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. Malvern Historical Society refers enquiries to the centre as it does not maintain a separate local history collection. 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.


Sports exhibition postcardExhibition: Well played!

Discover stories of local sporting heroes and learn how our favourite games have changed over the decades, in this latest exhibition by the Stonnington History Centre.

With a former international grand slam tennis venue at Kooyong, one of the nation’s oldest ongoing sporting clubs, the Malvern Harriers, and Prahran Football Club continuing to produce players for our national game, there’s plenty of history still to be made in Stonnington’s sporting arena.

This exhibition includes sporting memorabilia, photographs, new and old uniforms and sporting equipment, trophies and ephemera, drawn from the History Centre's collection or on loan. Clubs that have generously contributed items to the exhibition include: Chadstone Lacrosse Club, Malvern Baseball Club, Malvern Bowling Club, Malvern Cricket Club, Malvern Harriers, Malvern Lacrosse Club, Malvern Marlins, Melbourne High School Old Boys Hockey Clubs, Power House Rowing Club, Prahran Cricket Club, Prahran Football Club, Prahran Netball Association, Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club, St Andrew’s Gardiner Cricket Club and South Yarra Cricket Club.

Exhibition hours:
17 October – 10 November 2019
Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 5pm
Sunday 2pm - 5pm

Stonnington History Centre Exhibition Space, 1257 High Street, Malvern (behind Malvern Library and adjacent to Malvern Cricket Ground)


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The Stonnington History Centre is a proud supporter of the 2019 Victorian Seniors Festival. Please see our Events page for more information.

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History Matters: Family history for beginners

Do you want to find out where you came from? Would you like to trace your family history but don’t know where to start? Join us for a beginner’s session that will show you how to start your genealogical hunt. You will learn how to: focus your search; find information; record and organise your research; and more.

Wednesday 27 November, 5.30-6.30pm

Free event. Bookings required. Book online or telephone 8290 1360.

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Family History Club 

Curious about your ancestors? Whether you are a beginner or an experienced family history researcher, come and join our friendly monthly group where you can meet with fellow enthusiasts and explore the many genealogy resources available at the Stonnington History Centre. 

First Wednesday of the Month, 2pm-4pm: 6 November, 4 December. No bookings required.

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By our Deeds: Reflections on terms in the Mayoral Office - full interviews now available

A series of interviews were conducted in 2016 by journalist Andrew Dodd with nine former mayors of the municipality of Stonnington, and the former municipalities of Prahran and Malvern. Those interviewed were Ann Morrow (the first female mayor of Malvern), Chris GahanJohn ChandlerBarry FentonAnne O’SheaRay LangLeonie Hemingway (nee Burke), Melina Sehr and the late Claude Ullin.

The interviews provide an insight into the nature of the tier of government that is most accountable to voters. The experiences of those who sit in the mayoral office is revealed through the stories they tell of the issues that brought them into council, of the torrid times during municipal amalgamation and the many battles lost and won.

Our By our Deeds page features podcasts of the full interviews with some participants.

Green Street houseWho'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 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 a large collection of advertising flyers from a local real estate agent.

The Stonnington History Centre is on Pinterest 

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