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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

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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Photograph - Digital image - St Helena Road Greensborough, late 1960s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

St Helena Road Greensborough in the late 1960s before residential development on south side of road.

Photograph - Digital Image - Gantries and electricals, Greensborough Station 1970.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of construction of the new station at Greensborough. This shows gantries and overhead electricals. The photo is taken from the station master's house looking toward the station and sidings. The new station was opened on 03/04/1970.

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: Stairs.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Watermarc under construction: Stairs. 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.

Book - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH Exercise Book

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital image of Watsonia High School exercise book

Historical information

Digital copy of cover of Watsonia High School exercise book

Newspaper Clipping - Against all odds

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 2 pages, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Despite being held goalless until three-quarter time, Lower Plenty has stormed back to beat Eltham in the Northern Football League Division 2 grand final.

Photograph - Approach to Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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."

Postage Stamps - Digital Image - Australian postage stamps, 5 pence black, 1959

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital image of stamps, colour. Features portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

Historical information

Digital image of Australian postage stamps, 5 penny black, 1959, stamped at Bundoora. Part of a collection of miscellaneous historical images.

Inscriptions & Markings

Over-stamped Montmorency 1959

Newspaper Clipping - Small rises in council rates

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

After a year free of rate rises, Nillumbik Council will increase the annual charge to just under the state imposed cap. And Banyule Council will follow suit.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1965 Form 2D

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white school photograph

Historical information

A class photograph of Watsonia High School 1965 Form 2D. Students are not named.

Photograph - Digital Image - Clayton family

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

"Daisy Warwick (1907-1997) daughter of Amy Clayton , Olive Poulter (1899-1995) daughter of Amy Clayton, Daisy O’Neill daughter of Ivy and Frank O’Neill, and Valma Poulter daughter of Olive and Jack Poulter at our house in Preston Boxing Day." - Vicki Wilson.

Photograph - Digital Image - Eltham Ambulance Branch from Looker Road, 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Eltham Ambulance Branch, Apex Way Montmorency. The original ambulance station on this site was opened in 1975 and demolished in 2017. This photograph shows the new ambulance station, opened in 2018, from Looker Road.

Newspaper clipping - Music is Jessie's life

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper article and black and white image.

Historical information

This article celebrates the music of Jessie Angus (nee Partington) and outlines her association with the Diamond Valley Choir and other choirs. ,

Significance

A tribute to a Greensborough identity including background information on the Choral Society.

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Skipping classes [Greensborough Primary School Gr2062]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping, black and white text and colour image.

Historical information

Parents had the opportunity to join their children during Education Week at Greensborough Primary School.

Newspaper Clipping - La Trobe University to mark big birthday

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

La Trobe University staff and students came together to celebrate 50 years since students started their first classes at the Bundoora campus.

Photograph - Digital Image - Wedding of Faye Partington and Eric Fort 1957

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

The marriage of Faye Partington to Eric Fort at the Greensborough Methodist Church, Main Street, 1957. Left to right: Karin Anderson [child], Faye Partington.

Significance

One of a series of Partington wedding photographs taken at the old Methodist Church.

Newspaper Clipping - Mother changing lives

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Banyule mother Veronica Sherman is known as the "monkey lady" but her project to help underprivileged Third World women is anything but monkey business. 'Happily Made' began operations in 2013 from Rosanna.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1992 Soccer Team

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour school team photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1992 Soccer Team

Newspaper Clipping - Club to display signs at reserve

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

A dozen advertising signs will be posted at A. K. Lines Reserve in Watsonia, being for sponsors of the Watsonia Sporting Club

Photograph - Digital image - Diving board rules, Greensborough Pool 1960s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Rules for use of the diving board at Greensborough Pool, circa 1960s.

Article - Greenhills State School no 4893, by Don King - GH4893

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages of text.

Historical information

A brief history of the early days of Greenhills Primary School written by Don King, a resident of the Greenhills area.

Newspaper Clipping - Murder charge is dropped in relation to Patrick Cronin's death

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

The possible cause of the brawl that led to the death of teen footballer Patrick Cronin has been revealed for the first time as prosecutors dropped a murder charge against his alleged killer.

Manuscript - Faye (Partington) Fort's memories of the old Greensborough she remembers.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Spiral bound notebook, bright blue cover. 128 handwritten pages.

Historical information

Mrs Fort has lived in the Greensborough area all her life and is a member of the Partington family and the Whatmough family, pioneer families of the district. She has written her memories of early families in the district.

Significance

Contains information on many early families, both from Mrs Fort's memories and research into family history. The item will be transcribed into an electronic copy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside cover: Faye (Partington) Fort's memories of the old Greensborough she remembers.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1979 Form 2A

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A colour copy of a school photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows a Watsonia High School class from 1979 Form 2A

Significance

Watsonia High School was a local educational facility that was closed in 1989. Greensborough Secondary College opened in 1990 which merged Watsonia High and Watsonia Technical School students together.

Photograph - Loyola College Staff Photograph 1995.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Colour photograph of staff members with names beneath photo.

Historical information

Staff photograph 1995 Loyola College Bundoora. Principal John Kennedy.

Significance

A record of the staff at Loyola College in 1995.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of [unknown child] Dunn, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph (damaged grave)

Historical information

The Grave of [unknown child] Dunn (died 07/05/1916), 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.

School Magazine - Greensborough College 04 [2004]. Yearbook.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

80 pages, cream cover, Title "Greensborough College 04" in black ink. Contains text, graphics and class photos. Cover illustration includes title on a background of scrap paper.

Historical information

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place over the year by using both photos and reports. Headmaster / Principal - Mr. John Conway

Significance

A permanent record of who attended Greensborough College - both student and teacher in 2004 - includes photographs, articles and class photos

Advertisement - Digital Image - Berlei: in Domestic Science Handbook

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of advertisement from a book

Historical information

Advertisement for Berlei (foundation garments) from "Domestic Science Handbook: for use by the pupils of domestic science schools". An example of 1940s advertising through cooking and homemaker books. In this book, instructions are given for many aspects of household management, interspersed with advertisements for useful items. This Berlei advertisement is for corsetry that was popular at the time. Also on this page is an advert for War Bonds, to support the war effort in World War 2.

Significance

An example of mid 20th century advertising through 'how-to' books.

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough. Fire in township

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 page newspaper clipping. Downloaded from Trove.

Historical information

This article reports on the fire that destroyed the original timber Greensborough Hotel. The original hotel was built in 1860 at the corner of Grimshaw and Church Streets by Frederick Ellis. According to this article the original building was replaced in the late 1890s.

Article - Frederick Thomas Snodgrass

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Two pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frederick Thomas Snodgrass and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Kerang; Fred is commemorated in Greensborough on the Fallen Soldiers' Memorial.

Photograph - Digital image - Main Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Main Street Greensborough during the 1960s.