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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.

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. 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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2509 items

Clothing Accessories

Greensborough Historical Society,

Red windcheater Size 16

Inscriptions & Markings

Plenty Valley fm stereo

Photograph - Digital image - Pipes over Plenty, construction of original bridge for Watts Reservoir aqueduct.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of the Maroondah aqueduct bridge over the Plenty River in Greensborough.

Newspaper clipping - Centre of attraction

Greensborough Historical Society,

A large article featuring 6 coloured photographs.

Historical information

This article was written in anticipation of the opening of the WaterMarc aquatic centre in Greensborough.

Significance

The WaterMarc aquatic centre is on the site the former Greensborough Swimming Pool in the heart of Greensborough. This article highlights it's many features.

Inscriptions & Markings

Biro written date

Magazine - Banyule Banner September/October 2015

Greensborough Historical Society,

20 pages (approx.), colour illustrations.

Historical information

The Banyule Banner is published quarterly by Banyule City Council to advertise upcoming events in the City of Banyule and to report on past events.

Significance

A record of events within the City of Banyule.

Newspaper clipping - Jess’s lifelong passion.

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 Choir and her family, Greensborough pioneers.

Photograph - Digital image - Plenty River in flood 1972 Flintoff St croosing (2)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Plenty River in flood, circa 1970.

Photograph - Digital image - Prudence Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Prudence Partington was born in 1858 at a cottage at the Watsonia Toll Gate operated by her father Charles. The family later moved to Willis Vale. After their parents’ deaths, Maria and Prudence moved to a house in Sellars Street Watsonia in 1890. They lived together until their deaths in 1930, just two months apart.

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

Folder of Documents - Greensborough Park:: Land Title Histories and Associated Instruments

Greensborough Historical Society,

Folder of copies of land title documents. 20 pages. Includes CD of electronic copies.

Historical information

Land title documents trace the ownership of what is now known as Greensborough Park from 1872 to 1976.

Significance

This property was owned at various times by well known Greensborough identities. The documents show the change from private ownership to public ownership of the site.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Avis I. Williams, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Avis I. Williams (died 1937) in Plot# I7 Greensborough Cemetery. Photograph taken by Noel Withers 2009.

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 of the early settlers in the district. The cemetery holds approximately 250 grave sites with 350 people buried there.

Photograph - Digital image - Apples on Partington's Flat

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Apple trees on Partington's Flat. Part of the Willis Vale farm and orchard owned by the Partington family

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

Photograph - Digital image - Unidentified woman

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

This studio portrait is of a young woman, unfortunately she has not been identified.

Photograph Album - Plenty/Briar Hill Camp 1989

Greensborough Historical Society,

Colour photographs and maps in album

Historical information

Photographs and maps from Plenty/Briar Hill Camp 1989. Possibly a school project, includes itinerary. Photographs are not named. Location: "Tandara" Halls Gap.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand drawn front cover with name of artist.

Booklet - The First Decade

Greensborough Historical Society,

Two tone light and dark brown cover with artists palette design on the front and sketch of Greensborough Primary Shool on rear cover

Historical information

Early in the 1970's a number of people felt the need in the Greensborough community for an Arts Society, Prominent among them were were Ron Reynolds, Digby Watson,Murray Pulford, Roland and Maria Schultz. An article appeared in the Greenhills Community News seeking those interested in participating in such a society. A meeting was held in the home of Ron Reynolds on 15th July 1970 with approx. 20 people attending.

Inscriptions & Markings

Original owner written in pencil as June Hall

Newspaper clipping - Trip down memory lane for city staff

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A reunion of former City of Heidelberg staff will mark 40 years since the City's merger with Shires of Eltham and Diamond Vally to create Banyule.

Inscriptions & Markings

Heidelberg Leader and date written on page.

Photograph - Digital image - Collection of Franklin family photographs

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photographs. Printed on A4 paper.

Historical information

Collection of Franklin family photographs 1940s-1960s. Includes: Don Franklin, Roy Franklin, Jean Franklin and Belle Franklin and the family home

Inscriptions & Markings

Photographs identifies on back.

Photograph - Digital image - John McLaughlin's home in Fairy Hill South Morang [close up]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs copied from the late Shirley Fraser (nee Black), also descendant of the McLaughlin and Whatmough family. This photograph shows John McLaughlin's home Fairy Hill in South Morang.

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia Garage B

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Watsonia Garage and corner shop (cash grocer), early 20th century. Shows advertising on side of shop.

Newspaper clipping - Police want Nathan to crack code

Greensborough Historical Society,

Clipping with black & white text and coloured photograph

Historical information

Greensborough police seeking owner of a stolen mobile telephone.

