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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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Contact Information

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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', History@Work, 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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2365 items

Costume - Wedding Dress, Swiss Guipure Lace, 1969

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Artwork - "South Wing" - Xavier College / by Joy Stewart, 1978

Key words

joy stewart
xavier college - kew (vic)
schools - kew (vic)

Pen and wash drawing, set in an external card mount, depicting the south wing of Xavier College, Kew by 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: "South Wing" - Xavier College." Signed lower right: "JStewart 78".

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Containers - [Pair of plastic milk bottles, Model Dairy, circa 1960]

Key words

dairies - kew
model dairy - cotham road - kew (vic)

Pair of plastic milk bottles, designated on the front as to be used in the refigerator on on picnics. One bottle has a red screw on lid and the other a green lid. The bottles are semi-transparent. [The record also includes a photograph of Vic Sabaliauskas, provided by his son. The photograph dates from the period when he was employed at the Model Dairy].

Historical information

This pair of milk bottles, produced for the Model Dairy in Cotham Road, Kew, were donated by Vik Sabaliauskas. They belonged to his father who worked at Model Dairy in the 1950s and 1960s. Vik wrote about his father: "As for my father, his whole life story is interesting. He was part of the big immigration program after WW2. He was a displaced person in Germany like lots of others who came out looking for a new life. Our family name is actually SABALIAUSKAS which is of Lithuanian descent. My Dad was also named Vik (Viktoras). He was known as Big Vik and I was little Vik. He arrived in Australia in 1947 and then did his 2 years of work organised by the Government and then he came to Melbourne. We lived in Tyler St Preston and he rode his pushbike to and from Kew every working day for years. In my estimation that was about 13 kms for about 6 or 7 years. Imagine that happening today. Freezing Winter mornings and hot Summer afternoons. His English was poor but he had a great work ethic like all European immigrants. His duties related to maintaining and operating all the machines. One story that he told me about was that after I was born (in 1959) he made friends with one of the drivers who delivered milk to the dairy. He asked him to get a container of milk from the farmer everyday which was just for me. I remember going to the Model Dairy Family Christmas parties which were always well patronised. I also remember visiting him in the PANCH Hospital (Bell Street Preston) where he was treated for kidney stones caused by drinking very creamy milk. He wasn't happy when he was told by the doctor to cut back on milk. My Dad was one month short of his 95th birthday when he died and he lived a pretty healthy life." (2019)

Inscriptions & Markings

Impressed on the front of both bottles: "Unbreakable picnic and refrigerator bottle made expressly for Model Dairy Pty Ltd Cotham Rd Kew"

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Personal Effects - Handkerchief sachet

Key words

personal effects
handkerchiefs
bags
sachets
pouches

Padded purple silk handkerchief bag/sachet with pink braiding and applied lace. The sachet contains three handkerchiefs bordered with lace.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Newspaper article - Kew Floral, Art & Industrial Society

Key words

kew floral industrial and art society
amy grigg
sunday school competitions - 19th century - kew (vic)

Article describing this 1897 local exhibition of art and industry, opened by the Mayor of Kew, Job Smith, which includes notable attendees and the award winning contestants.

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Document - Certificate of Exemption from Compulsory Attendance No,18744, 1891

Key words

education - victoria
joy ivory
amy grigg
kew primary school

Certificate of Exemption published by the Education Department, Victoria, stating that Amy Grigg had completed the required years of schooling under The Education Act 1872.

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Certificates - The Kew Floral, Industrial & Art Society, 1889

Key words

amy grigg
mrs albert watson
joy ivory

Five certificates awarded to Amy Grigg of Pakington Street Kew in competition for prizes awarded by the Society. The certificates are stored in the 'Kew Floral, Indutrial & Art Society' archive file with other items relating to Amy Watson (née Grigg) the mother of Joy Ivory. A supporting document, a newspaper article from 1889, accompanies the documents.

Historical information

The exact dates in which the Kew Floral, Industrial and Arts Society flourished is unclear. We do know however that it was part of a more widespread series of completions involving 'juveniles' from church Sunday schools in the 1880s and 1890s. The newspaper article which is part of this collection of documents, while undated, states that the exhibition grew out of the activities of the Congregational Church Sunday School in Walpole Street, Kew (Vic)

Significance

The items in the Amy Grigg collection, including awards, items of appliqué and embroideries etc reveal much about the artistic and social activities in a suburb like Kew in the late 1880s.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Costume - Embroidered Vest Tunic, 1970s

Key words

mcintyre collection
women's clothing
australian fashion - 1970s
vests

Black wool vest with a lace up front. The vest is heavily embroidered in an abstract multicoloured floral motifs. It is lined with a fine olive green silk.

