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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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6994 items

Newspaper Clipping - Asylum seekers open up

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - Greensborough Primary School 140 years, by Atis Lejins

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 pages typescript

Historical information

Atis Lejins recalls his childhood living in Greensborough, including his time at Greensborough Primary School. This takes the form of a letter to the students of Greensborough Primary School on the occasion of the school's 140th Anniversary in 2018.

Oral History - Waites Family by Jack Waites

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 typed pages.

Historical information

Jack Waites tells the story of his family's move to the 'safety' of the family's Briar Hill holiday house in 1940, the family home in Hailes Street and his marital home in William Street Greensborough. Jack remembers many locals from his time in Greensborough.

Significance

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

Photograph - Digital image - Eva Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01570.01657 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Eva Mary Partington was born in 1899 to Mary Jane Price and William Charles Partington.

Book - Migration: stories from Banyule, curated by Lella Cariddi

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

122 p.paperback, col. and black and white photographs

Historical information

Fourteen stories of people who migrated to Australia, landing at Station Pier, Melbourne and settling in the Banyule area.

Folder - Iredale Family

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20-page plastic binder, spiral bound, clear cover. Contains documents relating to the Iredale family.

Historical information

Contents: My story of the Iredales and old Greensborough by George Iredale; Family tree of George Iredale and Sarah Hurst; James Iredale and descendants; 1878 news article 'Shooting case at Greensborough'; funeral notice for James Iredale 1885; advertisement for staff Iredale & Co, Para Road Greensborough.

Significance

History of the origins of this Greensborough family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collected by Greensborough Historical Society. Folder commenced 2012.

Newspaper Clipping - Trial to judge the need for road to reopen

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Banyule Council will consider reopening an area near Reichelt Avenue and Buena Vista Drive Montmorency

Book - Life of Field Marshal His Grace the Duke of Wellington, by Andrew R. Bonar

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

384 p. + advertisements, frontis. Gold and black embossed design on light brown cover

Historical information

The life story of Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1769 – 1852, a leading military and political figure of 19th-century Britain. He defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Significance

Good example of embossed book cover

Inscriptions & Markings

Wm. Chapple, Ballarat 1884 on fly leaf, bookseller's stamp "F. & A. Symons"

Photograph - Digital image - Tripoli, Lebanon 1918

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a rooftop view over Tripoli, Lebanon.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Tripoli"

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill Timber 4

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Briar Hill Timber was situated on Sherbourne Road Briar Hill and operated as a timber yard for many decades from he 1950s. This photo shows the chimney, the only part of the structure still remaining. These photographs were taken by Frank Solomon and depict the business just prior to its closure in 2014.

Photograph - Digital image - William Partington in orchard at Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

William Partington in the apple orchard at Willis Vale. William purchased Willis Vale from his father’s estate in 1905.

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

Photograph - Digital image - Rear of Stubley Motors

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Rear of Stubley Motors 1951. 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.

Article - William Henry Thomas

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Henry Thomas and his service in World War 1. William Henry Thomas lived in Greensborough

Magazine clipping - Memorabilia [Janefield RAAF]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page article on the RAAF Hygiene Training Camp located just south of the Janefield Community.

Historical information

Details of RAAF WW2 Hygiene Training Camp

Significance

Records little known information on the origins of the building foundations north of Greensborough.

Magazine - Banyule Banner September-October 2016

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 parenting, Banyule Seniors Festival, rail projects in Banyule.

Significance

A record of events within the City of Banyule.

School Magazine - Greensborough College 2002

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place in 2002. Includes black and white and colour photos and reports. 68 pages.

Historical information

Each year, the college yearbook reports on the people (students and staff) and events and activities that took place that year. Note: In 1989, Watsonia High School was merged with Watsonia Technical School to become Greensborough Secondary College. Previous editions of this yearbook were called 'Horizon'.

Significance

A permanent record of who attended Greensborough College - both student and teachers, includes photographs

Inscriptions & Markings

In pen inside front cover: "Donated by Rosie Bray"

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Tennis Club - Bob Maurer and Barry Taylor

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00871:00874:02526 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Bob Maurer and Barry Taylor at Greensborough Tennis Club (mid 1960s).

Inscriptions & Markings

Photograph is named on back.

Oral History - Victor Edwin Splatt - ANZAC by Val Wilson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00656:00691:00866:01054 3 typed pages illustrated with photographs.

Historical information

Val Wilson recounts the story of her great uncle Victor Splatt and his heroism during World War I.

Significance

A recollection of the war service of a Greensborough resident.

Newsletter - Greensborough Focus. 1991.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Weekly newsletters printed on yellow paper. Includes school crest.

Historical information

1991 copies of weekly newsletter sent home to parents. Contains information on events and achievements.

Significance

An collection covering the year 1991 at Greensborough Secondary College.

Advertisement - Newspaper Clipping - Market fun day (March 8 2015)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper advertisement, text and colour graphics.

Historical information

Advertisement for an activity in Greensborough town centre, Main Street.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Henry and Isabella Wingrove, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Henry Vivian Wingrove (died 22/05/1865, aged 12 months) and Isabella Margaret Wingrove (died 24/06/1867, aged 15 months), St Helena Cemetery.

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Horse Riding down Main Street Greensborough Station looking toward bridge circa 1958.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Main Street Greensborough Station looking toward bridge circa 1958.

Photograph - Digital image - Mrs Mac Loused, 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. Photograph of woman on steps of house.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club. Premiers 1952.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05268:04705 Action photograph from football game

Historical information

DVFL Grand Final 1952.Greensborough (13.18.96) versus Eltham (6.8.44). An action shot from the game, this photograph was displayed at the GFC Hall of Fame in 2016. Don McDowell is identified.

Significance

This photograph is a record of the team - players and support staff - involved in the 1900 season.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some players are identified.

Photograph - Digital image - Myrtle McLaughlin with Cow 1934.

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 Myrtle McLaughlin with a cow.

Letter - Local Government Amalgamations 1994

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Letter to residents of Shire of Diamond Valley. 2 pages.

Historical information

In 1994 the state government of Victoria proposed local government amalgamations. This letter to residents of the Shire of Diamond Valley outlines proposals for this area.

Book - Wrath of the Myndie / Mick Woiwod

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

369p., illus. Paperback.

Historical information

"Wrath of the Myndie" is a fictional account of the coming of white settlers to the Yarra Valley and their impact on the indigenous Wurundjeri people.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed on title page by author "Mick Woiwod 2014"

Advertising Leaflet - 67 Henry Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Real estate advertisement black text and colour photograph

Historical information

Real estate advertising for 67 Henry Street Greensborough, 3 bedroom house; sold July 2018 for $730,000.

Invitation - 2017 Banyule Community Ball

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Double sided card, colour photograph

Historical information

An invitation to the Banyule Community Ball 2017

Inscriptions & Markings

Addressed to Rosie Bray

Painting (Copy) - Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Colour copy of painting of Greensborough circa 1889.

Historical information

A well known painting of the main street of Greensborough painted circa 1889.

Significance

This painting shows early buildings in the town area.