Inscriptions & Markings

Diamond Valley Leader 30/03/2011

Newspaper clipping - Memories so sweet as time goes by.

Greensborough Historical Society,

A copy of a black and white article from The Age newspaper. Includes text and photograph of Betty Bell at Happy Hollow farm.

Historical information

Newspaper article from 1994 recording the history of the Bell family at Happy Hollow.

Significance

Happy Hollow was built in the late 1840's about 4 km north of Greensborough on the Plenty River. The article informs us that the Bell family moved there in 1943 and lived without power or running water at that site until March 1994 when Betty moved out.

Inscriptions & Markings

Biro inscriptions in title and highlighting throuhgout..

Article - Naming of Barclay Park

Greensborough Historical Society,

2p., col. photograph.

Historical information

Formerly McKenzie Park Greensborough; renamed Barclay Park 7 November 2015. Named for the Barclay family who farmed in this area.

Book - Eltham Shire: historic buildings, people and places

Greensborough Historical Society,

Soft cover book with photographs of four Eltham buildings on front cover. 46pages, black and white illus.

Historical information

The history of some of the Historic buildings in Eltham and the people who lived in them. Words by Marguerite Marshall, photgraphs by Ron Grant.

Significance

This book discusses the identity of the Eltham area.

Inscriptions & Markings

Withdrawn from Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

Poster - Australian Citizenship Pledge

Greensborough Historical Society,

Poster, colour illustrations.

Historical information

This poster represents the pledge taken by new Australian citizens during the citizenship ceremony.

Book - From Brunswick St to Bells Beach

Greensborough Historical Society,

37 page book. Colour illustrations. Cover depicts Bells Beach and the interior and exterior views of city buildings.

Historical information

This book was published to commemorate the fift decade of the National Trust in Victoria, 1997-2006. It outlines the sucesses and failures in preserving the state's heritage properties. Written by Mary Ryllis Clark and Victoria Hammond.

Folder of Newspaper Clippings - Diamond Valley Hospital Inc., Press clippings 1988-1998.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Bue lever arch file containing press clippings, each mounted on white A4 paper.

Historical information

The Diamond Valley Community Hospital was established in 1942 in Grimshaw Street Greensborough. Due to financial circumstances, the hospital closed in 2000. This collection of newspaper clippings is from i1988 to 1998 and was collected by staff. The collection includes advertisements of hospital services and articles from local newspapers.

Significance

As the Diamond Valley Community Hospital is now closed, this collection of newspaper clippings records some of the people, services and events associated with the hospital.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Newspaper Clippings" handwritten on white label on front cover.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Hazel Rust, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Hazel Rust (died 1991 ) Plot# unknown, Greensborough Cemetery. Photograph taken by Noel Withers 2009.

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 of the early settlers in the district. The cemetery holds approximately 250 grave sites with 350 people buried there.

Photograph - Digital image - Main Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Main Street Greensborough shown as an unmade road, circa 1900. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - 27 Prefects inducted at Macleod High, 1963.

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

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

Receipts - Transactions with Greensborough Traders 1970s

Greensborough Historical Society,

Collection of 6 sales receipts. Printed and handwritten paper.

Historical information

Receipts for household items, dated 1970-1979. Stores were in Main or Grimshaw Streets Greensborough.

Significance

These are significant as they show the costs of goods in the 1970s. The stores pre-date the Greensborough Plaza shopping centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten details of purchases and costs.

Newspaper Clipping - New Post Office plaque is unveiled.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of news article, text and graphics.

Historical information

The opening of the Greensborough Post Office building in 1970, situated in Main Street.

Significance

An example of development in Greensborough in the 1970s. The Post Office has now moved into a shop-front in Greensborough Plaza.

Photograph - Digital image - Farmers Arms Hotel Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Man reading paper at Co-op.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Man reading paper at co-op (Greensborough)

Article - WaterMarc (Banyule Banner Mach/April 2012)

Greensborough Historical Society,

A multi coloured page from the Banyule Banner (March/April 2012) highlighting the progress of the WaterMarc development in Greensborough. It features photographs of the site as it is being built. Also a small flyer advertising "Foundation Member Launch" March 3, 2012.

Historical information

Records the progress, features and proposed opening dates of WaterMarc.

Significance

WaterMarc is the new aquatic centre in Greensborough, replacing the former swimming pool.

Inscriptions & Markings

Date and source inscription on top of page.

Glasses - Bundoora Primary School Centenary 1877-1977

Greensborough Historical Society,

Set of 6 glasses, clear glass with gilt edge and gilt inscription.

Historical information

Set of 6 glasses to commemorate the centenary of Bundoora Primary School 1877-1977. Collected by the Fraser family whose children were students at the school at this time.

