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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.

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.

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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5565 items

Photograph - Digital image - Isabel and Jean at Keith Luxford's wedding 1955.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Isabel & Jean Luxford at Keith's wedding about 1955 (taken in Fairfield).

Newspaper Clipping - Players walk off in protest.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of news article, text.

Historical information

During the final quarter of a match against Greensborough, North Heidelberg players walked off the ground in protest about the standard of umpiring.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1956 Grade 5

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1956 Grade 5.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Technical School WaTECH 1965 Form 1C

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Technical School 1965 Form 1C

Digital photograph - Gloria Wightman

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Picture of Gloria Wightman as a young woman

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Cemetery [view 8]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of cemetery.

Historical information

View of Greensborough Cemetery 26/07/2011. Photograph taken by Jasmin Burge.

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 of the early settlers in the district. The cemetery holds approximately 250 grave sites with 350 people buried there.

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 - Amiet family grave, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Claude Amiet (died 21/03/1911), Louis Amiet (died 1932) and Helen Amiet (died 1944) in 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.

Booklet - The little Banyule book of things to do Summer guide 2016-2017.

Greensborough Historical Society,

38 pages, col. illus. 2 copies.

Historical information

A short outline of activities available in the City of Banyule over the summer months 2016-17.

Advertisement - Greenhills Estate

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 2 page A3 photoccopy of a real estate advertisement.

Historical information

The advertisement was used to sell land in the Greenhills area.

Significance

The plan included details the original street lay out and names applied to them. It also has dimensions of all the blocks of land available and locations and dimensions of easements.

Inscriptions & Markings

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Book - Heidelberg since 1836: a pictorial History. Text by Cyril Cummins

Greensborough Historical Society,

A history of Heidelberg compiled to mark the centenary of Heidelberg being granted 'shire' status in 1871. Covers the period 1836-1970. 5 copies. (copy 5 is not for loan and filed in FileCab:Heidelberg - this copy was the property of Frances Sheppard, Secretary to the Town Clerk and includes other memorabilia)

Historical information

A history of white settlement of the Heidelberg area. Contains historic photos and description of the growth of the area.

Significance

Produced by the Heidelberg Historical Society with financial assistance from the City of Heidelberg.

Inscriptions & Markings

Elsa Jones [and address] 1971

Book - Ghostly guests at Greylands by Norma Bradley

Greensborough Historical Society,

Hardback, 221 p., illus.

Historical information

Schoolgirl's novel of the 1950s

Inscriptions & Markings

"Shirley M. Black, "Hillboro' Park", Grimshaw Street, Bundoora. From: Mum 20.4.1954.

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1966 Fete Scottish Pipe Band

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph and news clipping to support.

Historical information

Scottish Pipe Band at Watsonia High School Fete 19th March 1966, and news clipping listing this and other activities on the day.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Grain Store, Para Road. Delivery truck.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows delivery truck at 183 Para Road when the building was used for Greensborough Grain Store.

Significance

In 2017, the Greensborough Grain Store closed its Para Road premises and now trades online.

Photograph - Digital image - Tom and Hugh (Norm) Coventry, 1915

Greensborough Historical Society,

1page, sepia photograph and notes

Historical information

Photograph of Hugh Norman (Norm) Coventry age 20 and his brother Tom age 18 after their enlistment 1 December 1915. Coventry Street [Montmorency] is named after Tom Coventry, who lived in the area.

Photograph - Digital Image - Montmorency Ambulance Station, rear of building

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows the rear of the Montmorency Ambulance Station in Apex Way, shortly before being demolished in 2017 to build a new Ambulance station.

Book - Australia's Heritage Sketchbook: by Keith Norris and Wendy Norris.

Greensborough Historical Society,

358pages. Illustrated with line sketches. Hard cover, green. Dust jacket contains sketch of old house near Toowoomba Qld on front and sketch of old jewellery shop in Charters Towers Qld on back cover.

Historical information

Sketches of historic building from around Australia

Significance

Records notable Australian buildings

Inscriptions & Markings

Name and address of owner on two pages (W. A. Partington/Alan Partington)

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Pool 2

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02014.02015 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

The old Greensborough Pool behind Main Street shops, now the site of Watermarc.

Photograph - Digital image - Heritage Walk 2010, Greensborough Historical Society.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of participants in Greensborough Historical Society's inaugural 'Heritage Walk' in 2010, led by Noel Withers.

Oral History - Early Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 p. typescript

Historical information

Jean Luxford's reminiscences, with notes on some of the earlier history of Greensborough. As told to John Gibson, updated by Jean and John in 2017.

Significance

Firsthand reminiscences of Greensborough in the 20th century.

