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The St Kilda Historical Society Inc. is a non-profit organisation that was established in 1970 to foster interest and research into the history of St Kilda, Elwood and the surrounding areas.We are affiliated with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, a member of Museums Australia and Museums Australia (Vic)

Next Event

Neil BlakeThursday 8 May at 6.30pm
EcoCentre, corner of Blessington and Herbert Streets St Kilda

History of the Port Phillip EcoCentre

Neil Blake OAM long standing director of the EcoCentre and Port Phillip Baykeeper will speak about his involvement in local, open spaces and habitat management since 1985 He has developed an extensive knowledge of the regional environment and he will speak of local and natural heritage, ecology and environmental management and design and community action.

Members free. Non-members $5. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

e-News                          

MARCH 2014

EMERALD HILL HERITAGE CENTRE

The Port Phillip Heritage program has organised a session as an Introduction To Prov which will be an introduction to researching the Public Records Office of Victoria collection, taking a look at simple and advamced searching methods, searching within a series, searching online indexes the basics of ordering records and what you can view online. It is being held on Tuesday 11 March 2-14 from 6 - 8 pm at the Heritahe Centre, 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne. BOOKING ESSENTIAL 9209 6496 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to make a booking. The Heritage Centre has many events of interest and details can be found here 

If any member has any ideas for our meetings  do let us know.

JANUARY 2014

EMERALD HILL HERITAGE CENTRE

City of Port Phillip has opened the Emerald Hill Heritage Centre at 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne . It is in the Library building opposite South Melbourne Town Hall. The opening hours are: Monday 10 - 6 / Tuesday 2-6 / Wednesday 2-6 / Thursday 12 - 6 / Friday 10 - 6 / Saturday 10 - 2 / Sunday Closed. The nearest tram  is Route 112 stop 128 on C;arendon Street. The Local History Room at St KIlda Library is now closed so all enquiries should be directed to the Heritage Centre. The Cebtre will give access to historic and digital records, an image collection ,free  access to a library edition of Ancestry  to research family history so if you are researching your family or the history of your home the centre is the place to go. They are holding walks during the year and also talks. I will try and keep you updated with details so that you can attend if you wish to do so. Details of the Heritage Centre can be found here. If you do any research about St Kilda or its residents or houses the St Kilda Historical Society would appreciate a copy of your research for our records. The Heritage team of Sandra Khazam, Anne Scambary and Kay Rowan will give you a warm welcome and assist you.

FEBRUARY 2014 EVENT

Our first event of 2014 is a walk along the Esplanade by Patricia Convery to visit sites of St Kilda Theatres and talk of their history. It will be on Sunday 23 February at 3pm. The maximum number of places is 25 so booking is essential. Bookings to be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The meeting place will be given on booking. Full details are on the Talks page of our website www.stkildahistory.org.au.  

ALBERT JACKA MEMORIAL SERVICE 2014

Every year  a memorial service is held  at the grave in St Kilda Cemetery of Albert Jacka VC, the first Australian winner of the Victoria Cross and after the war a councillor and Mayor  of St Kilda. This years  service is on Sunday 19 January 1014 at 2pm, followed by tea at St Kilda Town Hall from 3pm

EVENTS FOR 2014

Patricia and I are working on our program for the year and will send it to you as soon as possible. If you have any ideas for a speaker or a walk do let us know as we welcome your input.

If you have any research you have about St Kilda people or houses the Society welcomes any donations to add to our collection. With the Gallipoli campaign in 2015 being  remembered we are looking for St Kilda men and women who went to war and if anyone has a history of a relative who service in World War 1 we would like to have the information as over 3000 men and women from St Kilda went to war. We would  like to put a display in the Library during April 2015 If you have any news you would like added to otr e bulletin do send it to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.