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The Stonnington History Centre is an archive dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the City of Stonnington and the former cities of Malvern and Prahran. The centre is a branch of the Stonnington Library and Information Service and is housed at Northbrook, located behind the Malvern Library.

The centre’s collection includes books, journal articles, photographs, Malvern building plans, maps, subdivision plans, rate records, newspapers, research notes, and general local history information. The online catalogue is a descriptive index to the collection which also includes scans of most photographs and some full text documents. Both Malvern Historical Society and Prahran Historical and Arts Society refer enquiries to the centre as they do not maintain separate local history collections. There is no separate Stonnington Historical Society.

Requests for information are welcome. Please note that fees apply for some services.

Donations of relevant material are invited from community organisations, businesses and individuals.

For further information, please contact us.


Lesley portrait Chapel Street's rise to Fashion Street of Dreams

Lesley Sharon Rosenthal, writer and researcher, will provide an entertaining overview of how Chapel Street rose to be the pioneering pinnacle of Australian fashion.

Wednesday 26 July
10am - 11am
Northbrook Pop-up Gallery, 1257 High Street Malvern (at the rear of the Stonnington History Centre, behind Malvern Library)

Book online or telephone 8290 1360.

Streets postcard front Exhibition - Streets where we live - now closed

This extremely popular exhibition Streets where we live: From Crown land to conservation - has now closed.

Check back for news on our upcoming exhibitions later in the year.


Green Street house

Who's been sleeping in my Stonnington home?

Have you ever wondered who walked the hallway floorboards before you? Or maybe you'd like to know the year that your house was built. and whether it has ever been extended?

Stonnington's History Centre can answer all these questions and more about a house or commercial property in the area, with My Stonnington Home Research Portfolio. For a fee of $280 we will compile a summary report and copies of historic documents (which may include photographs or building plans if available), delivered in a presentation folder.

See our page on researching houses and properties for more information and an order form. You can also purchase a gift certificate for this service from any of Stonnington's libraries.

Latest acquisitions

The History Centre recently received material relating to the Bodnar family, who established a tailoring business in Chapel Street; old class photographs of Lloyd Street School and Prahran State Schools; additions to the collection of material relating to East Malvern Tennis Club and St Andrews Gardiner Cricket Club; and a collection of De La Salle College's Lasallian Roll Call newsletters. A list of items added to our catalogue in the last month can be found here.

The Stonnington History Centre is on Pinterest 

Discover more of the history of Stonnington through our Stonnington History Centre Pinterest.