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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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Article and Photograph - Latoof and Callil Pty Ltd

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Photograph and information about Latoof and Calill, "Australia's largest dressmaking organisation" with a branch in Main Street Greensborough, later moved to Watsonia.

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.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club. Team photograph, 1931 Premiership team.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Historical information

Team photograph, Greensborough Football Club. 1931 Premiership team.

Significance

This photograph is a record of the team - players and support staff - involved in the 1931 season.

Oral History - Allan Bishop remembers the early years. Interview by Dawn Bennetts

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

8 page text, black & white and col photographs

Historical information

Recollections of Allan Bishop, resident of the Greensborough area for about 40 years, as interviewed and written by his niece Dawn Bennetts (nee Petts)

Book - Hellbent for the Pole: by Geoffrey Lee Martin

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Paperback book, 160 pages, colour photographs

Historical information

Account of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, (the 'race to the South Pole' 1957-58) where two field parties, headed by Dr. Vivian Fuchs and Sir Edmund Hillary, both reached the South Pole. G. L. Martin was photographer to the expedition.

Article and Photograph - Greensborough Police lock up

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Photo of Greensborough Police lock up, Grimshaw Street Greensborough

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.

Article - 'Monty days': the recollections of Bill and Thelma Hutchinson, told to John Gibson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., typescript

Historical information

Recollections of Montmorency by Bill and Thelma Hutchinson, including Bill's parents' life before he was born in 1937. Also published in GHS publication "As I recall", 2013.

Photograph - Digital image - Charles Marshall

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows Charles Marshall in civilian clothes, date unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

There is no caption on this photograph

Advertising Leaflet - 2 Valda Street Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Historical information

2 Valda Street Watsonia. 3 bedroom home, private sale, sold 16/02/2012 for $553,000

Photograph - Digital image - Imperial Camel Corps 1918

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows some members of the Imperial Camel Corps 1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Albert C Richards, Bertha F Richards and Carl W Richards, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Albert C Richards (died 01/04/2005), Bertha F Richards (died 12/05/1993) and Carl W Richards (died 26/08/1943) in Plot# R1 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.

Photograph - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1950 Grade 5

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A black and white photograph of school children taken in 1950.

Historical information

The photograph was taken in 1950 and is of Grade 5 at Greensborough Primary School. It has children from many local families in it.

Significance

The photograph records the children attending the Greensborough Primary school in 1950.

Inscriptions & Markings

A list of names in red biro on the back of the photograph.

Pamphlet - Banyule Youth Summit: 2018 report

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 p. printed in colour

Historical information

The Summit was held at the Heidelberg Golf Club on 15 May 2018, facilitated by Banyule Youth Services and with the participation of the Victorian State government and Banyule City Council

Oral History - I remember by Elaine Drakeford (nee Roberts)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00452:00714:01513 2 typed pages.

Historical information

Elaine Drakeford (nee Roberts) recounts her story of growing up in Greensborough from the 1940s. As part of a large family, the 9 children played together and made their own fun.

Significance

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

Photograph - Approach to Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00456.00458 A black and white photograph of the approach to Greensborough in the late 1940's.

Historical information

A vista of the top end of Greensborough in the late 1940's.

Significance

Shows the development of Greensborough looking from the Melbourne approach side. Features the early power lines and post and wire fences along Grimshaw Street also dirt edges of the road, early street lighting and no footpaths.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pen on back of photo: "Looking down Grimshaw St from the cutting near William St and Adeline Sts."

Photograph - Digital image - Dot Jewell and neighbours Montmorency

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph. Photograph is labelled.

Historical information

Part of a group of photographs copied from the collection of Dot Jewell of Montmorency. This photograph is labeled and shows a group of people in a dining room (Dot Jewell and neighbours) Montmorency.

Book - The First and the Last; the German fighter force in World War II; by Adolf Galland

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

385p., hard cover, illus.

Historical information

Royal Air Force, Luftwaffe, World War II

Business card - Digital Image - Plenty Valley Printing Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Coloured business card

Historical information

Plenty Valley Printing is a Greensborough graphic design and printing business.

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1995 Grade Prep and 1

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour school photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1995 Grade Prep and 1

Photograph (Framed) - Shire of Diamond Valley Staff. Last day 1992.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Large colour photograph in timber frame.

Historical information

Photograph of "indoor" staff, Shire of Diamond Valley, on their last day at work for the Shire.The Shire of Diamond Valley was a Local Government Area located about 20 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The shire covered an area of 74.38 square kilometres and existed from 30/09/1964 until 14/12/1994.

Article - Roger Egan

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Roger Egan and his service in World War 1. Roger's sister lived at Mont Park.

Vase - Volunteer Group Award: Greensborough Historical Society Inc.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Heavy clear glass vase

Historical information

Presented to the Greensborough Historical Society on the occasion of an Community Group Award to the Society by Banyule City Council 2017

Inscriptions & Markings

2017 volunteer awards: Volunteer Group Award, Greensborough Historical Society Inc., Banyule City Council. Etched.

Photograph - Digital image - Plain and Fancy Dress Ball 1906 - Greensborough Rechabite Hall

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Group photo of participants in the 1906 Plain and Fancy Dress Ball held in the Greensborough Hall. A newspaper article from the time is attached as a Word document. Some participants are identified in article.

Newspaper clipping - Right story, wrong pic!

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopy of newspaper clipping.

Historical information

Article on Mr Alan Partington correcting a mistake in a previous article (wrong photograph).

Significance

The Partington family were Greensborough pioneers. Alan was a descendent.

Photograph - Digital image - Blackjack from the north west

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02062.02063.02064.02065.02066.02067.02069.02071.02072.02073.02074.02076.02084.02085.02086.02087 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Blackjack from the north west. The Blackjack property, house and acres of fruit orchards ran down to the Plenty River off Hume Street Greensborough and was the home of the Robinson family to late 1956. The photographs were taken as slides by Frank Robinson and digitised by his son James in 2015.

Photograph - Digital Image - Across Greensborough Station, 1973c

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Looking across Greensborough Station. Taken from Varalla's corner Para Road and Flintoff Street. Turning Pope's Paddock into the Poulter Reserve.

Envelope - Greensborough Jewellers

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Jewelery repair envelope, brown paper

Historical information

Greensborough Jewellers operated in Main Street in the 1960s-1970s. It was possibly a branch of Busby Jewellers in Preston.

Inscriptions & Markings

Customer: Partington; Price: $13.95; rubber stamped business name, address and telephone number

Photograph - Digital image - Eltham, 1935.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs owned by Dorris McLaughlin who was born in Greensborough; in 1899 to John McLaughlin and Rosalie Ellen Whatmough. The collection contains photographs of friends and relatives from the Greensborough and Eltham areas. This photograph shows a view Eltham including some shops; 1935.

Photograph - Digital image - Jean Luxford at Mentone Station gardens 1942

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Jean Luxford at Mentone Station gardens 1942.

Report and photographs - Remembrance Day Time Capsule 2015

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Collection of 5 colour photographs and a written report.

Historical information

Short report and photographs of the placing of a Time Capsule at War Memorial Park Greensborough on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2015. Banyule Council was responsible for laying the time capsule and Mayor Craig Langdon officiated at the ceremony, assisted by Councillors Mark di Pasquale and Steven Briffa. The items in the capsule ranged in years from 1915 to 2015, the capsule is to be reopened in 25 years

Significance

Time capsule was laid as part of the ANZAC Centennial commemorations.

Photograph - Digital Image - The Commercial Bank Greensborough (Main Street Plaques Project)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of 2 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 'Commercial Bank' 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.