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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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6748 items

Photograph - Digital image - Group of ladies outside Foard's Store. (Names L:R Mrs Rundle? Nancy Foard Ivy Lines and Jean Partington)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of a group fo four women outside Foard's Store Greensborough [site of present Woolworths Supermarket]. Ladies were a golf group.

Photograph - Digital image - Loyola: distant view from tower 2012.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Loyola: distant view from tower 2012. Part of a collection of photographs of Loyola College, Grimshaw Street Watsonia, established 1980 on the site of the Loyola Seminary. The College purchased the original building in 2002. These photographs of the original building and grounds were taken by GHS member Jazz Burge in June 2012.

Pipe - Timber pipe stem

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Wooden pipe stem, two-tone. No maker's marks.

Historical information

Timber pipe stem.

Significance

From a collection held in Greensborough.

Newspaper clipping - Greensborough notes

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photocopy of a newspaper column from the Hurstbridge Advertiser.

Historical information

It mentions observations around the charging of admission to football games and some people were getting free tickets.

Significance

It deals with admission charges to football games and mentions "Hunters Paddock" as a home game venue.

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue biro words beside the column.

Cigarette lighter - Flints and Striker for Cigarette Lighter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Replacement flints and striker mechanism for a cigarette lighter in plastic container

Historical information

Replacement flints and striker for cigarette lighter, dating from 1960.

Magazine - Banyule Banner September/October 2017

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 pages (approx.), colour illustrations.

Historical information

The Banyule Banner is published bi-monthly by Banyule City Council to advertise upcoming events in the City of Banyule and to report on past events. This edition covers Banyule Seniors Festival, Children's Week and Arts information.

Significance

A record of events within the City of Banyule.

Photograph - Digital image - Luxford mattress factory at 75 Napier Street Fitzroy

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Wallace Luxford worked in his grandfather's Fitzroy mattress factory. The E.H. Luxford factory was in Napier Street Fitzroy.

Photograph - Digital image - Stowell Marshall

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows Stowell Marshall in uniform.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photograph

Advertising Leaflet - 11/171 St Helena Road Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Real Estate advertising leaflet,1 sheet folded into 4 pages, printed in colour both sides.

Historical information

11/171 St Helena Road Greensborough. 3 bedroom town house. Sold May 2018 for $750,000. Previous sales: July 2009 for $410,000.

Book - Shire of Diamond Valley Handbook 1984

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

32 pages, col illus., maps. Cover illustration of recreation facilities in Diamond Valley.

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

Photographs - Montmorency tennis pavilion. 1979

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 colour photographs.

Historical information

2 photographs of the Montmorency tennis pavilion, April 1979.

Photograph - Digital image - Trevor Partington, mounted police

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Trevor Partington (1936-2002) was the son of Alan and Wyn Partington. He joined the mounted police in 1958. He later became a detective and retired from Victoria Police in 1985.

Advertising Leaflet - 12 Barry Street Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour.

Historical information

12 Barry Street Watsonia, 3 bedroom home. Auctioned 19/05/2018 for $740,000. Previous sale May 1995 for $100,000.

Photograph - Digital image - Ruston family

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Newspaper Clipping - Banyule Subdivision tax set to bite

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Mum and dad developers face being slugged with an extra tax to subdivide their properties.

Book - Fourth Fleet families of Australia by C J Smee

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Hard cover book, black cover with gold writing. Pages not numbered.

Historical information

Lists of the families of those convicts arriving in Australia in 1792.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Book - The Austin Hospital. 1882-1972; by Gwen Rogerson.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Unpublished manuscript. Typewritten, 121 pages, includes photocopied illustrations pasted into manuscript.

Historical information

This unpublished manuscript was written to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg.

Significance

This manuscript contains copies of illustrations and documents from the early days of the Austin Hospital.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Grain Store, Para Road. Loyalty cards 2016.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows loyalty cards for Greensborough Grain Store; this photo was taken in May 2015.

Significance

In 2017, the Greensborough Grain Store closed its Para Road premises and now trades online.

Book - The Names on the Mornington Honour Roll 1914-1918: Who were they? / by Val Wilson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

150p., illus.

Historical information

This book retells the lives of the 120 names on the Mornington Honour Roll, men and women who served in World War I.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Noel & Cath, Best Wishes, Valerie J Wilson

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill Timber Hardware Interior

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Briar Hill Timber and Hardware was situated in Sherbourne Road Briar Hill. These photographs were taken by Frank Solomon shortly before the business closed and depict a small hardware business.

Significance

This business and its predecessor Briar Hill Timber was a landmark in the area.

Cruet set

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Four piece cruet set, moulded glass in EPNS silver stand. Stoppers missing, one container not matching..

Historical information

Table cruets usually comprised containers for oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, mustard etc. These were probably patterned on an earlier design.

Inscriptions & Markings

ES & S, EP

Article - John Stock

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John Stock and his service in World War 1. John Stock was born in Greensborough.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1977 Year 10B

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1977 Year 10B

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1977 Year 10B

Photographs - Eltham Leisure Centre site: under construction April 1979

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

6 colour photographs.

Historical information

6 photographs of the Eltham Leisure Centre under construction 1978, taken by Peter Graham, a Shire of Eltham Councillor. These photographs show the 'games hall' framework.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Japanese visitors to Greensborough Primary

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping, black and white text and image.

Historical information

Miss Kumi Yamagata conducted Japanese cultural activities during her visit to Greensborough Primary School.

Book - The genealogist's question & answer book

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Paperback, 227 p.

Painting - Digital Image - Tom Lane Pharmacy, by Alan Sartori

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital image of a painting of a Greensborough landmark.

Historical information

Photograph of painting by Alan Sartori of the Tom Lane Pharmacy, a Greensborough landmark.

Significance

Alan Sartori was a local Greensborough artist who captured many images of the local area.

Photograph - Digital image - View from Rose McLaughlin's house, Beales Road Greensborough 1937.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 the view from Rose McLaughlin's Beales Road home in 1937.

Significance

This photograph shows the rural nature of Greensborough in the 1930s.

Booklet - Toward the municipal mapping of traditional aboriginal land use, by Jim Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

10 p., typescript

Historical information

Using Manningham as an example, aboriginal land use patterns are shown, together with interconnecting songlines.

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough College Students On the rebound

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Students at Greensborough College are jumping for joy after their school's multimillion-dollar upgrade was unveiled.