Significance

The McIntyre Collection of women's clothing and clothing accessories forms one of the largest single donations to the Kew Historical Society's costume collection. The Collection was assembled by Dione McIntyre, and her daughter Annie McIntyre, and donated in stages during the first decade of the 21st century. Items in the McIntyre Collection include clothing and clothing accessories worn by four women in the Cohen and McIntyre families across three generations. Most of the items in the McIntyre Collection were owned and worn by the Melbourne architect, and Kew resident, Dione McIntyre. These mainly date from the 1960s and 1970s, and include evening wear, day wear, hats and shoes. Examples of clothing worn by her range from a Norma Tullo mini-dress to elegant, tailored evening wear by Jinoel of Melbourne. As Dione McIntyre often accompanied her husband, fellow architect Peter McIntyre, to formal events, there are a number of pieces of high-quality evening wear among the items donated. The McIntyre Collection also includes items worn by woman in the family of an earlier generation: by Lilian Cohen, Dione McIntyre's mother, and by her mother-in-law, the wife of the architect Robert McIntyre. At the other end of the chronological spectrum are a number of outfits belonging to, worn and donated by Annie McIntyre. These include outfits created by notable late 20th century Australian and international fashion designers such as Fiona Scanlan, Martin Grant and Vivienne Westwood. The McIntyre Collection is significant historically and artistically in that it includes examples of design that demonstrate changing tastes in fashion over an 80-year period. The collection is particularly important in that it includes the work of a large number of Melbourne fashion designers from the 1960s to the 1980s. This work is both representative, and now often rare.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Costume - Evening Dress: Cream Silk, 1970s

Key words

mcintyre collection
women's clothing
evening wear
australian fashion - 1970s

Cream silk evening dress with applied ribbon and flowers. The dress has a high round neck and buttoned sleeves and cuffs. It has a zip at the back with hooks and eyes at the neck.

Significance

The McIntyre Collection of women's clothing and clothing accessories forms one of the largest single donations to the Kew Historical Society's costume collection. The Collection was assembled by Dione McIntyre, and her daughter Annie McIntyre, and donated in stages during the first decade of the 21st century. Items in the McIntyre Collection include clothing and clothing accessories worn by four women in the Cohen and McIntyre families across three generations. Most of the items in the McIntyre Collection were owned and worn by the Melbourne architect, and Kew resident, Dione McIntyre. These mainly date from the 1960s and 1970s, and include evening wear, day wear, hats and shoes. Examples of clothing worn by her range from a Norma Tullo mini-dress to elegant, tailored evening wear by Jinoel of Melbourne. As Dione McIntyre often accompanied her husband, fellow architect Peter McIntyre, to formal events, there are a number of pieces of high-quality evening wear among the items donated. The McIntyre Collection also includes items worn by woman in the family of an earlier generation: by Lilian Cohen, Dione McIntyre's mother, and by her mother-in-law, the wife of the architect Robert McIntyre. At the other end of the chronological spectrum are a number of outfits belonging to, worn and donated by Annie McIntyre. These include outfits created by notable late 20th century Australian and international fashion designers such as Fiona Scanlan, Martin Grant and Vivienne Westwood. The McIntyre Collection is significant historically and artistically in that it includes examples of design that demonstrate changing tastes in fashion over an 80-year period. The collection is particularly important in that it includes the work of a large number of Melbourne fashion designers from the 1960s to the 1980s. This work is both representative, and now often rare.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Textile - Matyo Apron, Northeast Hungary

Key words

mezökövesd
aprons - hungarian
matyo embroidery

Rectangular apron worked in three panels, the lower two of which are backed. The waist tie is of a floral fabric. The tape is attached to both vertical sides. There is a black fringe attached to the bottom panel over floral printed fabric. The needlework techniques employed in the embroidery include flat stitch which is used to create the effect of quilting and creating large brightly coloured flowers in the middle section.

