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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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6958 items

Photograph - Digital image - Troops in camp

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows troops in camp, probably Egypt, 1917.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Oral History - People that I have met: Cliff Lowerson; by Rosie Bray.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 pages, text and photographs.

Historical information

Rosie Bray talks with Clifford Alva Lowerson about life with his wife Iris in Eltham, Briar Hill, Montmorency and Watsonia.

Significance

Oral history first published in GHS Newsletter 2014.

Photograph - Digital Image - Happy Hollow Farm, framed memorabilia

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

A photograph taken at the June 24 2017 meeting of Greensborough Historical Society. This framed collection of Happy Hollow memorabilia is owned by Jacinta Crealy.

Photograph - Digital image - Old Pool Plenty River May 2014

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02018.02019.02020 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Plenty River pool Greensborough. Opened in 1937, the remnants of this concrete pool can be seen today from the Main Street bridge Greensborough. Photograph by Marilyn Smith 2014.

Photograph - Digital image - Loyola 5 [Driveway] 1934.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs of the Jesuit Seminary in Grimshaw Street Watsonia. Opened in 1934, this was a house of formation and study for the Society of Jesus. Loyola College (established 1980), now occupies the site and purchased the original building in 2002.

Book - Diamond Creek Farmer

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A black and white booklet, 12 pages, black and white illus.

Historical information

History of the Ellis family in Diamond Creek and Yarra Glen.

Significance

William Ellis emigrated to Victoria in 1847 and bought most of the Wattle Glen area in 1850. He also had family connections to Kangaroo Ground.

Inscriptions & Markings

John Mackey in pencil inside front cover

Newspaper Clipping - Speaking up for ecology

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

A new club called 'Speaking of Sustainability Banyule' is a venue for discussing environmental issues.

Planning Document - Subdivision Plan # G313, Corner Main and Grimshaw Streets, Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Plan (2 sheets) mounted on heavy card.

Historical information

Plan of Subdivision at corner of Main and Grimshaw Streets, Greensborough.

Significance

An example of hard copy subdivision plans from the Greensborough area. Mainly from the Shire of Diamond Valley era (1964-1994).

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped and handwritten Council permissions, dates and other details.

Oral History - Brooks (Brookes) by Ross Brookes

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 typed page.

Historical information

Ross Brooks is a descendant of the Poulter family and recounts the family connections with Greensborough.

Significance

Family connections in Greensborough are deceased.

Book - Eureka reminiscences / Ballarat Heritage Services

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

84p., illus.

Historical information

Stories from the Eureka Stockade

Oral History - Small house in Hailes Street by Faye Fort.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One types page of text.

Historical information

Faye Fort relates some of the families who lived in this house in Hailes Street Greensborough and describes its demise to make way for a carpark and shops.

Significance

An oral history of one house in Greensborough.

Plan - Parish Plan Map of Land North of Grimshaw Street

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopy of part of Parish plan of land north of Grimshaw Street bounded by the Plenty River.

Historical information

Part of Parish plan of land north of Grimshaw Street bounded by the Plenty River. Includes annotation signed by John Scotland and J. W. Britnell, dated Dec. 11th 1879.

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes annotation signed by John Scotland and J. W. Britnell, dated Dec. 11th 1879

Photographs - Lower Plenty Hall

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Collection of 3 colour photographs

Historical information

Views of Lower Plenty Hall prior to its demolition to make way for a carpark, near the corner of Para Road and Main Road Lower Plenty.

Photograph - Digital Image - 42 Alexandra Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

House at 42 Alexandra Street Greensborough

Photograph - Digital image - Ellen Partington [nee Whatmough]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01070:01237:01238:01239:01583 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Ellen Partington (nee Whatmough). She and husband Charles Partington and family came to Melbourne in the 1857 and moved to Greensborough where they farmed along the Plenty River. Descendants still live in Greensborough.

Significance

Pioneer Greensborough family

Newspaper Clipping - Conversations

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Letters to the Editor focus on traffic concerns in the Diamond Valley.

Article - Website - Original Futuro house in South Morang, by Paul Shapiro

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 p. text and col. and black and white photographs (digital reprint of original publication)

Historical information

Of Finnish design, the building has been used as a sales booth at the Apollo Parkways estate, and moved to the TUKE Go-Kart Track on McDonalds Road South Morang, where it is being used as a storage building.

