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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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5266 items

Newspaper Clipping - Briar Hill Primary School Spring Fair BH4341

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Advertisement for Briar Hill Primary School Spring Fair 2015.

Booklet - Digital Image - Springthorpe and La Trobe Heritage Project

Greensborough Historical Society,

29 p., black text and colour and black and white images.

Historical information

A history of the Springthorpe area from pre-European settlement, includes Strathallan and Macleod, Mont Park, Gresswell, and La Trobe University Wildlife Sanctuary.

Significance

Show the historical significance of the area surrounding the Springthorpe estate.

Postcard [copy] - Salisbury Plain

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of postcard.

Historical information

Postcard to Vear and Hazel Roy from France: Pte Dan Donahoo, 18/21 Battalion, 6th Infantry Brigade, AIF.

Inscriptions & Markings

Personal note written on back.

Photograph - Banyule Homestead 2011

Greensborough Historical Society,

Set of 4 x A3 photos. Colour.

Historical information

These photos were part of an objection to the proposed development and subdivision of part of the historic Banyule Homestead property.

Significance

The Banyule Homestead dates from 1846, owned and built by Joseph Hawdon, sold in 1867 to Dr Martin. Leased to various farmers and eventually the land (274 acres) was subdivided in 1958. The Homestead presently sits on 2 1/2 acres of land.

Inscriptions & Markings

Taken from western boundary overlooking lagoon.

Coaster - Digital Image - Watsonia Ex-Services Club coasters, 1990

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital image of coaster. White card with blue text and coloured logo.

Historical information

Digital image of drink coaster from Watsonia Ex-Services Club, 1990s.

Significance

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

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Francis, Henry and Bessie Wingrove, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Francis William Wingrove (died 28/05/1892), Henry Vivian Wingrove (died December 1855) and Bessie Wingrove (died 1955), 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.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1969 Form 2HM

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white copy of a school photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows a Watsonia High School class from 1969.

Significance

Watsonia High School was a local educational facility that was closed in 1989. Greensborough Secondary College opened in 1990 which merged Watsonia High and Watsonia Technical School students together.

Oral History - Hyde Family by Norm Hyde

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 typed pages.

Historical information

Norm Hyde recounts his married life with his wife Pat and family in Greensborough from 1964. Includes his involvement with local sporting clubs.

Significance

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

Photograph - Digital image - Red Cross group at Rechabite Hall Greensborough (World War I)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00072:01276 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Formal group photograph of men, women and children in Red Cross uniform outside the Rechabite Hall Greensborough, during World War I.

Article - Willis Vale Homestead 1841-1962

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages, text and black and white images

Historical information

Willis Vale was built in 1841 by George Maygar and named after his wife's maiden name of Willis. This article outlines the lessees and owners of the property, Robert Whatmough (1863) and Charles Partington (1878).

Significance

Outlines the history of this Greensborough property.

Book - Arithmetic Part III, by R. T. Hughes

Greensborough Historical Society,

Hardcover, 504 p.

Historical information

Arithmetic text book from 1939, property of Trevor Partington.

Inscriptions & Markings

T. Partington Form 3b E. H. E. S.

Photograph - Digital image - View of Lower Greensborough from Grimshaw Street

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

View of rural Greensborough, late 19th or early 20th century.

Significance

Shows the rural nature of the Greensborough landscape at this time.

Photograph - Digital image - Loyola Seminary 1 [aerial view] 1934

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Newspaper Clipping - Tour a challenge

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text and colour image

Historical information

Greensborough guitarist David Powys and his band "The Paper Kites" performed in Melbourne in June 2016.

Book - Bush heroes: a people, a place, a legend / Suzanne Welborn

Greensborough Historical Society,

240 pages, illus. Paperback.

Historical information

Tells the story of ANZAC volunteers from Western Australia and makes a connection between the difficulties of Australian outback life and the legend of Anzac.

Book - Ballarat and western goldfields sketchbook

Greensborough Historical Society,

64 p., illus.

Historical information

Information about Western Victorian goldfields towns, including Ballarat, with sketches.

Photograph - Digital image - Patty Fryer outside Greensborough Hotel.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Patty Fryer outside Greensborough Hotel. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

DVD - Plenty Gorge Park: a natural and social history / Parks Victoria.

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 DVD.

Historical information

This DVD gives some detail of the Plenty Gorge Park, its natural environment and impact of man.

Photograph - Digital image - Ladies Guild 1941

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02055.02057 Digital copy of black and white photograph and caption.

