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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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6102 items

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: Interior, part tiled with scaffold.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Watermarc under construction: Interior, part tiled with scaffold. The redevelopment of the Greensborough Pool into the Watermarc aquatic centre is documented in these photographs from the collection of Rosie Bray.

Significance

These photographs taken on a ‘Community Consultative Committee’ walkthrough prior to completion of Watermarc, May 18 2012.

Photograph - Digital Image - All Saints Anglican Church Greensborough. Framework 1967

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

In 1970, All Saints' Anglican Church was rebuilt on the corner of Church and Grimshaw Streets Greensborough, replacing the timber church. This photograph shows building works underway with framework in place and the old Church on the right. Taken in 1967.

Painting - Lower Plenty Hotel, by Sylvia Jones

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01081.05829 Oil on canvas painting, framed and glazed

Historical information

Painted by Sylvia Jones 1960s from a photograph of Lower Plenty Hotel taken 1940s.

Newspaper Clipping - Grant a big boost to Men's Shed expansion.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

The Diamond Creek Men's Shed received a grant to expand its base to accommodate more members.

Photograph - Digital image - Miller's Place, 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 farm, location unknown (Miller's Place).

Document - The Arrival and settlement of my family in Australia, by Alan Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

6 p. typescript

Historical information

Alan Partington was born in Greensborough in 1908 and attended Greensborough Primary School. He worked on the family farm before becoming a policeman in 1933. He served with the police for 31 years. He writes about the activities of the Whatmough and Partington families in the Greensborough district.

Book - The Second World War in map and story, ed. by Neville Smith

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

63 p., black & white photographs, col. maps.

Historical information

Series of articles first published in the "Argus" from 1941 to 1945, dealing with events and campaigns in World War 2.

Newspaper Clipping - Run it for brave Remi

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

It will be one year since Remi Vulich's shock cancer diagnosis when his family joins the Run for the Kids in March.

Real estate advertising leaflet - 251 St Helena Road Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour both sides, with black and white property information sheet

Historical information

251 St Helena Road Greensborough: Three bedroom home, built 1974, private sale, sold 16 November 2018 for $510,000

Photograph - Digital image - Lobb's Tea Rooms [Greensborough]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This photograph of the former Lobb's Tea Rooms 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. The building is now part of the Diamond Valley Learning Centre.

Article - Jessie May Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Brief family notes, typed text, includes handwritten notes.

Historical information

Notes on the life of Jessie May Partington and her relationships with other members of the Partington family.

Advertisement - Digital image - Thompson Chemist Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were collected from the Local newspaper. I.J. Thompson was a Greensborough Chemist shop located at 74 Main Street. At the time of this advertisement, the shop was managed by Tom Vickers.

Significance

This advertisement is for a Greensborough based shop which no longer operates.

Newspaper - Australia Post celebrating 200 years

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

16 p., text and colour photographs

Historical information

Supplement to the Herald Sun celebrating 200th anniversary of postal services in Australia.

Leaflet - Greensborough Primary School 140 years, by Atis Lejins

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p. typescript

Historical information

Former resident of Greensborough, Lejins wrote to the pupils of Greensborough Primary on the occasion of the school's 140th anniversary.

Photograph - Digital image - Rand Street Bridge [Greensborough]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

These photographs of the Rand Street Bridge were 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 - Old orchard at Partington Flat

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Remnants of the Partington orchard at Greensborough on land that is now the Partingtons Flat reserve in Greensborough. Charles Partington and family came to Melbourne in the 1840s and moved to Greensborough where they farmed along the Plenty River. This dog belonged to Jessie Partington.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Gordon Scholes, St Helena Cemetery.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Grave of Gordon Scholes, husband of Jessie Partington Scholes. Grave is at St Helena Cemetery.

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: Decaying slabs near edge of cliff.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: Decaying slabs near edge of cliff. 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

Advertisement - Digital image - Watsonia Book Shop, 1967

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Watsonia Book Shop, 87 Watsonia Road, Watsonia 1967.

Significance

Part of a collection of historic advertisements from local newspapers, showing local businesses from the mid 20th century.

Newspaper clipping - Rose remembered as a suburb blooms.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A one page multi coloured newspaper article.

Historical information

It is based on the history of St Katherine's Anglican Church, St Helena.

Significance

The church in the article was originally erected in memory of Katherine Rose Beale, wife of Major Anthony Beale an original pioneer of Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

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Photograph - Digital image - Donald and Moyle Cordner

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00896:01242:01243 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows Donald and Moye Cordner on their wedding day. The Corner family were well known as medical practitioners and sportsmen in the Greensborough district.

Advertisement - Digital image - Del's Delicatessen, Greensborough, 1964

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Del's Delicatessen (W. and A. Jolly), 48 Main Street, Greensborough 1964

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1979 Year 4C

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1979 Year 4C

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1979 Year 4C

Book - The Old Borough was good enough by Bryan Henderson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Hardback, 60p., col. illus.

Historical information

The author researched World War 1 soldiers who were listed on the Greensborough Sunday School Honour Roll 1914-1919 and other servicemen from both World Wars. This book contains their biographical information as well as information about World War 1 and some of the operational units.

Newspaper Clipping - Banyule Subdivision tax set to bite

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Mum and dad developers face being slugged with an extra tax to subdivide their properties.

Journal - The School Paper; for Grades V and VI. 1922

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

12 issues per schoolyear (incomplete). Black and white illustrations.String binding. Front cover missing. Dog-eared and damaged edges.

Historical information

A collection of stories to enlighten children's minds, prepared by the Victorian Education Department as supplementary reading material.

