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Kew Historical Society was founded in 1958.

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PO Box 175 Kew Victoria 3101

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1. KHS Office & Archive - 1 Civic Drive, Kew VIC 3101. Wednesdays 10.00am - 4.00pm / 2. Exhibitions & Public enquiries - 188 High Street, Kew VIC 3101. Fridays & Saturdays 11am - 1 pm.

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1 Civic Drive Kew Victoria

The Kew Historical Society was founded in 1958. Its extensive collection of audiovisual resources, costumes, textiles, books, documents, maps and artefacts have been donated by individuals, families, groups and institutions (including local government) over a sixty-year period. The Society was declared a Class-B Place of Deposit for Government Records in August 2019. The collection includes items of local, statewide and national significance (Russell E, Significance Assessment, 2018) and in 2019/20 received a further grant for a Preservation Needs Assessment from the National Library of Australia. 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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3050 items with images

Book - No Mean Destiny: The story of the War Widows Guild of Australia 1945-85 / [by] Mavis Thorpe Clark

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

South Yarra, Vic. : Hyland House, 1986 xii, 288 p., [36] p. of plates : ill., facsims., ports. ; 25 cm.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ex library book

Photograph - Cumberland Creek, near Point Sturt / [by] Nicholas Caire, circa 1876

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

‘Cumberland Creek, near Point Sturt’ : Views of Victoria (General Series) No.59 : Albumen silver photograph | Photo on card with Title and Description on reverse | Mounted 24 x 30 cm; Photo 12 x 17 cm.

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 60 photographs that comprise the series were 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 Cumberland Creek is so named from the close resemblance it bears to the place bearing that name in the mother country. The present illustration represents the precipices and hills which surround the Cumberland Creek. The soil around the hills is mostly sandstone rubble, hence the only vegetation identical with the spot is the inevitable sword grass and salt scrub, which frequently exist where no other vegetation can be found.’

Footwear - Gold Leather Shoes / by Bruno

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Pair of gold leather sling back women’s shoes featuring open toes, made by Bruno

Inscriptions & Markings

BRUNO / Whispers / Whispers ???? Whispers / Resin Sole / 6 B

Book - Country Victoria's Own: 150-year history of the 8th/7th Battalion Royal Victoria Regiment and its predecessors 1858-2008 / [by] Neil Leckie

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Loftus, N.S.W. : Australian Military History Publications, 2008 xxi, 352 p. : ill., ports. ; 26 cm.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ex Library copy

Subdivision Plan - Riverside Estate, Camberwell North (Balwyn), 1938

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Subdivision Plan for 41 lots within the wider Riverside Estate in Camberwell North, now Balwyn, in February 1938. The auction featured lots in Burke Road, The Boulevard, Mt View Road, Wattle Avenue, Kyora Parade, Cascade Street, Riverside Avenue, Walbundry Avenue, Inverness Way, Bulleen Road and Doncaster Road.

Historical information

This subdivision known as the Riverside Estate wa sone of the largest and most significant in Balwyn's history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Allotments for sale are shaded grey on the map. Certain lots have an H in a circle. These are presumably where houses had already been constructed.

Photograph - Kew Festival, 1992

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Photograph from an album depicting participants in the 1992 Kew Festival

Historical information

The Kew Festival began in 1974. A feature of many festivals were the festival parades in which community groups participated. None of the photographs in the album are named so KHS welcomes viewers to identify participants and or locations.

Pennant - Kew Bowling Club / RVBA “Hotham” Premiers Division 1, 1983-84

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

RVBA White Pennant awarded to Kew Bowling Club as “Hotham” Premiers Division 1, 1983-84. [The item is part of the large historic Kew Bowling Club collection (1880-1988) gifted to the Kew Historical Society in 2020].