Historical information

Ladies Guild members taken in the hall at the back of Methodist Church, about 1941. Caption on back identifies some of the ladies present: (back row, left to right) Mrs Weaver, Linda Jones, unknown, Annie Partington, Nell French, unknown, Mrs Hall. (front row, left to right) unknown,[child Ron Jones], Mrs Roberts, Mrs Lang and Robert, Amy Knapsey, unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pen on front of photograph "Lady guild members taken in the hall at the back of Methodist Church, about 1941. It [hall] was still there after 1970. Sunday School anniversaries were held there for years as well as other functions. Annie and Amy sisters (Medhurst)"

Article, Journal - The Paper Mill branch line on the Hurstbridge Railway, by Kevin Patterson.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 p., text , map and coloured photographs, pp. 4-6 of Nillumbik Custodian December (?) 2012

Historical information

A branch line from the Outer Circle Line was built for the delivery of coal and paper pulp to the Australian Paper Mill at Fairfield. It operated as a branch from the Hurstbridge line until the 1970s, when the Australian Paper Mill plant changed to power by Bass Strait oil.

Book - School atlas of physical geography: the elementary facts of geology; hydrography; meteorology and natural history by Alex Keith Johnston.

Greensborough Historical Society,

51 pages, 20 plates, maps. Red hard cover with title in gold lettering.

Historical information

This atlas of physical geography has 20 plates illustrating maps and various rock formations.

Significance

This volume illustrates a 19th century view of physical geography.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on fly leaf with original owner's name (1890)

Photograph - Digital image - Partington Fort Family - Four generations

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Four generations of the Partington Fort family: Alan Partington, Faye Fort, Melinda and infant Rian.

Significance

Four generations of a Greensborough pioneer family.

Photograph - Digital image - Development of pig farm to residential blocks, 1.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

A view of the redevelopment of the pig farm in Weidlich Road Greensborough, owned by Werner Hanusch. The land was used as a pig farm and quarry from 1954 and this photo shows early stages of the land being subdivided into the Evelyn Way estate. This project of fifty, one double storey, dwellings was commenced on 2/8/2009 and completed on 6/2/2011.

Significance

An example of the changing land use in Greensborough, from farming to residential.

Newspaper Clipping - 'Humbled' at recognition

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Sergeant Mark Chetcuti received the Clyde James Smith Memorial Police Leadership Award for his policing work in the community. Sergeant Mark Chetcuti is based at the Greensborough Police Station.

Newspaper Clipping - Danger lurks at Larundel Asylum

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Ghost hunters put their lives at risk. Illegal ghost hunts at the former Larundel mental asylum are an accident waiting to happen, police fear.

Photograph - Digital image - Partington's Flat

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photographs

Historical information

Partington's Flat. These photos show the Plenty River Trail at Partington's Flat.

Photograph - Digital image - Sideboard at Blackjack

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The dining room sideboard at "Blackjack", Hume Street Briar Hill. The Roberts family moved here in 1957. These colour photos are from late twentieth century.

Newspaper Clipping - Loyola College Tour Wa1810 [Advertisement]

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Advertisement for school tours at Loyola College.

Photograph - Digital image - Workers on roof of State Library of Victoria Dome 1947.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows two workers on the Dome of the State library of Victoria in 1947. The workers are removing the World War 2 blackout material from the dome. Les Smith is on right. Melbourne rooftops in background.

Newspaper clipping - Council buys new 'park'

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper article photocopied onto A4 page, 3 columns of text under black and white photograph of Cr Margaret Devlin at St Katherine's Church St Helena.

Historical information

Diamond Valley Council honours a commitment to purchase land for public open space in the South East Riding of Diamond Valley in 1987. The land is in St Helena Road Greensborough adjacent to St Katherine's Anglican Church.

Significance

This land abuts St Katherine's Church St Helena, originally built by Anthony Beale and named for his wife Katherine Rose.

Inscriptions & Markings

Diamond Valley News Tuesday June 9, 1987 - page 7.

Photograph - Jessie Partington on her wedding day

Greensborough Historical Society,

Studio portrait of bride, mounted on heavy card.

Historical information

Photograph of Jessie Partington on her wedding day 9/3/1935. Jessie married Gordon Scholes at the Greensborough Methodist Church.

Inscriptions & Markings

Studio name and address on front of mount.

Folder - Black Family

Greensborough Historical Society,

20-page plastic binder, spiral bound, purple cover. Contains documents relating to the Black and Fraser family.

