Timeline

1800–1850

1803: The Charles Grimes survey party moves beyond Dight’s Falls into what was to become Studley Park [R8, p13].

1845: The first (successful) and second sale of Crown land in Kew [R1, p17].

1846: A third sale of Crown land in Kew [R1, p17].

1847: A fourth sale of Crown land in Kew [R1, p17].

 

1850–1900

1851: Hawthorn Bridge at the end of Bridge Road is constructed to cross the Yarra River [R2/ p41].
A fifth and sixth sale of Crown land in Kew  [R1, p17]. Fenwick purchases Allotment 87 as the site for the Village of Kew [R8, p13].

1853: The first retail shop opens in Kew [R8, p13].

1854: The Boroondara Roads District, covering Kew, Hawthorn and Camberwell is proclaimed [R8, p13].

1856: The Boroondara Roads Board is established [R1, p19]. A provisional Post Office is opened at Kew [R8, p13].

1857: Studley Park Bridge (Penny Bridge) at end of Church Street opens [R1/p72]. It is removed in 1878 [R1, p73].

1858: The ‘New Bridge’ at Johnston Street to Kew is opened. Suffering from dry rot, it requires continual repairs [R1, p73]. Bonwick’s A Sketch of Boroondara is published [R8, p14].

1859: The site of Boroondara Cemetery is proclaimed [R1/p114] and the first burial takes place [R8, p14].

1860: Hawthorn, and subsequently Kew, secedes from the Boroondara Road District to form separate municipalities [R8, p14].

1861: The population of Kew reaches 1,439 (Males 711, Females 728). Kew has 279 inhabited dwellings [R3].
A new Hawthorn Bridge is opened [R2, p41]. The South Bourke Standard, the first newspaper in the area, begins publication. [It ceases publication in 1873]. [R8, p14].

1863: Kew is proclaimed a Borough [R8, p14]. Major flooding of the Yarra River [R1, p73].

1864: A 340-acre site is reserved at Kew for the construction of a mental hospital [R8, p14].

1866: The first kerosene street lamps are installed in Kew [R8, p14].

1869: Gas supplies are extended across the Yarra to Kew [R8, p14].

1871: The population of Kew reaches 2,430 (Males 1,146, Females 1,284) [R4].

1876: The Melbourne Omnibus Company starts a horse drawn bus service from Hawthorn Bridge to Kew [R1, p44].
An iron-span bridge replaces the wooden ‘New Bridge’ at Johnston Street [R1, p73]; it is replaced in 1958 [R1, p73].

1878: A mains water supply from Yan Yean Reservoir is extended into Kew [R8, p14].

1881: The population of Kew reaches 4,288 (Males 2,072, Females 2,216). Kew has 565 inhabited dwellings [R5].

1882: The Kew and Hawthorn Express newspaper begins publication. It ceases publication in 1909.
The Boroondara Standard newspaper begins publication. It ceases publication in 1897.

1884: The Victoria Street Bridge opens [R1, p72].

1887: A horse tram service from Victoria Bridge to the Kew Cemetery opens [R1, p44].
The Hawthorn to Kew railway line opens [R1, p44] with stations at Kew and Barkers Road [R8, p14].

1888: The Kew Post Office, Court House and Police Station are built [R2, p17].
The Kew Mercury newspaper begins publication. [It ceases publication in 1911]  [R1, p145].

1891: The population of Kew reaches 8,462 (Males 4,011, Females 4,451). Kew has 1,331 inhabited dwellings [R6].
The southern portion of the new Outer Circle Railway Line is officially opened [R8, p15].
Major flooding of the Yarra River [R8, p15].

1892: The Borough of Kew is subdivided into five wards: [North, Prospect, Studley Park, Central and College] [R8, p15].

1893: The first purpose-built fire station is built in Walpole Street [R8, p15].

1895: The walls and gates of the Boroondara (Kew) Cemetery are completed [R1, p114].

 

1900–1950

1901: The population of Kew reaches 9,469 (Males 4,354, Females 5,115). Kew has 1,586 inhabited dwellings [R7].

1910: The population of Kew reaches 9,820. Kew has 2,100 inhabited dwellings [R2, p96].
Kew is gazetted as a Town [R1, p9].
Kew Council makes a request for electric tramlines in the township [R1, p44].

1912–24: A series of electric tramlines are constructed throughout Kew [R1, pp44–46].

1915: The tram tracks from Victoria Bridge to the Boroondara Cemetery are completed [R1, p47].

1916: Major flooding of the Yarra River [R1, p94].

1921: The population of Kew reaches 17,382. Kew is gazetted as a City [R1, p9]. Major flooding of the Yarra River [R1, p94].

1923: Major flooding of the Yarra River [R1, p94].

1926: The Kew Advertiser newspaper begins publication [R1, p145].

1928: Kane’s [foot] Bridge, linking Yarra Bend (Fairfield) and Studley Park (Kew), is built [R1, p73].

1929: The Fairfield Railway Bridge is converted for road traffic and opened [R1, p74].

1934: Major flooding of the Yarra River [R1, p94].

1947: The population of Kew reaches 30,859.

1949: Kew Jewish Centre opens in Walpole Street [R8, p15].

 

1950–2000

1952: Discontinuation of passenger services on the Kew Branch Railway line (R8, p16].

1954: The population of Kew reaches 31,518.

1958: The Kew Railway line closes [R1/p44].
The New Johnston Street Bridge opens [R1/p73]

1959: The Kew Railway yards are dismantled and demolished [R1/p44].

1960: The new Kew City Hall is officially opened [R8, p16].
‘Tara Hall’ in Studley Park Road is demolished [R1/p100].
WD Vaughn’s Kew’s Civic Century is published [R8, p16].

1961: The population of Kew reaches 33,341.

1966: The population of Kew declines to 32,819 [R9, p797]. Kew has 9,404 inhabited dwellings [R2/p96]

1973: Dorothy Roger’s A History of Kew is published [R8, p16].

1976: The population of Kew declines to 29,683.

1986: The population of Kew declines to 28,162.

References
R1. Vaughan WD (1960);
R2. Rogers D (1973);
R3. Census of Victoria, 1861 (1863);
R4. Census of Victoria, 1871 (1874);
R5. Census of Victoria, 1881 (1883);
R6. Census of Victoria, 1891 (1893);
R7. Census of Victoria, 1901 (1904);
R8. Reeves S (2012);
R9. Victorian Year Book 1973.

 

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