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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

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

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Free entry

Location

1 Civic Drive & 188 High Street Kew Victoria

The Kew Historical Society was founded in 1958. 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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2951 items

Archive File - Cresco Reserve (Kew)

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing information on the Cresco Reserve at Kew Junction and its naming in c.2008. The file includes an item of correspondence from the City of Boroondara plus a print out of map of the Junction.

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.

Archive File - Heritage Studies [Kew & Boroondara]

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archival file containing correspondence, reports, newspaper articles/clippings, a City of Boroondara Heritage Action Plan (2012) relating to heritage in Kew, Victoria. The earliest item dates from 1964, and is a letter from W. D. Birrell, Town Clerk to the Secretary of the Historical Society. The file also includes a National Trust of Victoria listing of classified buildings as of 1981. The most interesting documents in the file are the City of Kew Heritage Advice Note 1-4, compiled in 1991 and which provides advice on Protecting Heritage through Planning, Victorian Buildings, Edwardian Buildings, and 1930s-1940s houses. The latter would benefit from digitisation and publication.

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.

Significance

The file provides evidence of early heritage activities in the City of Kew in relation to statewide and national heritage initiatives.

Archive File - DICKINSON, Cr. W.H.S.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

WHS Dickinson was twice mayor of Kew and the founder of the Society in 1958. The archival file includes a number of items written by Dickinson and eulogies given at his funeral service on 4 September 1974. The eulogies provide details of his history. The file also includes a folder compiled by Dickinson, which is a list of names of people who lived in Kew. It also includes a handwritten President’s report that he gave in 1973 to the Society.

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.

Archive File - DERHAM Family

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing sundry copies of notes and references for the Derham Family who at one stage lived at 21 Barry Street. Frederick Derham was most notably MLA for Sandridge in the Victorian Parliament for 1883-92.

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.

Archive File - Karana, Walpole Street [Kew]

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing information about Karana Aged Care Community, including 2-page typed notes on the history of the facility. Also a query re its history.

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.

Archive File - JUST, Judge Gordon

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing information about Judge Gordon Judge, after whom the Just Theatre at the Kew Court House was named. The file contains a typed address by Don Just, which refers to the family’s historical connections to Kew. The file also includes a number of copies of the order of his funeral service at Le Pines in 2011 and sundry notes and correspondence.

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.

Archive File - Kane’s Bridge

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file that contains two newspaper articles with brief information about the history of the bridge.

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.

Archive File - JUDD Family

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing information on the Judd family, early pioneers of Kew, and owners of Park Hill (now in Hillcrest Avenue). The file contains an original subdivision brochure of the Park Hill Estate (1916) that includes a map of the subdivision, an early photo of the ten-roomed house. An undated letter accompanying the information refers to Miss Ina Balaam, the last descendant of the family to live in the house. The file also includes a photocopy of the obituary of Thomas Judd and a newspaper article/clipping from 1972, which includes a short history of the house and a photograph.

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.

Archive File - JUDGE, Dr. Cliff

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing information on Dr Cliff Judge. The file contains a newspaper obituary from 2002 by Howard Cooper and Astrid Judge.

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.

Archive File - JONES, Robert & Family

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing a typed letter by David Jones, including reference to his forebears who lived in Woodford Avenue, then 152 Bulleen Road (1888-92) Kew. Thomas Jones had a tailor shop at 4 Cotham Road.

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.

Archive File - Queen Victoria Jubilee Fountain [Kew]

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file including typed historical notes by Sue Leong on the Queen Victoria Jubilee Fountain of 1897 which was once located on the apex of the triangular land bordered by Cotham Road and High Street which was subsequently relocated to the Alexandra gardens in the 1920s to make way for the Kew War Memorial.

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.