Historical information

Sports Clubs in Kew in the final decades of the 19th century and in the early 20th century were often umbrella organisations with facilities for a number of sports. Typically in Kew, this included teams in lawn bowls, tennis and croquet. The Kew Bowling Club was formed in 1880 while the privately owned Auburn Heights Recreation Club was opened in 1904. By 1998, the two Clubs decided to amalgamate at the Auburn Heights site in Barkers Road, forming the Kew Heights Sports Club. The combined club was itself taken over by the Melbourne Cricket Club in 2012 becoming MCC Kew Sports Club. In 2017 MCC Kew closed and its landholding was subsequently sold to Carey Baptist Grammar School. Both the Kew and Auburn Heights Clubs assembled important collections. These historically significant and large collections were donated to the Society in 2020. The collections include manuscripts, pictures, trophies, plans, honour boards etc. References Barnard FGA 1910, 'Sports and Pastimes' in Jubilee History of Kew Victoria: Its origin & progress 1803-1910. Nixon NV 1980, The History of the Kew Bowling Club 1880-1980. Reeve S 2012, City of Boroondara: Thematic Environmental History, p.216.

Significance

The combined collections of the four sporting clubs making up the collection number hundreds of items that are historically significant locally. They are also significant to the sporting history of the greater Melbourne area and to the sports of lawn bowls and tennis in Australia in the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection illuminates two of the Victorian historic themes - 'Building community life' through forming community organisations and 'Shaping cultural and creative life' by participating in sport and recreation.

Inscriptions & Markings

RVBA / 'HOTHAM' PREMIERS DIVISION 1 1983-4

Artwork - John Halfey (1825-89) / Oil on Canvas in Giltwood Frame, circa 1882

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Small, full-length portrait of John Halfey in an original gilded frame. Donated by a descendant of John Halfey.

Historical information

John Halfey (1825-89) was born in Southport, Lancashire and migrated to Victoria in 1852. After finding gold at Sandhurst, and representing the latter in the Victorian Parliament, he moved to Melbourne to engage in various commercial pursuits, including directorships of insurance, mining and banking companies. A resident of Kew from the late 1850s, he was known for the hospitality provided at his house Ordsall (later Southesk) in Cotham Road. On 14 December 1860, Halfey chaired a public meeting calling for separation from the Boroondara Roads Board, which led, four days later, to the proclamation of Kew as a separate municipality. He was elected to the Council in 1861, replacing Cr. Oswin, and subsequently served as the second Chairman of the Municipality in 1862-1863. John Halfey became a trustee of Holy Trinity Church in Bulleen Road (now High Street) in 1862. He was to resign from Council after four years in 1865. Twenty-four years later in January 1889, he died aged 63 from a seizure, at his rooms at the Herald Office. He was interred in the Boroondara General Cemetery where his monument is the tallest in the Cemetery.

Significance

This is a rare and authenticated picture of the 19th Century Victorian parliamentarian and civic leader, John Halfey. The provenance of the artwork has been established through descent from John Halfey.

Household Textile - Tray Cloth

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Rectangular embroidered white linen tray cloth. Embroidered flowers either end and simple white flower on either side. Cut work border.

Book - Dating Old Photographs / [by] Robert Pols

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

96 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm.

Book - Private and Public Memory: a history of Malvern / by Lynne Strahan

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

[vi], 289 p., [40] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports.

Button - Allies For Freedom and Life, circa 1914-1917

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

A small circular pressed metal badge with a white outline of Australia against a dark blue background. Flags of Australia’s World War I allies are depicted within the Australian outline, including that of Imperial Russia.

Historical information

Most of the civic and sporting ephemera assembled by Francis Rigg were patriotic buttons. The use of these buttons as a means of raising revenue through patriotic sentiment occurred soon after Australia pledged allegiance to Empire. Buttons reflected ‘public sentiment, courage, patriotism, generosity and several [un- named] virtues’ such as the martyred mother of a ‘fallen’ hero. Attention was paid to attractiveness of design, encoded symbolism and high quality of production. Expressing ‘loyalty’, they were tokens to be kept for perpetuity. Female labour was used to operate the die that compressed the tin backing, photographic print and celluloid cover together. The pin was applied by hand. Women, of all ages, entered into the spirit of voluntary sales. Often they were sold at the entry and exit points of major pedestrian thoroughfares. The women of Kew set up a kiosk in front of the Post Office and the Railway Station to solicit their round, oval and square shaped wares. Pride in salesmanship was affected by publishing the name of the woman and her fiscal achievement in the major newspapers of the day.