Historical information

The Matyó region of Hungary, which includes Mezökövesd is known for its rich costume traditions, specifically embroidery. Matyó embroidery is a densely-patterned style of free-hand work in rich and colorful floral motifs. Its prime era was the 1860s and 1870s when the folk arts thrived. This example characterizes the dynamic color combinations and flower varieties of the Matyó tradition.

Significance

The textile is part of a large and significant collection of items donated by Rosemary Vaughan-Smith, past member and office-bearer of the Kew Historical Society. between 2005-12. The collection includes costumes, scrapbooks, autograph books, artworks and objects.

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Textile - Paisley Shawl, 20th century

Key words

paisley shawl
shawls

Machine woven paisley shawl, based on traditional hand-woven Kashmiri designs, produced in large numbers in Europe in the second half of the 19th and also in the 20th centuries. The first mechanised production of such shawls was made possible by the invention of the Jacquard loom in France in the 1820s.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Textile - Japanese embroidered panel

Key words

textiles - japanese
textiles - embroideries
vaughan-smith collection

Multi-coloured silk embroidery on a deep pink silk backing fabric of vines, flowers and leaves, featuring a central embroidered medallion of pheasants amongst wisteria blossoms. The pink silk base fabric has condition problems including damage due to exposure and folding. There may be some evidence of shattered silk.

Historical information

The textile is part of a large and significant collection of items donated by Rosemary Vaughan-Smith, past member and office-bearer of the Kew Historical Society. between 2005-12. The collection includes costumes, scrapbooks, autograph books, artworks and objects.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Textile - Souvenir of Palestine, circa 1939-45

Key words

second world war 1939-1945
table cover
palestine
2nd aif
souvenir
textiles - embroideries

Rectangular blue faded to grey velveteen water damaged textile with a plain white cotton backing with a red fringe. The front of the textile is embroidered in red, yellow, blue and white chain stitch. It shows two palms flanking the Mosque of Omar lower centre with three camels and a man on a horse below, Rachel's Tomb with tree upper left and David's Tower upper right.

Historical information

Souvenir probably bought by an Australian soldier in the 2nd A.I.F., and brought back to Australia as a souvenir.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Souvenir of Palestine"; "Rachels tomb"; "Mosque of Omar"; "David's Tower"

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Textile - Scarf, embroidered with a needle, north Indian, 19th century

Key words

women's clothing
indian embroidery
shawls
scarfs

North Indian scarf [or girdle], hand-loomed of fine wool and heavily embroidered by needle at the ends and sides with multicoloured silk thread surrounding the central rectangular black field. The highly detailed embroidery includes stylised images of foliage and flowers. There is old damage to parts of the textile.

Historical information

The embroidered scarf was donated to the Kew Historical Society by Janet Gibson.

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Textile - Panel: Cotton Applique on Linen, 19th Century

Key words

textiles
applique

Textile comprised of five panels which are all appliquéd by hand in herringbone stitch using a range of decorative figurative motifs of varying sizes and shapes including flora and fauna. The base textile is a cream linen while the appliquéd figures or shapes are made of printed cotton. The quality of the herringbone stitching is very fine. Additional embroidery in red wool is more amateurish. The main panel is bordered by a narrow green and ecru braid. It has a narrow tan braid at the top and bottom of the two side panels. A surrounding tan braid around the entire textile is missing in some places. The textile shows evidence of being used as a decorative hanging.

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Costume - Blue Woollen Two-Piece Suit, 1960s

Key words

australian fashion - 1960s
women's clothing - suits

Navy blue heavy woollen suit comprising a short waist-length jacket and skirt.

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Costume - Cocktail Dress: Gold Satin with Beading on the Bodice / by Phil Bacon, 1950s

Key words

phil bacon
cocktial dresses
women's clothing
australian fashion - melbourne - 1950s

Gold satin cocktail dress, gathered at the waist with beading on the bodice, designed by Phyl Bacon.

Historical information

Phil Bacon was one of a number of Melbourne fashion designers who emerged in Melbourne following the Second World War.The outfit was once owned and worn by a resident of East Kew.

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Costume - Uniform for Female Librarians, Kew Library, 1980

Key words

uniforms - public libraries - kew (vic)
women's clothing - uniforms
kew municipal library

Royal blue Kew Library uniform, manufactured by Neat & Trim Career Wear made of 65% polyester and 35% rayon. The uniform is closed by a zip.

