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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

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.

Entry Fee

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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Archive Files - Kew Heritage Review, Residential Places Graded B, Volume 3, 1999

Key words

graeme butler, heritage reviews - kew
4 cameron court
2 hodgson street
20 fellows street
26 fellows street
23 highbury grove
kew lunatic asylum, kew mental hospital, willsmere
36 stawell street
13 studley avenue
16 studley avenue
20 studley avenue
raheen, studley park road
beament house, 33 uvadale road
20 yarra street

Black 4-Ring binder that includes research about, and an assessment of buildings previously graded B in the City of Kew Urban Conservation Study 1988 by Pru Sanderson Design Pty Ltd. The files were created by the heritage architect Graeme Butler and the paper files include maps, correspondence, title searches, readings, reviews of prior classifications, newspaper and journal articles, directories etc for each property assessed.

Historical information

The Kew Urban Conservation Study was commissioned by the City of Kew, and submitted by Pru Sanderson Design Pty Ltd in 1988. The Study was in a number of volumes and made recommendations about the 'significance' of built structures and places in Kew. In addition to those buildings nominated as Grade A Structures, Sanderson also nominated Grade B and Grade C Structures. Six years later, the City of Kew was amalgamated into the City of Boroondara. The new City, which encompassed Kew as well as Ashburton, Camberwell, Canterbury, Hawthorn and Surrey Hills was later to commission further conservation studies from a range of heritage consultants including Graeme Butler, who sumbmitted his own reviews of Grade B Structures in 1999. Butler's study was itself followed by evaluations of Grade B Structures by Lovell Chen (2007-9). In undertaking each of these heritage studies, consultants undertook a preliminary literature search as well as conducting new research about these buildings and places. To date [2017], apart from the completed Reports for the City of Borondara, the research data on which these Reports were made has not been publically available. Hence, the donation of these research files that supported the evaluations in Graeme Butler's 1999 review provides important data for researchers. [It should be noted that Graeme Butler donated the Kew files to the Kew Historical Society, and other research relating to other parts of Boroondara to the Kew Library Service.

Significance

While final heritage reports are frequently made available by the authorities, institutions or organisations that commission them, these reports, developed by heritage consultants, include information based on extensive research that may or may not be footnoted in the research. The Butler papers provide an important, and increasingly significant body of heritage research relating to Kew. As such they have historic and reserach significance.

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Footwear - Taupe Leather Shoes / by Taranto (Opat)

Key words

women's shoes

Pair of taupe leather, round-toed women’s shoes highlighted at the front with a narrow band of brown leather. Taranto is identified as the style and the designer/manufacturer name of Opat are embossed on the upper in gold lettering.

Inscriptions & Markings

Taranto by Opat / Made by Opat Bros P/L / All leather sole

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Newspaper photograph - Modern Melbourne #72. Play misty for me: Kew Junction, 2013

Key words

kew junction

Modern Melbourne #72. Play misty for me: Kew Junction looks spookily like a city in America's Deep South on a foggy Winter morning / Photo: Eddie Jim. Published in The Age, August 25, 2013, page 16. In copyright until 2088. Not to be copied or published without permission.

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Footwear - Two Tone Shoes / by Urminati

Pair of open-toed, sling-back two-tone red and white women's shoes. Stamped on the red partial upper is the Italian designer’s name, Urbinati.

