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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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2907 items

Book - Help! My ancestors Irish and I'm stuck!!!! by Janet Reakes

Greensborough Historical Society,

Paperback, 152 p.

Planning document - Subdivision Plan # 1009. Corner Allumba Drive and Beales Road Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Plan (2 sheets) mounted on heavy card.

Historical information

Plan of Subdivision of land at corner of Allumba Drive and Beales Road Greensborough.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped and handwritten Council permissions, dates and other details.

Photograph - Digital image - Graves of Edith Poulter, Daisy Poulter and Giles Poulter, Greensborough Cemetery.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Graves of Edith Poulter, Daisy Poulter and Giles Poulter (in adjoining graves Plots # G1,G2 and G3). This grave has been repaired/restored by descendants of the family.

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 - Plenty River Greensborough May 2014 -1

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

The Plenty River flows south from Mt Disappointment before meeting with the Yarra River at Rosanna. These images taken in the Greensborough area. Photograph by Marilyn Smith 2014.

Postcard - Panorama of Riga

Greensborough Historical Society,

Colour postcard of Riga, with stamped envelope addressed to Noel Withers, President GHS.

Historical information

Atis Leijins was a former resident of Greensborough.- and is a member of the Latvian Parliament.

Inscriptions & Markings

"To GHS, with greetings on the very day Latvia's independence was fully restored in 1991, 21 Aug, 25 years ago" [from] Atis Lejins

Photograph - Digital image - Cows on Hill Dam at Apollo Parkways

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Dam on the Partington property at what is now Apollo Parkways greensborough.

Significance

The Partington family came to Melbourne in the 1840s and moved to Greensborough where they farmed along the Plenty River. Descendants still live in Greensborough.

Newspaper Clipping - Flying high in the sky for awareness

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping with text and colour image.

Historical information

Details of the Greensborough Model Aircraft Club fundraiser for cancer awarenedd held on August 24th, 2014.

Inscriptions & Markings

In pen: DV Leader 20/8/14

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Herbert V. Jennings and Ethel H. Jennings, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Herbert V. Jennings (died 1931) and Ethel H. Jennings (died1953) in Plot# E2 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 - Grave of Thomas A Elliott and Elizabeth Elliott, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Thomas A Elliott (died 1880) and Elizabeth Elliott (died 1868) in Plot# C3 and C4 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.

Book - The latter days at Colditz by P R Reid

Greensborough Historical Society,

319p., paperback,

Historical information

Prisoners of War, Escapes, World War II, Colditz.

Article - History of Plenty River Children's Cemetery; by Anne Paul.

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 printed pages of text, one page map (item 848).

Historical information

The unmarked graves of the children of two Greensborough pioneer families lie in a private cemetery on the Plenty River. Burials occurred between 1848 and 1860.

Significance

The significance lies in the association with two of the pioneer families of the Greensborough district. Descendants of both families still live in the area.

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: dead gum tree and box thorns

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: dead gum tree and box thorns. The remains of this site are between Greensborough and Janefield. A RAAF Hygiene Training Camp was located on the Plenty River, just south of the Janefield community. It was in use from 1944 to 1946. The Camp was constructed from salvaged materials. Instruction included building and maintenance of grease traps, latrines, elementary plumbing and carpentry.

Significance

Early remains of a WW2 training camp

Oral History - Life at Alwyn - 1950s and 60s by Faye Fort.

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages. Copy 2: Item 446.

Historical information

Faye recounts stories about growing up in the Partington home "Alwyn" in the mid 20th century. At this time agriculture played an important role in the Greensborough district and the land around Alwyn was used for poultry, vegetables and cut flowers.

Significance

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

Book - Out of the wilderness: the return of Labor

Greensborough Historical Society,

447 p.

Historical information

A study of the Labor government in Australia from December 1972 to May 1974

Saltcellar - Salt cellar

Greensborough Historical Society,

Cream plastic container with red hinged lid.

Historical information

A mid 20th century salt cellar was used to store salt. This item is made of bakelite-style hard plastic. Most kitchens would have had one of these.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Salt" impressed in red on front of container.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough State School, 1968, Grade 4A.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Photographs - Harold Fraser's store Bundoora

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 black and white photographs of the general store and Post Office at Bundoora. Photo 1 depicts the store from the front showing the “Herald” and “The Sun” advertisements; photo 2 is taken from the right of the old store and shows the newer “4 square food store” behind. Photo 1, 11.5x16.5cm; photo 2, 16x21cm.