Historical information

Female librarians at the Kew Municipal Library in the City of Kew (Vic) were in the past required to wear standard royal blue uniforms. This uniform, the earlier of two in the collection was manufactured by Neat & Trim Career Wear.

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Costume - Uniform for Female Librarians, Kew Library, 1972

Key words

uniforms - public libraries - kew (vic)
women's clothing - uniforms
kew municipal library

Royal blue Kew Library uniform, manufactured by Neat & Trim Career Wear. The fabric is 65% polyester and 45% viscose. It is buttoned at the front.

Historical information

Female librarians at the Kew Municipal Library in the City of Kew (Vic) were in the past required to wear standard royal blue uniforms. This uniform, the earlier of two in the collection was manufactured by Neat & Trim Career Wear.

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Costume - Minicrini: Blue Wool / by Vivienne Westwood, 1980s

Key words

mcintyre collection
vivienne westwood
womens clothing
international fashion - london - 1980s

Blue woollen 'minicrini' by the British designer Vivienne Westwood. The items was donated by Annie McIntyre and probaly worn with an accompanying Westwoood twinset.

Significance

The McIntyre Collection of women's clothing and clothing accessories forms one of the largest single donations to the Kew Historical Society's costume collection. The Collection was assembled by Dione McIntyre, and her daughter Annie McIntyre, and donated in stages during the first decade of the 21st century. Items in the McIntyre Collection include clothing and clothing accessories worn by four women in the Cohen and McIntyre families across three generations. Most of the items in the McIntyre Collection were owned and worn by the Melbourne architect, and Kew resident, Dione McIntyre. These mainly date from the 1960s and 1970s, and include evening wear, day wear, hats and shoes. Examples of clothing worn by her range from a Norma Tullo mini-dress to elegant, tailored evening wear by Jinoel of Melbourne. As Dione McIntyre often accompanied her husband, fellow architect Peter McIntyre, to formal events, there are a number of pieces of high-quality evening wear among the items donated. The McIntyre Collection also includes items worn by woman in the family of an earlier generation: by Lilian Cohen, Dione McIntyre's mother, and by her mother-in-law, the wife of the architect Robert McIntyre. At the other end of the chronological spectrum are a number of outfits belonging to, worn and donated by Annie McIntyre. These include outfits created by notable late 20th century Australian and international fashion designers such as Fiona Scanlan, Martin Grant and Vivienne Westwood. The McIntyre Collection is significant historically and artistically in that it includes examples of design that demonstrate changing tastes in fashion over an 80-year period. The collection is particularly important in that it includes the work of a large number of Melbourne fashion designers from the 1960s to the 1980s. This work is both representative, and now often rare.

Inscriptions & Markings

A note written by Dione McIntyre accompanying the item describes its relevance and use: "Vivienne Westwood 3-piece ensemble purchased in London in the 1980s - consisting of navy 'twin set' and balloon skirt - worn with long white socks and dark flat shoes. Donated by Annie McIntyre."

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Costume - Twin Set : Blue Wool with Embroidered Logo / by Vivienne Westwood, 1980s

Key words

mcintyre collection
vivienne westwood
womens clothing
international fashion - london - 1980s

Navy blue woollen twin set designed by Vivienne Westwood.

Significance

The McIntyre Collection of women's clothing and clothing accessories forms one of the largest single donations to the Kew Historical Society's costume collection. The Collection was assembled by Dione McIntyre, and her daughter Annie McIntyre, and donated in stages during the first decade of the 21st century. Items in the McIntyre Collection include clothing and clothing accessories worn by four women in the Cohen and McIntyre families across three generations. Most of the items in the McIntyre Collection were owned and worn by the Melbourne architect, and Kew resident, Dione McIntyre. These mainly date from the 1960s and 1970s, and include evening wear, day wear, hats and shoes. Examples of clothing worn by her range from a Norma Tullo mini-dress to elegant, tailored evening wear by Jinoel of Melbourne. As Dione McIntyre often accompanied her husband, fellow architect Peter McIntyre, to formal events, there are a number of pieces of high-quality evening wear among the items donated. The McIntyre Collection also includes items worn by woman in the family of an earlier generation: by Lilian Cohen, Dione McIntyre's mother, and by her mother-in-law, the wife of the architect Robert McIntyre. At the other end of the chronological spectrum are a number of outfits belonging to, worn and donated by Annie McIntyre. These include outfits created by notable late 20th century Australian and international fashion designers such as Fiona Scanlan, Martin Grant and Vivienne Westwood. The McIntyre Collection is significant historically and artistically in that it includes examples of design that demonstrate changing tastes in fashion over an 80-year period. The collection is particularly important in that it includes the work of a large number of Melbourne fashion designers from the 1960s to the 1980s. This work is both representative, and now often rare.

