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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
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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.

Trudy 8 July 2015 9:35 AM

I have a vintage glass dish which contains a photo of the old bluestone bridge titled "wading pool Greensborough" I would like to donate to the Greensborough Historical Society. Please call 0414 323 936 to arrange collection. Thank you.

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Photograph - Leslie Iredale on brick dray.

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white photograph with the photographer's stamp on the rear.

Historical information

The photograph show Leslie Iredale a Greensborough resident on his dray with a load of bricks.

Significance

The Iredale family are a pioneering family of Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photographer's stamp reading "Printed by - Qualspeed Photo Service 99 Nicholson St Footscray. 24 hour service - Phone 68-3639" Also, black biro inscription on rear.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia High School 1965 Form 1D

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1965 Form 1D and caption by Dawn Bennetts (nee Petts)

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1965 Form 1D and handwritten caption by Dawn Petts.

Photograph - Watsonia High School 1978 Year 3C

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1978 Year 3C

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1978 Year 3C

Planning document - Subdivision Plan # G26. Grace Park Estate Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Plan mounted on heavy card.

Historical information

Plan of Subdivision (G26). Grace Park Estate.

Significance

An example of hard copy subdivision plans from the Greensborough area. From Shire of Heidelberg.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped and handwritten Council permissions, dates and other details.

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.

Photograph - A memento of the Opening Ball, Montmorency Public Hall, 21.8.36

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph, inscription engraved on negative

Historical information

Group photograph of people at the opening ball at the Montmorency Public Hall in 1936.

Newspaper clipping - Award for a man of actions

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Parade College graduate Lucas Zugaro earned the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Board's 2013 VCE Leadership Award for his social justice work during his senior school years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Source written on fron: DV Leader 18/12/2013

Book - Melbourne: then and now; by Heather Chapman and Judith Stillman.

Greensborough Historical Society,

144 pages, colour and black and white illustrations. Hard cover.

Historical information

This book shows early photographs of Melbourne landmarks and compares them with the same site in the 21st century. Some building remain and some sites have been redeveloped.

Significance

A comparison of sites within Melbourne.

Newsletter - Greensborough Historical Society Inc. Issue No. 9 - December 2013

Greensborough Historical Society,

An 8 page newsletter issued by Greensborough Historical Society Inc. in December 2012.

Historical information

This is the regular edition of the Greensborough Historical Society Inc. newsletter. This edition features a story by June Roberts and an update on the Pioneer Children's Cemetery,

Significance

Greensborough Historical Society Inc. is actively recording the history of Greensborough and surrounding suburbs. The newsletter is the regular means of correspondence to our members.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 - Sherriff may avoid a record

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A former Banyule councillor and three other political allies of federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten who allegedly vandalized election material may avoid a criminal record.

Newspaper Clipping - Baseball's Heathmont's winning streak continues

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Games and results for local baseball including the Greenhills Montmorency Club.

Article - St Helena and Anthony Beale

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 x A4 pages downloaded from Victorian Historical Magazine (1952) Vol 24, Issue 96, pages 140-141.

Historical information

The article was published after a visit by the Victorian Historical Society to St Helena.

Significance

Information about the Beale family and their connection to St Helena

Inscriptions & Markings

Victorian Historical Magazine (1952) Vol 24, Issue 96, pages 140-141. This is the transcript of a paper read by Mr A T Latham. The title is St.Helena and the subject is Anthony Beale and his connection with Greensborough.

Newspaper Clipping - Asylum seekers open up

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A former asylum seeker who spent time in detention will speak about his experience at a special Refugee Week event in Montmorency.

Article - The Margaret Dripps (Louws) story, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 p., text and col. photographs, with four photographic prints (10x15cm)

Historical information

Story of Margaret Ruth Louws nee Dripps, long-time Greensborough resident of William Street.

Newspaper Clipping - Late-night safety fears

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

The 24 hour public transport trial may cause security issues at small unmanned stations such as Montmorency.

Newspaper Clipping - Breakthrough on cancer.

