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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.

Trudy 8 July 2015 9:35 AM

I have a vintage glass dish which contains a photo of the old bluestone bridge titled "wading pool Greensborough" I would like to donate to the Greensborough Historical Society. Please call 0414 323 936 to arrange collection. Thank you.

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Brochure - St Katherine's Anglican Church St Helena 1858

Greensborough Historical Society,

One A4 page, folded in 3. Printed on buff coloured paper.

Historical information

Contains a history of St Katherine's Church St Helena, Major Anthony Beale and his wife Katherine Rose after whom the church and chapel are named. Includes current parish information and contacts. [Rev Di Nicolios become rector of St John's parish in Diamond Creek in 2002]

Significance

Background to this well known pioneer church.

Photograph - Digital image - Annie May with Jessie on cow

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Jessie Partington (on cow) and her mother Annie May Partington (nee Medhurst) at Willis Vale

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

Bereavement Cards - Charles Partington, died March 13th 1905.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 x black and white bereavement cards (possibly accompanied floral tributes).

Historical information

Charles Partington came to Greensborough with his family in the 1870s to farm along the Plenty River. Members of his family still live in the area.

Significance

A memory of a Greensborough pioneer, these cards are an example of bereavement cards iin the early 20th century

Inscriptions & Markings

"Sacred to the memory of Charles Partington who departed this life March 13th 1905. Aged 80 years and was later interred in the Strathallan Cemetery"

Photograph - Digital image - Wyn Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Wyn Leed was born in 1909. Her family moved to Greensborough to the Kiosk (now Diamond Valley Learning Centre) where she met Alan Partington. They married in Warragul in June 1933 and moved to Willis Vale in 1941.

Oral History - The Whittinghams - a pioneer family by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

Family history and associated documents and photographs in spiral binder with black cover.

Historical information

Rosie Bray has written a family history of the Whittingham family from interviews and documents. Included is the story of the four Whittingham sons who fought in World War I - Henry Douglas Whittingham (killed in action France April 1917), John Cecil Whittingham, Leslie Ernest Whittingham and Eric Walter Whittingham.

Book - A Desperate Set of Villains

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 288 page book with a multi coloured outer cover.

Historical information

Details the 244 Irish convicts transported to New South Wales on the ship "Marquis Cornwallis" in 1796.

Significance

This book is devoted to only Irish convicts as a separate group.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pencil notes on inside cover.

Article - Edward Rae Cordner

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Edward Rae Cordner and his service in World War 1. Edward Rae Cordner was a local doctor who lived in Greensborough post-war.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Pool 2

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02014.02015 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

The old Greensborough Pool behind Main Street shops, now the site of Watermarc.

Photograph - Digital image - Vito Sculli 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Vito Sculli at work in Greensborough Plaza shop in 2016. The Sculli family came to Melbourne in the 1950s and in 1960 opened a fruit shop in Main Street Greensborough.

Newspaper clipping - Grant our wish

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping. Front page image plus article: black text, colour image.

Historical information

St Thomas the Apostle Primary School reached the finals of the Leader Grants. The school hopes to re-establish its reflective memorial garden.

Ticket - Methodist Church Quarterly Ticket 1911

Greensborough Historical Society,

Paper ticket, black writing within black border.

Historical information

Quarterly ticket issued to members of the congregation of the Methodist Church in Greensborough. This ticket belonged to Mr William Partington and was issued in June 1911.

Significance

The Partington family are Greensborough pioneers and had long membership of the Methodist Church in Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

In black pen "Will Partington" and the letter "H"

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Eva and William Owen, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Eva Christina Owen (died 02/10/1969) and William Richard Owen (died 13/06/1972), St Helena Cemetery.

Significance

St Helena Cemetery was originally the burial place of the Beale family and friends. The first burials took place in the 1850s. There are now over 200 burials.

Booklet - Looking after your environment

Greensborough Historical Society,

12 p. green text and line drawings on white paper.

Historical information

This booklet outlines the advantages of using native plants in the garden and lists environmental groups and council services in the Shire of Diamond Valley.

Photograph - Watsonia High School newspaper clipping

Greensborough Historical Society,

A newspaper clipping about students of Watsonia High School attending a speed reading course.

Historical information

A newspaper clipping about students of Watsonia High School attending a speed reading course.

Photograph - Digital image - From Sondemeyer's overlooking Greenmeyer Court and Bonnie Vale circa 1958

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

From Sondemeyer's overlooking Greenmeyer Court and Bonnie Vale circa 1958

Article - Geoffrey Hughes

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Geoffrey Hughes and his service in World War 1. Geoffrey Hughes lived at Greensborough

Oral History - R.A.Marsh: Church Street Greensborough, by Faye Fort and June Hall.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00356:00449:00546:00743:01259 One page of text.

