‘Old Hawthorn, Fresh Eyes’ by Hawthorn Historical Society – online exhibition

'Old Hawthorn, Fresh Eyes' is a community exhibition by the Hawthorn Historical Society, unpacking complex narratives and hidden stories that enrich our society.

Established in 1974, the Hawthorn Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the rich tapestry of the former City of Hawthorn. Featuring photographs, ephemera, original maps and postcards, and firsthand recollections, this exhibition delves into the intricate layers of our local history in an era of increasing globalisation.

Inspired by items from the Hawthorn Historical Society's expansive collection, 'Old Hawthorn, Fresh Eyes' demonstrates different individuals' profound connections with their surroundings and how the evolution of landscape, structures and heritage shape our collective identity. This exhibition underscores the significance of documenting our local history, celebrating the evolving narrative and enduring threads across generations that give our locale its rich character.

Image credit: Artist unknown, ‘Herman Magnus Grocer Shop Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn’, c. 1950, photograph, 63 x 83cm, image courtesy of Peter Smyth and Hawthorn Historical Society.

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