Inscriptions & Markings

URBINATI / Made in Italy VERO / CUOIO / Made in Italy / 38 1/2

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Lantern - Traffic Warning Lantern, City of Kew

Key words

traffic lanterns

City of Kew warning lantern previously located in various streets and plant nursery

Historical information

Donated by the City of Kew

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First Aid Kit - Outfit First Aid Individual

Key words

first aid pack
australia - second world war 1939-1945

Olive green first aid tin. On the lid in black writing is 'OUTFIT / FIRST AID / INDIVIDUAL'. On the inside of the lid written in black on a gold back ground is the 'DIRECTIONS OF USE'. Below the title is: 'BANDAGE 2 INCH Cut fingers and small wounds. / PLASTER ADHESIVE Cuts. / ANTISEPTIC PENCIL Apply to cuts and abrasions. / ANTISEPTIC JELLY Apply to burns. / TAB APC Take 2 tablets to relieve pain. / TAB ATEBRIN Directions on inside of Atebrin tin. / APERIENT PILLS 1 tablet to relieve constipation.' Remaining in the kit though not named in the list is a box of Sulphanilamide tablets with directions of use on the front. Also two used tubes of antiseptic jelly.

Inscriptions & Markings

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Souvenir - Badge, Kew Citizens Band

Key words

badges
brass bands - kew (vic)
kew citizen band

A rounded vertical rectangular enamelled badge with the Kew coat of arms, a red shield on a black background with 2 white ribbon banners one reading Kew and the other reading Citizens Band

Inscriptions & Markings

Kew Citizens Band

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Costume Accessory - Evening Cape : Black Silk, Tulle, Jet & Sequins, 1890s

Key words

bridget fitzgerald
bridget shannon
women's clothing, australian fashion, costumes, dresses, capes

A black silk shoulder cape covered with fine silk tulle, embroidered with beads made of jet and black sequins. The cape which when open is circular is joined at the front by eyelets and hooks. The second photo includes a photo of the donor, Mrs Joan Carr, with the cape at the time of its donation.

Historical information

The cape was owned by Bridget Fitzgerald (nee Shannon) who emigrated to Australia from Ireland and subsequently lived in the Victorian country town of Tilden. Bridget died in about 1906 and is buried in the Kyneton cemetery. The cape was passed on by descent to her granddaughter.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

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Periodical - The Kookaburra, Magazine of the 1st Kew Troop, Vol 1, No. 7, October 1927

Key words

1st kew scouts
scouts - kew (vic)
kookaburra magazine

20-page magazine with a kookaburra on the front cover.

Historical information

The Kookaburra Magazine of the First Kew Troop was mostly written by and for the Scouts themselves, with details of troop and patrol camps and activities, jokes, poems, etc. This edition of the Kookaburra Magazine featured a new style cover and was printed by the ‘Kew Advertiser’ newspaper.

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Costume - Bodice : Buttoned, Beige Striped Silk, 1870s

Key words

victorian fashion
bodice
clothing
female
outerwear
costume

Beige coloured silk top with narrow mauve stripes. The top has a piped mandarin collar. The top has satin trimming.

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Footwear - Leather Dance Shoes / by Paul Wright

Key words

footwear
shoes
paul wright
mcintyre collection

Soft, black flat-soled leather women’s dance shoes, made by Paul Wright. The shoes form part of the McIntyre family collection, donated by Dione McIntyre

Significance

Collection Description: 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.

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Book - Collecting Australian Found Bottles, Glass Part 1 / [by] Ken Arnold

Key words

bottles - collectors and collecting - australia

127 p. : ill., facsims

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Photograph - Rose window, Holy Trinity Church, circa 1960

Key words

holy trinity church, kew
high street, kew
dorothy rogers
stained glass
holy trinity anglican church

Monochrome photo of stained glass window in Holy Trinity Church, Kew. [Copy 2]

Significance

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. 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

Rose Window, Chancel, Holy Trinity Kew

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Costume - Fur Collar

Key words

fashion & design collection - kew historical society
furs
costume accessories

Large brown fur collar incorporating the pelt’s tails or feet.

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Costume - White Muslin Lingerie Dress, 1912-18

Key words

women's clothing
fashion and textiles collection - kew historical society
white muslin dresses
australian fashion -tea dresses - lingerie dresses - 1910s

Three-quarter-length, white cotton voile lingerie dress. The dress feature extensive embroidery on the bodice and skirt, probably constructed from pre-embroidered fabric, rather than hand embroidered. In addition to the embroiderd panels, there is extensive use of white lace insertions. The dress has short sleeves to teh elbow and lace cuffs. The dress is date after the Edwardian Period due to the absence of tucks and frills. Its high-waisted design is simple and yet elaborately ornamented with embroidery.