Historical information

A brief history of Richard Marsh and family and his house on the corner of Hailes and Church Street Greensborough. This story by Faye Fort and June Hall was updated in 2016 by Marilyn Smith and Sue Ballantyne from material generously supplied by Mrs Madge Marsh, widow of Richard's son Gordon.

Significance

Story of a pioneer family and a significant house in Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - GHS Book Launch 2013

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Photograph of Greensborough Historical Society President Noel Withers and publisher Blaise van Hecke at the launch of the GHS publication "As I Recall".

Glasses - Shire of Diamond Valley Commemorative glasses

Greensborough Historical Society,

Pair of clear glass, stemmed wine glasses. Stem has spiral pattern.

Historical information

These glasses were distributed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of the Shire of Diamond Valley. The Shire of Diamond Valley was a Local Government Area located about 20 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The shire covered an area of 74.38 square kilometres and existed from 1964 until 1994.

Significance

A limited edition glass presented to community volunteers and others associated with the Shire of Diamond Valley.

Inscriptions & Markings

Etched into bowl "Shire of Diamond Valley 1964-1994" and shire coat of arms.

Photograph - Watsonia High School 1983 Year 10C

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1983 Year 10C

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1983 Year 10C

Photograph - Digital image - William Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of William Poulter, a descendant of William Poulter and his wife Mary, who arrived in Victoria in 1849 and settled in Greensborough in 1853.

Significance

Greensborough pioneer family

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of John Huxley Carse, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01856.01903.01943.03493 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of John Huxley Carse (died 04/10/1926) in Plot#J15 Greensborough Cemetery. The grave was renovated in 2014.

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.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School 1972 Grade 6B

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1972 Grade 6B

Photograph - Digital image - Jack Partington and stepson Alan.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph of Jack Partington and stepson Alan.When Jack returned from the second world war, he married Vivien Clarkson who already had two children, Joan and Alan.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School 1974 Grade 5A Alan Henderson

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1974 Grade 5A Alan Henderson

Receipt - St Katherine's Church Cemetery.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Receipt for purchase of grave.

Historical information

Receipt for purchase of grave at St Katherine's Church Cemetery by Hazel Black in 1967/

Inscriptions & Markings

Name of purchaser written in black ink.

Newspaper clipping - Religion high on the hog

Greensborough Historical Society,

A newspaper clipping with a colour photograph.

Historical information

A story about Dave Fuller the All Saints Anglican minister at Greensborough in 2012 who is a Life Member of the God's Squad Motorcycle Club..

Significance

All Saints Anglican church has been in Greensborough since the mid 1800's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Biro written date

Book - Shire of Diamond Valley Handbook 1989-1990

Greensborough Historical Society,

32 pages, col illus., maps. Cover illustration of items from the Diamond Valley Shire Art Collection.

Historical information

Guide to services provided by Shire of Diamond Valley. The Shire of Diamond Valley was a Local Government Area located about 20 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The shire covered an area of 74.38 square kilometres and existed from 1964 until 1994.

Significance

Annual guide to services in Shire of Diamond Valley

Oral History - Early days in Chapman Street Macleod

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages, includes photographs.

Historical information

Graeme and Lorraine Collins moved to Macleod in the late 1950s and tell the story of building and establishing their family home in the area.

Significance

A primary source recollection of Greensborough in the mid-20th century.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough State School 2062 Honour Roll.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Greensborough Primary School Honour Board in situ in the original school building. This board honours those local men who served in World War I. (Photo taken in 2014)

Ruler - State Bank Ruler

Greensborough Historical Society,

Wooden ruler.

Historical information

State Bank [Victoria] promotional ruler.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped with State Bank [Victoria] logo.

Photograph - Watsonia High School 1982 Year 8-9 HD

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1982 Year 8-9 HD

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1982 Year 8-9 HD

Article - James Judkins

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about James Judkins and his service in World War 1. At the time of James' enlistment, he was living at Greensborough

Newspaper clipping - Drainage calls come flooding in, and, Library heeds call of the e-book.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping. 2 articles, one with colout image.

Historical information

Article 1 "Drainage calls come flooding in" deals with the drainage problems throughout Banyule in the aftermath of the Christmas Day 2011 floods. Article 2 "Library heeds the call of the e-book" discusses some of the digital technology available at Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

Inscriptions & Markings

DV Leader 20/1/2012

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Methodist Church 1966

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Greensborough Methodist Church, first service in new Church, Grimshaw Street, February 1966

Significance

An example of the changing streetscape in Greensborough

Article - Greenbriar Little Athletics Club [Willinda Park], by Rosie Bray.

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 p. text and coloured photographs; with 9 coloured photographs, some of which are printed in the document.

