew into the new City of Boroondara in 1994. Many ‘civic’ items were donated before, during or after the amalgamation. These records are digitised by the Kew Historical Society on Victorian Collections for the purposes of education and preservation. If you believe that we have infringed your copyright please contact us and we will remove the material from the site.

Significance

The collection as a whole fulfills the criteria for very strong historical, aesthetic and research significance at a local level. It also has many outstanding associations with state themes, figures and events and quite a few that resonate at a national level. The costume and textiles, map and picture collections each have very strong historical, research and aesthetic significance of their own accord. The degree of their significance is greatly enhanced by all of the comparative criteria: interpretive value, provenance, condition, integrity, rarity and representativeness.

The costume collection has a very high degree of aesthetic significance for its beauty, quality and workmanship. There are some items that are associated with nationally significant designers, or with Kew donors who have made an impact on society at a local and a state level (ie Prue Acton, Jinoel of Melbourne, Oggi Fashion House). The strong degree of provenance and high quality of the design and dressmaking that went into the production of these clothes strengthens the research significance of this sub-collection for those interested in fashion, textiles and dressmaking. This costume collection includes items that date back to the 1850s (patchwork Denbigh quilt) through to the 1980s, and that reflect changing styles, technologies, textiles and production methods.

The picture collection has some items that have high local significance such as the Josiah Barnes photograph ‘Kew proclaimed a city’, which was taken on that day – 10 March 1921, and the ‘Unveiling of the Kew War Memorial’ on August 30 1925 in front of an audience of over 5,000 people and presided over by the Kew Mayor and the Governor of Victoria. Both of these important images also have significance to state and national processes of municipal development and memorializing war. The mayoral portraits (part of the picture collection) have a very high degree of historical and research significance for their associations, enhanced by strong provenance and technical qualities. Eminent photographers took many of the portraits and the subjects are people who have made a significant contribution to the welfare and development of Kew and, in the case of some of the Mayors in this collection, of the state or even the nation. This includes people such as Stanley Argyle (Premier of Victoria 1932-35) and William Kerr (influential businessman and federal government advisor in the early decades of the 20th century). The significance threshold of this sub-collection is therefore likely to be of state significance at the least.

The maps and plans number some 300 or more and include some fascinating and important maps beyond the MMBW sub-collection that, itself, holds some unique items and has been discussed at length in this report. Other much earlier and hand drawn maps such as ‘Back to Kew’ (c.1875) and ‘Site of the first house in Kew Central’ (undated) are historically fascinating. In the case of ‘Back to Kew’ it is the detail of the built, natural and social landscape of Kew, which was also annotated and added to several times in subsequent decades to show the development of the area. In the case of ‘Site of the first house in Kew Central’ it is the careful recording of the garden layout and the nature of domesticity in these early days of European settlement that is both fascinating and rare to find in any local history collection. While not all the items are original the map and plan collection has a very high degree of historical and research significance.

Provenance for much of the collection is strong, and therefore supportive of its historical, research and interpretive value. Certainly the interpretive capacity for understanding a detailed and nuanced history of Kew on many levels, as well as touching or reflecting on wider stories on a state or national stage is very high.

Russell, Emma, 'Kew Historical Society Significance Assessment | Collection', [email protected], 2018

Cameron Auty 26 April 2016 9:48 AM

Amazing hat collection, these are a great addition to the site - Site admin.

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Photograph - Congregational Church, Walpole Street, Kew, 1977 [now demolished]

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Congregational Church, Walpole Street, Kew, 1977 (now demolished). The Congregational Church was built on the site of the first church in Kew. This church, the second on the site, was designed by the Kew architect Charles Vickers and opened in 1860. The distinctive polychrome brick façade designed by Vickers contrasted with the style that he employed for other churches he designed during this period; they were usually constructed in bluestone. In the 1960s, a new ministry saw the erection of a neon cross at the apex of the church. The illuminated cross could be seen from Church Street, Hawthorn. The church was later to be demolished, and the land sold for the construction of modern villas. Inscriptions on reverse: "K.H.701. Congregational Church Walpole St Kew. First church in Kew. Now amalgamated with the United Churches."