Significance

A memento of this school and its centenary.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Bundoora Primary School Centenary 1877-1977. Back: Bundoora Primary School No 1915.

Document collection - Copies of Poulter family documents

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copies of documents, land titles and birth, death and marriage certificates.

Historical information

Records some land ownership, birth, deaths and marriages of the Poulter family of Greensborough. Dates from 1880s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mainly handwritten records.

Photograph - Digital image - Grace Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Grace Partington worked on the farm at Willis Vale and delivered milk from her father’s dairy. She married Les Pollard in 1935, aged 30. They had 3 children and lived in Drouin.

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

Book - First Years at Port Phillip: by Robert Douglass Boys

Greensborough Historical Society,

Hard cover, green binding., title in black text on front cover. 158 pages. A chronology of Victoria from 1834 to 1842. Includes newspaper articles relating to the book pasted in front end paper.

Historical information

A history of the discovery of Australia with emphasis on the settlement of victoria or 'Australia Felix' from the Henty Brothers in Portland in 1834 to the proclamation of theTown Coucil of Melbourne in 1842

Significance

Chronology of the development of white settlement in Victoria

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on fly-leaf by author "To A R Kenyon with kind regards R D Boys August 8,1935."

Glass - Lodge of Conveyance 100th Anniversary Meeting commemorative glass. 1859-1959.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Clear drinking glass. Barrell-shape with engraving front and back.

Historical information

Commemorative glass to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Lodge 1859-1959. Collected by Shirley Fraser (nee Black)

Significance

This Lodge closed in 1976 ("returned its warrant") and this surviving glass is a memento of its centenary.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: "100th Anniversary Meeting 1859-1959 Lodge Conveyance No. 700." On back: "Wor.Bro.N.A. Taylor"

Photograph - Digital image - Greenhills Road shop 1950s

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Local children at Christmas party at shop in Greenhill Road Greensborough. This shop has had many tenants and is currently the "Clay Oven" restaurant.

Photograph - Digital image - David and Daniel Black

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs copied from the late Shirley Fraser (nee Black), also descendant of the McLaughlin family. This photograph shows David and Daniel Black on visit to Santa.

Photograph - Digital image - Children playing at G&DPF Co-op

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Children playing outside G&DPF Co-op [greensborough and District Poultry Co-op?]. Photograph from the collection of Elaine Drakeford (nee Roberts).

Photograph - Digital image - Children [unidentified]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Studio portrait of two unidentified children, possibly from the Partington family.

Folder - Local Scene in Watsonia with Rosalie Bray 1990

Greensborough Historical Society,

Spiral bound plastic binder with 20 pockets. Blue title page. Contains photocopies of selected articles from Diamond Valley News 1990.

Historical information

This local news column details events, people and places of interest as they occurred in Watsonia in 1990.

Significance

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

Newspaper Clipping - Drive way to ace car win.

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A new car is the Hole in One prize at the Strathallan Golf Club Seniors Classic on October 18 2015.

Photograph - Digital image - Trevor Partington's Church Street property 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of 2 colour photographs.

Historical information

Two photgraphs of a Church Street Greensborough property owned by Trevor Partington. This property was acquired during the construction of Greensborough Plaza and is now the site of the Church Street car park.

Significance

The Partington family are Greensborough pioneers.

Photograph - Digital image - Plenty River Greensborough, May 2014 -3

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

The Plenty River flows south from Mt Disappointment before meeting with the Yarra River at Rosanna. Early settlement in Greensborough was based around the Plenty River. These images were taken in the Greensborough area by Marilyn Smith May 2014.

Planning Document - Subdivision Plan # 1058, Wattle Drive Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society,

Plan (3 sheets) mounted on heavy card.

Historical information

Plan of Strata Subdivision at 6 Wattle Drive Watsonia for 6 units.

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.

Certificates - Community member certificate: Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of Victoria.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Certificate on cream paper with blue and black type and red border.

Historical information

Certificate of Appreciation for contribution of the Partington family to the Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association ofVictoria.

Significance

An example of the Partington family's contribution to community causes.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough State School, 1963, Grade 1A

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Photograph (copy) - Old Bridge and Hotel Lower Plenty

Greensborough Historical Society,

A4 photocopy of 2 black and white photographs

Historical information

2 historical views of the Lower Plenty bridge and hotel. Original photographs are in the Victorain State Library collection.

Significance

Both the bridge and hotel remain but are in a very differant landscape. This shows the area about 110 years ago.

Booklet - Lower Plenty River Heritage Walk Sunday 27 October 2013

Greensborough Historical Society,

24 pages, illus. (some col.), maps.

Historical information

This booklet was used during the Heritage Walk along the Lower Plenty River in October 2013. It outlines natural and built landscapes of interest along this trail.