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Kew Historical Society Inc Kew, Victoria

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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Free entry

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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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3331 items

Book - A Smile for My Parents / [by] Heather Henderson

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2017 ©2013 xii, 227 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, plates ; 20 cm

Book - The Store on the Hill / [by] Keith Dunstan

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Melbourne : Macmillan, 1979 200 p. : ill., facs., portrs. ; 29 cm.

Historical information

History of Georges Department Store in Collins Street, Melbourne

Significance

Reference copy relevant to the KHS fashion collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Ex Library copy

Book - Vital Connections: Melbourne and its Board of Works 1891-1991 / [by] A.E. Dingle

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Ringwood, Vic. : McPhee Gribble, 1991 432 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 25 cm.

Historical information

History of urban planning by the MMBW in Victoria which provided public services in sewerage and water reticulation

Significance

The history will add value to the important original series of MMBW plans in the KHS collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Ex Library copy

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

A Brush With History: The Painter's Union and the Australian Labour Movement / [by] John Spierings

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

South Melbourne, Vic. : Hyland House, 1994 ix, 186 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports, / 26 cm.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ex Library book

Book - Outcasts, Mists and Shadows: a short history of institutional care around Yarra Bend, Melbourne / [by] Colin Briton

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

[Northcote, Victoria] : Colin Briton, [2018] ©2018 v, 118 pages, 11 pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm

Historical information

History of institutional care in Yarra Bend Park and Studley Park by Colin Briton.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presentation copy from author

Book - Kew's Civic Century / [by] W.D. Vaughan

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Kew : W.D. Vaughan, 1960 208p. : ill. 22cm

Inscriptions & Markings

G.H. Saftstrom

Periodical - Victorian Historical Journal

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Journal containing articles and reviews of interest to the Victorian community

Periodical - Victorian Historical Journal, Issue 288, Vol 88 / No 2

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Journal with articles on Victorian history

Book - Historic Places Investigation: Final report

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

East Melbourne, Victoria : VEAC, 2016 ©2016 viii, 50 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm

Book - Victoria's Framework of Historical Themes

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

75 p. : ill. ; 30 cm

Book - Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand / [by] Max Germaine

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Sydney : Lansdowne Editions, 1979 646 p., 32 p. of col. plates ; 27 cm.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ex Library copy

Book - Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Volume Two, L-Z / [by] Alan McCulloch

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Hawthorn, Vic. : Hutchinson of Australia, 1984 2 v. (xxxv, 1327 p., [264] p. of plates (some col.) ; 24 cm.

Book - Encylopedia of Australian Art, Volume One, A-K / [by] Alan McCulloch

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Hawthorn, Vic. : Hutchinson of Australia, 1984 2 v. (xxxv, 1327 p., [264] p. of plates (some col.) ; 24 cm

Book - Broadmeadows: a forgotten history / [by] Andrew Lemon

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

West Melbourne : City of Broadmeadows in conjunction with Hargreen, 1982 xiv, 257 p. : ill., facsims., maps, ports. ; 25 cm.

Historical information

History of Broadmeadows, Victoria

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

Book - Scouting in Hawthorn: a history 1909-1993 / [by] Albert P. Isaacs

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

[Hawthorn, Vic.] : The Scout Association of Australia, East Suburban Area, Hawthorn District, District Association, 1993 134 p. : ill., ports. ; 30 cm.

Historical information

History of scouting in Hawthorn, a neighbouring suburb to Kew.

Book - The Artists of Kew / [by] Elizabeth Mackie

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

[Kew, Vic.] : E. Mackie, c1981 12, [1] leaves ; 30 cm.

Historical information

A book, written by Elizabeth Mackie, member of the Kew Historical Society, on artists with a connection to Kew.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ex Library book

Book - In the Subbie Spirit: : One Hundred Years of the Victorian Su-district Cricket Association / [by] Mark Dunstan

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Mount Waverley, Vic. : Victortian Sub-District Cricket Association, 2008 iv, 124 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 30 cm.

Historical information

In the Subbie Spirit by Mark Dunstan has been added to the Kew Historical Society'd Reference libel because of the information it contains about local cricket

Inscriptions & Markings

Ex-library book

Reference Files

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Historical information

Reference files, arranged by subject, contain important information for researchers of local history. Those generated and maintained by the Kew Historical Society over a sixty year period include primary and secondary sources essential for an understanding go the history of Kew and its environs. These Files are categorised as Sub-series. In addition to the Reference Files, KHS holds other archive materials in Provenance Order.

Book - From Municipality to City: Chairmen & Mayors of Kew 1861-1994

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

110 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 29 cm.

Historical information

In 1989, the former City of Kew donated a series of framed photographic portraits of Mayors of Kew to the Kew Historical Society. The nationally significant series includes portraits of mayors from 1861 to 1969. A collaborative research project investigated the history of each of these civic leaders, and extended the series of profiles to cover the period 1970 to 1994. The photographing of the original portraits for use in the book, as well as the printing costs, were funded by a Strengthening Communities Grant from the City of Boroondara.

Book - Brodzky / [by] Henry R Lew

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Melbourne : H.R. Lew, 1987 68 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 24 x 32 cm.

Historical information

Brodzky by HR Lew has been added to the reference library maintained by the Kew Historical Society as a relevant text for the study of local history in both Kew and in the City of Boroondara. Horace Brodzky was born in Kew and the book is therefore relevant to the study of local artists.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ex library book

Book - Judging Architecture: Issues, Divisions, Triumphs, Victorian Architecture awards 1929-2003

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Melbourne, Vic. : Royal Australian Institute of Architects, 2003 316 p. : ill. ; 29 cm. + poster (86 x 60 cm)

Historical information

Judging Architecture: Issues, Divisions, Triumphs, Victorian Architecture awards 1929-2003 has been added to the reference library maintained by the Kew Historical Society as a relevant text for the study of local history in both Kew and in the City of Boroondara.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ex library copy

Book - Keeping Chronicles: Preserving history through written memorabilia / [by] Rosemary Sassoon

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

160 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

Historical information

Keeping Chronicles: Preserving history through written memorabilia by Rosemary Sassoon has been added to the reference library maintained by the Kew Historical Society as a relevant text for the study of local history in both Kew and in the City of Boroondara.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ex Library book

Book - People & Plants: A history of gardening in Victoria / [by] Mary Ellis

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Fish Creek., Victoria : Mary Ellis : c2003 172 p. : ill.(some col.)., ports. : 30 cm.

Historical information

People & Plants: A history of gardening in Victoria by Mary Ellis is part of the reference library on local and State history assembled by the Kew Historical Society and made available to members due to its relevance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ex-Libray copy

Book - The Church on the Hill: Presbyterianism in Kew 1874-1974 / [by] John A O'Neill

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Canterbury, Vic. : Mullaya, 1974 x,167 p., 12 p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.

Historical information

History of the Presbyterian Church in Kew (Vic)

Book - A History of Kew Baptist Church 1856-1981: The first one hundred and twenty-five years / [by] Jill Manton

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Kew [Vic.] : Kew Baptist Church, c1981 104 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm.

Historical information

Anniversary history of the Kew Baptist Church

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Book - A Guide to Boroondara: Council Services and facilities in the City of Boroondara

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Guide to local government services

Book - Still Glides the Stream: The natural history of the Yarra from Heidelberg to Yarra Bend / [by] Geoff Lacey

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

xii, 281 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm

Book - Santamaria: A Memoir / [by] B.A. Santamaria

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

xv, 328 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.