Inscriptions & Markings

A note written by Dione McIntyre accompanying the item describes its relevance and use: "Vivienne Westwood 3-piece ensemble purchased in London in the 1980s - consisting of navy 'twin set' and balloon skirt - worn with long white socks and dark flat shoes. Donated by Annie McIntyre."

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Costume - Evening Wear: Long Dress & Pants, Silver Lamé, Jinoel of Melbourne, 1960s

Key words

australian fashion - melbourne - 1960s
jinoel of melbourne (vic)
mcintyre collection
womens clothing
evening wear

Round-necked and sleeveless floor-length silver Lamé evening dress and pants by Jinoel of Melbourne. The loose dress features a long split up the side, through which the pants can be seen.

Historical information

Jinoel of Melbourne was a fashion company founded by Jill and Noel Kemelfield in 1957. The company won Gown of the Year in 1968.

Significance

The McIntyre Collection of women's clothing and clothing accessories forms one of the largest single donations to the Kew Historical Society's costume collection. The Collection was assembled by Dione McIntyre, and her daughter Annie McIntyre, and donated in stages during the first decade of the 21st century. Items in the McIntyre Collection include clothing and clothing accessories worn by four women in the Cohen and McIntyre families across three generations. Most of the items in the McIntyre Collection were owned and worn by the Melbourne architect, and Kew resident, Dione McIntyre. These mainly date from the 1960s and 1970s, and include evening wear, day wear, hats and shoes. Examples of clothing worn by her range from a Norma Tullo mini-dress to elegant, tailored evening wear by Jinoel of Melbourne. As Dione McIntyre often accompanied her husband, fellow architect Peter McIntyre, to formal events, there are a number of pieces of high-quality evening wear among the items donated. The McIntyre Collection also includes items worn by woman in the family of an earlier generation: by Lilian Cohen, Dione McIntyre's mother, and by her mother-in-law, the wife of the architect Robert McIntyre. At the other end of the chronological spectrum are a number of outfits belonging to, worn and donated by Annie McIntyre. These include outfits created by notable late 20th century Australian and international fashion designers such as Fiona Scanlan, Martin Grant and Vivienne Westwood. The McIntyre Collection is significant historically and artistically in that it includes examples of design that demonstrate changing tastes in fashion over an 80-year period. The collection is particularly important in that it includes the work of a large number of Melbourne fashion designers from the 1960s to the 1980s. This work is both representative, and now often rare.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Costume - Evening Dress, Brown & Gold Acetate, 1980

Key words

mayors of kew (vic)
cr. kaye cole
international fashion - france - henry chavin
bianca - sydney
women's clothing
evening wear

Brown acetate evening gown, and floor-length evening coat retailed by Bianca, Sydney, and manufactured under licence to Henry Chavan, Lyon & Paris. The sheer fabric of the coat is decorated by the use of pile weave, forming a floral pattern of velvet outlined in gold thread.

Historical information

This example of evening wear from 1980 is one of two pieces in the collection owned and worn by Kaye Cole.This dress was bought for and worn by Cr Kaye Cole, Mayor of Kew 1979/80, to a Mayoral Dinner on Friday 25 July 1980. An accompanying seating plan lists the attendees including the Governor of Victoria, the Victorian Premier, State and Federal parliamentary representatives and distinguished guests from neighbouring municipalities. The evening dress was donated to the Society by Kaye Cole on the occasion of an interview on 6 August 2018 relating to the period on which she served on Kew Council as a representative of North Ward (1973-6) and Prospect Ward (1978-85) and her achievements as mayor.

Significance

The dress is extremely well provenance and can be linked to an important event in Kew's history.