Article - Eliza Smith

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Eliza Smith and her service in World War 1.

Newspaper clipping - Pastoral era set on canvas

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour images.

Historical information

This article commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of artist Walter Withers who lived in Eltham.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1974 Grade 4A Noel Hudson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1974 Grade 4A Noel Hudson

Photographs - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 125th Anniversary

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Five colour photographs. Principal Mark Smith with Gladys Greenwood, oldest student and Jack Mansour, youngest student; Gladys Greenwood with Jack Mansour; Gladys Greenwood cutting cake (2); cake.

Historical information

Photos taken at the 125th Anniversary school reunion. Collection includes 5 colour photographs: Principal Mark Smith with Gladys Greenwood, oldest student and Jack Mansour, youngest student; Gladys Greenwood with Jack Mansour; Gladys Greenwood cutting cake (2); cake.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of people, occasion and date on back of prints.

Document - Digital Image - Don McDowell. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05238:05227:04705 Digital copy of Citation, background notes and photograph

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Don McDowell as he is inducted into the Greensborough Football Club's Hall of Fame as a Legend

Significance

In 2016, the Greensborough Football Club inducted a number of their past players into the Hall of Fame. This Citation outlines the player's contribution to the Club.

Book - Family memories: a guide to reminiscing: by Bob Price.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Hard cover. 130 pages, illus. (some col.).

Historical information

This book encourages readers to reminisce about their lives and shows how to record these personal and family memories for generations to follow.

Significance

Demonstrates the importance of oral history and recording family histories.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover "To mum, hope this will jog a few memories, p'raps we can get 'em down on tape, or paper. From Shirl 18/3/93." "To Faye Fort 2007 From Shirl"

Bath and bed head (remnants) - Partington family, remnants of bath and bed head

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Cast-iron, rusted. Section of base of bath and one upright post from bed head.

Historical information

This piece of an old bath dates back to the late 1800s to early 1900s. The bath would have been used by the Partington or Bosch families at the property at Point Lookout. This piece is from a bath that was used by our grandfather (born in 1872) when the family lived at Point Lookout before the Partington family bought Willis Vale in 1878. The bath remnant was retrieved after fire destroyed the house. Bed head (remnant): From the Willis Vale homestead. The Partingtons purchased Willis Vale in 1878. William James Partington (1872-1941) died of heart failure in bed beside Annie May (1874-1965). They were the parents of Eva, Grace, Alan, Jess and Jack. All except Eva were born at Willis Vale.

Significance

Remnants of two of the Partington family homes, both destroyed by fire.

Article - Charles Benjamin Scrivener

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Charles Benjamin Scrivener and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was working at Guildford WA; Charles was born in Greensborough.

Certificate of Title - Grimshaw Street Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopy of Certificate of Title, 2 p. and 3 p. black and white text.

Historical information

Issued to L. & C. Estates Pty Ltd for Lot 6 PS No. 43356 Parish of Keelbundora, 23 December 1958 (320 Grimshaw Street Watsonia?)

Inscriptions & Markings

Certificate of Title Vol. 8234 Fol. 896

Newspaper clipping - Matter of Trust

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper article on the Gulf Station Yarra Glen and the Bell family. Includes text and photograph of Ruth Crofts.

Historical information

Details the history of Gulf Station Yarra Glen and the Bell family from their time of arrival in Victoria in 1839.

Significance

Origins of a pioneering family with some links to Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital Image - Koala Show - healthy eating at Briar Hill Primary School 1987

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Photograph of Koala Show - Healthy Eating at Briar Hill Primary School in 1987.

Photograph - Digital image - St Katherine's Church St Helena: Window 4.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

St Katherine's Church St Helena dates from 1858. The Church was built by Major Anthony Beale in memory of his wife Katherine Rose Beale. This photograph shows one of the stained glass windows, dedicated to the memory of Frederick Tolhurst and his wife Rose Tolhurst.

Booklet - TAA Air Atlas

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

16 p., printed in colour, maps, photographs and text.

Historical information

Souvenir publication, detailing airline routes, services and aircraft. TAA air atlas: your flight souvenir, compliments of Trans-Australia Airlines.