Significance

The badges form part of a collection of ephemera originally purchased by Francis Horace Rigg (19/10/1882-05/03/1946) of 50 Belford Road, Kew (Vic.). Frances Rigg was a local business identity in Kew, ultimately managing the local branch of the English, Scottish and Australian (ES&A) Bank at 175 High Street, Kew from c. 1920 until the 1940s. After Francis Rigg’s death, the collection of buttons and badges was inherited by his son, Ken Rigg (14/11/1922-19/01/2014). The collection was subsequently donated to the Kew Historical Society in 2015 by his grandson Adrian Rigg during the Gallipoli and Beyond Commemoration. The collection covers a period of almost 40 years. The majority of the badges are patriotic buttons, issued and sold during and immediately after World War 1 to raise funds for national and overseas causes. The collection also includes a number of locally significant sporting event buttons and sporting club medallions, issued in the 1920s and 1930s.

Sound Recording - Songs I Love To Sing / by Robin Kelly

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Audio recording of performances of classics by Robin Kelly including tracks recorded at the Melbourne Town Hall.

Historical information

Robin Kelly was born Robin Vandersluys in Mary Street, Kew. As a child, she sang in backyard concerts run with her brother, Leslie. The family moved to Deepdene in 1949 and Robin joined church and school choirs. Later she was to study classical singing with Stella Power, modern singing with Jack White, TV Presentation with Natalie Raine of Crawford Productions and acting/singing with Jessie Matthews. Following her victory in a talent quest at the Orama Ballroom, she was invited to join the Orama Big Band with singers Harry Cox and Arlene Forrest. She also sang with the Kerm Jones Jazz Band at Power House and with Frank Johnson's Jazz Band at Jazz Junction. Robin became resident band vocalist at the historic Federal Hotel in Collins Street with the Rudi Laquer Trio. She also sang at The Savoy Plaza with the George Cadman Trio. A year later she became resident vocalist at the Ress Oriental Hotel with the Lennie Holmes Trio. Later, Robin married pianist Peter Jones, singing under the name 'Robin Vanser' in clubs in Sydney and regional New South Wales. She was booked for a Vietnam War tour and also sang in Tahiti. Returning to Melbourne, her agent booked her to appear in shows in Tasmania including West Point Casino and Melbourne country venues. Another agent, John Bishop, booked her to do floor shows in Melbourne, including Xmas Seasons at the Hampton Hotel where she entertained audiences with her comedy and audience participation routines. In 1971, Robin Kelly retired to run her Robin Hood Antiques business in Canterbury, during which time she was married to tenor Glenn Kelly. Later she joined Sing Australia Camberwell Choir, performing as a soloist at their Melbourne Town Hall Concert.

Significance

The Vandersluys-Kelly Collection of photographs, costumes and musical performance memorabilia was donated to the Kew Historical Society by Robin Denise Kelly in 2018. The collection is an important record of stage and recorded performances in Australia in the second half of the 20th century. This new nationally-focused and artistically significant collection augments and contextualises the local performing arts materials in our collection.

Book - Australian Silver 1800-1900

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

128 pages, 12 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.

Historical information

Kew Historical Society, founded in 1958, has an extensive reference library, of which this book is a part. Volumes in the library are used by members for research into aspects of local history and/or to support the Society's collections of pictures, maps, fashion and artefacts. Reference books have entered the collection through donation, presentation, collection and purchase.

Book - 150 Years: Australia 1888-1938 / by Oswald L. Ziegler & Captain Frank Hurley, Simmons Ltd, 1938

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Large format book published for the 150th Anniversary of the birth of British settlement in Australia. Introduction by His Majesty King George VI. Foreword by J.A. Lyons, Prime Minister of Australia. Produced by Oswald L. Ziegler under the authority of Australia's 150th Anniversary Celebrations Council. Published by Simmons Ltd Sydney, 1938. Contributors Frank Hurley 1885-1962.; Oswald L Ziegler (Oswald Leopold), 1900-1984.; Australia's 150th Anniversary Celebrations Council.

Significance

A book commemorating 150 years of the settlement at Sydney Cove in 1788. The interestingly designed book includes photographs by Frank Hurley.

Artwork - Derham House, Ruyton / by Joy Stewart, circa 1978

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Prelimiinary sketch of 'Derham House, Ruyton' by the artist Joy Stewart.