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Costume - Cocktail Dress & Coat: Satin & Organza, 1960s

Gold embroidered dress and organza coat, the latter held by a large button at the neck. The outfit is part of the Sartori collection donated in 2006.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Costume - Evening Dress, Floral Crepe, 1930s

Key words

australian fashion - 1930s
women's clothing
evening dresses

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

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Costume - Dress: Blue Rayon with Full Pleated Skirt, 1950s

Sky blue ballerina length dress

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Costume - Outerwear, Sanfor, 1930s

Key words

sanfor
outerwear - 1930s
women's clothing
uniforms

White cotton apron dress with blue trim, with a label on the inside collar "Sanfor". Sanfor refers to Sanforization which was a process used to treat cotton fabrics, patented by Sanford Lockwood Cluett (1874–1968) in 1930. It is a method of stretching, shrinking and fixing the woven cloth in both length and width before cutting and producing, to reduce the shrinkage which would otherwise occur after washing. The items was donated by Teresa Mayer.

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Costume - Red Lace Evening Dress, & Matching Red Velvet Jacket, 1930s

Key words

evening dresses
australian fashion - 1930s
women's clothing

Long burgundy machine-made lace evening dress with a separate red underslip. The dress is currently paired with a red velvet jacket and belt which it is believed was part of the original donation by Teresa Mayer.

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Costume - Dress: Pink Floral Voile / attrib., Miss Moonies Shop, 1930s

Key words

miss moonies
australian fashion - 1930s
women's clothing
dresses

Pink floral voile day dress, beloved to have been bought from the Miss Moonies Shop in Melbourne. The dress has a tie at the waist in the same fabric ending in small wooden clogs. Th dress was donated by Elaine Chenoweth.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Costume - Dress - Purple Rayon / by Scotchco of Melbourne, 1950s

Key words

australian fashion - 1950s
melbourne fashion designers - scotchco of melbourne
women's clothing

Plum coloured single piece dress, belted at the waist, with a belt covered with the same fabric. It has pearl buttons. The dress was retailed by Scotchco of Melbourne

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Costume - Cocktail Dress: Beige Crepe / by Deja Petite, 1960s

Key words

australian fashion - 1960s
women's clothing
cocktail dresses
melbourne fashion designers - deja petite

Beige tricel and viscose knee-length cocktail dress with pleating and an abstract fabric flower of the same material on the right front. The dress was reatiled by Deja Petite of Melbourne.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Costume - Cocktail Dress: Grey Silk & Lace, Margeaux of Melbourne, 1950s

Key words

australian fashion - 1950s
margaux of melbourne
cocktail dresses

Knee length short sleeved grey silk and grey tulle cocktail dress with an attached outer covering of patterned lace of a lighter grey colour. The garment has the label of ‘Margeaux Regd. Imported fabric’. There is a zip at the back. There is some discoloration (due to sun damage?) to the lace at the shoulders. Margeaux specialised in the production of "high-class cocktail and evening wear" (The Age, 17 March 1956).

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Costume - Evening Dress: Green Crepe

Key words

australian fashion
evening dresses

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.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Tableware - Coffee Set: French Porcelain, 19th Century

Key words

cr. frederick william dods
continental porcelain
french porcelain

Continental porcelain coffee set of 5 cups, 6 saucers, a coffee pot, sugar bowl & lid and matching tray, once owned by the Dods family and donated in 2006.

Significance

An item of historical interest donated by members of the Dods family in 2006. The Dods-Ferguson Collection includes a number of items once in the possession of the families related to or descended from two mayors of Kew: Cr. Hugh Ferguson and Cr. Frederick Dods.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Ephemera - Red Leather Bookmark, United Sunday Schools' Demonstration, Melbourne, 6 May 1901

Key words

opening of the first commonwealth parliament - 1901
sunday schools - victoria
federation events - victoria - 1901
ephemera

Embossed red leather bookmark commemorating the 'United Sunday Schools Demonstration' in St Kilda Road in 1901 to welcome the Prince and Princess of Wales to open the first Commonwealth Parliament in the Royal Exhibition Building.

