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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.

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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5877 items

Photograph - Digital image - The Snug Cafe St Helena 2

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

St Helena Marketplace was the site of "The Snug". These photographs were taken by Frank Solomon and depict a cafe called The Snug, which is no longer operating.

Photograph - Digital image - Ellis Cottage May 2016: Artefact: Compressor

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

In May 2016 the Nillumbik Historical Society invited Greensborough Historical Society to visit its historical centre at Ellis Cottage in Diamond Creek. Ellis Cottage was built in 1865 and is made of local uncut stone. The cottage is a typical farmers residence of this period. The stone construction is unique in this district as most construction is weatherboard. This photo shows an antique compressor.

Newspaper clipping - Festival puts motors and music on show.

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

The annual Watsonia Motor Show in Grace Street will showcase unique and classic cars.

Photograph - Digital image - Two men in fishing boat on the Plenty River in 1937.

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 two men fishing from a boat on the river.

Photographs - Britnell / Duncan family

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00352:00777 7 sepia photographs of family members. Notes by Faye Fort.

Historical information

Members of the Britnell/Duncan family of Greensborough include Jessie Britnell (nee Duncan) and William Britnell, Jonah Britnell and Emma Britnell. Family history notes provided by Faye Fort (nee Partington)

Significance

Greensborough pioneer family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each has the name of subject written in pen on reverse. The names of the photographer are printed front and back.

Document - Greensborough Football Club [team sheet]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Green ink on white paper.

Historical information

Blank game record form, to include participants, date, location and team member names.

Inscriptions & Markings

With compliments of AAJAY Plumbing Service..

Book - Help! My ancestors Irish and I'm stuck!!!! by Janet Reakes

Greensborough Historical Society,

Paperback, 152 p.

Postcard set - Accompanies Item 138, Greensborough War Memorial Park Sculptures, Leigh Conkie

Greensborough Historical Society,

Set of 12 postcards of chainsaw sculptures in Greensborough War Memorial Park.

Historical information

Sculptures created from stumps of trees planted around Greensborough War Memorial park.

Significance

Memorial to past armed services people from Greensborough District.

Inscriptions & Markings

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Photograph - Digital image - Bill Hutchinson photos

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00778:01066:01067:01068:01069:02521 Digital copy of 3 black and white photos.

Historical information

3 photographs of the Hutchinson family homes in Rattray Road Montmorency 1937 and Para Road Greensborough 1969.

Photograph - Digital image - Pioneer Reserve 2014 -3

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02037.02038.02039.02040.02041.02042.02043.02044 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Pioneer Reserve, Greensborough is a small park on the corner of St Helena and Diamond Creek Roads. It is adjacent to the site of Greensborough's first bridge across the Plenty River, c. 1864 - 1960s. The shelter, viewing platform, retaining wall and entrance are built from the bridge's massive bluestone arched abutments dismantled between 1974 and 1983. Photograph by Marilyn Smith 2014.

Photograph - Digital image - William Partington on wedding day

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

William Partington on the day of his marriage to Mary Jane Price in 1898.

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

Photograph (digital image) - Margie Hope, Lesley Hills, Lorraine Poulter and Elinor Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Black and white photograph of Margie Hope, Lesley Hills, Lorraine Poulter and Elinor Partington.

Photograph - Digital image - Old house, Eltham, 1933.

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 the old farmhouse at John McLaughlin's Eltham property.

Photograph - Digital image - Memorial Wall, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

Brass plaques fitted to a wall at St Helena Cemetery, commemorating the lives of many locals. Memorial plaques date from 1980.

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.

Real estate advertising leaflet - 102c/116 Main Drive Macleod

Greensborough Historical Society,

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour.

Historical information

102c/116 Main Drive Macleod, Studio apartment in secure complex. Sold May 2018 for $124,900

Photograph - Digital image - Bundoora Primary School No.1915 (old building) 6

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02021.02022.02023.02024.02025.02026.02027 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Bundoora Primary School No.1915 was constructed in 1877 of brick on a bluestone base with an iron roof and small porch. The school consisted of a single room with the dimensions 30 feet by 18 feet. It was a small rural school and in use for over 100 years. Today it sits abandoned at the intersection of Plenty Road and the Metropolitan Ring Road. The School has a Victorian Heritage Overlay (no H062) Photograph by Marilyn Smith 2014.