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Toys - Miniature Animals, etc

Key words

miniature toys

A collection of twenty small toys including animals, a typewriter and a camera. The black and white striped cat is a mechanical, moveable toy.

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Photograph - Robin Vanser, Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, 1966

Key words

performing arts - australia - 1960s
robin vanser
musical performances - wentworth hotel - sydney - 1960s

Black and white photograph of Robin Vanser performing at the Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, 1966.

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.

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Personal Accessory - Handheld Fan: Paper, Wood, Metal, 1875-1900

Key words

fashion and textiles collection
fashion accessories
fans
cockade fans

Black paper, wood and metal cockade fan

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Photograph - Garden of Rockingham, circa 1870

Key words

rockingham
david syme
kew

A rare, panoramic photograph (c.1870) of the garden of ‘Rockingham’, during the occupation of the house by W. Gardiner Esq. Rockingham was located beside and above the Barkers Road cutting. The view of the garden in the photograph is of the terraces leading down to the Yarra River. At the time the photograph was taken, the property covered an area of “…nine acres of beautifully laid-out grounds, interspersed with numerous terraces leading down the sloping bank of the river”.

Historical information

Built by John Bournane, Rockingham had a number of occupants before the newspaper magnate David Syme purchased it in 1902. The house in the 1860s and ‘70s was comprised of nine rooms, and was surrounded by a veranda on the front and sides. It was approached from the Kew road by the curve in front of the Hon. S.G. Henty’s mansion of ‘Findon’.In 1955, the Syme family sold Rockingham to the Red Cross Society to be used as a convalescent home for returned servicemen. The house was sold, demolished, and the land subdivided in 1966.

Significance

A early panoramic photograph of an early Kew mansion (now demolished), dating from the 1870s.

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Artwork - Peel Street, Kew / by Joy Stewart, 1978

Key words

joy stewart
peel street (kew)

Watercolour, Pen & Ink on paper by the artist and local historian Joy Stewart of a distinctive two-storey Victorian-era house in Peel Street, Kew.

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: "Peel Street, Kew." Signed lower right: "JStewart 1978"

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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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Hat - Wool Felt & Jersey Hat / by Ann Austin of Melbourne, 1960s

Key words

milliners
hats
ann austin of melbourne
thelma prentice
australian fashion - 1960s
fashion and textiles collection - kew historical society
kathleen gervasoni

High crowned hat made of burgundy felt with decorative pink jersey turban folds attached to the side by clusters of pink beads. The hat was designed by Thelma Prentice of the ' Austin of Melbourne' millinery house.

Historical information

Ann Austin of Melbourne was the name of a Melbourne millinery house. Thelma Prentice was one of the partners in the house, and the chief designer/milliner. Very little information about the millinery house and the milliner are available online but there is an interesting article, published in the Brisbane Courier Mail on 8 October 1949 which describes the influence of French style on fashion and design in Australia. The article by Lucy Gough recounts the views of Thelma Prentice who had just returned from the Paris fashion shows. "Australian millinery toes line with Paris From LUCY GOUGH LONDON, October 7 (Special) Australian hats can compare very favourably with those designed in Paris, and are considerably cheaper, says Miss Thelma Prentice, partner in a well-known Melbourne millinery firm, who has just completed six months' visit to England and the Continent. An ordinary hat, Miss Prentice said, would cost at least £15 from any of the top Paris houses. Australia could achieve the same effect for a lot less money. Miss Prentice went to all the Important dress shows as well as the millinery houses in Paris, because she believes that millinery is an accessory to fashion and to obtain the best idea of new trends hats must be shown with frocks to get a complete follow-through and tie-up between the two. At their packed shows, with standing room only, Path and Dior were selling hats they designed, faster than many well known Paris millinery houses, Fath's favourite line was the becoming 'wing treatment,' which he achieved by a profile flattering side swing of material jutting out almost 10 inches from the face. This was completely different to the side drape already seen in Australia. Dior, as a direct contrast, was specialising in skull hats, which almost followed the hair line, to show very little hair at the back of the head. His cocktail hats were heavily sequinned and beaded. Every model was designed exclusively for short hair, and Miss Prentice, whose own hair is beautifully short cut by a Paris hairdresser, said that French mannequins' hair was so abbreviated at the back it was almost a semi-shingle. Hats generally she found were plain, with sharply angled self trimming, and black one of the most popular colours." The hat was donated by Kathleen Gervasoni, a resident of Kew, and during the 1970s a Mayoress of the former City of Kew.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label, inside centre crown, woven in black on white polyester: *ann austin / OF MELBOURNE