Historical information

SUNDAY SCHOOL DEMONSTRATION. With three times three we coo-ee, The Prince we meet again; Our Princess May we welcome, With heart and voice amain. This was the welcome of the children of the Melbourne Sunday schools. The greeting came from over 30,000 youthful voices to the accompaniment of as many waving flags of diminutive size, held by the children. Probably not one of those who sang so lustily had witnessed the previous visit of his Royal Highness; or knew anything of it except as a traditional event, but the sentiment was a good and proper one all the same. The children were massed on the rising ground in the Domain, and apparently the long wait was not at all wearying. It was to most of them a huge picnic. They lunched on the grass, and filled in the intervening lime with games such as the juvenile heart delights in. At intervals something approaching order, was observed, and then songs, which have been in rehearsal for some weeks past, were sung under the baton of Mr. D. R. Davies, musical director, and to the lead of a united brass band of over a hundred instrumentalists under Bandmaster E; T. Code. A solo was also sung by Mr. H. J. Floyd. At all times the scene was an exceedingly animated one. Most of the children were attired in light costumes, and those in whose dress there was some color provided the necessary variety to make up a most picturesque scene. Probably there were nearly 35,000 adults and children at this spot. They occupied the frontage to St. Kilda-road, from Government House gates to the intersecting thoroughfare beyond. As the children were confined to the high ground, there was a green strip in front of them, and the dark green of the fir trees at the top of the slope made a most suitable background. Between these two lines of even coloring the children, with the easy freedom of youth, made perhaps as pretty a feature of the pageant as could be found anywhere in the whole route of the procession." (The Age, Tues 7 May 1901, p.6)

Significance

This tiny battered piece of ephemera recording the United Sunday School Demonstration of 1901 must once have been exceedingly common, however in the context of the growing collection that the Society has relating to the opening of the first Commonwealth Parliament in Melbourne it has historic and social significance.

Inscriptions & Markings

"United Sunday Schools Demonstration, Melbourne Australia, Melbourne May 6 1901"

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Glasses - Decimal Currency Conversion Glasses, circa 1966

Key words

decimal currency - australia
glasses
currency converters

Pair of transfer printed glasses with decimal currency converters printed on them.

Historical information

Presumably made around the time that Australia switched from Imperial to Decimal Currency in 1966 to aid the householder make quick conversions.

Inscriptions & Markings

See image

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Bookends - Pair of Bookends, Wood, 1930s

Key words

bookends

Pair of matching wooden bookends featuring a yacht against clouds and an orange sky.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Weighing Instrument - Pocket Balance: MR Product [Made in Australia}

Key words

pocket balance
hanging scales
weighing instrument

Small hanging scales at the top of which there is a metallic ring to fasten the object. This is attached to the main body which on one side has measurements inscribed into the metal surface. Inside the body is a spring loaded mechanism which moves along the scales when weight is added to a hook at the bottom of the shaft. [Ed. The maker's initials have not to date been identified.]

Inscriptions & Markings

"Pocket Balance / MR Product / Made in Australia"

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Photograph - No.2 [Steam] Roller, Kew City Council

Key words

road construction - kew (vic)
no.2 steamroller
steamrollers - kew (vic)

Small black and white photograph of a steamroller used by the City of Kew in road construction from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Reverse of photo: "KCC No 2 Roller 607S". Accompanying note: "20/3/84 Gift to the Society from Mr [?] who was K.C.C. [Kew City Council] driver of this "monster". Kew City Council No.2 Roller. Used in street construction 1950. Roller probably 1930 era."

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Footwear Accessory - Boot hook: Bone, Chrome & Steel

Key words

boot hooks
footwear accessories

Small chrome plated steel hook with bone panels riveted to either side of the handle.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Scrapbook - Scrapbook: Newspaper Articles / compiled by Dorothy Rogers, 1934

Key words

scrapbooks
scrapbooks - 20th century
dorothy rogers collection

Leather bound scrapbook, part of the Dorthy Rogers Collection, embossed in gilt with the initials "G.S. Melbourne" on the cover. The folding of the pages allows for reading from the font or back. The scrapbook includes early newspaper cuttings dating from the 1930s.

Historical information

Following the death of the Dorothy Rogers, a donation of material relating to the historian and her family was made to the Historical Society by her sons. The minutes of the Society record that they were originally placed with the City of Kew for safekeeping. The Society's minutes record gradual discoveries of items from the collection, including this scrapbook, by later researchers.

