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Greensborough Historical Society Victoria

The European settlement of Greensborough was from 1839 onward. The Society's aim is to collect, catalogue and preserve the history and heritage of Greensborough and its environs from the earliest records to the present time. Whilst called Greensborough Historical Society, its coverage is not limited to that area alone and includes Greensborough, Watsonia, Macleod, Montmorency, Briar Hill, Lower Plenty and Bundoora.

Contact Information

location
34 Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty Victoria (map)
phone
+61 9439 5454
Contact

Opening Hours

Each Thursday 10:00am to 3:00pm NOTE: Reopened for 2016 on 14th January 2016. Saturday afternoon once a month. See website for dates.

Entry Fee

No charge; membership fees available on website

Location

34 Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty Victoria

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The Greensborough Historical Society Inc collection focuses on historical and current information relating to Greensborough and surrounding areas, including the former Shire of Diamond Valley. Information is from mid-1840 to the current time. Items include artifacts, photographs, documents, oral histories, maps, school yearbooks and uniforms, books and collected current newspaperr clippings relevant to the area. There is a large digital collection of photographs.

Significance

The collection has historical significance in that it brings together information relating to the settlement of Greensborough and district from the mid 1840s. The Greensborough Historical Society Inc was formed in 2010 to collect, preserve and catalogue the history and heritage of the area from earliest records.

Cameron Auty 6 January 2015 10:01 AM

Hi Greensborough HS, we've really enjoyed the photos you put up over the holidays. They give a wonderful insight into the history of your region. Keep up the good work. VC Admin.

Kim Lobb 1 April 2018 4:59 PM

Hi, my name is Kim Lobb, i am the daughter of Lynn Lobb and the grand daughter of Olive Lobb who originally owned Lobb's kiosk i was wondering if anyone has photos of my dad when he attended Greensborough Primary school or Watsonia Tech. Thank you for you time. Kim

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5957 items

Photograph - Digital image - St Katherine's Church St Helena: Gates to Church grounds.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

St Katherine's Church St Helena dates from 1858. The Church was built by Major Anthony Beale in memory of his wife Katherine Rose Beale. These photographs show the gates at the entrance to the grounds of the church.

Newspaper clipping - Centre expansion lures big brands

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Uni Hill Factory Outlets, Bundoora, announces its expansion and new retailers.

Ration card - Clothing ration card

Greensborough Historical Society,

Printed in red on white, comprising 56 coupons

Historical information

Rationing of food, clothing and many other consumables was introduced during World War 2 in Australia. Each adult received 112 coupons per annum for clothing from 12 June 1942. Rationing of clothing was abolished 6 years later. This card would have represented 6 months of coupons.

Inscriptions & Markings

Issued to H. J. Black, Bundoora

Newspaper Clipping - School maintains close ties with RSL.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping, black and white text and image.

Historical information

Watsonia Primary School has close ties with the Watsonia RSL and Simpson Barracks School of Music.

Photograph - Digital image - Heritage Walk, October 2014.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Group of Greensborough Historical Society members and friends on the Heritage Walk through Greensborough 2014. More photos of this event can be found at the GHS Resource Centre.

Photograph - Digital image - Well at The Citadel, Cairo

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph of the well at the Citadel, Cairo.

Inscriptions & Markings

"well at the Citadel Cairo"

Photograph - Digital image - Old Fire Extinguishers

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Photograph of old fire fighting equipment.

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia Car Show November 2015

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of 3 colour photographs.

Historical information

Three photographs of cars and crowd at the 2015 Watsonia Car Show, held in the Watsonia Station carpark on November 21.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1969 Form 3CA

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1969 Form 3CA

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1969 Form 3CA

Photograph - Digital image - Medhurst 4

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01775.01776.01777.01778 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Members of the Medhurst family, descendants of David Medhurst who moved to Greensborough around 1898 and ran a store in Grimshaw Street. He also wrote for the local paper.

Article - Henry Edward Smith

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Henry Edward Smith and his service in World War 1. Henry Smith was born in Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - Woodchop

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of a wood chop competition. [Refer to Herb Medhurst in a woodchop team photo of c1912]

Photograph - Digital image - Bridge and path

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a bridge and path. The location of this scene is not known..

Advertising Leaflet - 20 Sugar Gum Boulevard Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Real Estate advertising leaflet,1 sheet folded into 4 pages, printed in colour both sides.

Historical information

20 Sugar Gum Boulevard Greensborough. 4 bedroom house. October 2017 for $1,210,000. Previous sales: September 2005 for $325,000.