Historical information

Harold Fraser and family ran the Bundoora general store in the 1950s. Photographs from the collection of Shirley Fraser (nee Black). The Blacks were substantial landowners in the area.

Significance

Shows the transition from 'corner store' in house at front to 'supermarket' at rear of premises.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of each photo: "Harold Fraser's store Bundoora" and "Shirley Fraser"

Photographs - Price Family studio photographs

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 studio portraits, sepia.

Historical information

Studio portraits of Archibald Price and his daughter Jane Price and child (Eva Partington). Jane price was first wife of Will Partington.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of subjects written on back.

Book - The Tower of Remembrance and War Memorial Park on Garden Hill at Kangaroo Ground, Victoria

Greensborough Historical Society,

Soft clear plastic front cover, red back cover. 107 pages, black and white illus.

Historical information

Outlines the history of the Kangaroo Ground Tower of Remembrance from 1918 and the process undertaken by Nillumbik Council's Advisory Committee to refurbish the Tower.

Significance

The Tower of Remembrance is a local landmark in Kangaroo Ground which had fallen into disrepair. This book documents the restoration of the Tower and Park c1997-2002

Folder - Partington family history: compiled by Noel Withers from the Alan Partington collection

Greensborough Historical Society,

20-page plastic binder, spiral bound, clear cover. Contains documents relating to the Partington family

Historical information

Contents: Partington Family history: from Lancashire to the unknown; family tree [with corrections]; copies of photographs; obituary of Trevor Partington 2002.

Significance

History of the origins of this Greensborough pioneer family. (2 files)

Inscriptions & Markings

Collected by Greensborough Historical Society. Folder commenced 2012.

Photograph - Digital image - Diamond Village Shopping Centre, Watsonia, 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Diamond Village Shopping Centre, Nepean Street Watsonia.

Newspaper Clipping - College farewells a friend

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

This article is a tribute to Loyola College Deputy Principal Tony Chirico who died in August 2015.

Cigarette Card - Gordon Coventry

Greensborough Historical Society,

Cigarette card, photograph, biographical details on verso.

Historical information

Gordon Coventry (Collingwood)cigarette card. Series of cigarette cards featuring prominent footballers were issued each year for collection by W. D. & H. O. Wills, cigarette manufacturers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Series of footballers 1933, no. 20

Photograph - Digital image - Streetscape, corner Diamond Creek and St Helena Roads [Greensborough]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This photograph of the corner Diamond Creek and St Helena Roads was taken in 2013 to show changes over 40 years, based on Ron Reynold’s sketches in the 1973 publication “Greensborough and Greenhills” published by Cypress Books. The house on the corner is the subject of one sketch in the book.

Magazine Clipping - Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 page supplement to the Woman's Weekly December 15 1951. Black and white illus of the Royal family including Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Historical information

An illustrated review of the 'romance and marriage' of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh before she became Queen.

Significance

An example of the interest in the royal family to Australians at this time.

Newspaper clipping - Enlisting help: stories honour Anzacs; with Yarra Plenty Regional Library flyer advertising Discover your Anzac story program.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Front page colour image and article and image p. 5. Small colour flyer.

Historical information

Research by Maureen Jones about Sgt. Reginald Simms and Nurse Elizabeth Gallagher as part of YPRL publication program about people from Nillumbik, Banyule and Whittlesea who served in World War 1. Includes YPRL flyer about the project.

Newspaper Clipping - Duo to join Relay for Life efforts

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Diamond Valley Relay for Life took place at Willinda Park to raise money for the Cancer Council.

Cup - G.F.C. Premiers 1952

Greensborough Historical Society,

Silver presentation cup with footed base and handle.

Historical information

Cup presented to the players in the winning team in the 1952 Australian Rules Football premiership in the Diamond Valley Football League. The winning team was Greensborough Football Club. This mug belonged to Doug Hall.

Significance

This mug is one of a limited number engraved for the premiership team.

Inscriptions & Markings

G.F.C. Premiers 1952

Article - Jessop, John Cecil (1892-1968)

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 photocopied pages, text and photograph.

Historical information

Biographical information about John Cecil Jessop, Councillor and Mayor of Heidelberg and Chairman of the MMBW. The photograph (copy) is of his time as Mayor.

Significance

A Greensborough local who worked on many community projects.

