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Greensborough Historical Society Lower Plenty, 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
4 Jenna Close Greensborough Victoria 3088 (map)
phone
+61 9439 5454

Contact

Opening Hours

The Resource Centre at Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty is open every Thursday (10am - 3pm).

Entry Fee

No charge; membership fees available on website.

Location

34 Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty 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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6462 items

Photograph - Digital image - Police in Victoria

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02896.03848-03854 Digital copy of sepia slides

Historical information

Digital copy of one of 7 slides depicting photographs of police from 1858 to 1930s. This image is of a gold escort.

Photograph - Digital image - Brickwork, Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01608:01631 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Close up photograph of a section of brickwork at Willis Vale. This is the end wall under the roof. Willis Vale built by Edward Maygar, Robert Whatmough lived there mid 19th century and later sold to Partington family. It was located on the Plenty River at Partington's Flat Greensborough. Land use included farming and orchards. The derelict Willis Vale house was vandalized in 1964 and destroyed when a fire originating from North Plenty Gorge - Kurrak Road - was lit by two teenage boys and made its way several kilometres down to Partington's Flat Greensborough. This photo was taken after the Partington's moved house in 1947 across the river where Alan built their new Alwyn house that had access to electricity.

Significance

Part of Willis Vale, a pioneer home in the Greensborough area.

Advertisement - Digital image - Welkay Store, 1964

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Welkay Store, furniture and electrical, 45 Main Street Greensborough, 1964

Membership Ticket - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club, 1989

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Season ticket white cardboard with green text.

Historical information

This membership ticket belonged to a member of the Partington family. Tickets admit bearer to games. Tickets include the names of office-bearers of the Greensborough Football Club and the season's fixture or draw. The "Life Member" status of the owner is stamped on the ticket.

Significance

Gary Partington is a Life Member of the football club and a GHS member. Members of the Partington family have been associated with the GFC for many years and the family were inducted into the Club's Hall of Fame in 2016.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: "Greensborough Football Club 1989" and sponsor advertising. Inside: Membership number "024" and "Life Member" stamped inside.

Newspaper Clipping - Number plate scan nabs 50

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Greensborough highway patrol officers unleashed their latest weapon against road offenders last week, nabbing dozens of drivers in a few days.

Advertisement - Digital image - Greensborough quick smart services, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Greensborough Quick Smart Services, 61 Grimshaw Street Greensborough, 1973.

Photograph (copy) - Plenty River Tea Gardens

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Two black & white photographs

Historical information

Plenty River Tea Gardens were located on east side of Main Street near St Helena Road intersection. [Ref: The Age 18/2/1929 page 3 - Greensborough - Comfortable Home. 6 rooms. large verandas. ½ acre. S O bungalow. Lovely spot. 4 minutes station. Furnished or unfurnished or will sell reasonable. River Plenty Tea Gardens. Phone Gr. 17]

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1959 Grade 1D

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1959 Grade 1D

Inscriptions & Markings

Photograph 2 has been numbered and names added as file 3

Business card - Digital Image - Clements Avenue Automotive, Bundoora

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Coloured business card

Historical information

Clements Avenue Automotive is a Bundoora automotive repair business.

Newspaper Clipping - Last drinks for Pat's pub

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

The Windy Mile pub in Diamond Creek has 'never been the same" since teenager Patrick Cronin died from a senseless coward punch at the bar almost three years ago.The Windy Mile will serve its last drink on Sunday, March 31.

Book - Shire of Eltham Handbook 1988

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

52 pages, illus. Front cover is a copy of the painting "Panton Hill" by David Armfield.

Historical information

The Shire of Eltham was a Local Government Area located about 25 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The shire covered an area of 277.13 square kilometres and existed from 1856 until 1994.

Significance

Guide to services provided by Shire of Eltham

Map - Australia. Land of tomorrow

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Colour map of Australia

Historical information

This 1960s map of Australia shows areas of economic development at that time.

Book - Finding your Irish ancestors, by Brian Mitchell

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Paperback, 84 p.

Certificate (Digital Image) - Alan Partington. Victorian Football Union. Golden Jubilee Award.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of Certificate. Blue and red print on white paper.

Historical information

Golden Jubilee Award presented to William Alan Partington issued in recognition of long and distinguished service to Australian Football.

Significance

Alan Partington was a member of the Partington family, pioneers in Greensborough.

Newspaper clipping - Jim had his own jubilee.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photocopy of a newspaper clipping, a coloured photograph of the Medhursts c 1971 and a gilt and blue coloured metal badge.

