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Canterbury History Group

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The Canterbury History Group welcomes anyone interested in the history of Canterbury. We seek to promote, collect and preserve our community’s history.


The Canterbury History Group was formed in 1985 to promote interest and research in Canterbury’s history. This is achieved by collecting and preserving items of historical interest, producing and publishing historical material, and arranging meetings that focus on matters of local interest.

Our History Group

  • holds regular meetings and excursions;
  • has published leaflets and a book on local history;
  • has placed historical plaques on significant buildings within Canterbury village;
  • has assembled an archive of photographs and prepared records that are currently being made more accessible through a web database and via our Facebook group.

Lovers of history will see that we have been active with our Facebook site, having almost 600 members and engaging a lot of new people in the history of Canterbury. The pleasing thing is that many of the people on the site are young and passionate. The site has covered many different aspects of Canterbury history and received numerous photos, insights, comments and memories.

We can positively report that our request for a large Community Strengthening grant from the City of Boroondara and the Rotary Club of Balwyn has been successful. These grants are funded by the proceeds of the Rotary Sunday Market in Camberwell. Our grant will pay for publishing of the late Don Gibb’s long-awaited history of Canterbury until the 1950’s. This will be a book to look forward to in 2019. Part of the grant includes a book launch involving the whole Canterbury community.

On our Facebook site we looked at the incredible Empire Day nights that were held in Canterbury. These events were kicked off in 1908 and usually included amazing fairylight displays and decorations of Chinese lanterns as well as fireworks. It was a day when the whole community gathered at Canterbury Gardens, marches occurred and speeches with bands playing. Maypole dances were often a feature and the suburb was united for this event. Families would have dinner at home and then ensure they were dressed in their finest, to walk out in the evening to this Empire Day celebration. This event occurred each year until circa the 1950s when it was abandoned.

Meetings and Excursions

Planned Meetings for 2019: to be held in the Memorial Home Meeting Room Cnr Keats St and Canterbury Rd on the 4th Monday of the month at 8.00 pm.
Monday 25th February 2019 our AGM.
Monday 25th March,
Monday 22nd April,
Monday 27th May,
Monday 24th June
July- August winter recess with no meetings
Monday 23rd September

Membership is open to all those interested in the history of Canterbury, Victoria

Neil Curry

We look forward to seeing members and friends at our meetings and excursions.

Visitors are always very welcome.

Meetings at Memorial Home Units Meeting Room
Cnr Keats Street and Canterbury Road
Canterbury, Victoria
Meet: 8:00pm on 4th Monday of the month
Winter recess: July to August
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