Founded in 1958, the Kew Historical Society is committed to preserving the history and heritage of Kew and its environs. We have an active membership, which meets monthly, and working groups that manage our collection and undertake research. Each year, we publish four newsletters, hold two public lectures, and mount three exhibitions at the Kew Court House. We collaborate with like organisations through the Boroondara Historical Societies Association.
Our diverse collection, part of which is on Victorian Collections, includes archives, artworks, audio-visual material, items of fashion and design, books, documents, maps and artefacts. Our framed civic portraits, our map collection, and items within our fashion & design collection have been assessed as nationally significant. We are committed to collecting and preserving local archival and genealogical material as well as relevant items and collections held by families, organisations and institutions. The Society is also a Class-B Place of Deposit for Government Records.