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Scientists at La Trobe University have discovered the cause of a muscle-wasting disease (cachexia) seen in cancer patients.

Oral History - Brian and June Roberts at 'Blackjack'

Greensborough Historical Society,

11 typed pages.

Historical information

Brian and June Roberts moved to Hume Street Briar Hill as newlyweds. June's story recounts the development of their home on the Plenty River and the friendships with neighbours.

Significance

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

Photograph - Digital image - Diamond Village Shopping Centre Trees, Watsonia, 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Diamond Village Shopping Centre, Nepean Street Watsonia.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough By-pass Plaque

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of 3 colour photographs

Historical information

This plaque commemorated the official opening of the Greensborough By-pass on 3rd March 1988.

Photograph - Digital image - William Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of William Poulter, a descendant of William Poulter and his wife Mary, who arrived in Victoria in 1849 and settled in Greensborough in 1853.

Significance

Greensborough pioneer family

Photograph Album - Diamond Valley Community Hospital. Life at the DVCH. Functions, events and other happenings. Volume III.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photo album with blue cover. 30 pages, approx 140 photographs of varying sizes.

Historical information

Social activities at DVCH include farewells, staff birthdays and social club activities. The Diamond Valley Community Hospital was established in 1942 in Grimshaw Street Greensborough. Due to financial circumstances, the hospital closed in 2000. This collection of photo albums is from the 1990s and was collected by staff. Photographs are not named. Albums may be accessed at the GHS Resource Centre. This volume is numbered 11.

Significance

As the Diamond Valley Community Hospital is now closed, this collection of albums records some of the people involved. This particular album shows the community involvement with the hospital.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title handwritten and pasted on front cover. Inscription inside front cover: "Photos and Album by Marg Langtree."

Medicine Kit - Home medicine kit (20th Century)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Various bottles and tins, some containing liquid. A glass eye bath.

Historical information

Gathered from various donors, these items were in common use throughout the 20th century as home remedies. Rawleigh's Anti-Pain was advertised in The Hillston Spectator and Lachlan River Advertiser (NSW), Thursday 8 April 1937, page 3.

Significance

Examples of home first aid.

Newspaper Clipping - The Borough Basketballers Batter Forest Hill

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Report on Greensborough's win over Forest Hill in the Melbourne Winter Baseball League.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Book - Carlton & Parkville sketchbook

Greensborough Historical Society,

63 p., illus.

Historical information

Information about Carlton and Parkville, with sketches.

Photograph - Approach to Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 - Arab children

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Arab children, captioned '2 little bints taken out in Palestine'.

Inscriptions & Markings

"2 little bints taken out in Palestine"

Photograph - Digital image - Sculli Brothers Fresh Fruit shop, Main Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Sculli Brothers Fresh Fruit shop, Main Street Greensborough. The Sculli brothers opened their Greensborough fruit and vegetable business in 1960 shortly after migrating to Australia. Sculli's now operate from a store in Greensborough Plaza.

Photograph - Montmorency High School 1978 Year 9B

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour school photograph.

Historical information

A colour photograph of Montmorency High School 1978, Year 9B

Significance

Montmorency High School was opened in 1969 and is now known as Montmorency Secondary College.

Photograph - Watsonia High School 1972 Form 3 Group 6

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1972 Form 3 Group 6

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School1972 Form 2 Group 6

Photograph - Digital image - Ashmead [43 Grimshaw Street Greensborough]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This photograph of Ashmead (formerly the Cordner family home) was taken in 2013 to show changes over 40 years, based on Ron Reynold’s sketches in the 1973 publication “Greensborough and Greenhills” published by Cypress Books.

Photograph - Digital image - St Katherine's Church St Helena: Window 3.

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 one of the stained glass windows, depicting a blind man being cured and dedicated with thanks from the MacLean family.

Newspaper Clipping - Bring on the buskers

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Banyule Council lowered busking fees in Watsonia Shopping Centre in a pilot program to lure more performers to the area.

Photographs - Winter in Banyule Festival 30 August 2011

Greensborough Historical Society,

Printed copy of 4 digital colour photographs.

