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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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6630 items

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.

Advertisement - Digital image - Nancarrows Greensborough 1967

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Nancarrow's grocers, with two stores in Main Street and Grimshaw Street, Greensborough 1967.

Significance

Part of a collection of historic advertisements from local newspapers, showing local businesses from the mid 20th century.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough RSL extension plaque 1997

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This plaque commemorates the opening of the extension to the Greensborough RSL on 12/09/1997.

Photograph - Digital image - John Finn 1909

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

John Finn (in pram) with one of his aunts 1909. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1965 Form 4A

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of school photograph

Historical information

A class photograph of Watsonia High School 1965 Form 4A

Book - The Future growth of Melbourne.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

46 p., text and col. plans

Historical information

A report to the Minister for Local Government on Melbourne's future growth and its planning administration, June 1967.

Photograph - Digital image - Bill Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

William (Bill) Poulter, a member of the Poulter family of Greensborough.

Significance

Greensborough pioneer family

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club. Team photograph, C grade (Under 17) runners up, 1963.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of group photograph of football team, players and support staff.

Historical information

Team photograph, Greensborough Football Club 1963, third eighteen (Under 17) Runners up.

Significance

This photograph is a record of the team - players and support staff - involved in the 1963 season.

Advertisement - Digital image - Phyllis McEwen, Florist, 1964

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Phyllis McEwen, Florist, 101 Grimshaw Street, Greensborough 1964

Poster - Banyule's indigenous plants

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Double-sided coloured poster, folded

Historical information

Line drawings and lists of plants indigenous to the City of Banyule.

Photograph - Digital image - Isabel in backyard 1953

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Isabel Luxford (Jean's mum) in backyard, 1953, with Poulter home behind

Collection - Digital Image - Franklin family. Greensborough Football Club.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05264:05248:04705 Digital copy of photographs and family tree

Historical information

Photographs of Don Franklin, Ken Franklin and Roy Franklin and a family tree of Franklin family members who played with the Greensborough Football Club.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Annie and Herbert Foley, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Annie Foley (died 21/09/1893) and Herbert Foley (died 28/04/1896), 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.

Butter Pats - Pair of butter pats

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Wooden butter pats with handle. One side is ribbed, the other smooth.

Historical information

These wooden butter pats were used to shape butter into bricks; making butter ready for sale and use. The excess moisture would be squeezed out of the butter; which was then transferred to a wooden board. The butter maker would hold one of these pats in each hand and work the butter into shape. These wooden pats are thin; light and easy to hold. The inside face is serrated to grip the butter and squeeze out any further water. It was also used to make patterns on the finished butter.

Significance

An original pair of butter pats. Given to a Greensborough local in 1975, but used by the previous owner and her mother.

Newspaper clipping - Nurturing creativity

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Promotional article with photograph (17 December 1996), and advertisement (10 December 1996)

Historical information

The Maharishi School was due to open in Bundoora in February 1997. This school was on the Loyola College site before Loyola acquired the building and land.

Advertisement - Digital image - Watsonia Book Shop, 1967

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Watsonia Book Shop, 87 Watsonia Road, Watsonia 1967.

Significance

Part of a collection of historic advertisements from local newspapers, showing local businesses from the mid 20th century.

Photograph - Digital image - Bruno and Vito Sculli 2016

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Bruno and Vito Sculli at work in Greensborough Plaza shop in 2016. The Sculli family came to Melbourne in the 1950s and in 1960 opened a fruit shop in Main Street Greensborough.

Newspaper Clipping - Golf course chopped up

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text

Historical information

Parts of Bundoora Park Golf Course were damaged by vandals.

Book - The Birth of Melbourne

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

392 p., black & white and col. illus. 2 copies.

Historical information

Anthology of items relating to the establishment of Melbourne.

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill shops 2

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Briar Hill shops are on the corner of Sherbourne Road and Mountainview Road Briar Hill. These photographs were taken by Frank Solomon and depict a small local shopping strip.

Photographs - Our Monty Kinder being built

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Three black and white photographs mounted on card, with pencilled insciption

Historical information

Photographs of the infant welfare and pre-school centre under construction at Petrie Park Montmorency. Builder Peter Graham.

Significance

Photos by Peter Graham, former Shire of Eltham councillor.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Our Monty Kinder being built, 1961" and "Builder Peter Graham" in purple pencil

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Hill Climb

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01005:02010 Digital copy of black and white photographs.

Historical information

Two photographs of the Greensborough Hill Climb 1945.

Photograph - Digital image - GHS Book Launch 2013

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Photograph of Greensborough Historical Society President Noel Withers and publisher Blaise van Hecke at the launch of the GHS publication "As I Recall".

Advertising Leaflet - 17 Rattray Road Montmorency

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Historical information

17 Rattray Road Montmorency. 3 bedroom home, auctioned 23 February 2013, sold for $286,000

Article - Watsonia, some memories

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00302:00303.01017.02237 5 pages, text only.

Historical information

Reminiscences of John Kellow, long-time Watsonia resident, with a brief history of the area. This is an updated version of the 2010 article of the same name.

Booklet - Pro Track News - Issue 14

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A 20 page newsletter issued in December 1981 by the Australian Athletics Confederation.

Historical information

Records national and international athletics results events during 1981. It also contains programs for future events.

Significance

Was donated by the Partingtons, a local family who were involved in athletics.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Newspaper clipping - Rose remembered as a suburb blooms.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A one page multi coloured newspaper article.

Historical information

It is based on the history of St Katherine's Anglican Church, St Helena.

Significance

The church in the article was originally erected in memory of Katherine Rose Beale, wife of Major Anthony Beale an original pioneer of Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photograph - Digital image - 14 Poulter Avenue [exterior, side of house and garden]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02002.02003.02004.02005 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Built in the 1930s, the exterior of this property is in close to original condition.

Newspaper Clipping - Old pipe bridge has history, by Marguerite Marshall

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article, black and white text and photograph.

Historical information

The aqueduct siphon bridge over the Plenty River, opened in 1891, was part of the pipeline bringing water from the service reservoir at Healesville, prior to the construction of the Maroondah Reservoir.

Newspaper Clipping - Concerns over park zoning

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Barclay Park in McKenzie Court Greensborough is still zoned residential with rezoning planned for 2018-19.