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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

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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7370 items

Booklet - Stories of the Olympic Village: life after the games, ed. by Rita Chiodo

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

38 p., black and white text and photographs

Historical information

Stories of people who lived in the Olympic Village West Heidelberg in the years between 1956 and 1999.

Photograph - Digital Image - The Changing face of Main Street Greensborough (Main Street Plaques Project)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of 3 colour photographs.

Historical information

In 2018, Greensborough Historical Society placed plaques in the Main Street area of Greensborough. In these photographs, GHS member Chris Foster, accompanied by GHS President Noel Withers, has photographed the installation of the 'Changing face of Main Street' plaque on Main Street Greensborough.

Significance

The Main Street Plaques Project placed historical information about original Greensborough buildings as close to the original site as possible. Further information available on the GHS website. The Plaques were made possible through a Greensborough RSL Grant.

Book - Kew's civic century

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

208 p., illus.

Historical information

A history of Kew compiled to celebrate the century since proclamation as a municipality in 1860.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1969 Swimming Team

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white school photograph

Historical information

A group photograph of Watsonia High School 1969 Swimming Team. Students are not named.

Photographs - Watsonia opening; Loyola seminary. Circa 1934.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Four photographs and one photocopy. Aerial and ground views.

Historical information

The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) opened the seminary in 1934. These photographs were part of the advertising for the opening ceremony. The Jesuit Order had a presence on the site from 1934 to 1974 where a house of formation and studies for the Society of Jesus was located (the current Old Loyola building purchased by the College in 2002). Loyola College Watsonia now occupies the site.

Significance

1934 photographs showing the site before the residential development in the area.

Photographs - Whittingham family Photos

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Envelope containing 9 col. photographs of members of the Whittingham family

Historical information

Photographs sourced by Rosie Bray from a descendant of the Whittingham family. a: Walter S Whittingham and wife Wlsie (called Lily); b: Elsie and Eric Whittingham on wedding day; c: Whittingham family, not identified; d: Trinnie Di Giacomo (nee Whittingham) May 2014; e and f: Irene Taylor (Whittingham descendant); g: Ship "Ivanhoe" owned by Whittingham family (painting held by family member).

Article and Photograph - Gentlemen's slip away

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Explanation of the term "gentlemen's slip-away", said to refer to the lane at the bottom of River Street Briar Hill which goes to Gladstone Road - a short cut to the Greensborough Hotel?

Significance

This photograph and text was copied from a Facebook site. Members are people who lived in the Greensborough area and share their reminiscences of the area with others. The site is administered by a GHS member but is not officially affiliated with the Society. Any information is the opinion of the contributor.

Newspaper Clipping - Fatal house fire

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

An elderly man has died in a suspicious house fire at Mountain View Road, Briar Hill.

Book - Australian prime ministers

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

512 p. illus.

Historical information

Biographical articles on Australian prime ministers from Edmund Barton to John Howard written by various authors.

Ticket - Digital Image - Train ticket: Watsonia to Collingwood, weekly, 1970s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Historical information

Digital image of "Watsonia to Collingwood" weekly train ticket [undated, circa 1970s]

Significance

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

Coaster - Digital Image - Winston's Night Club Bistro coaster, 1990

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital image of coaster, dark green with red logo.

Historical information

Digital image of drink coaster from Bundoora Hotel (also known as Winston's Night Club Bistro), 1990s.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

"Winston's Night Clun Bistro" and "Bundoora Hotel"

Knife

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Metal knife with serrated blade and marks on handle.

Historical information

Single knife, possible part of cutlery set. Mark on handle is not identified.

Paper bag - Medhurst Wines, Yarra Valley

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Brown paper bag with company logo.

Historical information

This bag was obtained from Medhurst Wines, Yarra Valley, as a gift for Faye Fort, who is a descendant of the Medhurst family. The Medhurst family moved to Gruyere in the Yarra Valley in 1855. They farmed the land that is now the vineyard that bears their name. In 1898 they moved to Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Medhurst Wines Yarra Valley"

Newspaper clipping - Grant our wish - St Thomas the Apostle Primary School GN1781

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping. Front page image plus article: black text, colour image.

Historical information

St Thomas the Apostle Primary School reached the finals of the Leader Grants. The school hopes to re-establish its reflective memorial garden.

Article - Frederick George Starling

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frederick George Starling and his service in World War 1. Fred Starling was born in Diamond Creek. .

Rain bonnet

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Clear plastic rain bonnet in decorative press-stud plastic gilt and black case

Historical information

Portable rain bonnet could be carried in handbag in case of rain. Clear plastic bonnet in black plastic pouch.

Inscriptions & Markings

Illegible price ticket on back

School Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1979 Grade 5 and 6.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. 1979 Grade 5 and 6. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Newspaper Clipping - Master blaster sets pace

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Bundoora resident Cameron Simon claimed 3 gold medals in the Australian Masters Athletics Championship.

Photograph - Digital Image - Woolworths Greensborough 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

The 'new look' Woolworths store in Greensborough, showing the Henry Street façade after renovations. This was formerly the Safeway store.

Oral History - E.H.(Mick) Evans: VX10125

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 typed pages

Historical information

This story was written by June Hall, daughter of Mick Evans, information taken from tapes recorded before his death.

Significance

First published on GHS website.

Photograph - Digital Image - Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation. Staff c1942.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of group photograph.

Historical information

The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) was an Australian aircraft manufacturer. The CAC was established in 1936, to provide Australia with the capability to produce military aircraft and engines. This staff photograph was taken circa 1942. Greensborough local Joan Petts (b1923) can be seen far right.

Pipe - Pipe with metal lid

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Carved wooden pipe with hinged silver lid, two-tone. Carving is of a horse.

Historical information

Carved wooden pipe with hinged silver lid, two-tone. Carving is of a horse.

Significance

From a collection held in Greensborough.

Book - Trentham at War: Boer War, World War I, World War 2 / by Ina Bertrand and Jan Robertson.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

126 p., illus. Cover in black and white shows photographs of soldiers and nurses.

Historical information

A compilation of the war records of the men and women from the Trentham area who served in the Boer War, World War I and World War II. Authors/compilers are Ina Bertrand and Jan Robertson from Trentham and District Historical Society.

Significance

This book is a tribute to all who served from the Trentham area.

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.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1979 Year 4B

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1979 Year 4B

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1979 Year 4B

Photograph - Digital image - Alan Partington and others on log to Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Alan Partington (3rd from left) and others crossing the Plenty River at Greensborough. This log over the river was the quickest way to reach the Greensborough township from Willis Vale.

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

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 and depict a small hardware business.

Significance

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

Article - Eliza Smith

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Eliza Smith and her service in World War 1.

Article and Photograph - Hutchinson Family

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Information and photos about the Hutchinson family, owners of the soil and gravel business in Para Road among other local businesses.

Significance

This photograph and text was copied from a Facebook site. Members are people who lived in the Greensborough area and share their reminiscences of the area with others. The site is administered by a GHS member but is not officially affiliated with the Society. Any information is the opinion of the contributor.

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough State School Flower Show Gr2062

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping, black and white text

Historical information

Greensborough State School hosted its annual Flower Show. This clipping lists winners of various categories at the show.

Significance

Lists the names of many residents of Greensborough in 1930