Significance

Joy Stewart was born in Melbourne 1925. She studied at Swinburne Technical College Art School from 1941-1945, then the National Gallery Art School 1946-1948. Her career included employment positions as a display artist, designer/painter, gallery assistant, and art teacher. Joy relocated to Cairns in 1981. Solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Cairns, including 'Done By Me' at Cairns Regional Gallery in 1999. Group exhibitions at Cairns Regional Gallery, 'The Fish John West Regrets, 1993' and 'Facets of Life' 1994.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription: "Derham House, Ruyton".

Costume - Wedding dress / by Oggi Fashion House, 1971

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Wedding dress, purchased by Janet Elizabeth Brock in December 1971 from Oggi of Collins Street. The wedding dress, reaching just below the knee, is lined in silk with a double outer layer of organza. The striking decoration of the monochromatic cream dress is achieved through the use of wide ruffled organza frills at the neck, on the sleeves and at the flared hem of the dress. The dress has a discrete v-neckline with small, self-covered buttons at centre front. At the back, the dress is closed with a nylon zip. In addition to the elaborate stiffened frills, the dress features a wide fabric belt with a double bow, worn at the front.

Historical information

Wedding dress, purchased by Janet Elizabeth Brock in December 1971 from Oggi of Collins Street for her impending marriage to Raymond James Walker. The marriage, which was to occur shortly after the death of her father, took place on 18 December 1971 at the Kew Presbyterian Church in Cotham Road, where the Rev. Peter Mackie was the celebrant. Fashion by Oggi, as the sign above the door proclaimed, was located at the Paris End of Collins Street, on the south side, virtually opposite Lilian Weightman’s Le Louvre boutique. Janet Brock, who at the time was working in the Central Business District of Melbourne, had stopped to admire a mauve version of the dress that was displayed in the window, and, on making inquiries from the proprietress, ordered a made-to-measure cream-coloured copy.

Document - Executor's Auction, Sunday 24th October 1931, "Goldthorns", Normanby Road, Corner of Argyle Road, Kew

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Four page flyer advertising the sale of Goldthorns in Normanby Road, Kew in October 1931. The flyer contains a photograph of the front of the house, a list of its rooms, a site plan (including possible subdivisions). and a photo of the rear garden.

Significance

Rare real estate brochure relating to the sale of a historically significant Kew mansion. The rarity is increased due to the photographs of the front of the house and the extensive rear garden.

Book - Technology in Australia, 1788-1988 : a condensed history of Australian technological innovation and adaptation during the first two hundred years / compiled by Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Melbourne : Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, c1988 xxix, 1017 p. : ill., maps, ports., plans, facsims. ; 26 cm.

Historical information

Contents include: Innovation, science and the farmer. Food technology. Water and irrigation. Forestry and forest products. Australian innovation in textile technology. Engineering, construction and building. Transport. Communications and computers. The chemical industry and Australian contributions to chemical technology. The mineral industries. Energy. Manufacturing industry. Defence science and technology. I

Inscriptions & Markings

ex Library book

Document - Notes for General Guidance of Officers in Charge of Idiot Children [Kew Cottages]

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Framed document, forming part of the Kew Cottages collection, donated by Dr Cliff Judge in 1993. Dr. Judge was a consultant psychiatrist at the cottages for 14 years, as well as an author and vocal advocate for the intellectually disabled and their families.

Historical information

The Children's Cottages at Kew were first opened in 1887 as the "Idiot Ward" of Kew Asylum. Located on the asylum's grounds, the children's cottages were established to provide separate accommodation for child inmates who had previously been housed with adult patients. Although the Cottages only admitted children as patients, many of those children remained in residence at the Cottages as adults. The function of the institution was to provide accommodation and educational instruction for intellectually disabled children. Some Wards of the State and other various "difficult" children were also admitted.Shortly after opening, the Idiot Ward began functioning separately from the Kew Lunatic Asylum, and became known as the Kew Idiot Asylum from 1887 until c.1929. From 1929 they have been known as the "Children's Cottages, Kew" or alternatively "Kew Cottages Training Centre". The institution was finally closed in July 2008. [Source: Wikipedia, 2016]

Inscriptions & Markings

"Kew Cottages - ‘Notes for General Guidance of Officers in Charge of Idiot Children’

Photograph - Cattle in North Kew floods, 1934

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Photograph of floodwaters encroaching on farm land in North Kew in the flood of 1934.