Archive File - JELLIS, Thomas G

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing research and primary sources relating to T.G. Jellis and his family bakery in High Street, and later Studley Park Road, Kew. It includes a 1-page summary compiled by Elizabeth Mackie of an interview with his daughter Mrs Whitney, which was separately recorded on tape. A later document is a reminiscence of the bakery in Studley Park Road by Trevor D. Fiander of Ballan. This document includes drawings of the exterior and interior. [An article on the bakery can also be accessed in KHS Newsletter No.104 September 2013.

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.

Archive File - John Cannon House [Kew]

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing a photocopy of a newspaper article, and a for sale notice about/of 32 Marshall Avenue, Kew. John Cannon House was a hostel for deaf children, named, the Directorate, School Education sold it in 1993. [Photographs of the buildings are included on the Victorian Collections website.]

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.

Archive File - Ivy Grange, 1-3 Malmsbury Street [Kew]

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing brief notes on the history of the Ivy Grange compiled from various sources plus correspondence and planning documents relating to plans submitted to the City of Kew to alter the portico facing Malmsbury Street, Kew. These plans predated the first Kew Urban Conservation Study (Sanderson, 1988). There is also one newspaper article relating to the sale of the house in 2005.

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.

Archive File - JAMES, Grace

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing a letter from Grace James (2006) recording the clothing she made since the 1960s for her daughter Ceri, at the time of the donation of the collection to the Society. The letter records Grace James’ address as 4/1 Belmont Street, Surrey Hills VIC 3127. The list with the letter itemises the 14 items of clothing made by Grace James. The envelope in which the letter was sent also includes a description of three other items dating from the first half of the 20th century, which had been owned by relatives of Mrs James. There is a newspaper article/clipping in the files about her 90th birthday at Camberwell Green.

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.

Archive File - Horse Trough & Hitching Post [Kew]

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Correspondence and published articles relating to the horse trough and hitching post outside the gates of the Boroondara General Cemetery. The earliest item of correspondence is a typed and signed letter from the historian Dorothy Rogers to Mrs West, Secretary of the Kew Historical Society, dated 13 Feb 1966. It relates to transport, including horse trams that travelled through Kew. Another letter from B F Bade in 1986 identifies the hitching post as having been once located outside the old Kew Town Hall in Walpole Street, and dating from 1907. The latter was acquired in 1987 and installed in 1988 during the Bicentennial. The horse trough was originally located on this site and restored in 1988.

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.

Archive File - GREENWOOD, ‘Bertie’

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file relating to the donation by Pamela Webster Bloom of her father’s tool chest and tools, largely made up of wooden molding planes. The file contains the donation record, genealogical records, an inventory of items donated, and a later newsletter article on Bertie Greenwood.

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.

Archive File - HAWKINS, Cr Leo

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing a letter from the Kew Historical Society to Cr Hawkins congratulating him on his election to the office of Mayor (1971) and his obituary by Noel Tennison, published in the Age newspaper (5 May, 2006).

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.

Archive File - Hawthorn & Kew Sketchbook

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file including an index to the ‘Hawthorn and Kew Sketchbook’ (Powell, Ian G, 1982) and correspondence from, to and or between the Kew Historical Society, Rigby Publishing and A. Roger-Gernersh relating to permission to use illustrations from the text on the Society’s letterhead. There is no response on file from the author providing permission.

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.

Archive File - Hawthorn (Vic) - History

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing typescripts relating to the early history of Hawthorn. The files were donated to the Society from the Preshil School archives. Some of the files were subsequently moved to other files or archive boxes including ‘Maps of Kew’ (archive file) and the newspaper collection (boxed newspapers). The files currently stored in this archive file include: Allen, J Alex, ‘The Red Lion Inn and Early Hawthorn’ (RHSV 1946), Serpell, TE, ‘Early History of Hawthorn’ (5pp), and Bonwick, J, ‘A Sketch of Boroondara’ (1858).

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.

Archive File - Hays Paddock (Kew East)

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing many newspaper/magazine articles/clippings (1979-2016), some published by the City of Boroondara, and maps, summaries of reports (KNews, 1980) and proposals to create an ‘integrated playground’ at Hays Paddock.

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.