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscriptions on reverse: "K.H.701. Congregational Church Walpole St Kew. First church in Kew. Now amalgamated with the United Churches."

Educational Resource - Cuisenaire

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Cuisenaire rods with booklet and box, wood / metal / paper, made by the Cuisenaire Company, Australia, 1965-1980. This object consists of a sheet metal box, containing 10 compartments, each with a single size of wooden blocks in different colours. The shortest block is 1 cm long, next 2 cm, etc., longest is 10 cm long. It was made in Australia by the Cuisenaire Company of Australia. These wooden number rods were invented by Belgium school teacher Georges Cuisenaire, who wrote a book about them in 1952 (Les Nombres en couleurs).

Photograph - Mayoral Concert, Recreation Hall, Kew, 31st July 1906

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The Mayor (Cr T.G. Jellis) and the Mayoress in the audience at a mayoral concert in the Kew Recreation Hall in Wellington Street.

Significance

This is an historically and culturally significant municipal photograph from Kew dating from 1906. The photograph has architectural significance as it is the only known, authenticated photograph of the interior of the Recreation Hall in Wellington Street before it was renovated. The Recreation Hall was of statewide significance as a centre of social activity in Kew from 1888-1960.

Inscriptions & Markings

[Inscription on mount] "Mayoral Concert, Recreation Hall, Kew, 31st July 1906. Cr. T. G. Jellis Mayor." [Plaque] "Presented by Mayor T.G. Jellis, Mayor 1905-6"

Archive File - KEMP, Henry H

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Archive file containing historical notes on the architect Henry H. Kemp, summarised from a discussion with Mary Kemp, as well as a photocopy of a newspaper article on 7 Adeney Avenue, and a photocopy of Historic Environment Vol.2, No.2, 1882, containing an article by George Tibbits on “The So-Called Melbourne Domestic Queen Anne". The file includes an original business card used to send a greeting by Henry H Kemp, Heald Lawn East Kew, donated by Mr & Mrs Jean Dyke, 1981.

Historical information

Since its foundation in 1958, members of the Kew Historical Society have been compiling and storing information about subjects relating to the history of Kew and its environs, of which this file is an example. Typically files will contain primary and secondary sources.

Etching - View Across Princes Bridge / by John Shirlow, 1931

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Framed black and white etching by John Shirlow of the view across Princes Bridge [Melbourne] looking north. The work is signed in pencil below the signed and dated etching.

Historical information

John Alexander Thomas Shirlow Australia, 1869-1936

Significance

Original signed artwork by John Shirlow

Inscriptions & Markings

Artist's signature lower right

Costume - Camisole

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

White cotton voile puff sleeved camisole with four engraved pearl buttons. Neck edged with an edging lace and narrow tape. Sleeves finished with two rows of pin tucking and edging lace. Insertion and tape lace at neckline.

Manuscript - Numerical Register [Surgical Unit, Kew Mental Hospital], 1969-1983

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Leather bound register listing the numbers of male and female resident staff, male and female patients in the Surgical Unit between December 1969 and June 1983. The manuscript forms part of the Dr. Fred Stamp Collection.

Historical information

The new Kew Lunatic Asylum was completed in 1871 and opened in 1872. The year 1972 marked it's centenary. Over the years, members of staff at the asylum collected records, photographs, publications and plans of the asylum, later hospital. The Society has a number of important collections relating to the asylum and the Children's Cottages. These include the Dr Cliff Judge, the Irena Higgins and the Dr Fred Stamp Collections. This Numerical Register was one of a number of items donated by the family of the late Dr. Fred Stamp who was the last medical superintendent of the Hospital. Dr Frederick Stamp graduated from Bristol Medical School (UK) in 1968. He and his family emigrated to Australia in 1977 to Goulburn (NSW), moving to Melbourne in 1980. He became Superintendent at Willsmere in 1981 until its closure in 1988.

