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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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6913 items

Article - Walter Bruce

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Walter Bruce and his service in World War 1. At the time of Walter Bruce's enlistment, he was living at Plenty Farm and working for Mr John Davey.

Magazine - The Genealogist. Quarterly Vol. X No. 1, March 2001 - (incomplete)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white illus.

Historical information

Contains articles on a variety of family history topics, and information for members

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Herbert V. Jennings and Ethel H. Jennings, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01868.01909.01974 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Herbert V. Jennings (died 08/07/1931) and Ethel H. Jennings (died 23/09/1953) in Plot# E2 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 early settlers in the district.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1974 Grade 1-2 C

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1974 Grade 1-2 C

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Centre turns back clock

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping, black and white text.

Historical information

'Local Scene' outlines school holiday activities in the Greensborough area and reports that the Japanese exchange student has left Greensborough Primary School.

Document - The Old Heidelberg Courthouse

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p. black print on pink paper, building plan

Historical information

The Courthouse is now the location of the Heidelberg Historical Society.

Photograph - Digital image - Plenty Tennis 1935

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of a function at Plenty Tennis Club 1935. Myrtle McLaughlin is on far right. Part of a collection of photographs owned by Myrtle McLaughlin who was born in Greensborough to John McLaughlin and Rosalie Ellen Whatmough.

Article - William Gordon Weir

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Gordon Weir and his service in World War 1. William Weir was born in Whittlesea/Bundoora.

Photograph - Digital image - Uncle Bill's kids, 1935

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1p., sepia photograph and notes

Historical information

Members of the Coventry and McDowell family, with some family relationships in the notes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names and relationships of the nine subjects

Map - Keelbundoora; Counties of Bourke and Evelyn

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Map on light brown parchment, covered in plastic.

Historical information

Map of the Victorian counties of Bourke and Evelyn showing parish boundaries and land ownership.

Significance

Show the original landholders for this area.

Inscriptions & Markings

"L.5305" and "3462"

Folder (article and CD) - Briar Hill Primary School / compiled by Marilyn Smith and Dawn Bennetts (nee Petts)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Green plastic folder containing article, photographs and compact disk.

Historical information

This history of Briar Hill Primary School was written by GHS members Marilyn Smith and Dawn Bennetts (nee Petts). They had access to Briar Hill's archives and scanned photographs and news articles relating to the school. These are saved to a CD.

Significance

Briar Hill Primary School was opened in the 1927 but was threatened with closure or amalgamation in 2000 due to low student numbers. With the introduction of "Steiner-influenced" classes, numbers had increased to around 170 in 2013.

Photograph - North Melbourne Metro Ice Works Picnic in Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01262.02987 Black abd White Photograph

Historical information

North Melbourne Metro Ice Works Picnic at Greensborough Circa 1908. From the Alexander Family showing John Senior, Isabella, Baby Henry, John Junior, Marcella Evans.

Significance

Representative photograph of a group picnic held in the Greensborough area, a popular venue and day trip for groups from Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

Back Sticker States - North Melbourne Metro Ice Works Picnic at Greensborough Circa 1908 The Alexander Family - John [Senior], Isabella, Baby Henry, John [Junior], Marcella Evans.

Painting - Digital Image - Farmhouse, East Gippsland, by Alan Sartori

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital image of a painting by a Greensborough artist.

Historical information

Photograph of painting by Alan Sartori called 'Farmhouse East Gippsland.

Significance

Alan Sartori was a local Greensborough artist who captured many images of the local area and beyond.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1979 Grade 1.

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 - Watsonia High School Pool, Construction 1976. Concrete truck and workers spraying concrete.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph, scanned from slide. Slide set at Item 6513.

Historical information

The swimming pool at Watsonia High School was commenced in 1976 and opened in 1977. This photo shows a concrete truck and workers spraying concrete onto the pool.