Historical information

Tells the story of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Diamond Valley Football League. In particular it centres on Jim Medhurst the only former player present from the Greensborough team that won the inaugural 1921 premiership.

Significance

Jim Medhurst's ancestors were a pioneering family in the district. His father played football for the Old Brittanias, a fore runner of the Collingwood Football Club.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some pencil markings in photocopy.

Advertising Leaflet - 119 Rattray Road Montmorency

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour both sides

Historical information

119 Rattray Road Montmorency. 3 bedroom home, auctioned 16 October 2010, sold November 2010 for $550,000; sold February 2018 for $931,500

Document collection - Watermarc, Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A collection of various documents relating to the development of the Watermarc pool complex. Includes leaflets, plans, minutes of committee meetings and letters to committee member (in black ring binder).

Historical information

The development of the Greensborough town centre and in particular the redevelopment of the Greensborough Pool into the Watermarc aquatic centre is documented in this collection of minutes, correspondence, plans, brochures, etc. Contents: Box 1, Correspondence, Project updates, Leaflets, Plans, Newspaper articles. Community Consultative Committee meetings - Agendas and Minutes. Box 2: Greensborough Project Presentation Package 2006; Greensborough principal activity centre plan (executive summary 2005, 2008); Consultation documents 2005; Banyule Banner (2005; 2006); Project update 2005; Newspaper article collection; Advertising leaflets

Significance

This collection is significant as it covers the development of the pool precinct from concept plan to completed complex.

Article - Roger Egan

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Roger Egan and his service in World War 1. Roger's sister lived at Mont Park.

Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia Heights Primary School WH4935 Basketball Club 1977

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A team photograph of Watsonia Heights Basketball Club 1977

Historical information

A team photograph of Watsonia Heights Basketball Club 1977

Advertisement - Digital image - Terry Dunlevey, VW Specialist, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Terry Dunlevey, Volkswagon specialist, of 5 McDowell Street Greensborough 1973.

Advertising Leaflet - 110 Greenhill Road Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Real estate advertisement black text and colour photograph

Historical information

Real estate advertising for 110 Greenhill Road Greensborough, 3 bedroom house; sold August 2018 for $727,000. Previous sales: September 2009 for $500,000; November 2007 $410,000 and June 1994 $130,000.

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough 'Missing Link' unveiled

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

A twin three lane tunnel will start in Rosanna and go underground for 5.3km, it was confirmed in detailed plans for the North East Link released by Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Heights Primary School WH4935 1968 Grade 1B

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A colour photograph of school class group

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia Heights Primary School 1968 Grade 1B

Photograph - Digital image - Louis Street Shops

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Shopping strip in Louis Street Greensborough 2016.

Advertising Leaflet - Electric Station Estate; Watsonia; Saturday 16th October 1926

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 04503:04526 One page B & W Photocopy (laminated) of auction brochure, with drawing of general store and locality plan

Historical information

This is one of two brochures advertising the auction of the last 50 allotments of the Electric Station Estate, Watsonia, near the new railway station. This brochure contains a locality plan and drawing of the general store. (Refer 4526 for the other brochure for this auction) Auctioneer: Knight & Harwood.

Certificate of Title - Grimshaw Street Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopy of Certificate of Title, 2 p. and 3 p. black and white text.

Historical information

Issued to L. & C. Estates Pty Ltd for Lot 6 PS No. 43356 Parish of Keelbundora, 23 December 1958 (320 Grimshaw Street Watsonia?)

Inscriptions & Markings

Certificate of Title Vol. 8234 Fol. 896

Article [copy] - Memoirs History 1808-1883 / author John Lindsay Beale 1830-1911.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00670:01015 Copy of 10 typed pages.

Historical information

Extracts from the "Memoirs History 1808-1883" pages 345-350. This is John Lindsay Beale's account of the formation of the Greensborough Roads Board and Robert William Whatmough's participation on that board. Original manuscript held by State Library of Victoria MS 10553, Call Number MSB 243

Inscriptions & Markings

Manuscript held by State Library of Victoria MS 10553, Call Number MSB 243

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1975 Grade 6.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1978 Staff.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Clothing and photograph - Windcheater and photograph, Watsonia High 1989.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Blue windcheater, size M, accompanied by photograph of students.

Historical information

Windcheater presented to Rosie Bray by classmates at Watsonia High, 1989 Australian History class. Students have painted their names on the garment and included an unofficial 'class photo' with the windcheater. Rosie was a mature age student in this class.

Significance

A token of friendship from Rosie's classmates at Watsonia High.

Inscriptions & Markings

Painted in white letters on front of windcheater 'Australian History '89'. Scattered on garment are the names of class members.