Significance

Following their closure, the medical records of the Kew Mental Hospital and the Children's Cottages Kew were relocated to the archives of Victorian Government departments and ultimately to the Public Records Office of Victoria. Other collections, such as the Fred Stamp Collection, were assembled by staff who worked at the hospital. The years leading up to the closure of Kew must have been fraught, and many of the items in the hospital were probably destined for hard waste disposal. Dr. Fred Stamp, the last medical superintendent, kept aside or rescued a number of these items, of which this is one. Following his death, his family donated these to the Kew Historical Society. The Society recognises these items to be of lasting historical significance, essentially due to their provenance and to their rarity. Together they (and the Judge and Higgins Collections) are an invaluable aid for researchers of the institutions' histories.

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed on spine "Numerical Register / Kew"

Photograph - Male Patient, Kew Mental Hospital, 1953

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Black and white photograph of a male patient in a corridor of the Kew Mental Hospital.

Historical information

This photograph is one of approximately 43 original photographs and photocopies of buildings, patients and staff assembled in a red covered, spirally bound photograph album (the album itself is now discarded and the images stored separately). The images in the album cover the period from the 1870s to 1965. A few photographs have inscriptions on the reverse; others had later separate labels in the album. The album was presumably compiled as a public record. It and other items came from the collection assembled by Dr Fred Stamp, the last medical superintendent of Willsmere Hospital before its closure in 1988. Original photographs have been uploaded to and described on Victorian Collections. The album itself is listed and linked separately showing the photographs in situ.

Significance

A number of the photographs from the Willsmere Hospital album are confronting, especially given the condition of the buildings and facilities depicted, as well as the casual photographs of patients, which some viewers may find distressing. The album and its photographs are however an historically significant visual record of the Kew Mental Hospital, especially in the years 1951-1965.

Inscriptions & Markings

"1953"

Photograph - Bridal Portrait, circa 1910

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Oval studio photograph, artfully mounted on a rectangular board, of a woman in a bridal gown, surrounded by flowers. The bride is dressed in a layered tulle gown with an white overjacket. c. 1910.

Historical information

The photograph was donated by Rosemary Vaughan-Smith, a member of the Society. It is believed to be a photograph of the donor's mother.

Newspaper photograph - Modern Melbourne #72. Play misty for me: Kew Junction, 2013

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Modern Melbourne #72. Play misty for me: Kew Junction looks spookily like a city in America's Deep South on a foggy Winter morning / Photo: Eddie Jim. Published in The Age, August 25, 2013, page 16. In copyright until 2088. Not to be copied or published without permission.

Women's Clothing - Evening Dress: Green Crepe

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Long lime green crepe evening dress with a silk lining of the same colour. At the neckline is a narrow band of pale brown/pink commercial lace. The very narrow shoulder straps are a similar shade of brown/pink. The dress features a closure at the back that is fastened with press-studs.

Book - Melbourne After the Gold Rush / [by] Michael Cannon

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Photograph - Willsmere, Aerial Photograph, circa 1980

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Aerial photograph of Willsmere and the Kew Cottages bounded by the Boulevard, the Chandler Highway, Princes Street and Wills Street.

Historical information

This aerial photograph shows the Kew Cottages, and doctors/clergy residences on the north side of Wills Street, before the State Government sold the land for residential development. The doctors residences were made of 'Glen Iris' Olympic Bricks. According to neighbours of the time most of the buildings were demolished overnight.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photograph - Scene from the Black Spur / by Nicholas Caire, circa 1876

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Views of Victoria (General Series) No.27 / ‘Scene from the Black Spur’ / Albumen silver photograph mounted on board

Historical information

Nicholas Caire was born on Guernsey in the Channel Islands in 1837. He arrived in Adelaide with his parents in about 1860. In 1867, following photographic journeys in Gippsland, he opened a studio in Adelaide. From 1870 to 1876 he lived and worked in Talbot in Central Victoria. In 1876 he purchased T. F. Chuck's studios in the Royal Arcade Melbourne. In 1885, following the introduction of dry plate photography, he began a series of landscape series, which were commercially successful. As a photographer, he travelled extensively through Victoria, photographing places few of his contemporaries had previously seen. He died in 1918. Reference: Jack Cato, 'Caire, Nicholas John (1837–1918)', Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Significance

An original, rare photograph from the series 'Views of Victoria: General Series' by the photographer, Nicholas Caire (1837-1918). The series of 60 photographs that comprise the series was issued c. 1876 and reinforced a neo-Romantic view of the Australian landscape to which a growing nationalist movement would respond. Nicholas Caire was active as a photographer in Australia from 1858 until his death in 1918. His vision of the Australian bush and pioneer life had a counterpart in the works of Henry Lawson and other nationalist poets, authors and painters.