Significance

While the school has gone, the pool remains in 2019, operating as Yarra Swim School, Liat Way Greensborough

Photograph - Grimshaw Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02490.04892 Black and white photograph

Historical information

South-west corner of Grimshaw and Henry Streets, showing Safeway (Woolworths), traffic lights and BP service station. Greensborough first traffic lights were installed along Grimshaw Street circa 1976.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Safeway opposite the Greensborough Primary School, traffic lights for school crossing"

Newspaper Clipping - Print of rock legend a 'popular' winner of $10,000 competition

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

The Rick Amor Print Prize was won in 2015 by Jim Pavlidis. The award was presented at Montsalvat.

Photograph - Digital image - St Katherine's Church St Helena: History of St Katherine's plaque.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

St Katherine's Church St Helena dates from 1858. The Church was built by Major Anthony Beale in memory of his wife Katherine Rose Beale. This photograph shows a plaque that outlines the history of the Church.

Article - Alexander John McDonald's Great War / John Gibson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white text and photographs

Historical information

Story of Alexander John McDonald's war service with the 8th Light Horse AIF at Gallipoli 1914-1916.

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: Steps to officers' quarters.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: Steps to officers' quarters. The remains of this site are between Greensborough and Janefield. A RAAF Hygiene Training Camp was located on the Plenty River, just south of the Janefield community. It was in use from 1944 to 1946. The Camp was constructed from salvaged materials. Instruction included building and maintenance of grease traps, latrines, elementary plumbing and carpentry.

Significance

Early remains of a WW2 training camp

Article - Tribute to Violet Forber, by Rosie Bray; with eulogy by Dennis Richards

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 p. including photograph with bookmark and newspaper notices

Historical information

Violet Forber was a Bundoora resident and foundation member of the 50s Plus Club who died in August 2018

Video Recording - Digital - Brett Fowler

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05226:04705 Digital video recording. MP4. 2 min 06 sec.

Historical information

An interview with Brett Fowler about his memories of the Greensborough Football Club as he is inducted into the 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. These recordings were made for the Hall of Fame Presentation.

Genealogical document - Mayger

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

5 x A4 pages

Historical information

Outlines some research findings regarding George John Mayger, William John Mayger and Sarah Mayger. Includes references found in various publications including Melbourne directories.

Significance

The Mayger family were pioneers in the Greensborough area.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Hotel

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Early photograph of the Greensborough Hotel on the corner Hailes and Main Street Greensborough. This hotel was built in 1925.

Significance

The Greensborough Hotel is one of the few buildings to survive the redevelopment of Greensborough in the 1970s.

Advertising Leaflet - 2/21 Ellen Court Greenhills

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Historical information

2/21 Ellen Court Greenhills, 3 bedroom home, sold April 2012 for $450,000

Booklet - The Jagajaga Community Australia Day Awards 2019

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 p. booklet, with single page and col. photograph 2 copies`

Historical information

This booklet lists the recipients of the Jagajaga Community Australia Day Awards 2019, hosted by Jenny Macklin, Federal Member for Jagajaga. GHS Committee Member Anne Paul received a Jagajaga Community Award for services as a volunteer with Greensborough Historical Society, Friends of the Plenty River and the Plenty River Forum. A supplementary page and colour photograph of Anne accompanies the booklet. Short report by Rosie Bray.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Station: view across carpark to station

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Greensborough Station: view across carpark to station.

Business card - Franks hairdressing

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Business card printed in multi colours on black (front) and grey (back)

Historical information

Frank's business has been in the same shop for about 48 years. It is situated at 91 Watsonia Road Watsonia.

Newspaper Clipping - Rosanna - Bridge is rail big effort

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

The mammoth rail bridge has been installed across Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna by Level Crossing Removal Authority contractors.

Photograph - Digital image - Marble Hall

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00177:00522:00526:01021:01250:01251:01252:01253:01254 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of "Marble Hall", Greensborough. The Marble Hotel, Greensborough was located at the corner of Main Street and Para Road. The first licensed hotel in Greensborough and one of the earliest brick buildings was built by James Chapman in the early 1850s as a hotel and lodging house to cater for wood carters and those trying their luck at the gold fields but served many functions over the years including post office, general store, public hall, butchers, bakers, surgery, private dwelling and baby health care centre. It got its name due to its white washed exterior. This photo is from the Lorraine Coates Collection.

Significance

Photograph of early Greensborough building, now demolished.