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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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Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Football Club scoreboard prior to damage

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Greensborough Football Club scoreboard prior to damage. Overnight on 19-20th August 2015, the scoreboard building was set alight by vandals. The scoreboard, built in the 1950s needed to be demolished. It included umpire change rooms, scoreboard, change rooms and a storeroom containing footballs and training equipment.

Postage Stamps - Von Mueller collection 3

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Front of 6 envelopes with address and postage stamps, enclosed in black stamp folder.

Historical information

Envelope fronts with stamps, addressed to Baron Ferdinand von Mueller. Upper image, 1 x 1penny yellow/brown Victoria Stamp Duty, postmarked at Melbourne on April 27, 1892. 2nd image, 1 x 2 pence blue, New South Wales Postage stamp; postmark illegible. 3rd image, 2 x 2 pence red, New South Wales Postage stamp; postmark illegible. 4th image, 1 x 1 penny green Victoria, postmarked at Melbourne on December 8, 1882. 5th image, 1 x 2 pence mauve Victoria, postmarked at Melbourne on October 15, 1898. Lower image, 7 x 1d mauve Great Britain Postage and Inland Revenue stamps, 1 x ½ penny Great Britain orange Postage and Revenue stamp. Postmarked at London on December 2, 1891.

Significance

Baron Ferdinand von Mueller (1825-1896) was born in Germany and migrated to Australia in 1847.He was the Victorian Government Botanist (from 1853) and Director of the Botanical Gardens (1857-1873). These envelopes and stamps are from correspondence addressed to him.

Letter - Letter from Shire of Diamond Valley to Mrs Margaret Willimott 1987

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Single page typed on letterhead.

Historical information

Letter from Shire Engineer, Shire of Diamond Valley to Mrs Margaret Willimott of Watsonia High School, confirming a donation of plants for the school's 25th Anniversary Garden.

Document - Digital Image - Trevor Partington. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05240:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Trevor Partington as he is inducted into the Greensborough Football Club's Hall of Fame as a Legend.

Significance

In 2016, the Greensborough Football Club inducted a number of their past players into the Hall of Fame. This Citation outlines the player's contribution to the Club.

Newspaper clipping - Sewing a nation's fabric

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Watsonia North quilter Deb Layt has crafted a quilt in response to the 2014 Martin Place Lindt Cafe siege.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1961 Grade 1D

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1961 Grade 1D.

Photograph - Digital image - Willis Vale [3]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01235.01620 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Ellen and Charles Partington at Willis Vale: House 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 destroyed in 1964 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.

Significance

Home of the Partington family

Photograph - Digital image - Iredale family [?]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs of the Iredale family, descendants of James Iredale (arrived Greensborough c1858) and his son George (arrived 1873). The people in the photograph have not been (positively) identified. It would seem likely the central two persons are George and Anna Marie Iredale.

Book - The history of Australian True Crime / by Nigel Cawthorne

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

208 p., illus.

Historical information

A collection of stories about Australian criminals, from the sub-title "true life stories of greed, obsession, drugs and murder".

Photograph - Digital image - Loyola Seminary 9 [Seminarians Working in Garden] 1934

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs of the Jesuit Seminary in Grimshaw Street Watsonia. Opened in 1934, this was a house of formation and study for the Society of Jesus. Loyola College (established 1980), now occupies the site and purchased the original building in 2002.

Photograph - Digital image - The demolition of Watson's Garage Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photo.

Historical information

This image shows the demolition of Watson's Garage circa 1970. Watson's was a well known Greensborough business located on Main Street near Para Road.

Photograph - Digital image - Willis Vale [Cows]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of four cows at Willis Vale, home of the Partington family. It was located on the Plenty River at Partington's Flat Greensborough. Land use included farming and orchards.

Significance

Home of the Partington family

Ticket - Digital Image - Train ticket: Montmorency to St Kilda, Weekly, 1970s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital image of train ticket. White with red stripes and black text.

Historical information

Digital image of "Montmorency to St Kilda" weekly train ticket, [undated, circa 1970s]

Significance

Part of a collection of miscellaneous historical images with a connection to the local area.

Photograph - Digital Image - Montmorency Junior Football Club. Family Fun Day 2019

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

Family Fun Day held at Montmorency Junior Football Club in February 2019.

Container - Sigma sulphur

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Cardboard container of sublimed sulphur B. P. 250 g. originally with tamper resistant seal (broken). Tin base and top.

Historical information

Sulphur used for medicinal purposes

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue, white and black label "Sigma Sulphur". Price label: "Amcal Pharmacy, Greensborough Centre $4.52"

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Elizabeth Aldridge Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01854.01899.01964.01965 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Elizabeth Aldridge (died 30/01/1864). daughter of Samuel Poulter and Susan Haylock. Plot# C10 Greensborough Cemetery. This monument replaces an earlier damaged headstone

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 - Main Street Greensborough 1976

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

A view of Main Street Greensborough taken in 1976, with Coles New World on the left.

Photograph - Digital image - The Cordner family

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

The Cordner 'boys' at home.

Significance

The Cordner family were a prominent local family for most of the 20th Century. Mr Cordner senior and sons Ted and Don were local doctors.

Photograph - Digital image - Carpark at rear of shops, Main Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Carpark at rear of Main Street shops, Greensborough.

Significance

Shows the changing face of the Greensborough shopping strip

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Beatrice Alice Chapple, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01858.01935 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Beatrice A Chapple (died 1922) in Plot# G15 Greensborough Cemetery. Photograph taken by Noel Withers 2009. [Caption by Bruce McDowell: Beatrice Alice Chapple was the daughter of William McDowell & Susan McDowell (nee Poulter) - who are both also buried at 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.

Teapot - Swan [brand] teapot

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Two cup tea pot with lid; bakelite handle and knob

Historical information

Commonly used 2 cup aluminium teapot with lid, Bakelite handle and knob.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Swan Brand Made in England The Carlton 2 cups" engraved on base

Photograph - Digital image - Willis Vale [house from distance]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Willis Vale: House 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 destroyed in 1964 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.

Significance

Home of the Partington family

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Station: view down ramp

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Greensborough Station: view down ramp from pedestrian overpass to station.

Newspaper Clipping - Ned’s big bash trip

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Watsonia man Ned Brewer Maiga will represent Australia in the Blind Cricket Twenty20 World cup in India later this month.

Photograph - Digital image - Women and children at Greensborough Co-op2

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Women and children at the co-op. [Poultry co-op in Greensborough]

Photograph - Digital image - Leslie C Maygar and soldiers

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

The Maygar family came to Greensborough circa 1841 from Somerset England. They were of Hungarian descent. They farmed along the Plenty River. Leslie Cecil Maygar VC, DSO, VD was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross. In 1901 Lieutenant Maygar was awarded the Victoria Cross for rescuing a fellow Victorian whose horse had been shot. He died at Beersheeba in Palestine in 1917.

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill Timber Hardware Interior

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Significance

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

Book - The Great War / by Les Carlyon

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

863 p. black & white illus.

Historical information

Les Carlyon recounts stories of Australian soldiers during World War I.

Photograph - Digital image - KFC Greensborough - renovations 2015

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) building on 117 Grimshaw Street being renovated August 2015.

Photograph - Digital image - 23 Mayfield Street Greensborough, 1947.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of a woman and baby on the steps of the house at 23 Mayfield Street Greensborough in 1947.

Inscriptions & Markings

Address and date written on photograph.