Article - Vivian Thomas

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Vivian Thomas and his service in World War 1. Vivian Thomas is remembered on the Greensborough State School Honor Board.

Photograph - Digital image - Margaret and John Finn

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Margaret and John Finn (in uniform). John Finn was born in 1909. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Newspaper Clipping - Tradies targeted

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Tradies who visit drive through bottle shops are being targeted in a new police operation throughout Nillumbik.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1987 Year 12 VCE

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1987 Year 12 VCE

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1987 Year 12 VCE

Photograph - Digital image - John McLaughlin's home in Fairy Hill South Morang [distant view]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs copied from the late Shirley Fraser (nee Black), also descendant of the McLaughlin and Whatmough family. This photograph shows John McLaughlin's home Fairy Hill in South Morang.

Trophy - Snowy - with thanks Darryl

Greensborough Historical Society,

Silver presentation cup with handle. Has a medallion with CUB embossed on it.

Historical information

Presented to Alan (Snowy) Partington who trained Darryl Henderson in athletics. The 1975c date was supplied by Gary Partington on 13/7/2017.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved: "To Snowy, thanks, Darryl"

Article - Harold Creighton

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Harold Creighton and his service in World War 1. Harold Creighton was born in Bundoora.

Photograph - Digital image - Monument at Khartoum

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a monument in Khartoum, Egypt.

Inscriptions & Markings

This photograph has no caption

Photograph - Digital image - St Katherine's Church St Helena: Window 6.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

St Katherine's Church St Helena dates from 1858. The Church was built by Major Anthony Beale in memory of his wife Katherine Rose Beale. This photograph shows one of the stained glass windows, dedicated to Luther Maplestone.

Article - William John Ewart White

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William John Ewart White and his service in World War 1. William White lived in Greensborough.

Photographs - Lower Plenty Hall

Greensborough Historical Society,

Collection of 3 colour photographs

Historical information

Views of Lower Plenty Hall prior to its demolition to make way for a carpark, near the corner of Para Road and Main Road Lower Plenty.

Photograph - Digital image - Keith Luxford graduating early 1950s.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Keith Luxford graduating early 1950s with Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Advertisement - Digital image - Watson's of Greensborough, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Watson's of Greensborough, 108 Main Street Greensborough,1973.

Photograph - Digital image - Mates return from war

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of a group of men 'returning from war'. Back row [marked with red tick] is Jack Partington.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1959 Grade 4

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1959 Grade 4

Inscriptions & Markings

caption on second image

Map - A Guide to the Western Front

Greensborough Historical Society,

Double sided col. maps, with notes of battles, military leaders, cemeteries and other features of World War 1 Western Front.

Historical information

Notes of battles, military leaders, cemeteries and other features of World War 1 Western Front.

Photograph - Digital Image - Baron Empain Palace, Egypt 1916

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 03972-03987 Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

A digital copy of Baron Empain Palace in Egypt. Taken by Private Samuel Rich in 1916.

Photograph - Digital image - Dorris and Myrtle McLaughlin

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs copied from the late Shirley Fraser (nee Black), also descendant of the McLaughlin family. This photograph shows Dorris McLaughlin (b1899) and Myrtle McLaughlin.

Newspaper Clipping - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 gets a new shine

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping, black text and photograph.

Historical information

Article about a major renovation of Briar Hill Primary School in the 1990s, Principal Glenn White.

Newspaper Clipping (digital image) - St Helena and Diamond Creek Roads - No reason to uproot trees

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper article, black text.

Historical information

A Letter to the Editor complaining about the removal of trees near the corner of Diamond Creek Road and St Helena Road [1973]

Newspaper Clipping - Tunnel vision revealed

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Victoria's largest underground two-way tunnel could be built in Banyule if initial designs for the North East Link go ahead.

Photograph - Ivy Medhurst (1896-1972)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00190:00369:00806 Black and white studio portrait of young woman in dark dress.

Historical information

Daughter of David and Martha Medhurst.

Significance

A member of the Medhurst family, Greensborough pioneers

Inscriptions & Markings

In pan on back: Ivy Medhurst, Born 1896-1972, age 76. Daughter of David and Martha Medhurst

Advertisement - Digital image - A.B.Watson 1967

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for A.B.Watson, car sales and repairs of Main Street Greensborough, 1967

Significance

Part of a collection of historic advertisements from local newspapers, showing local businesses from the mid 20th century.

