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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.

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2741 items

Book - Diamond Valley Community Hospital; Patient Information Directory

Greensborough Historical Society,

Green cover with white text. 12 pages. Ilustrations and advertisements. Black and green text on white gloss paper.

Historical information

Diamond Valley Community Hospital was first opened in 1942 to serve the community of the Diamond Valley. The hospital closed in 2000.

Significance

This item gives a snapshot of hospital services at the time and includes advertisements from businesses in the surrounding area.

Inscriptions & Markings

On cover:"This directory is the property of the hospital. Please do not remove."

Photograph - Digital image - House in Greensborough 2013

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Recent photograph of one of the older houses in Greensborough. This house is in Grimshaw Street.

Photograph - Digital image - Workers removing blackout sheets from SLV Dome with Melbourne skyline in background, 1947.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows workers removing the blackout material from the State Library of Victoria Dome in 1947. The Melbourne skyline is in the background.

Significance

This is a copy of one of the photographs donated to the SLV by GHS member Rex Smith in 2003.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School, 1975, Grade 2R.

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.

Newspaper Clipping - Perfect fit for a long life

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

90 year old Lyla Browne attends gym classes at Eltham Leisure Centre to keep herself fit and active.

Book - The latter days at Colditz by P R Reid

Greensborough Historical Society,

319p., paperback,

Historical information

Prisoners of War, Escapes, World War II, Colditz.

Photograph - Digital image - George W. Stock

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

George William Stock, born at sea on the way to Australia 1861 (RIP 23/2/1924); buried at Greensborough. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Bundoora Hall

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white photgraph of Bundoora Hall.

Historical information

Picture was taken just after the completion of the hall.

Significance

The original Bundoora hall was constructed by local people.

Inscriptions & Markings

A description of the picture written on the back in blue biro.

Application - Squatters, speculators and settlers: Plenty River Cultural heritage trail.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 copies. 60 p., ill. (some col.). Copy 1 is in an A4 3 ring binder and plastic pockets (Location Greensborough Historical Society publications shelf), copy 2 is spiral bound (Location Plenty River Cultural heritage Trail file), copy 3 has loose pages (Location GHS file)

Historical information

This application is for the restoration and preservation of listed heritage sites along the Plenty River in Greensborough and surrounding area. Although the 2011 application was not sucessful there is much information about the Plenty River trail in this document.

Significance

This document contains relevant information regarding the various sites along the Plenty River.

Inscriptions & Markings

Heritage Victoria application reference: 53149

Newspaper Clipping - Bundoora: What's in a Suburb?

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text, photos and map.

Historical information

A short history of Bundoora from its earliest subdivision in 1838 to the end of the 20th century. Includes information on hospitals in the area - Laurundel, Mont Park,

Ration card - Clothing ration card

Greensborough Historical Society,

Printed in red on white, comprising 56 coupons

Historical information

Rationing of food, clothing and many other consumables was introduced during World War 2 in Australia. Each adult received 112 coupons per annum for clothing from 12 June 1942. Rationing of clothing was abolished 6 years later. This card would have represented 6 months of coupons.

Inscriptions & Markings

Issued to H. J. Black, Bundoora

Photograph - Digital image - Saxham exterior

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

"Saxham" was the home of the Kaye family (1886-1888) then William Santon, a former councillor and Mayor of Heidelberg. Saxam Homestead is a distinctive and substantial timber homestead built in the late 1880s as one of the notable rural properties in the St Helena area. In 2014 the house still stands but is in poor condition with most interior features removed.

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough Festival 1988

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopies of 2 news articles. Black and white text and photos.

Historical information

The Greensborough Festival 1988 was part of the local bi-centenary celebrations. These articles name the festival Committee and explain the creative style of the event.

Significance

Community involvement in the Diamond Valley.

Book - 1788: The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet

Greensborough Historical Society,

Paperback, multi coloured outer covers and spine. Front cover illustration of 3 ships of the first fleet. 392 p., ill.

Historical information

Details conditions of the First Fleet in 1788.

Significance

About the founding of the penal colony in Sydney Town.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name of original owner on first page.

Newspaper - The Heidelberg News Specisl Edition. August 27 1997.

Greensborough Historical Society,

40 pages, colour images and black text.

Historical information

Special edition of the Heidelberg Leader commemorating 100 years of news in Heidelberg, Greensborough and Diamond Creek. Includes articles outlining the history of the area and includes historic photographs.