Historical information

Contents: Handwritten list of burials of McLaughlin and Black families at St Katherine's St Helena; handwritten family tree by Shirley Fraser; letter re McLaughlins Lane; un-named family photos; television fan memorabilia from 1950s.

Significance

History of the origins of this Greensborough family. Includes McLaughlin, Fraser, Black.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collected by Greensborough Historical Society. Folder commenced 2012.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1964 Grade 6A

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1964 Grade 6A. The teacher is Peter Gurry.

Newspaper clipping (copy) - Golden era endures

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper article, text and colour image.

Historical information

Tom and Betty Cummings of Watsonia celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2011.

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 - Grave of William and Maud Lobb, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of William Lobb (died 12/01/1947) and Maud Lobb (died 28/12/1956), 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.

Photograph - Digital image - Trevor Partington and mounted Police

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Trevor Partington (far left) with mounted Police. He joined the mounted police in 1958. Trevor later became a detective and retired from Victoria Police in 1985.

Folder - St Katherine's Church St Helena: the story of its beginnings.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00046.02230 Grey covered folder with plastic pockets containing article with text and some colour photographs.

Historical information

The article in this folder tells the story of the origins of St Katherine's Church St Helena which dates from1858. The Church was built by Major Anthony Beale in memory of his wife Katherine Rose Beale. Includes photographs of the Church and its interior.

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 - Sowing the seeds of family trees

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Yarra Plenty Regional Library's local and family history librarian Liz Pidgeon discusses tracing your family tree.

Collection Tin - Spastic Children's Society Home Bank

Greensborough Historical Society,

Cardboard cylinder with metal ends. Top has slot for coins. Cream coloured outer with red writing.

Historical information

These small collection tins were distributed to homes to encourage the 'banking' of small coins which would then be donated to assist the work of the Spastic Society of Victoria. Founded in 1948, and now known as "Scope" this is a not-for-profit organisation providing disability services throughout Victoria to thousands of children and adults with physical and multiple disabilities

Significance

An example of mid 20th century fund raising.

Inscriptions & Markings

On label "Spastic Children need your help" "Home Bank"

Photograph - Digital image - Rand Street Bridge [Greensborough]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

These photographs of the Rand Street Bridge were 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.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1976 Form 6A

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 6A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 6A

Photograph - Digital image - Bosch family [as adults]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Bosch (Bush) family as adults. Left to right: John Adam Bush Senior (Johannes Adem Bosch born 19/8/1867 died1925), Frederick William Bush (31/3/1892-20/8/1952), John Adam Bush Junior (3/2/1895-24/6/1970), Amelia Suzanne Bush (b25/6/1893). Johannes Bosch came to Australia in 1884 aged 17. He married Henrietta Duck, had 3 children and divorced in 1903. Around 1902 he anglicized the family name to Bush.They farmed along the Plenty River having purchased land from Flintoff.

Photograph - Digital image - All Saints Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows the old timber church in Greensborough - All Saint's Anglican Church - now replaced by a modern church on the corner of Grimshaw Street and Church Street Greensborough.

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1992 Grade 2-3 S

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour school photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1992 Grade 2-3 S

Photograph - Digital image - Poulter Avenue Reserve 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Poulter Avenue Reserve Greensborough.

Photographs - Photographs by Maria Barbaro

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00432:00844:02157 Folder containing approx 150 colour photographs of Greensborough area. Each photograph 10x15cm

Historical information

A collection of over 170 photographs taken by artist Maria Barbaro as studies for her paintings. Taken in the Greensborough area, photos cover a wide range of natural and built landscapes, including the Plenty River; parks and gardens; the Greensborough Hotel; Ashmead; Greensborough railway station.

Significance

A variety of photographs of the Greensborough area in the early 21st Century.

Greeting Card - Rand Street Swingbridge

Greensborough Historical Society,

A white greeting card made from stiffened card and folded at the left side.

Historical information

The sketch portrayed is by Ron Reynolds and was printed the book "Greensborough and Greenhills" in 1973. This is a Christmas greeting to Jessie Angus (nee Partington).

Significance

The Rand St Swing bridge allowed easy access to Greensborough railway station and shops for those who lived on the eastern side of the Plenty River.

Inscriptions & Markings

A personal greeting to Jessie Angus (nee Partington)written on both inside pages.

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1992 Prep 1S

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour school photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1992 Prep 1S