Archive File - HELLER, Madame Shi Shi

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing correspondence, newspaper articles/clippings and a book - ‘Les Naifs Haitiennes: An introduction to Haitian art and history’ (Madame Shishi, 1982, 63pp). Madame Shishi was at one stage a resident of Kew but had spent the previous twenty years in Haiti, and was the Haitian Consul General. Madame Shishi donated one of her paintings to the City of Kew in 1984 - ‘La Vie Haitienne’. The Mayor Cr Jill O’Brien accepted the donation. The painting, oil on Masonite is described in the file.

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.

Archive File - Historic Buildings Register (Kew)

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Small archive file of correspondence between representatives of the University of Melbourne, the Council of Adult Education, and Kew Historical Society relating to buildings and parks in Kew, some of which at that time were listed on the Register of the National Estate. The file includes a list of buildings and very brief handwritten summaries of each.

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.

Archive File - History of Kew

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Miscellaneous newspapers and newspapers articles clippings from the last third of the 20th Century and from the first decade of the 21st Century on aspects of Kew’s history. The file contains a copy of the souvenir issue of Progress Press celebrating Kew’s 125th anniversary.

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.

Archive File - HODDLE Survey

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Photocopied correspondence and maps (surveys) relating to surveys ordered by Robert Hoddle, Government Surveyor. Authors of letters and information include Gwen McWilliam and Jack Hackett. Much of the correspondence relates to the site of the ‘Hoddle Tree’, currently located in the Kew Golf Course. Jack Hackett’s original map is contained in the map drawers in the Society’s archive.

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.

Archive File - HOLT Family

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Photocopies of handwritten and or typed research by Mavis Rolley relating to the Holt family, including William Holt and his and sons William and John, as well as various descendants. William Holt and his son John started the Sandhill Nursery in Cotham Road, Kew. William Jnr started the Sandhill Forge in Cotham Road.

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.

Archive File - Houses [Kew]

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Assorted printed materials, some published, such as: ‘What House is That? A guide to Victorian housing’ (Heritage Victoria, 2004), and guidelines for researching the history of a house (Fact Sheet, City of Boroondara). There is an article from the Progress Press about the demolition of Ellesmore, 80 Princess Street in 1977 (the article includes photographs of the demolition), Elizabeth Mackie’s notes on Myrtle Hill, and an article on the restoration of Mynda, Molesworth Street that was published in the Trust News (1987). Mrs Sewell of Stawell Street wrote handwritten notes/recollections about Cradley in Studley Park Road in 1981. In the photocopy about Ellesmore, there is also a separate article on the proposed replacement of the Walmer Street Bridge. There is also correspondence and an article on Stanhope on the corner of Burke and Cotham Roads. The file includes general real estate information and data.

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.

Archive File - 'Houghton', Princess Street [Kew]

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Small archival file which includes histories of the weatherboard house, Houghton (erected 1853, now demolished), which once stood in Princess Street near Ivy Grange. The file includes a typescript of the chapter on Houghton by Dorothy Rogers published in ‘Lovely Old Homes of Kew’ (1960) and an undated document written by Louisa Hamilton which provides some information about the early history of Houghton but also records the development behind Houghton of 14 self-contained units for war widows. A Vasey newsletter (Circular No.144, August 1984) includes a quote from 1960 relating to the opening of the flats by Hon Hugh Robertson, Minister for Social Services. (Note that the KHS photo collection includes many photos of Houghton that predate the redevelopment)

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.

Archive File - HOWARD family

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

The file contains a single 3-page document donated by Mr A Atkyns containing his research on the Howard family of United Kingdom and Australia. The main point of interest in the file is the references to Frederick William Howard who was an early landowner in Studley Park, in Kew. The file also lists the marriages of Howard children into other families such as the Cussens. The file includes a brief family tree.

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.

Archive File - HUSTON, Betty

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Archive file containing a three page typed monograph by Betty Huston entitled: ‘My early memories of Kew’. In addition to descriptions of houses and family members the document also lists her friends at Ruyton Girls School.

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.