Historical information

The year 1934 witnessed the greatest flooding of the Yarra River since settlement. This work forms part of the collection assembled by the historian Dorothy Rogers, that was donated to the Kew Historical Society by her son John Rogers in 2015. The manuscripts, photographs, maps, and documents were sourced by her from both family and local collections or produced as references for her print publications. Many were directly used by Rogers in writing ‘Lovely Old Homes of Kew’ (1961) and 'A History of Kew' (1973), or the numerous articles on local history that she produced for suburban newspapers. Most of the photographs in the collection include detailed annotations in her hand.

Significance

The Rogers Collection provides a comprehensive insight into the working habits of a historian in the 1960s and 1970s. Together it forms the largest privately-donated collection within the archives of the Kew Historical Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nth. Kew. 1934 Floods

Photograph - Woman

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Circular portrait in a square mount of an unidentified woman, circa 1900-1910

Theatre Programme - While the Sun Shines / performed by the Kew Light Opera Company

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Souvenir programme isued by the Kew Light Opera Company for a performance of 'While the Sun Shines', a comedy in three acts by Terence Rattigan.The programme is undated. The programme forms part of a scrapbook that includes programmes, photographs and theatre reviews for the Kew Light Opera Company and later "Q" Theatre Guild.

Album - Kew [Willsmere] Mental Hospital, 1872-c.1965

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Red vinyl photographic album containing 43 images of the Kew Mental Hospital from its origins until ca. 1965. Within the album, there are a range of photos of various sizes. Photos are typically labelled by date, especially within decade. The photos are of varying quality and historical significance. the subject of the photos in the album include architectural features, internal and external environments, patients and staff. Those to be published separately are deemed to be unique and or significant. The album 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 item was one of a number 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.

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).

Costume - Evening Dress, Floral Crepe, 1930s

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Full length floral crepe evening dress with squared neck and short puffed sleeves.

Footwear - Navy Leather Court Shoes / by Andre

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Pair of leather navy women’s court shoes designed by Andre. The shoes have small leather bows at the front.

Inscriptions & Markings

ANDRE / A / Genuine Leather All leather / Upper & Sole / Leather Lining / Made in China

Photograph - 1st X1, Hawthorn East Melbourne Cricket Club, circa 1927

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Team photo of the Hawthorn East Melbourne Cricket Club, from the collection made by one of its players, Christopher Robinson, pictured middle row, 4th from right. The photo was probably taken at the Glenferrie Oval where the team played. The Club were First Grade Premiers in 1927-28

Historical information

The East Melbourne Cricket Ground was a grass oval sports venue located at the corner of Wellington Parade and Jolimont Parade, in East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. After the 1921 football season, the ground was closed and then demolished to make way for an extension of the Jolimont Yard railway sidings. In 1921, East Melbourne Cricket Club merged with the Hawthorn Cricket Club, following the loss of the former's ground, to become known as Hawthorn-East Melbourne (or the "Combine"). In 1989, after the club relocated to Glen Waverley, it dropped "East Melbourne" from its title until becoming Hawthorn-Waverley in 1994.

Book - A History of Australia (Vol.1): From the earliest times to the age of Macquarie / [by] CMH Clark

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

[Carlton, Vic.] : Melbourne University Press ; London ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1962-<1987> v. <1-6> : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.

Significance

The volume formed part of the professional library of the historian Dorothy Rogers.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Mrs Rogers. Wishing you a happy birthday. Love Jan. 1963

Photograph - Grave, Violet Laura Steel (1892-1914)

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

The grave of Violet Laura Steel (1892-1914), after 1914. Violet Laura Steel, was the daughter of Charles Joseph Steel and Julia Harrington. She was born 31 October 1892 in the Police camp in Echuca, and died, aged 21, on 22 May 1914 at her father’s home ‘Maescourt’ in Gladstone Parade, Elsternwick. The photograph of her grave in the Brighton Cemetery is on the top half of a glass negative. 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.