Significance

Owned and used by the Partington family, Greensborough pioneers whose children attended Greensborough Primary School.

Book - ANZACS at War: the story of Australian and New Zealand Battles. by John Laffin

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

224p., black and white photographs, maps. Hard cover book with dust jacket. Dust jacket illustration of shadows of soldiers on green background, title in white writing.

Historical information

This books details various actions in which ANZAC troops were engaged from the Boer War to World War II

Book - Indigenous plants for your garden

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

64 pages. black and white print and illustrations.

Historical information

A guide to using indigenous plants in Banyule

Bottle and Apron - Medhurst Bottle and Apron

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Clear glass wine bottle 750 ml, screw cap, in black cardboard presentation box in red and white gift bag

Historical information

Medhurst Wines operates in Gruyere, Yarra Valley. The winery is on land once owned by David Medhurst, formerly of Greensborough. These items were a gift to David's descendant, Faye Fort (nee Partington).

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled Medhurst Chardonnay 2016 Yarra Valley; with, black poly cotton apron, with pocket, embroidered Medhurst in white.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1974 Grade 5A Alan Henderson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1974 Grade 5A Alan Henderson

Newspaper Clipping - History lessons start on street

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02419.02764 News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Eltham historian and veteran Terry Phillips donned his grandfather's World War I uniform on crossing duty at Eltham Primary School on Remembrance Day 2015

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1971 Book List

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Book list

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Book list

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Geoffrey Heddle, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Geoffrey Bruce Heddle (died 15/09/2004), 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.

Book - Carlton & Parkville sketchbook

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

63 p., illus.

Historical information

Information about Carlton and Parkville, with sketches.

Photograph - Digital image - Portrait of Edward Green

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of portrait.

Historical information

Portrait of Edward Green. In the 1840s, Edward B. Green ran the mail service between Melbourne and Sydney and owned a parcel of land on the Plenty River. He engaged a surveyor to draw up plans and lay out a township on the slopes overlooking the river, and to mark out small farm holdings on the flats. This small township named after him is now Greensborough.

Photograph - Nearmap: Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Four coloured aerial photographs

Historical information

Aerial photographs of the Watsonia area, land owned by Black and Families, including sites of Loyola College, Loyola Reserve and Gresswell Reserve

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - The year of living brilliantly - Anna Wilson at Briar Hill Primary School

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper clipping

Historical information

Digital copy of news article reporting Briar Hill Primary School past pupil Anna Wilson, an Olympic cyclist.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - 1963 Macleod High School McHIGH 27 Prefects inducted

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02529:02537 News clipping, black text.

Historical information

This article reports on the induction of Prefects at Macleod High School in 1963.

Newspaper Clipping - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 celebrates 90th with Fair

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Briar Hill Primary School is celebrating its 90th birthday with a spring fair this Sunday.

Advertisement - Digital image - Huitt and Mellor, 1964

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Huitt and Mellor, children's wear, Central Court, Greensborough 1964

Article - Frank Hedley Winsor

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frank Hedley Winsor and his service in World War 1. Frank Winsor lived in Greensborough.

Newspaper clipping - Treasures of a WW1 hero, by John Trevorrow

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article with text and colour images

Historical information

Article about a World War 1 display by Box Hill RSL centering on Lieutenant John Boothroyd Monkhouse who served in Egypt, Gallipoli and France.

Map - MMBW, Yarra 2500 / 14.25. Plenty, Heard Road.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

MMBW Map in 1:2500 [scale] series. Cream parchment with green tape reinforcing on edges and punched holes on left edge.

Historical information

Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. Yarra 2500 [base map] 14.25. Plenty, Heard Road. Parishes of Greensborough 2724, Nillumbik 3310 and Morang 3183. Municipality of Diamond Valley 257. Prominent streets include: Heard Road, Seymour Drive and Yan Yean Road.

Photograph - Digital Image - Ted Cordner. Greensborough Football Club.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05263:04705 Digital copy of photographs

Historical information

Photograph of Ted Cordner, past President and player with the Greensborough Football Club.

Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia Heights Primary School WH4935 Basketball Club 1978

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A team photograph of Watsonia Heights Basketball Club 1978

Historical information

A team photograph of Watsonia Heights Basketball Club 1978

Photograph - Digital image - Farmers Arms Hotel Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

The Farmers Arms Hotel was built on the corner of Main and Hailes Street Greensborough in 1864 by James Iredale to cater for the ever increasing number of wood carters and other hauliers carting their wares between Melbourne timber mills and the gold fields. The Farmers Arms Hotel site is currently occupied by the Greensborough Hotel. The proprietor, Mr Monaghan, demolished the Farmers Arms to make way, in 1925 for the new Greensborough Hotel. [It is said that the demolished materials were used to construct the Masonic Hall further up Main Street - at the same time].

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - No danger to juniors in move to VFA

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white news clipping

Historical information

A discussion about the impact on junior players if Greensborough Football Club leaves the Diamond Valley Football League for the VFA.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - New hall for Bundoora

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper clipping.

Historical information

News of the planned sale of the old Bundoora Hall and building of a new Hall in Noorang Avenue in 1967.

Flour Bag - O*SO*LITE Plain Flour [bag].

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Cotton flour bag with red and blue print on both sides.

Historical information

Flour bag used for bulk purchases of flour in the mid 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on both sides of bag 'O*SO*LITE/ superfine/ sifted through silk / Plain Flour/ 22.88kg /net 50lb' and address of manufacturer.

Newspaper Clipping - Key loss for Bundoora but Corless set to skip into role.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Change in players at Bundoora RSL Lawn Bowls are discussed.