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


Mayoral postcard front edited CH.jpgNow open: The Mayoral Office: more than robes and chains

Meet the mayors who have served the municipalities of Stonnington, Malvern and Prahran for more than 160 years. Discover the responsibilities that come with the Head of Local Government and how the Mayoral Office has evolved through time.

Exhibition opening: Thursday 5 October, 3pm - 5pm. Light refreshments provided.

Gallery hours: Thursdays - Saturdays, 12pm - 5pm, from 5 - 28 October

Afternoon Tea with a former Mayor
Thursday 12 October, 2pm - 3pm
Join a former Mayor for afternoon tea and hear about their time at Stonnington. Light refreshments provided. Book online or phone 8290 1360.

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


Willis family portrait

History Matters: 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 - 12pm
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.


History Matters: This Thread Is Strong

Trunk with clothes Maureen Hartley and Clare Larman discuss the role of oral history in our society and how items kindle memory, with particular reference to their forthcoming performances of This Thread Is Strong.

Wednesday 15 November
10am - 11am
Northbrook Pop-up Gallery, 1257 High Street Malvern (at the rear of the Stonnington History Centre, behind Malvern Library)

Book online or call 8290 1360. Bookings open at 10am on 2 October.

Upcoming exhibition: Opening Maggie's Trunk

Trunk with clothes

Neatly folded linen, carefully worked doilies and unworn silk nightdresses commonly made up a woman’s trousseau in preparation for marriage. This exhibition explores duty, loss, strength, custodianship and the expectations surrounding women in the early twentieth century.

In the two weeks preceding the performances of This Thread is Strong (see below), this exhibition by Violet & Rose productions reveals the contents of Maggie's trunk, along with the recorded stories (Community Conversations) from members of your local community telling of their precious item that can't be thrown away. 

Exhibition: 6 - 19 November 
Northbrook Pop-up Gallery, 1257 High Street Malvern (at the rear of the Stonnington History Centre, behind Malvern Library)


Upcoming theatre performances: This Thread is Strong 

Violet and Rose clothes '... oh you can't possibly throw it all away, there's still time ... remember this was your Aunt's, your Grandmother's lace, you just can't let it go ... not yet ...'. 
Opening an old trunk reveals an unused trousseau. Why, eighty years on, does Maggie's collection remain intact? An exploration of duty, expectations, loss, strength and custodianship. 

Devised and performed by Clare Larman and Maureen Hartley.
A Violet & Rose production.

Friday 17 November: 7.30pm
Saturday 18 November: 7.30pm
Sunday 19 November: 2pm 

Tickets: $25 full, $18 concession. Book now.


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.