Newspaper clipping - A Life Worth Celebrating

Greensborough Historical Society,

A multi coloured 1 page newspaper article.

Historical information

The item was written about Margaret Woiwod who passed away on August 1 2012.

Significance

Margaret Woiwod was a prominent community minded person who lived in Bend of Isles for 25 years and later in Eltham North.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH unbeaten football team

Greensborough Historical Society,

A newspaper clipping about Watsonia High School's football team maintaining their unbeaten record.

Historical information

A newspaper clipping about Watsonia High School's football team maintaining their unbeaten record.

Newspaper clipping - Macleod High School - collection of news clippings.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Collection of original newspaper clippings.

Historical information

Various articles relating to Macleod High School in the 1960s. Includes students, visitors and activities. collected by Rosemary Isaacs.

Photograph - Digital image - Harriett Emma Splatt Stock 2

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Harriett Emma Stock (nee Splatt) born 1866, married to George William Stock. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Digital image - Parkview Avenue Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Part of a set of photographs showing some of the older homes in Greensborough. This house is in Parkview Avenue Greensborough.

Receipt - R. E. Willett Cash Butchers

Greensborough Historical Society,

Receipt form printed in dark blue and pink ink

Historical information

R. & E. Willett butcher shops were at corner Binns and Were Streets, Montmorency and at Main Street, Greensborough. Cash receipts were written before cash registers.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Bought of R. & E. Willett, cash butchers"

Photograph - Digital image - Pope Place bridge Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Pope Place foot bridge, Greensborough.

Photographs - Macleod High School 1950s and 60s

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 photographs of Macleod High School students.

Historical information

Student photographs, Macleod High School 1950s and 60s. Photographs capture former Macleod High students, school buildings and grounds.

Significance

A record of some students of Macleod High in the 1950s and 1960s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Captions on back of each photo.

Photograph - Digital image - Jane Henrietta Coventry

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph and notes, 2 p. black and white

Historical information

Photograph of Jane Henrietta Coventry nee Spencer 1863-1940 with details of her husband and 10 children. Jane and Henry Coventry's family included two champion AFL footballers, Syd and Gordon Coventry. Coventry Street [Montmorency] is named after her son Tom Coventry, who lived in the area.

Book - Port Phillip Gazette 1838-1841. Facsimile edition.

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 volumes.Dimensions for Vols 1 & 2 are 47 x 28 cm; Vols 3 to 5 are 47 x 33 cm. Facsimile of the original newspapers.

Historical information

5 Volume Set of Port Phillip Gazette from 1838 to 1841. Published as a Facsimile of the Originals in 1979 this Set is a numbered limited edition. The first issue of the Port Phillip Gazette, a four page weekly appeared 27 October 1838.

Significance

A limited edition of this early Melbourne newspaper.

Inscriptions & Markings

Limited edition numbered inside.

Photograph - Digital image - George S Davis, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01859.01936 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of George S Davis (died 30/06/1942) in Plot# Q19 Greensborough Cemetery. The Davis family lived in Britnell's Road, Briar Hill.

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 Plaza Display April 2013

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of window display.

Historical information

Twice annually the Greensborough Historical Society mounts a display in the window of the Diamond Valley Community Support office at Greensborough Plaza. this is the display from April 2013.

Significance

Outreach activity of Greensborough Historical Society.

Photograph - Digital image - School swimming sports at Greensborough Pool, circa 1980s.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of 3 colour photographs.

Historical information

Photographs of a school swimming carnival at Greensborough Pool circa 1980s.

Significance

This Pool was demolished to make way for the Watermarc complex.

Article - Albert Ernest Wailes

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Albert Ernest Wailes and his service in World War 1. Albert Wailes was born in Yan Yean.

Newspaper Clipping - Brush with history

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping, black and white text and colour image.

Historical information

Greensborough artist Alan Sartori show some of his work at the Alan Sartori Gallery in Diamond Creek.