Inscriptions & Markings

On Reverse: ‘The scene which this illustration represents is taken from one of the slopes of the Black Spur Hill, on the Great Dividing Range of Mountains, and is characteristic of the scenery to be found in most parts of the beautiful and romantic districts of Fernshawe and Healesville.’

Archive File - GRIMES, Charles

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Charles Grimes was acting Surveyor-General of the Colony of New South Wales. He was the first European cartographer to map the lower reaches of the Yarra River. The archival file contains both research on the ‘exploration’ by Grimes as well as information on a re-enactment, sponsored by the Kew Historical Society in 1978, to mark the 175th year of his party’s arrival in the area of what is now Dight’s Falls. In the file is a 13-page handwritten document to be used as a script for a speech during the reenactment, which also includes details of the costumes to be worn. There are additional unpublished manuscripts in the file about Grimes and his ‘journey’ by Mr Chinner and Mavis Rolley. The file also includes newspaper articles/clippings as well as sundry published articles.

Historical information

Since its foundation in 1958, members of the Kew Historical Society have been compiling and storing information about subjects relating to the history of Kew and its environs, of which this file is an example. Typically files will contain primary and secondary sources.

Textile - Table Runner: Silk Embroidered with Silver Bullion, 1830s

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Embroidered textile formerly used as a table runner. When donated by Mrs Docherty in 1991 it was described as a Scottish sideboard runner dating from the 1830s. The design and construction of the fabric is probably Indian in origin. It includes an extensive use of silver bullion on a cream silk backing to define the areas of abstract floral patterning. Parts of the cream silk backing have deteriorated.

Historical information

When donated by Mrs Docherty in 1991 it was described as a Scottish sideboard runner dating from the 1830s.

Household Textile - Hand Towel

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White linen hand towel. Embroidered one end scalloped-edged the other. Embroidered with MAK. Salvage both sides.

Postcard - Collins Street East, Melbourne

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The eastern part of Collins Street. Coloured postcard of early Melbourne. Weir collection.

Historical information

Collection of thirty-nine postcards donated by Jillian Rigby which had been owned by her grandparents, George and Edith Weir, who from c.1917 lived at 84 Princess Street, Kew. The mostly 'mint' postcards were purchased in Victoria and while travelling overseas. The sole dated postcard is dated from 1929. The postcards are numbered sequentially from 2017.0058.01-39. The remainder of the collection donated by Jill Rigby which was once owned by the Weirs of Broken Hill and Kew consist of costumes, costume accessories, photographs, and documents.

Significance

The postcards in the Weir collection, especially those purchased on a trip or trips to the mother country, i.e. United Kingdom, represent a representative sample of sites that were considered significant to those Australians undertaking a reverse grand tour by member of the erstwhile colonies. Those postcards which are early views of Melbourne must have been produced commercially for some decades from the early part of the 20th century.

Theatre Programme - And So To Bed / performed by "Q" Theatre Guild, 1961

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Souvenir programme issued by the "Q" Theatre Guild for a performance of And So To Bed, a musical play based on the diaries of Samuel Pepys with music by Vivian Ellis, at the Kew City Theatre in 1961.

Photograph - Alma Figuerola

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Professional photograph by K Lerfiniere Ross of the artist Alma Figuerola holding her pet pekingese dog, 'Rebecca'.