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Archive File - Boroondara Historical Societies Association

Archive file containing Correspondence, documents (minutes, agendas, financial statements etc.,) relating to the Boroondara Historical Societies Association. The historical societies of Kew, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Canterbury and Surrey Hills agreed, following amalgamation in 1994 to form an umbrella group, to represent their joint interests to the new Council. A newspaper article/clipping dated 2012 noted that the group was being reconstituted. From the evidence in the file, Balwyn Historical Society was not a foundation member

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.

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Programme - The Maid of the Mountains / by Harold Fraser-Simson

Key words

arthur dear collection
kew light opera company, kew recreation hall, theatre - victoria, theatre - kew
the maid of the mountains, harold fraser-simson

Theatre programme for a production of The Maid of the Mountains in the Kew Recreation Hall by the Kew Light Opera Company. The 4-page programme includes a cast list and a synopsis.

Historical information

The Kew Light Opera Company was formed in 1952. Its first production, held in the Kew Recreation Hall was Leslie Stuart's Florodora. In 1957, the Company was subsumed in the "Q" Theatre Guild.

Significance

The Arthur Dear Collection is a comprehensive collection of theatrical ephemera relating to performances by theatrical and musical organisations from within and outside the former City of Kew who typically performed at venues in Kew during the 1950s and 1960s.

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Costume - Camisole

Key words

fashion and textiles collection - kew historical society
lace
women's clothing
australian fashion
underwear
lingerie

White cotton voile puff sleeved camisole with four engraved pearl buttons. Neck edged with an edging lace and narrow tape. Sleeves finished with two rows of pin tucking and edging lace. Insertion and tape lace at neckline.

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Costume - Evening Dress: Green Crepe

Key words

australian fashion
evening dresses
evening wear
fashion and textiles collection - kew historical society
women's clothing

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.

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Presentation Wallet - Brown Leather, Grace Thake, East Kew Women's Club, 1945

Key words

community clubs - kew (vic)
women's clubs - kew (vic)
east kew women's club
grace thake
presentation wallets

Brown leather wallet, dated 1945, embossed with the owner's name and information about the club of which she was the founding president.

Historical information

On Saturday 17 May 1947, an article on page 25 of the Australian Women’s Weekly reported on the formation of a new women's club: the East Kew Women’s Community Club. The article reads: "Wives and mothers in a Melbourne suburb, East Kew, have formed the East Kew Women's Community Club. While babies and young children are under the supervision of a play leader, wives and mothers follow up their own interests. The club caters for varying tastes, has musical appreciation, drama, and "Keep Fit" classes. President Mrs. Grace Thake says that the club hopes soon to have tennis, debating, and discussion groups. The club originated from a debate, "Should women take an active part in social and civic affairs?" Two days later their interest in these matters was proved by the forming of the club, which took for its motto: "To help others, improve ourselves, and foster the community spirit." Membership is open to all women, regardless of age, politics, and religion, and aims to co-operate with all societies working for the improvement of health and cultural standards."