Photograph - Red Cross Fete during World War 1, Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00072:01276 2 x A4 pages, photocopied. One of photograph and second of caption for photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows the Greensborough Ladies Auxiliary of the Red Cross during World War 1. Taken outside the Rechabite Hall during the Red Cross Fete. See caption file for names. (Newspaper Article dated 3/11/1917 about a Red Cross Bazaar [1914-1918])

Significance

Shows many of the early residents of Greensborough. An example of the social work being undertaken in the area in the early 20th century.

Certificate of Title - Grimshaw Street Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of Certificate of Title, 2 p. and 3 p. black and white text.

Historical information

Issued to L. & C. Estates Pty Ltd for Lot 6 PS No. 43356 Parish of Keelbundora, 23 December 1958 (320 Grimshaw Street Watsonia?)

Inscriptions & Markings

Certificate of Title Vol. 8234 Fol. 896

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1992 Grade 4 T

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour school photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1992 Grade 4 T

Magazine - Banyule Banner July/August 2013

Greensborough Historical Society,

20 pages (approx.), colour illustrations.

Historical information

The Banyule Banner is published quarterly by Banyule City Council to advertise upcoming events in the City of Banyule and to report on past events. This edition includes information on Volunteer Awards and Council budget.

Significance

A record of events within the City of Banyule.

Photograph - Digital image - St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00601:01216:01217:01221:01346:01732:01763:02557 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

St Katherine’s Church St Helena, entry gates with Church in background. St Katherine’s Church was built in 1856 (known as the Rose Chapel after the wife of Major Anthony Beale, Katherine Rose Beale). The Church was destroyed by fire in 1957 then restored. The Cemetery was initially the burial place of the Beale family but now approximately 200 people are buried there. [Studio: Butterworth]

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1970 Form 1 Mrs Ross

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1970 Form 1 Mrs Ross

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1970 Form 1 Mrs Ross

Photograph - Digital Image - Sale notices, Kell's Cottage, 2000.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour advertisements

Historical information

Advertisements for Kell's Cottage when sold in 2000. The house was built 1917, at 112 Henry Street Greensborough by William Mitchell on the 60 acre dairy farm owned by Ethel and Walter Kell. This collection of photographs was copied by Cherel Sartori (who owned the house from 1990-2000), following a visit by Claude Amiet who lived in the house as a child in the early 20th century.

Photograph - Digital image - Old swimming pool in Plenty River at Greensborough 2015.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Old swimming pool in the Plenty River in Greensborough, built of concrete in the 1930s, it was a popular spot for the locals. A River bank stabilisation project along the Plenty River at Greensborough was conducted by Melbourne Water in 2015.

Document - Montmorenci farm fire 1868

Greensborough Historical Society,

7 p. Digger Pioneer & Inquest index results, with 2 p. of copies of newspaper articles published in December 1868

Historical information

Research materials used by David Wetherill to investigate whether the deaths of two children by fire in the Montmorency area in December 1868 were registered. Comprises searches of Pioneer Index, Inquest Index, and copies of Age, Kyneton Observer and Geelong Advertiser newspaper articles via Trove. The deaths were reputed to be the first in the area. No registrations were found in the investigation.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1984 Year 11C

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1984 Year 11C

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1984 Year 11C

Photograph - Digital image - Horse bathing

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a horse bathing or exercising in shallow water.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Book - The Hell they called High Wood: The Somme 1916 / Terry Norman.

Greensborough Historical Society,

256 pages, illus., maps. Hard cover.

Historical information

Tells the story of the Battle of the Somme 1916.

Photograph - Willis Vale 1906, taken from the hill

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00272:01632 Professional photograph in sepia mounted on dark green card. Shows Greensborough township in background with Willis Vale homestead in centre.

Historical information

'Willis Vale' home of the Partington family is shown in this photograph as well as the area now known as Partington's Flat. The area was owned and farmed by the Partington family from the 1870s. The derelict Willis Vale house was destroyed c1966 when a fire originating from North Plenty Gorge - Kurrak Road - lit by two teenage boys - made its way several kilometres down to Partington's Flat Greensborough.

Significance

Photograph shows an early view of Greensborough in 1906.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: A.M.Partington Greensborough 1906.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of William Poulter and Mary Poulter nee Frost, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01876.01878 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of William Poulter (died 22/02/1874) and Mary Poulter [nee Frost] (died 24/101883) in Plot#C13 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 of the early settlers in the district. The cemetery holds approximately 250 grave sites with 350 people buried there.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1967 Form 2A

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1967 Form 2A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1967 Form 2A

Newspaper clipping - Not safe to station it here

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02009:02220 News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Ambulance Victoria's plans to build a new station at Trist Street Watsonia North are to be reviewed.

Planning document - Subdivision Plan #1009. Corner Allumba Drive and Beales Road Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Plan (2 sheets) mounted on heavy card.

Historical information

Plan of Subdivision of land at corner of Allumba Drive and Beales Road Greensborough.

Significance

An example of hard copy subdivision plans from the Greensborough area. Mainly from the Shire of Diamond Valley era (1964-1994).