Historical information

The Melbourne artist Alma Agnes Marion Figuerola, was the daughter of Juan Pedro Narciso Figuerola (1869-1919) and Alice Lucinda Walker Hanson (1889-1969). Each of their three daughters grew up to be involved in the arts: Alma as a painter; Carmen Irene (1906-1993) as a short story writer, poet and teacher of dancing; and Sylvia (also Silvia) Lyla Alice (1911-1992) as a composer and cellist. The first art lessons Alma Figuerola received were with Oscar Binder. Later she attended the art school established by the Melbourne 'tonalist' [Duncan] Max Meldrum (1875-1955). She graduated from his school in 1920, participating in her first group exhibition in the same year. Solo exhibitions of her work were to be held in 1933 at the Meldrum Gallery in Elizabeth Street, in 1937 and 1945 at the Athenaeum Gallery at 188 Collins Street, and in 1951 at Georges Gallery in Collins Street. Throughout her extensive career she participated in group exhibitions, usually with artists of the Meldrum School, and as a member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters, of which she was invited to become an associate in 1935. In 1953, her portrait of Professor ES Hills was entered in the Archibald Prize Competition of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. A resident of Kew from the 1930s - 51 Studley Park Road, often with her mother, her sister Carmen, or both - from c.1942 until her death she lived at 'D’Estaville', 7 Barry Street. From the late 1930s she is recorded as actively contributing to the arts at a local level. In 1939 and 1940 she participated in art exhibitions at the Hawthorn Municipal Library organised by Jessie Carbines. From 1944 to 1951 she co-organised successive Kew Arts Festivals, initially in the Presbyterian Church Hall in Highbury Grove and later at the Recreation Hall in Wellington Street. A foundation member of the Kew Historical Society in 1958, Alma Figuerola remained an active member of the Society until her death on 8 December 1970. She predeceased her two sisters who both died in the 1990s and who are buried at Andersons' Creek Cemetery in Warrandyte.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Proof only. This proof remains the property of the photographer K Lerfiniere Ross and must be returned No 137-1"

Postcard - Bird's Eye View of Melbourne

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Bird's eye view of Melbourne looking across a park to the Princess Theatre. Coloured postcard. Weir collection.

Historical information

Collection of thirty-nine postcards donated by Jillian Rigby which had been owned by her grandparents, George and Edith Weir, who from c.1917 lived at 84 Princess Street, Kew. The mostly 'mint' postcards were purchased in Victoria and while travelling overseas. The sole dated postcard is dated from 1929. The postcards are numbered sequentially from 2017.0058.01-39. The remainder of the collection donated by Jill Rigby which was once owned by the Weirs of Broken Hill and Kew consist of costumes, costume accessories, photographs, and documents.

Significance

The postcards in the Weir collection, especially those purchased on a trip or trips to the mother country, i.e. United Kingdom, represent a representative sample of sites that were considered significant to those Australians undertaking a reverse grand tour by member of the erstwhile colonies. Those postcards which are early views of Melbourne must have been produced commercially for some decades from the early part of the 20th century.

Women's Clothing - Blouse : Aqua Silk / by Norma Tullo, 1960s

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Pale aqua coloured long sleeved silk blouse with an attached scarf of the same fabric and colour at the neck

Inscriptions & Markings

Label: Norma Tullo [1956-77]

Bag - RAAF Kit Bag, 1939-45

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A kit bag made of khaki cloth with brown leather handle, trim and nameplate belonging to F.C.M. McArdle (no 94449) of the RAAF. The address on the plaque is 3 Wills Street, Kew, Victoria, Australia.

Tool - Moulding Plane, 1/4" Cove, Moseley & Son London.

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Plane - Wooden Moulding, Beechwood & Metal, 1/4" Cove, Moseley & Son London.

Historical information

In woodworking, a moulding plane is a specialised plane used for making the complex shapes found in wooden mouldings. Traditionally, moulding planes were blocks of wear resistant hardwood, often beech or maple, which were worked to the shape of the intended moulding. The blade, or iron was likewise formed to the intended moulding profile and secured in the body of the plane with a wooden wedge. A traditional cabinetmakers shop might have many, perhaps hundreds, of moulding planes for the full range of work to be performed.