Inscriptions & Markings

On page 1:"Australian Dictionary of Biography 1940-1980", on page 2: "Diamond Valley Story by Diane Edwards"

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School, 1978, Grade 2T.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Photograph - Digital image - Phoebe Chapman

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Phoebe Chapman, youngest daughter of James and Susan Chapman. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Digital image - Group of ladies outside Foard's Store. (Names L:R Mrs Rundle? Nancy Foard Ivy Lines and Jean Partington)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of a group fo four women outside Foard's Store Greensborough [site of present Woolworths Supermaket]. Ladies were a golf group.

Folder - Greensborough Methodist Sunday School

Greensborough Historical Society,

20-page plastic binder, blue cover. Contains documents relating to the Greensborough Methodist Church Sunday School.

Historical information

Contents: Sunday school 'Anniversary Hymns' 1951 and undated circa 1950s.

Significance

These hymn sheets were used at the anniversary celebrations of the Methodist Sunday School.

Photograph - Digital image - Ethyl and Jack Stock

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Studio portrait of Ethyl and Jack Stock circa 1910. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Digital image - Prudence Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Prudence Partington was born in 1858 at a cottage at the Watsonia Toll Gate operated by her father Charles. The family later moved to Willis Vale. After their parents’ deaths, Maria and Prudence moved to a house in Sellars Street Watsonia in 1890. They lived together until their deaths in 1930, just two months apart.

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Joseph Frost Poulter (died 1880) in Plot# B12/13 Greensborough Cemetery. Photograph taken by Noel Withers 2009.

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.

Newspaper clipping - Screen cents

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article, 2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

Saara Lamberg, a Briar Hill local and filmmaker is hoping to raise enough funds to create her film "Innuendo" which won a bronze award at the Beverley Hills Screenplay Contest. She would like to film in the Diamond Valley and is working with chainsaw artist Leigh Conkie.

Photograph - Digital image - Natimuk Flour (for the Allies) 17th May 917

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Postcard photograph of a train leaving Natimuk as part of the War effort. Train contains 'flour for the Allies'.

Significance

An example of support for the War, World War I.

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption on front of photograph: "Flour for the Allies. 450 tons leaving Natimuk 17.5.17"

Newspaper clipping - A True Son of The Pioneers

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of a Leader newspaper story on the Partington family's history in Greensborough.

Historical information

Records the Partington family's origins and history in Greensborough through an interview with Alan Partington.

Significance

Records details of one of the pioneer families of the district.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Newspaper clipping - Bats fly high

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, 3 pages, black text, colour images.

Historical information

Plenty Valley Cricket Club have 4 grades vying for places in the finals. This article discusses the strengths of the club and interviews several players.

Book - RAAF Log

Greensborough Historical Society,

200p., hard cover, col plates.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough State School, 1968, Grade 1A

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Photograph - Digital image - Pioneer Children's Graves [jonquils]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

The unmarked graves of the children of two Greensborough pioneer families lie in a private cemetery on the Plenty River. Burials occurred between 1848 and 1860. This photograph is a close up of the jonquils in bloom on the cemetery site.

Significance

An important historical site in Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Annie E Lines and Charles C Lines, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Annie E. Lines (died 1929) and Charles C. Lines (died 1942) in Plot#F11/F12 Greensborough Cemetery. Plaque on this grave has been replaced. Photograph taken by Noel Withers 2009.

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.

Photograph - Digital image - 16 Poulter Avenue [exterior, side view]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Built in the 1930s, this property has been restored.

Insurance Policies [copy] - Insurance policies belonging to the Partington Family, 1894 and 1912.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copies of two Insurance Policies.

Historical information

Copies of Insurance Policy issued to Charles Partington (1894) as mortgagee of a rented dwelling in Herbert Street Northcote; and, William J Partington (1912) for an unoccupied dwelling in Greensborough.

Significance

From the Partington family archives. The Partingtons were Greensborough pioneers.

Oral History - High School Parents at Watsonia by Patsy Coverdale

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, typed.

Historical information

A brief overview of Mrs Patsy Coverdale's time as a parent at Watsonia High School.

Significance

Personal story of one parent's perspective of Watsonia High School.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Cricket Club

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photo.

Historical information

Group photograph of Greensborough Cricket Club.

Article

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of article published in "The Age" 13 July 1951, with photograph.

Historical information

Photo of children who are "overflow" pupils from the State school at Greensborough

Booklet - Greensborough Historical Society: Heritage Drive 2015.

Greensborough Historical Society,

16 pages, text and images (some col.).

Historical information

On Saturday 24th October 2015, the Greensborough Historical Society Heritage Day included a walk or drive to the Plenty River heritage precinct, observing many heritage sites in the area. This booklet was prepared by GHS President Noel Withers for those choosing to drive the route. A map is included.