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped and handwritten Council permissions, dates and other details.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 Old Building Exterior Chimney

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The old brick building at Greensborough Primary School on Grimshaw Street. Built in 1879, this building is now heritage listed by the National Trust. This photograph shows detail of chimney.

Newspaper clipping - Maroondah Aqueduct turns 100 years old.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photographic copy, text with photo of Russell Yeomans

Historical information

Aqueduct of 66 km built between 1886 and 1891 between Watts River near Healesville and Preston Reservoir. Parts have been replaced by pipes.

Significance

The aqueduct formed a major link in Melbourne's water distribution system after supplies from Yan Yean Reservoir were considered insufficient in the 1870s.

Bottles - Ink - Collection of Ink Bottles

Greensborough Historical Society,

Three ink bottles, various sizes and glass colours. Two have metal lids.

Historical information

Collection of three glass ink bottles.

Handbook - Watsonia High School - Teachers/Staff Handbook-Manual 1988

Greensborough Historical Society,

In-school produced A4 Size booklet containing sections on; School Policy; Roles & Responsibilities of the Principal, Staff, School Council and Committees; other information relevant to working as a teacher.

Historical information

Staff handbook outlining procedures and expectations of staff.

Significance

An annual publication, updated as regulations change. This gives a snapshot of Watsonia High School in 1988.

Newspaper Clipping - Builder escapes ban

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

A Building practitioner who defied orders and is under investigation by the Victorian Building Authority is still allowed to practice, infuriating home owners in Diamond Creek's Rangeview Estate.

Photograph - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1952 Grade 1B

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white school photograph.

Historical information

A class photograph from 1952. This is Grade 1B, Greensborough Primary School. Caption on back lists children in photo as: Top row: (R-L) Hall, - , Fry, McKay, Mare, -, Adamson, - , Stubley, Resum, Anders, Spencer, - , -. 2nd row: Heather Kerrison, - , C Evans, - , - , Me (R Isaacs), J Molyneaux, L Johnston, J Hutchinson, G Watkins, B Black, A MacPherson, H Lancaster, F Sedgewick, B Windsor, - , - , J Kerrison, - , B Wittaker. 3rd row: L Allen, - , - , L Welsh, N Gibson, S Sharp, Barnes, Canute, B Hutchinson, K Monfort, G O'Conner, Edwards, - , R Bryant, K Macleod. [Please forward any corrections or additions to the Greensborough Historical Society via the website.]

Significance

A named photo from Greensborough Primary School.

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption on back of photo names some of the children.

Calendar - Banyule Community Calendar 2017: celebrating Banyule's pets

Greensborough Historical Society,

28 pages. Colour illustrations. Illustrations of local sporting clubs in pets from the local area.

Historical information

This community calendar is distributed to residents of the City of Banyule each year. Each year it focusses on an aspect of the local community. The 2017 calendar contains photographs of pets from the local area. Some council services are detailed in the back pages.

Significance

The annual report is a record of the activities and services in the Banyule City Council area.

Plan - Greensborough Township Estate

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy, double-sided

Historical information

Sub-division into 129 lots of land belonging to the Scotland Family, bounded by William Street, Eliza Street, James (Jessop) Street and south of Lorimer Street. Auction 1 September 1923

Newspaper Clipping - Well earned break for chief, by Natalie Town

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping, text and black and white photograph

Historical information

CEO of the Shire of Diamond Valley, Michael Balkin, an employee of the Shire for nearly 30 years, retired in November 1994

Booklet - Souvenir : Heidelberg Old and New 1860-1933

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of booklet. 32 pages, black and white illustrations.

Historical information

Originally written in 1933 for the 'Shire of Heidelberg Relief Organisation' this booklet gives a brief history of some areas within the municipality, including St Helena and Greensborough. A list of some pioneers is included. Contains advertisements from local businesses.

Significance

A snapshot of the Heidelberg municipality in the 1930s.

Folder - Greenbelts

Greensborough Historical Society,

Looseleaf folder containing handwritten report, miscellaneous documents, col. photographs and 2 audiotapes (see Word doc for transcript of audio tapes)

Historical information

Includes much information of the condition of the Plenty River, and its cleanup by the Plenty River Action Committee, a group of students at Watsonia Technical School. Includes interview on audio tape which have been transcribed.

Photographs - Greensborough By-Pass

Greensborough Historical Society,

21 colour photographs of the construction phase of the Greensborough By-pass.

Historical information

The Greensborough by-pass extends from Grimshaw Street in the south to Diamond Creek Road in the north. It is intersected by the eastern end of the Metropolitan Ring Road.

Significance

Unpublished photographs of the construction of the Greensborough by-pass.

Photograph - Digital image - Granny Mulgrave

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Granny Mulgrave, mother of Mrs Cassidy of Greensborough. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.