Folder - Local Scene in Watsonia with Rosalie Bray 1994.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Spiral bound plastic binder with 20 pockets. Blue title page. Contains photocopies of selected articles from Diamond Valley News 1994

Historical information

This local news column details events, people and places of interest as they occurred in Watsonia in 1994.

Significance

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

Photograph - Digital image - Cows on Hill Dam at Apollo Parkways

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Dam on the Partington property at what is now Apollo Parkways greensborough.

Significance

The Partington family came to Melbourne in the 1840s and moved to Greensborough where they farmed along the Plenty River. Descendants still live in Greensborough.

Photographs - Plenty River Flood 1974

Greensborough Historical Society,

Five photographs b & w; one note with #3

Historical information

Five photographs of the Plenty River in flood 1974, taken around Greensborough by June and Brian Roberts.

Inscriptions & Markings

#1: Plenty River may '74 flood. Flintoff St. bridge wrecked #2: [Unmarked]? #3: Plenty at Greensborough1974 flood (Note: "The house on left hand side of the picture - would it be the Medical/dental #4: Rand St. foot bridge remnants (Plenty R.) May '74 #5: Debris dumped on park by Plenty R. flood May 1974

Book - Out of the wilderness: the return of Labor

Greensborough Historical Society,

447 p.

Historical information

A study of the Labor government in Australia from December 1972 to May 1974

Newspaper Clipping - Investors and elderly in danger zone: architect.

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Changes to residential development zones in Montmorency would effect local homeowners, according to architect Michael Scalzo.

Newspaper Clipping - History lessons start on street

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Eltham historian and veteran Terry Phillips wore his grandfather's World War I uniform on Remembrance Day while acting as school crossing supervisor outside Eltham Primary.

Newspaper Clipping - Creative spirit set to shine

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Diamond Valley Arts Society members displayed their work at the Society's annual display.

School Magazine - Watsonia High School Kurnaji Yearbook 1969

Greensborough Historical Society,

48 Pages, Blue cover, Title "Kurnaji" in Black ink. Cover illustration - black ink line drawing. Headmaster / Principal - Mr. C.K. (Ken) Canty

Historical information

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place over the year by using both photos and reports.

Significance

A permanent record of Who attended Watsonia High School - both student and teacher in 1969 - includes photographs

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes Roll Call section with names of all students

Newspaper clipping - Students remake history

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Bundoora Primary School students participated in the Banyule Festival's ArtyFarty Kids Grand Parade on March 22 2015. The theme of their costumes was 'great moments in history'.

Photographs - Mitchell family

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 studio portraits, sepia.

Historical information

Studio portraits of Mrs Mary Mitchell, Henry Mitchell and John Mitchell [child] of Hailes Street Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names written on back.

Newspaper Clipping - Dreams of kids turn to reality

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, color image.

Historical information

Ray White Plenty and Greensborough Central Rotary teamed up to collect Christmas gifts for the disadvantaged.

Football Tickets - Greensborough Football Club, 2010-2012.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 season tickets, plastic. Front face: green with white printing, includes club logo; rear of ticket: green background with fixture printed in white. Names of sponsors printed in colour on both sides.

Historical information

These recent tickets belong to Rex Smith who has documented the history of the Greensborough Football Club. Tickets admit bearer to games.

Significance

Rex Smith is a long time member of the football club.

Photograph - Digital image - Unknown and Joy Etherton, 1935.

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 seated man and woman (Joy Etherton).

Photograph (Framed) - Kangaroo Ground store

Greensborough Historical Society,

Framed black and white photograph, in timber frame, under glass with brown mount.

Historical information

Photograph shows a group of people and several cars at the Kangaroo Ground store.

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: Visitor in waterslide component.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Watermarc under construction: Visitor in waterslide component. 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 - The Rats Remain; the Siege of Tobruk, 1941. By J S Cumpston

Greensborough Historical Society,

256p, hard cover, unbound, illus.

Historical information

Tells the story of the Australian Army's participation in the Siege of Tobruk, 1941. World War II.

Significance

An unbound proof copy of this book.

Inscriptions & Markings

Possibly a proof copy

Photograph - Digital image - Log bridge to Willis Vale [1]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph shows visitors crossing the river to "Willis Vale" homestead, home of the Partington family. For many years this log bridge was the quickest way of reaching the Greensborough township from Willis Vale. (Thought to have been taken on and about 13/10/1903 during the funeral week of Ellen Partington)

Article - Ted Carse - War Hero

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 x A4 pages featuring a story on Edward Carse and operations Jaywick and Rimau in WW2. Originally published in GHS Newsletter.

Historical information

Details events in 1943 involving Lieutenant Herbert Edward Carse RAN. Also,the events leading up to the 1943 raid on Singapore Harbour called Operation Jaywick.

Significance

H E Carse was a Greensborough resident prior to WW2.

Book - The Shire of Diamond Valley Handbook 1981

Greensborough Historical Society,

28 pages, col illus., maps. Cover illustration of "Diamond Creek Bini-shell". (2 copies)

Historical information

Guide to services provided by Shire of Diamond Valley. The Shire of Diamond Valley was a Local Government Area located about 20 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The shire covered an area of 74.38 square kilometres and existed from 1964 until 1994.

Significance

Annual guide to services in Shire of Diamond Valley

Photograph - Digital image - Weaver and Partington families.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of sepia photograph of children and cows.

Historical information

Rural scene with children identified as Lorna Weaver, Alan Partington, and Nancy Weaver. The Weavers were friends of the Partington family.

Significance

The Partington family were Greensborough pioneers. Descendents still live in the area.

Newspaper Clipping - Life skills hub gets some help, Bunnings staff do up centre

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Key Life skills to be taught in a practical setting when independent living centre opens at Diamond Valley Special Developmental School. The school community partnered with Greensborough Bunning Warehouse staff to help deliver the project.

Bereavement Card - Digital image - Peter Ruston 1907 - bereavement card

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white bereavement card.

Historical information

Peter Ruston came to Australia in 1850. He worked as a carter, carting flour from the mill on the Plenty River near Janefield to the Greensborough area. He was one of the first bakers in the area. He married Martha Roberts in 1858. Peter and Martha's daughter, also Martha, married David Medhurst.

Significance

Connections to pioneer families.

Newspaper clipping - Icon Now Forgotten

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 2 page article which has 2 black and white and 2 colour photographs.

Historical information

The article was written because of the non observance of the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Walter Withers.

Significance

Walter Withers was a prominent artist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He lived in Eaglemont and painted in the Eltham district for many years and was a member of the "Heidelberg School". He is buried in St Helena cemetery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some writing in red biro around the margins and an asterix in pencil.

Newspaper Clipping - The day hope died for a soldier's wife.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of news article. 2 pages, black and white text and photos.

Historical information

Rosalie Bray (nee Thrupp) recalls events at the end of World War 2, following her father's death.

Significance

A personal story of the aftermath of World War 2.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Football Club Hall of Fame. Gary Partington and family.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital image of colour photo.

Historical information

In August 2016, the Greensborough Football Club held a function to celebrate inductees to the Hall of Fame. Gary Partington and family accepted awards on behalf of the Partington family.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School, 1975, Grade 1P.

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.

Newspaper clipping - Grounds for protection

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Watsonia Heights Football Club could fold in 2016 unless its ground at Gabonia Reserve was repaired.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School, 1975, Grade Prep S.

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.

Business card - Boutique Relove

Greensborough Historical Society,

Coloured business card

Historical information

Boutique Relove was a retailer of second-hand retail womens' fashion. Business closed c. 2012.

Photograph - Digital image - Looking south west from Pope's paddock to the swing bridge.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photgraph.

Historical information

Looking south west from Pope's paddock to the swing bridge. The BlackJack property, house and acres of fruit orchards ran down to the Plenty River off Hume Street Greensborough and was the home of the Robinson family to late 1956. The photographs were taken as slides by Frank Robinson and digitised by his son James in 2015.

Photograph - Digital image - View of lower Greensborough from Grimshaw St

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

View of rural Greensborough, late 19th or early 20th century.

Significance

Shows the rural nature of the Greensborough landscape at this time.

Photograph - Digital image - Alan Partington and Teresa Marsh.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This image shows Alan Partington and Teresa Marsh on a log across the Plenty River at Greensborough. The log was the quickest access to Greensborough township from the Partington home at Willis Vale.

School Photograph (digital image) - Macleod High School 1960, Form 3.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Macleod High School. Student names are identified on back of photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names identified on back of photograph.

Newspaper clipping - Students run day of the races

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Bundoora primary School students enjoyed end of year activities including an "Amazing Race" and "Masterchef" challenge.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

Paperback, 157 p.