Newspaper Clipping - Protest on State centre

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article, text only. Word document with research notes on item.

Historical information

The Institute of Social Welfare, Watsonia operated on the Loyola Seminary campus 1973-74, which was purchased by the Probation and Training Division to run certificate courses for social workers and others. There was a proposal to establish a periodic detention centre on the site in November 1973, against which there were protests by local residents.

School Magazine - Watsonia High School Kurnaji Yearbook 1988

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00271:00729 50 Pages (approx), Yellow cover with black writing "Memories of the 'class' of 88", Title "Kurnaji" actually not shown or used. Headmaster / Principal – Mr. Michael Blake

Historical information

Depicts events and attitudes, primarily of students as they go through their adolescent years in the late 1980's.

Significance

A permanent record of Who attended Watsonia High School - both student and teacher in 1988 - includes photographs

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes Roll Call section with names of all students. Copy 2: Item 729, donated by Rosie Bray.

Photograph - Digital image - Two local women

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows two local women..

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Newspaper Clipping - Death notice: Louis Amiet 1932

Greensborough Historical Society,

Downloaded copy of death notice.

Historical information

Louis Amiet was the head master at Greensborough State School. Newspaper Death notice from Melbourne Argus.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of William Haylock Poulter and Mary Alice Poulter, and their children Ruby O. Poulter and James W. Poulter, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01877.01923.01952 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of William Haylock Poulter (died 20/03/1934), Mary Alice Poulter (died 28/6/1936), Ruby Olive Poulter (died 31/5/1917) and James William Poulter (killed in action France 4/10/1918) in Plot# A5/A6 Greensborough Cemetery.

Significance

Greensborough Cemetery was created when land was given for the cemetery by Mr William Poulter, a local settler, about 1864. The cemetery holds the graves of many early settlers in the district.

Photograph - Digital image - Jessie Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Jessie Partington was born at Willis Vale in 1911 and worked around the farm at Willis Vale. Here she is formally dressed for a function, possibly taken on 8th March 1954 in acceptance of invitation to meet Queen Elizabeth.

Certificate (Framed) - Veteran Partnering Hospital (Diamond Valley Mercy Hospital)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Blue and white certificate with black text in black frame.

Historical information

The Diamond Valley Community Hospital was established in 1942 in Grimshaw Street Greensborough. Due to financial circumstances, the hospital closed in 2000. During this time, the Hospital was involved in many community activities and partnerships.

Significance

As the Diamond Valley Community Hospital is now closed, this collection records some of the activities involved.

Inscriptions & Markings

Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs Veteran Partnering Hospital. This is to certify that the Repatriation Commission, through the Department of Veterans' Affairs has contracted Diamond Valley Mercy Hospital as a Veteran Partnering Provider for the Provision of Health Services to Veterans in Victoria. ... This agreement is valid for the period to 31 October 2003.

Photograph - Digital image - Rod Laver and Frank Sedgman with Watson Holden

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Tennis greats Rod Laver and Frank Sedgman with Watson Holden. Cars were made available to transport players during the Australian Open.

Photograph - Annie May Medhurst [as infant]

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 photographs of infant Annie May Medhurst. Smaller photo is a studio portrait of child sitting in hay. Larger photo is a postcard of infant sitting on small chair.

Historical information

Studio portraits of Annie May Medhurst as an infant.

Significance

Annie May was born into the Medhurst family and later married into the Partington family, both pioneer Greensborough families.

Inscriptions & Markings

Small photo, front: Allan 270 Smith Street Collingwood. On backAnnie May Medhurst (Partington) 1884-1965. Faye's G'mother Larger photo, back: Annie May Partington. Auntie Dolly. Melinda's G.Grandmother.

Newspaper clipping - Grounds for protection

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Watsonia Heights Football Club could fold in 2016 unless its ground at Gabonia Reserve was repaired.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1971 Form 4CE

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white copy of a school photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows a Watsonia High School class from 1971.

Significance

Watsonia High School was a local educational facility that was closed in 1989. Greensborough Secondary College opened in 1990 which merged Watsonia High and Watsonia Technical School students together.

Plaque (Digital Image) - Briar Hill Primary School, Banyule Festival Parade Award 1997

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photo

Historical information

Photo of Briar Hill Primary School Banyule Festival Parade Award 1997

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Heights Primary School WH4935 1977 Grade 4B

Greensborough Historical Society,

A colour photograph of Watsonia Heights Primary School 1977 Grade 4B

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia Heights Primary School 1977 Grade 4B