Significance

The East Kew Women's Community Club, also called the East Kew Women's Community Club functioned from c. 1947 to the end of the 1960s (to be verified). The records of the Club were placed with Kew Historical Society to preserve them for posterity. The records and objects belonging to the East Kew Women's Community Club have significance socially for their capacity to illuminate women's associations in the post war period in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

"G Thake | Founder EKWC | 1945 To help others | Improve ourselves | Foster the community spirit"

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Photograph - Electricity Supply Poles, Warrigal Road, Holmesglen, 1965.

Key words

stuart tompkins studio
warrigal road (holmesglen) 1965
street lighting

Electricity Supply Poles, Warrigal Road, Holmesglen, 1965. Stuart Tompkins Studio provided this photograph for the Kew City Council. The photograph of Warrigal Road, north of Holmesglen looking north depicts wooden poles with bracket light fittings. These were the same as those proposed for Kew, except the lights and fittings were not to be 350 watt. Mercury lamps were preferred. [There are three copies of this photograph in the Collection.]

Historical information

Research provided by Stuart Tompkins Studio, Box Hill, into alternatives for median strip street lighting to be used in Burke Road, Kew. The photographers identified variants in different suburbs appropriate to Kew's needs.

Significance

The series from which the photograph is drawn provides a snapshot by a commercial photographic studio of each named vicinity in 1965 as well as providing examples of public works infrastructure being commissioned by local government in the 1960s. The photos originally formed part of the Engineering Department's files in the City of Kew before being donated to the kew Historical Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed inscription on reverse: "Electricity Supply Poles. Photographed for Kew City Council 8/2/65. No.3 Warrigal Road - North of Holmesglen looking north. Wooden poles with bracket fittings same as those proposed for Kew except lights and fittings are not for 250 watt c. c. mercury lamps proposed. Wooden pole 3' up 11 3/4" dia." Studio stamp: "Stuart Tompkins Studio. 547 Station Street, Box Hill. WX1439."

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Artwork - River Yarra Near Dights Falls, circa 1892 / by Herbert James Woodhouse

Key words

australian art - 19th century
herbert james woodhouse (1854-1937)
yarra river - studley park

Oil painting on board by Herbert James Woodhouse of the Yarra at Studley Park, circa 1892, possibly the painting described below in Table Talk. It would appear that the city of Melbourne is on the horizon. The exact location may however be difficult to ascertain given the changes to the landscape caused by the creation of the Eastern Freeway, which included changes to the course of the Yarra.

Historical information

Herbert James Woodhouse (1854-1937) was born in Essex and arrived in Australia with his family in 1857. A painter-lithographer like his father and three of his brothers, he was a prizewinner in the South Australian Society of Arts exhibition of 1885. He also received commendations in exhibitions at the Victorian Academy of Arts and the New South Wales Arts Society. At an exhibition of his paintings at Scott’s Hotel in Collins Street in 1892, the reviewer for Table Talk noted that the ‘artist paints almost solely in the open air, and his studies are generally carried out during the trips of the Victorian Sketching Club’. One of the paintings singled out for praise was: ‘A very effective river scene at Willsmere, aptly named A Midstream Mirror, ... a picture powerful in its effective reflection of sunlight in the river.’ Herbert Woodhouse died in Geelong in June 1937, aged 82, and was buried in the Eastern Cemetery. A number of his sketchbooks are held in the collection of the State Library of Victoria.

Significance

The artwork is historically and aesthetically significant in its 19th century depiction of the Yarra at Studley Park.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso, written by artist: "River Yarra Near Dights Falls"

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Artwork - Villa, Mountain Grove [Kew] / by Joy Stewart

Key words

joy stewart
artists - kew (vic)

Pencil, pen and ink drawing of a Victorian villa in Mountain Grove, Kew by the artist Joy Stewart.

Historical information

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: "Mountain Grove, Kew"

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew