Events

Events at the Stonnington History Centre

Discover Stonnington’s past with History Matters, a range of free workshops and presentations on a variety of history topics, led by Stonnington History Centre staff.

All sessions run from 10am until 11am. 
Bookings are required, and open at 10am on the first day of the month prior to the event.
All sessions take place at the Stonnington History Centre or at Northbrook Pop-Up Gallery, both at 1257 High Street, Malvern (behind Malvern Library), unless specified otherwise.

The City of Stonnington will be taking photographs and/or filming at events. Your image may be reproduced by the City of Stonnington in publications and/or promotional materials (including online publications), on its website and/or on social media. See www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/privacy-statement for further information.

Map of History Centre and Northbook


Malvern Town Hall 1885 History and architecture of the Malvern Town Hall

Discover the fascinating history and architecture of our major civic building. Learn about the unique features of this building and why it is now on the Victorian Heritage Register as a building of State Significance, with local architectural historian Cr Steve Stefanopoulos.

Wednesday 6 September
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.


Willis family portrait Research Family History

Learn about the many ways you can source family history online and the popular websites used. You’ll also see a demonstration of ancestry.com and how you can share this information with others.

Presented by Stay In Touch.

Wednesday 18 October
10am - 12noon
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. Bookings open at 10am on 1 September.


What's On at the Libraries 

Follow this link to see a list of other events held at Stonnington's Libraries, or download or print our What's On guide:

Whats On Program - July-December 2017(PDF, 3MB)


Past Events

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. Topics included: land subdivisions, architectural drawings, street names and numberings, floods, re-use and re-zoning, houses large and small, houses lost and some with heritage protections, and even a history of Northbrook, now home to the Stonnington History Centre.

A descriptive online exhibition catalogue will be available shortly.

Threads of History postcard Exhibition - Threads of History: Dressing Stonnington through time

Our second exhibition at the Northbrook Pop-Up Gallery – Threads of History: Dressing Stonnington through time – allowed visitors to wander through the work of the seamstress, the tailor, the fashion designer and tdiscover the clothing made and worn in Stonnington since the 1850s. A possum skin cloak, a wedding dress and exquisitely hand-stitched silk pyjamas were among some of our treasures never before seen on display.

A descriptive online exhibition catalogue is now available. 

History Matters postcard pic

Exhibition - History Matters: Treasures from Stonnington's Archives

Our first exhibition at the Northbrook Pop-Up Gallery – History Matters: Treasures from Stonnington's Archives – was a huge success, and hundreds of visitors shared their memories of the exhibits with us.

Although it has now closed, you can still view the descriptive exhibition catalogue here.