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: Looking down toward Kookaburra Bend 1.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Looking down toward Kookaburra Bend 1. 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

Photograph - Digital image - Fred Kroschel [in uniform]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Frederick Kroschel of Natimuk died of wounds in France 27 September 1917.

Significance

Connection to the Fort family. Photograph and memorabilia with Faye Fort.

Photograph - Digital image - Skals Motors

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00474:00709:01272 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Tom Skals owned Skals Motors, located on the west side of Main Street, north of the rail line.

Photograph - Digital image - Onion Farm Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of two black and white photographs.

Historical information

Two photographs of the Onion Farm, Diamond Creek Road Greensborough. Photo 1 is not captioned; photo 2 (left to right) Harris the owner, unknown male, William Thomas Finn. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photographic Slides - Police in Victoria

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02896.03848-03854 7 photographic slides in Kodak box, plastic with yellow lid. Digital images entered seperately

Historical information

Set of 7 slides depicting photographs of police from 1858 to 1930s. Includes gold escorts, traffic police in Melbourne, black trackers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each slide is marked with its subject

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1972 Grade 1C

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1972 Grade 1C

Article - Ring of ire

Greensborough Historical Society,

Four pages, text and coloured photographs

Historical information

Discussion of the need to provide a link between the Metropolitan Ring Road at Greensborough and the Eastlink at either Bulleen or Ringwood, to alleviate traffic congestion on Rosanna Road and other streets in the Banyule area.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Auto Feb. 2016 p. 15-19

Oral History - Remembering Richard (Dick) Tooth, as told to June Hall [by the Tooth Family]

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 p., typescript

Historical information

The story of Greensborough local Richard (Dick) Tooth as told to June Hall by the Tooth family.

Newsletter - Ignatian, 10th March 1994.

Greensborough Historical Society,

8 page newsletter. Printed in black on white paper (discoloured). Title of publication is printed in red. Complete volume available at GHS.

Historical information

This is a general newsletter produced by Loyola College and distributed to parents. In this edition the front page article and 4 page centre lift out deal with the ongoing bid to protect the former Loyola seminary from demolition.

Significance

Loyola, a Jesuit seminary in Watsonia was opened in 1934, with Loyola College, a Catholic secondary school opening in 1980 on 4 acres adjacent to the seminary. In the early 1990s the College was keen to take over the seminary buildings.

Newspaper Clipping - Day tours of graves

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 p., text and colour images. 2 copies.

Historical information

Dennis Ward talks about his Nillumbik and Banyule cemetery tours in 2013. Includes information on St Helena Cemetery at St Katherine's Church, the Pioneer Children's Cemetery on the Plenty River and the nearby Batman Apple Tree.

Certificate (Digital Image) - Alan Partington. Victorian Football Union. Golden Jubilee Award.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Certificate. Blue and red print on white paper.

Historical information

Golden Jubilee Award presented to William Alan Partington issued in recognition of long and distinguished service to Australian Football.

Significance

Alan Partington was a member of the Partington family, pioneers in Greensborough.

Newspaper Clipping - Parade College Students tackle success satire

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Students from Parade College Bundoora and Mercy College Coburg performed the play "How to succeed in business without really trying".

Newspaper Clipping - Motor show to strike top note

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Classic cars were on show at the Watsonia Motor Show in November 2015.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1972 Grade 4D

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1972 Grade 4D

Photograph - Digital image - Pig Farm, Weidlich Road area: aerial view

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of aerial photograph

Historical information

An aerial view 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 has now been 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.

Advertising Leaflet - Electric Station Estate, Second Section, Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of auction leaflet 1 p.

Historical information

Photocopy of auction leaflet for sale of second section of land north of Watsonia Railway Station, Saturday 16th August 1924. Auctioneer Knight & Harwood in conjunction with C. Jessop.

Photograph - Digital image - Prunus blossoms: Mountainview Road Briar Hill 1.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Prunus blossoms on Mountainview Road Briar Hill.

Newspaper Clipping - Artists polish up war tributes

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

New sculptures honouring returned service man and women will be created for Greensborough's War Memorial Park.

Advertising Leaflet - 2/21 Ellen Court Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

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