Significance

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Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Photographic Negative - Lithograph: John Hodgson / by Ludwig Becker (1808-?61)

Key words

john hodgson
studley park
stoodley pike - scotland
rev alex davies
jean uhl
ludwig becker

Photographic negative of a lithograph of the Melbourne and Studley Park pioneer John Hodgson, accompanied by a letter from the donor, Jean Uhl.

Historical information

Donation includes a letter, dated 12 June 1983 from June Uhl to Mrs [Thea] Sartori referring to research about John Hodgson and the naming of Studley Park.

Inscriptions & Markings

Envelope: "John Hodgson painted* by Ludwig Becker 1855. Photographed by State Library of Victoria from original held by Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Kew Historical Society from Jean Uhl." Editor note: Incorrect attribution. The Becker oil painting is held in the City Collection, City of Melbourne. This negative is of a lithograph based on a drawing of Hodgson, made by L. Becker circa 1855.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Architectural Fragments - Chips From Old Law Courts, Russell Street (Melb)

Key words

dorothy rogers collection
supreme court - melbourne (vic)
supreme court of victoria - russell street - melbourne (vic)

Matchbox containing architectural fragments from the old law courts [Supreme Court] in Russell Street. The matchbox has a label on the front and more detailed information included in a note inside the box. The item is believed to have belonged to the historian Dorothy Rogers.

Historical information

The law court buildings on the corner of Russell and La Trobe Streets (Melbourne) were later to house the Supreme Court of Victoria. The law courts were built in 1842. The inscription by Dorothy Rogers [sic] incorrectly describes the builders as Swanson Bros., who instead were the builders of the later Magistrates Court on the same site.

Inscriptions & Markings

Exterior "Chips from the old law courts Russell St." Inside: "Court House built by Swanson Bros in 1842 of Moorabool Stone & opened 1st time [sic] in 1843. Stone composed of tiny shells".

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Medallion - Vice President, Kew Heights Bowling Club

Key words

saul spielmann
kew heights bowling club

Pendant medallion hanging from a blue enamel bar with the title 'Vice President'. The green red and gold medallion of the Kew Heights Bowling Club includes a centrally positioned representation of an eagle holding a bowling ball.

Historical information

Vice President medallion belonging to Saul Spielmann donated to the Society by his wife Shirley.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Medallion - Secretary, Kew Bowling Club

Key words

saul spielmann
kew bowling club

Pendant medallion hanging from a blue enamel bar with the title 'SECRETARY' The medallion is in green, red, black and gold enamel, the colours of the Kew Bowling Club..

Historical information

Secretary's medallion belonging to Saul Spielmann donated to the Society's by his wife Shirley.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Medallions - Life Member, Kew & Kew Heights Bowling Clubs

Key words

saul spielmann
kew bowling club
kew heights bowling club

Black enamel bar with the words 'LIFE MEMBER' highlighted in gold. From the bar hang two multicoloured enamel medallions, the earlier for the Kew Bowling Club and the latter for the Kew Heights Bowling Club.

Historical information

Life membership medallions belonging to Saul Spielmann, donated to the Society by his wife Shirley in 2016.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Trophies - Embossed Glass Trophies, Kew Bowling Club

Key words

saul spielmann
kew bowling club

2 glasses awarded as trophies to Saul Spielmann

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Bell - Hand Bell, Brass & Wood, Lioness Club of Kew

Key words

lioness club of kew

Brass hand bell used as a gong by the Lioness Club of Kew (1979-1988), engraved with the names of their past presidents. The wooden striker was made by Ray Boothroyd at a later date.

Historical information

Following the dissolution of the Club in 1988, the bell was donated to the Kew Historical Society by Prue Molnar.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Dinnerware - Cups & Saucers, City of Kew

Key words

city of kew
dinnerware
cups and saucers

A large collection of cups and saucers, each bearing a transfer pattern of the City of Kew logo. There are 31 cups and 44 saucers.

Historical information

Cups and saucers used at functions by the former City of Kew, before 1994.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Dinnerware - Tea Cup, Saucer & Plate, Ridgways, circa 1880

Key words

dinnerware
ridgways (1879-1920)
earthernware
staffordshire ceramics
hawthornden pattern - reg. april 1880

Glazed earthenware tea cup, saucer and plate with transfer printed decoration, using the 'Hawthornden' pattern by Ridgways. The underneath of each item bears the maker's mark and a pattern registration date for April 1880.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew