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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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5482 items

Program - Were Street Theatre Movie guide

Greensborough Historical Society,

Double-sided program printed in colour

Historical information

Movie Guide for the Were Street Theatre, 21 June - 15 August [year not specified, c1979].

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1974 Grade 1-2 C

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1974 Grade 1-2 C

Newspaper clipping - Hearts soar at sighting

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

The endangered swift parrot has been spotted at La Trobe University and surrounding parklands in Bundoora and Macleod.

Magazine - The Australian Women's Weekly. April 1, 1959.

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 April 1959 issue. 72p., col. cover.

Historical information

An early edition of The Australian Women's Weekly with Danny Kaye on cover.

Significance

Content of articles and advertisements illustrates popular culture of the period.

Photograph - Digital image - Blue Lake: the escarpment.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photographs

Historical information

Blue Lake is in Yellow Gum Park in the Plenty Gorge, north of Greensborough.

Booklet - Bundoora Primary School 1877 - 1977

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 4 page folded booklet printed with blue ink on a white background.

Historical information

Issued to commemorate the Centenary Celebrations of Bundoora Primary School.

Significance

It lists the program for the Centenary Celebrations on 16th July 1977 and surnames of the families who attended the school. Also a brief history of its founding and development.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Digital photograph - Snow at Greenhills

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Picture of group in Greenhills circa 1940: Joan and Jack Lemin, Madge Williams, Laura Wightman, Laureen and Raymond Wightman

Article - Agnes Helena May Ferguson

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Agnes Helena May Ferguson and her service in World War 1. Prior to enlistment she was working at 14 AAH (Australian Auxiliary Hospital)Macleod.

Book - Barak vs the Black Hats of Melbourne by Mick Woiwood

Greensborough Historical Society,

Paperback book, 366 pages, black and white photographs.

Historical information

Sub-titled "The untold story of how the Black Hats destroyed Coranderrk, this is an account of the history of Coranderrk and the resistance to its closure by Wurundjeri elder, William Barak.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by the author

Newspaper - Yarra Valley Historical: Vol.1. Issue 4.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper, 32 pages, illus.

Historical information

A history of settlement of the Wandin Yalloak district from 1866, includes pioneer families and events. A publication of the Mont de Lancey Historical Home and Museum in Wandin.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Early History of Wandin Yalloak & District" on cover.

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

Nil

Map - Australia. Land of tomorrow

Greensborough Historical Society,

Colour map of Australia

Historical information

This 1960s map of Australia shows areas of economic development at that time.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1972 Form 5C

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white copy of a school photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows a Watsonia High School class from 1972.

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 - Digital image - Grave of Graeme K Iredale, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01942.01973 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Graeme K. Iredale (died 15/02/1944) in Plot# K7 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.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1958 Grade 2-3

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white copy of a school photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows a Greensborough State School class from 1958, Grade 2-3.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

School Magazine - Watsonia High School Kurnaji Yearbook 1988

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00271:00729 50 Pages (approx), Yellow cover with black writing "Memories of the 'class' of 88", Title "Kurnaji" actually not shown or used. Headmaster / Principal – Mr. Michael Blake

Historical information

Depicts events and attitudes, primarily of students as they go through their adolescent years in the late 1980's.

Significance

A permanent record of Who attended Watsonia High School - both student and teacher in 1988 - includes photographs

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes Roll Call section with names of all students. Copy 2: Item 729, donated by Rosie Bray.

Newspaper Clipping - Bundoora mother caught up in road horror

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A Bundoora mother is lucky to be alive after her car was hit by a stolen car driven by a teen bandit as he fled police and sped on to the wrong side of a highway into oncoming traffic.

Photograph - Jessie May Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00193.01536 Sepia photograph on postcard depicting young woman (seated) in dark sleeveless dress with pearls.

Historical information

This is a studio portrait of Jessie May Partington, possibly in her 20s.

Significance

Jessie May is a member of the Partington family, Greensborough pioneers.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: "Auntie Tim" in blue pen and "Jessie" in black pen.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1965 Grade 1C

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1965 Grade 1C

Article - Percy Francis Gibb

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Percy Francis Gibb and his service in World War 1. Percy Gibb was a founding member of the Greensborough RSL.

Photograph - Digital Image - All Saints Anglican Church Greensborough. Old Church exterior 1960s

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour and black and white photographs

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 various views of the exterior of the old Church in the 1960s.

Oral History - Lesley Hooper's story

Greensborough Historical Society,

6p. typescript

Historical information

This oral history by Lesley Hooper (nee Hills) recounts her reminiscences of people and places in Greensborough between 1936 and 1957.

Newspaper Clipping - Theft is a Dog act at Clubhouse

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Disgusting intruders trashed the home of a Greensborough community group leaving it with a repair bill of more than $2000.

Plan - Watsonia High School Library: floor plan 1971.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 copies of a one-page floor plan and front elevation of building.

Historical information

In the early 1970s "Commonwealth Libraries" were funded in secondary schools. This is the proposed plan for the Watsonia High School Library.

Significance

An example of school library plans from the 1970s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on front "Watsonia"

Newspaper Clipping - Santa is riding to town

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Early in December, the Merry Monty Christmas happens in Were Street.

Newspaper Clipping - Watsonia Football Club calls for more junior players

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Watsonia Football Club needed to recruit more junior players before the start of the 2016 season.

Oral History - Memories of Greenhills 1939-1961 / by Norman Wightman

Greensborough Historical Society,

6 pages text.

Historical information

Norman Wightman recounts his story of life in Greenhills from 1939-1961. He tells of the many neighbours and the difficulties of life "in the bush".

Newspaper Clipping - Free checks for pets during dental month

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Diamond Valley Veterinary Hospital in Montmorency offered fee dental checks for pets as part of 'dental month' in August 2015.

Newspaper Clipping - Hundreds in the dark after car crash in Civic Drive

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A car accident in Civic Drive Greensborough caused power outages to over 900 homes and businesses. Civic Drive was associated with the building of Diamond Valley Council Offices opened by Governor Rohan Delacombe on 26/2/1972. Previously it was known as Kelly's Track which wound its way around to a house that overlooked the aqueduct bridge. Kelly's Sandpit (quarry) was the local go to place to obtain road, driveway fill and red sand for local construction. For 80 years previous Kelly's quarry supplied sand to the greater Melbourne area for the surfacing of school grounds, parks etc. Refer picture: Item 2552.

Book - Life in the Cities: Australia in the Victorian Age by Michael Cannon

Greensborough Historical Society,

Hard cover. 320pages, illus. Dust jacket has a detail from S.T. Gill's "General view of Sydney"

Historical information

An Australian history text describing social conditions in the major Australian cities of the 19th century.

Significance

Outlines conditions in cities in the 19th century. Compares with "Life in the country".

Newspaper Clipping - Diamond Valley Race is on to end cancer

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

The Diamond Valley Relay for Life is on the starting block and set to race in the fight against cancer. In 2017 they expect over 1000 participants and hope to raise $170,000.

Advertisement - Digital image - Grandview: Drakeford's Boarding House

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 03844:03968 Digital copy of black and white advertisement.

Historical information

"Grandview" was the name of Mrs Drakeford's Boarding House at 57 Greenhill Road Greensborough. This advertisement is from the 1940s.

Article - Whatmough and Partington families by Alan Partington.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02666:02673 Scanned copy of 4 typed pages.

Historical information

A scanned copy of a typed manuscript by Alan Partington. This article outlines the history of the Whatmough and Partington families. Alan was a descendent of the Whatmough and Partington families, Greensborough pioneers.

Significance

The story of Greensborough pioneers written by a descendant.

Photograph - Digital Image - Katherine Rose Beale

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00601:01216:01217:01221:01346:01732:01763:02557 Digital copy of colour photograph of a painting.

Historical information

Photograph of a painting of Katherine Rose Beale (1795-1856), wife of Major Anthony Beale. The Beale family arrived in Port Phillip in 1839 and c.1841 established an estate named "St Helena" to the north of Melbourne. Katherine is buried in the St Katherine's Anglican Church Cemetery in Greensborough. The Church and its "Rose Chapel" were named after Katherine Rose Beale.

Newspaper Clipping - Councillor rips into state plan

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Cr Wayne Phillips comments on the Victorian government's planning issues regarding residential zones.

Photograph - Digital Image - All Saints Anglican Church Greensborough. Main and Grimshaw Street 1960s

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 a view of the corner of Main and Grimshaw Streets in the 1960s.

Newspaper Clipping - La Trobe University Football Club Historic re-enactment

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Past and present players from La Trobe University Football Club will re-enact the first football game at La Trobe University, celebrating the Club's 50th anniversary.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1968 Form 3D

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1968 Form 3D

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1968 Form 3D

List - Candidates [for 2003 elections as Councillors for City of Banyule]

Greensborough Historical Society,

1p. white paper

Historical information

List of candidates nominated for the 2003 election to City of Banyule Council as at 12 February 2003.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1976 Form 3E

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 3E

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 3E

Book - Greenhills Panorama

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 40 page singled sided typed book held together by staples.

Historical information

Relates the history of the Greenhills area of Greensborough. It was compiled as an entry into a Develop Victoria Council contest in 1959.

Significance

Records the significant developments in Greenhills' history. It also listed the office bearers of the Greenhill and North Greensborough Progress Association from its inception.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Newspaper Clipping - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 No ordinary day in class

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Watsonia Primary School was visited by coaching staff from Tottenham Football Club, who also visited Watsonia Heights Football Club.

Article journal - Diamond Valley opens new library

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page copy of journal article, text and photograph.

Historical information

Diamond Valley Council opened its new library at Greensborough, a branch of Heidelberg Regional Library, in December 1973.

Postcard - Digital image - YMCA Soldiers Club

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white postcard.

Historical information

Soldiers sitting outside the YMCA Soldiers' Club. Location unknown. There were YMCA soldiers' clubs in most capital cities in Australia, where soldiers could meet, relax and have a meal.

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: Interior view of mezzanine from ground floor.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Interior view of mezzanine from ground floor. The redevelopment of the Greensborough Pool into the Watermarc aquatic centre is documented in this collection of 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 - Richard Marsh and his family

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00356:00449:00546:00743:01259 A black and white photograph of Richard Marsh, his wife and their children.

Historical information

The photograph shows the family group in the early 20th century. The house was known as "Dunbar Corner".

Significance

The Marsh family moved to Greensborough in 1907. their son Arnold pictured in the centre of the front row, lived in the house until the late 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue biro writing on rear of photograph names the family group and gives some history of the family.

Photograph - Digital image - Ruston family

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Peter Ruston and Martha Roberts had seven children, there are five in this photograph. Anne (1857-83), Martha (1860-1883) between Peter's knees, Sarah (1863-1945), Rachel (1865-1883), Sarah (1865-1957), Mary (1868-1869), Peter (1873-1924) and William (1874-1973).

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

Photograph - Digital image - Ted Foley.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Ted Foley, a religious instructor who regularly came to Lower Plenty from the city. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Newspaper Clipping - Mother of all cop blitzes

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Police on horseback, pounding the pavements, in squad cars and patrolling with sniffer dogs made multiple arrests and issued scores of fines in a massive, one-day blitz across Banyule last week.