Significance

Bertie Robert Edgar Greenwood was born c. 1880/81 and died aged 82 in Hawthorn in 1963. His father and possibly his grandfather were also carpenters. Bertie’s work as a cabinetmaker required precise planing to give lovely edges and other elaborate decorations. The major item in the tool collection is Bertie’s wooden box, which houses 45 different moulding planes. Later in his life, he used these skills extensively when he worked as a patternmaker for a plastering company. Bertie worked through his seventies, retiring when he lost a finger. The tool collection was donated to the Kew Historical Society by Bertie’s granddaughter, Pamela Webster Bloom, a former resident of Kew.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped ‘4’. Also stamped with owner name ‘G. Greenwood’, with ‘G’ subsequently over-stamped with ‘B’. Later engraved number ‘29’ added on entering the collection in 2010.

Women's Clothing - Evening Dress : Green Satin, Glass Beads, 1954

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Emerald green, satin evening dress.

Historical information

Emerald green, satin evening dress owned by the donor, Gwen Steele, and worn by her to a reception for Queen Elizabeth II in 1954 at Government House, Melbourne. [The personalised printed invitations are kept in the Gwen Steele archive files, catalogued under 'Gwen Steele'.]

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Subdivision Plan - Thornton Estate

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

The ‘Thornton Estate’ was the final subdivision of ‘Thornton’ in Studley Park Road. Thomas Cubitt Balmain originally owned Thornton, next to John Carson’s ‘Clutha’. Before its final subdivision, the Thomson family owned it. The Estate was a subdivision of 15 residential allotments running between Studley Park Road and Stevenson Street. The allotments faced these streets as well as Thornton Street, which the vendor undertook to make. Contemporary newspaper advertisements advised that ‘The estate possesses many advantages, notably its private and secluded, though convenient, position, splendid frontages and depths, and being close to the electric tram and Kew train, also within easy walking distance of the Victoria-street cable tram’. The terms offered purchasers were ten per cent deposit, with the balance to be paid in ten equal half-yearly payments at a rate of 5 per cent.

Puzzle - Children's Puzzle, Wood & Paint, circa 1950s

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One of a pair of wooden puzzles used in the Denmark Street Baby Health Centre in Kew.

Historical information

In August, 1920, The Kew Town Council decided to establish a Baby Health Centre in Kew. The first Centre was opened in a room in the Town Hall in Walpole Street on 5 November 1920. In May 1939, the Railway Commissioners agreed to lease a site at the Kew Railway Station for a Baby Health Centre for a term of 21 years at 3 pounds per annum. A building, designed by Roland Chipperfield, was erected, and the Centre previously conducted at the Town Hall transferred there. This became known as the Denmark Street Baby Health Centre. (Cr. W.D. Vaughan, Kew’s Civic Century, W.D. Vaughan Pty Ltd., Kew, 1960, pp.96 & 97.)

Artwork - Rear View of Old St Hilary's (Kew), Pen & Ink / by Dione McIntyre, 2013

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Rear view of ‘old’ St Hilary’s, by Dione McIntyre, 2013. A pen and ink drawing of the ‘old’ St. Hilary’s. The first St. Hilary’s Church of England was a timber building on the corner of John and Rowland Streets, designed in 1888 by Albert Purchas. This timber building was demolished in the 1940s to make way for a new church and tennis courts.

Photograph - Bronze Sculpture : Boy with Animal, Leopoldine Mimovich, 1990

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Black and white photograph of sculpture or sculptures by Leopoldine Mimovich photographed in her home at 31 Miller Grove, Kew

Historical information

The Austrian-born sculptor Leopoldine Mimovich was a prominent artist who lived and worked in Kew. Examples of her sculptures in Kew can be found in the Kew Library and in the Alexandra Gardens.

Photograph - Patriotic Gathering, 1914-1918

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Patriotic gathering, ca. 1914-ca. 1918. A civic hall used for a patriotic gathering; during or after World War I. Around the walls of the crowded hall are banners representing some of the allied nations fighting in the war, including France, Britain, Japan and Belgium. Two soldiers, both in military uniform can be seen at the front left of the photograph. The photo was printed from a glass negative in the collection. The original glass negative is part of a set donated to the Society by Ian McKenzie.