Historical information

History of the establishment of the Greensborough Little Athletics Club in 1967, at Willinda Park, part of the growing Little Athletics movement. During the 1969/70 season, Briar Hill and Greensborough Little Athletics Clubs amalgamated to be come Greenbriar Little Athletics Club.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Joseph Frost Poulter, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01875.01918.01949 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Joseph Frost Poulter (died 18/11/1880) in Plot# B12/13 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 of the early settlers in the district. The cemetery holds approximately 250 grave sites with 350 people buried there.

Genealogical document - The Bunker family

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 10 page photocopied document with a picture of a grave stone on the front page.

Historical information

The document outlines the family history of the Bunker and Shillinglaw familes.

Significance

These families lived in Eltham in the late 19th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some words written in blue biro on the bottom of the second page.

Newsletter - Kangaroo Ground Chronicle

Greensborough Historical Society,

14 p. Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 3, Winter 1998; with brochure 2 p. about Andrew Ross Museum

Historical information

A single edition (Winter 1998) of the Newsletter of the Andrew Ross Museum in Kangaroo Ground.

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill Hardware: Interior 14

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Briar Hill Timber and Hardware was situated in Sherbourne Road Briar Hill. These photographs were taken by Frank Solomon shortly before the business closed and depict a small hardware business.

Significance

This business and its predecessor Briar Hill Timber was a landmark in the area.

Photograph - Digital image - Looking north east to the orchard at BlackJack.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02062.02063.02064.02065.02066.02067.02069.02071.02072.02073.02074.02076.02084.02085.02086.02087 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Looking north east to the orchard at BlackJack. The Robinson family (left to right): James, Peter, Paul, Andrew and father Frank. The BlackJack property, house and acres of fruit orchards ran down to the Plenty River off Hume Street Greensborough and was the home of the Robinson family to late 1956. The photographs were taken as slides by Frank Robinson and digitised by his son James in 2015.

Planning Document - Subdivision Plan # 37. Poulter Avenue and Bicton Street; and, Adeline Street and Grimshaw Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Plan (2 sheets) mounted on heavy card.

Historical information

Plan of subdivision Lot 29, Part of Crown Allotment, Parish of Keelbundoora, County of Bourke. Poulter Avenue and Bicton Street; and, Adeline Street and Grimshaw Street.

Significance

An example of hard copy subdivision plans from the Greensborough area. Mainly from the Shire of Diamond Valley era (1964-1994).

Photograph - Digital image - Alwyn and tennis court 2014

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

In about 1945, Alan and Wyn Partington built a house (Alwyn) on 12 acres (now Whatmough Park) but this land was acquired by the Council for parkland and sports ovals.

Photograph - Digital image - Australian troops on board ship

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Australian troops on board ship.

Calendar - Diamond Valley Community Support Inc. Annual Report 2011-2012. Calendar. 2013.

Greensborough Historical Society,

28 pages. Colour and black and white illustration. Annual report in calendar format. Illustrations of Greensborough pioneer families.

Historical information

The annual report of Diamond Valley Community Support Inc. is presented in a calendar format. In this 2013 edition the calendar is illustrated with photographs of Greensborough pioneer families.

Significance

The annual report is a record of the activities and services of Diamond Valley Community Support Inc.

Inscriptions & Markings

A handwritten insert identifies the people in the photographs.

Photograph - Watsonia High School 1978 Year 5B

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1978 Year 5B

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1978 Year 5B

Article - WaterMarc (Banyule Banner Mach/April 2012)

Greensborough Historical Society,

A multi coloured page from the Banyule Banner (March/April 2012) highlighting the progress of the WaterMarc development in Greensborough. It features photographs of the site as it is being built. Also a small flyer advertising "Foundation Member Launch" March 3, 2012.

Historical information

Records the progress, features and proposed opening dates of WaterMarc.

Significance

WaterMarc is the new aquatic centre in Greensborough, replacing the former swimming pool.

Inscriptions & Markings

Date and source inscription on top of page.

Photograph - Digital image - Mrs Mac Loused, 1935.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs owned by Dorris McLaughlin who was born in Greensborough, in 1899 to John McLaughlin and Rosalie Ellen Whatmough. The collection contains photographs of friends and relatives from the Greensborough and Eltham areas. Photograph of woman on steps of house.

Photograph - Digital image - Church Street Fire Station

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Opening of Fire Station in 1963. Greensborough had a fire service from 1938. It was relocated to Church Street in 1963 then moved to Grimshaw Street when Greensborough Plaza was developed.

Photograph Album - Plenty/Briar Hill Camp 1989

Greensborough Historical Society,

Colour photographs and maps in album

Historical information

Photographs and maps from Plenty/Briar Hill Camp 1989. Possibly a school project, includes itinerary. Photographs are not named. Location: "Tandara" Halls Gap.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand drawn front cover with name of artist.