Stonnington History Centre

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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.


News

Streets postcard front Exhibition - Streets where we live: From Crown land to conservation

From the subdivision of the land to the creation of our residential streets, discover the evolution of our urban landscape through maps, mansions and the modern.

Wednesday 8 March - Saturday 8 April
Gallery hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 12-5pm

Northbrook Pop-up Gallery, 1257 High Street Malvern (at the rear of the Stonnington History Centre, behind Malvern Library)

Guided tours of the History Centre at 3pm during gallery hours.

Andrew Dodd Profiles of the former Mayors of Prahran, Malvern and Stonnington

Andrew Dodd is the Program Director of Journalism at Swinburne University. As part of the Oral History Project, Andrew has interviewed past councillors of the City of Stonnington and the former cities of Malvern and Prahran. Andrew will provide an overview of the oral history process.

Wednesday 19 April
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.


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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 $270 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 photographs of the demolition of 241 Toorak Road and the Capitol Bakeries building next door, on the corner of Chapel Street, South Yarra; photographs of the Wright family, who operated a farm and carrier's business in Prahran in the nineteenth century; and photos of the Lonergan family. Photographs of Malvern councilors from 1992/93, and of the Austin family have also been recently digitised. A list of items added to our catalogue in the last month can be found here.


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