Historical information

On August 30 2011, members of th Greensborough Historical Society manned an information stall and display at the Winter in Banyule Festival at Greensborough Plaza. These photos depict members and family during the set up of the display.

Significance

Behind the scenes photos of display. This was also the first public sale of issue 1 of the Greensborough postcards.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of subjects handwritten on print

Folder - Local Scene in Watsonia with Rosalie Bray 1992.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Spiral bound plastic binder with 20 pockets. Blue title page. Contains photocopies of selected articles from Diamond Valley News 1992.

Historical information

This local news column details events, people and places of interest as they occurred in Watsonia in 1992.

Significance

This column was a means of advertising for local community groups and gives a snapshot of the Watsonia area at the time.

Newspaper Clipping - Bats aim to make most of possible swansong.

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Plenty Valley Cricket Club were vying for elevation to Premier Cricket in 2016-17. Coach Michael Sheedy discusses the team.

Book - How to trace your military ancestors in Australia and New Zealand, by R. H. Montague

Greensborough Historical Society,

Paperback, 157 p.

Book - A River to cross, by Arthur Pike

Greensborough Historical Society,

Paperback, 222p.

Historical information

A fictional account of an Australian soldier's memories of World War II and his travels to Japan 50 years later.

Newspaper clipping - Hearts soar at sighting

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

The endangered swift parrot has been spotted at La Trobe University and surrounding parklands in Bundoora and Macleod.

Folder of Newspaper Clippings - Diamond Valley Hospital Inc., Press clippings 1988-1998.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Bue lever arch file containing press clippings, each mounted on white A4 paper.

Historical information

The Diamond Valley Community Hospital was established in 1942 in Grimshaw Street Greensborough. Due to financial circumstances, the hospital closed in 2000. This collection of newspaper clippings is from i1988 to 1998 and was collected by staff. The collection includes advertisements of hospital services and articles from local newspapers.

Significance

As the Diamond Valley Community Hospital is now closed, this collection of newspaper clippings records some of the people, services and events associated with the hospital.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Newspaper Clippings" handwritten on white label on front cover.

Newspaper clipping - Remembering the Rats

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 2 page magazine article from the RSL's publication MUFTI.

Historical information

An article about the an exhibition at the Australian War Museum for the 70th Anniversary of the Tobruk campaign.

Significance

The article records some anecdotes of the "Rats of Tobruk".

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photograph - Digital image - Two local women

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows two local women..

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Receipt - St Katherine's Church Cemetery.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Receipt for purchase of grave.

Historical information

Receipt for purchase of grave at St Katherine's Church Cemetery by Hazel Black in 1967/

Inscriptions & Markings

Name of purchaser written in black ink.

Newspaper Clipping - Pho-nomenal flavour fusion

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A fusion of Vietnamese and Asian style tapas will provide an un-pho-gettable experience at the new Three Red Stripes store at Greensborough plaza

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Stubley Garage

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Stubley Garage 1946. The Stubley Group began in 1946 when Purcell Stubley purchased a site with petrol bowsers in Main Street from 'Snowy' Jessop. In 1948 Purcell began building the new Stubley Motors, working round the old site to keep the business operating. It was completed in 1951.

Photograph - Digital image - James W. Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of James William Partington (born 1900) in uniform. He enlisted in Sydney in 1917 as John McPhee because he was underage. James was the son of David Medhurst (1855-1939) and wife Martha Ruston Medhurst (1860-1943).who moved to Greensborough around 1898 and ran a store in Grimshaw Street.

Photograph - Digital image - Wayne Leed and Son Jed (Cousin of Faye Fort nee Partington)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Wayne Leed and Son Jed (Cousin of Faye Fort nee Partington), Greensborough,

Oral History - Interview with Gloria Stevens (nee Wightman)

Greensborough Historical Society,

5p. black and white text plus photographs

Historical information

Gloria Stevens' reminiscences of people and places in Greenhills from the late 1930s to early 1950s. Interviewers: Marilyn Smith and Dawn Bennetts.