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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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6324 items

Newspaper Clipping - Pride of the nation 2.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Beverley Brock received a Medal of the Order of Australia for 25+ years of contributions to the community. Ms Brock received the award for helping young people and families overcome emotional, health, educational, financial and family hurdles. Jennifer Loughman received a Medal of the Order of Australia for her contributions to people with cystic fibrosis and their families.

Book - Cemeteries: our heritage / edited by Celestina Sagazio

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

184p., illus.

Historical information

This book covers various heritage cemeteries throughout Victoria and includes tips on maintenance as well as information on using cemeteries as a research tool. There is a small section on St Katherine's Cemetery St Helena.

Folder - Legends of the Anzacs: Medals of Honour

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Folder only. 6-fold heavy card folder with string tie, colour illustrations of medals of honour.

Historical information

Folder designed to hold a gold coin collection (folder only) commemorating the Medals of Honour awarded over the 100 years of Anzac. Includes examples of the recipients.

Newspaper clipping - Centre calls for cost relief

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A 2 page newspaper clipping with 3 coloured photographs showing a mother swimming with her child.

Historical information

The article is about the Kalparrin Early Childhood Intervention program which provides therapy sessions, support and carer information for children and families in Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Banyule.

Significance

Kalparrin is a major provider of care for disabled children in the local district.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1977 Girl's Basketball

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour school photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1977 Girl's Basketball

Newspaper Clipping - Veteran ousted

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Long standing Banyule Councillor Jenny Mulholland was defeated by Peter Castaldo in the 2016 elections.

Photograph - Digital image - Mrs and Mrs Gary Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Mr and Mrs Gary Partington outside the Greensborough Methodist Church in October 1964. Background is Uncle Bill Leed and Jessie Scholes. Gary said he had to get his hair to grow with a part in it, he previously on had a crew cut but relatives told him to grow a decent head of hair for his wedding.

Significance

This was one of the last weddings in this Church before its demolition prior to the development of Greensborough Plaza.

Newspaper Clipping - A look at the year that was

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

The Diamond Valley Leader looks back over the local events that shaped 2016.

Map - MMBW, Yarra 2500 / 15.25. Yarrambat, Black Gully Road.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

MMBW Map in 1:2500 [scale] series. Cream parchment with green tape reinforcing on edges and punched holes on left edge.

Historical information

Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. Yarra 2500 [base map] 15.25. Yarrambat, Black Gully Road. Municipality of Diamond Valley 257. Prominent streets include: Black Gully Road, Ironbark Road and Murray Road.

Book - World War I: the conflict that gave us the Australian legend / Cindy Dowling

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

96p.

Historical information

This book discusses the role Australians played in World War I, and the rise of the ANZAC Legend.

Photograph - Digital image - Prudence Partington with Doris and Ivy

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Prudence Partington with nieces Ivy (born 1893) and Doris (born 1895), daughters of Charles Partington junior and Emma Britnell.

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

Photograph - Digital image - Marsh House [38 Hailes Street] 2014 4

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02031.02032.02033.02034.02035.02036 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Built by Jonah Britnell in 1860s, this house was sold to the Marsh family about 1909. The home still stands on the corner of Hailes and Church Street Greensborough Photograph taken in 2014 by Marilyn Smith.

Newspaper Clipping - The day hope died for a soldier's wife.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopy of news article. 2 pages, black and white text and photos.

Historical information

Rosalie Bray (nee Thrupp) recalls events at the end of World War 2, following her father's death.

Significance

A personal story of the aftermath of World War 2.

Photograph - Margaret Gibson Blackbourn 1955

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photo of Margaret Gibson (later Blackbourn) being crowned Queen of Lower Plenty in 1955.

Historical information

The 'Queen of Lower Plenty' Pageant was held to raise money to build the Lower Plenty Oval. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sash reads: Queen of Lower Plenty 1955

Newspaper Clipping - Cafe operator caught out

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

The operator of a Greensborough cafe, Degani, has been hit with a $140,000 fine after paying workers as little as $12 an hour.

Booklet - Heidelberg 1937 - excerpts

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00283:00327:00328 12 pages, photocopied and folded to A5 size. Black and white photos, maps.

Historical information

Copy of parts of 1937 booklet to commemorate the official opening of the City of Heidelberg Civic Centre - Town Hall and Municipal Offices.

Significance

A snapshot of the Heidelberg area in 1937, includes photos of local homes and civic amenities

Inscriptions & Markings

This flyer is an extract of images from the City of Heidelberg Civic Centre Official Opening Booklet "Heidelberg 1937" [footnote on each page]

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill Timber Hardware Exteriors

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Prunus blossoms: Mountainview Road Briar Hill 1.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Prunus blossoms on Mountainview Road Briar Hill.

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 in 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"

Bottle - Linseed Oil bottle

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Brown glass bottle, triangular shape with cork stopper and damaged paper label.

Historical information

Linseed oil bottle with damaged paper label.

Inscriptions & Markings

On damaged paper label "Raw Linseed Oil"

Newspaper Clipping - Our warring hill tribes, by Jane Sullivan

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping

Historical information

Article on Eltham and its council; particularly the clashes in the 1970s, between "conservatives" and "progressives".

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1978 Grade Prep C.

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.

Newspaper clipping - O, what a teacher by Jasmin Burge

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper article, text and coloured photo.

Historical information

Celebrates the 27 year teaching career of Watsonia Heights Primary School teacher Les Oliver.

Significance

Written by Jasmin Burge, Greensborough Historical Society member

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo caption: Watsonia Heights Primary School teacher Les Oliver during his retirement celebration.

Advertisement - Digital image - Hutchinson's Greensborough Hardware

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were collected from the Diamond Valley Local newspaper. Hutchinson's Greensborough Hardware was a hardware and general goods store in Main Street.

Significance

This advertisement is for a Greensborough based shop which no longer operates.

Photograph - Digital image - Robert Partington [cropped from family portrait]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01234:01240:01241 Digital copy of cropped sections of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Portrait of Robert Partington cropped from family photograph. Charles Partington and family came to Melbourne in the 1857and moved to Greensborough where they farmed along the Plenty River. Descendants still live in Greensborough.

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

Book - Haynes internet genealogy manual, by Kyle MacRae

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Hardback, 192 p. col. illus.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1978 Grade 5S.

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.

Photograph - Digital Image - Headstone of James and Elizabeth Black

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

RIP Elizabeth 25/07/1904.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Christina Taylor, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Christina Taylor (died 08/03/1914), 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.

Bottles - Ink - Collection of Ink Bottles

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Three ink bottles, various sizes and glass colours. Two have metal lids.

Historical information

Collection of three glass ink bottles.