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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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5682 items

Photograph - Red Cross Fete during World War 1, Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00072:01276 2 x A4 pages, photocopied. One of photograph and second of caption for photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows the Greensborough Ladies Auxiliary of the Red Cross during World War 1. Taken outside the Rechabite Hall during the Red Cross Fete. See caption file for names. (Newspaper Article dated 3/11/1917 about a Red Cross Bazaar [1914-1918])

Significance

Shows many of the early residents of Greensborough. An example of the social work being undertaken in the area in the early 20th century.

Certificate - Melbourne Cup Ballroom Championships 1978

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and red print, off-white paper

Historical information

Certificate of achievement to Rosalie and Matt Bray for Fox Trot in the Melbourne Cup Ballroom Championships 1978.

Inscriptions & Markings

First [prize] awarded to Matt and Rosalie Bray, Melbourne Cup Ballroom Championships event: Fox trot, 2.11.1978

Book - Cross the bridge and see by Kathleen Wallace

Greensborough Historical Society,

Hardback, 229 p., frontispiece, dust jacket

Historical information

Schoolgirls' novel about an English family living in China.

Photograph - Digital image - Blackjack: Peter and Paul, Greensborough 1956 .

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02062.02063.02064.02065.02066.02067.02069.02071.02072.02073.02074.02076.02084.02085.02086.02087 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Peter and Paul Robinson, 1956, at Blackjack, the home of the Robinson family to late 1956. The Blackjack property, house and acres of fruit orchards ran down to the Plenty River off Hume Street Greensborough. The photographs were taken as slides by Frank Robinson and digitised by his son James in 2015.

Photograph - Digital image - The Cordner family

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

The Cordner 'boys' at home.

Significance

The Cordner family were a prominent local family for most of the 20th Century. Mr Cordner senior and sons Ted and Don were local doctors.

Article - Willis Vale Homestead 1841-1962

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages, text and black and white images

Historical information

Willis Vale was built in 1841 by George Maygar and named after his wife's maiden name of Willis. This article outlines the lessees and owners of the property, Robert Whatmough (1863) and Charles Partington (1878).

Significance

Outlines the history of this Greensborough property.

Advertisement - Gilbertsons [butchers], Bundoora

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Gilbertsons [butchers] of Bundoora.

Advertising Leaflet - 2/21 Ellen Court Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour both sides

Historical information

2/21 Ellen Court Greensborough, 3 bedroom home, sold April 2012 for $450,000

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1976 Grade 3-O.

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.

Calendar - Banyule Community Calendar 2016: Banyule's great outdoors.

Greensborough Historical Society,

28 pages. Colour illustrations. Illustrations of local scenes and landmarks.

Historical information

This community calendar is distributed to residents of the City of Banyule each year. Each year it focusses on an aspect of the local community. The 2016 calendar contains photographs of local scenes and activities. Some council services are detailed in the back pages.

Significance

The annual report is a record of the activities and services in the Banyule City Council area.

Photograph - Digital image - Heritage Walk, October 2014.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Group of Greensborough Historical Society members and friends on the Heritage Walk through Greensborough 2014. More photos of this event can be found at the GHS Resource Centre.

Photograph - Digital image - River's up on Greensborough Bridge

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00457.01753 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Plenty River in flood at old Greensborough bridge.

Advertisement - Digital image - Frank M. Kindler [Optometrist] 1967

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Frank M. Kindler, Optometrist, Grimshaw Street, Greensborough 1967

Significance

Part of a collection of historic advertisements from local newspapers, showing local businesses from the mid 20th century.

Advertising Leaflet - 10 Greenview Court Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour both sides

Historical information

10 Greenview Court Greensborough, 3 bedroom home, auctioned 8 December 2012 for $567,000

Newspaper Clipping - Apollo Parkways Primary School AP5184 Trio excited for big day

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Greensborough triplets Peter, Christina and Zoe Zougras to start school at Apollo Parkways Primary School in Greensborough.

Leaflet - North East Link community update 04 April 2018; and, Map of proposed North East Link

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 sheet, printed in colour both sides (update) and single sided colour map and notes.

Historical information

Updates on North East Link project.

Photograph - Digital image - Susan Chapman Whatmough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Susan Chapman Whatmough, daughter of Phoebe Chapman. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Digital image - Bethan [Bethany?]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows houses, possibly near Jerusalem. The photograph has "Bethan" written on the image. Could be 'Bethany' near the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Bethan" written on front of postcard

Real estate advertising leaflet - 20 Edmund Rice Parade Watsonia North

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

20 Edmund Rice Parade Watsonia North, 5 bedroom, 2 storey home. Sale by set date 05/06/2018 price not disclosed. Previous sale September 2001 for $345,000 and December 1984 for $31,000..

Article - Children gave the new Grace Park playground equipment the thumbs up, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 p. text and colour photographs; with 8 colour photographs as printed in the document

Historical information

Banyule Council held a launch of the newly erected playground equipment at the Grace Park playground, corner Henry and Louis Streets, on 2 March 2016. Report and photos by Rosie Bray

Inscriptions & Markings

Each photograph has identifying details written on the back, of the playground and attendees at the launch on 2 March 2016

Newspaper Clipping - Commuters support move to eco-friendly Vehicles and Cars

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A community group supported Banyule Council's move to stop directly investing in companies allied to fossil fuels.

Inscriptions & Markings

Date written on page

Photograph - Digital image - Benjamin Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01491.01561 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Unidentified photograph, (Verified to by Faye Partington that it Benjamin (born at Point Lookout). Lived and worked at Willis Vale on the farm and orchards. Married at age 34.

Significance

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

Book - In The Beginning There Was Only The Land

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white printed book of 227 pages plus bibliography and appendices. It has a multi coloured outer cover depicting the Bundoora local shop and first unofficial post office. Copy 2 is Lions International edition with brown hard cover and Lions stamp on front.

Historical information

The book was written by Len Kenna as a fund raising item for the Lions Club of Bundoora.

Significance

It details the history of Bundoora from before white settlement until the modern era.

Inscriptions & Markings

A number of oval library stamps and its dewey number written in pencil on the inner flyleaf.

Magazine - Watsonia's Whisper: the official newspaper of the Watsonia Traders. August 2002. [First edition]

Greensborough Historical Society,

8 paged journal, printed in colour. Copied from the original owned by Rosalie Bray (editor). Articles and advertisements related to Watsonia and the Watsonia shopping centre. Housed in clear plastic 20-page binder.

Historical information

Published between August 2002 and December 2005, the Watsonia Whisper advertised traders in the Watsonia Shopping Centre and reported community news and events. Written and edited by Rosalie Bray.

Significance

A snapshot of the Watsonia area between 2002 and 2005.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1970 Form 3MF

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white copy of a school photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows a Watsonia High School class from 1970.

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.

Book - Pre-1841 Censuses & Population Listings / by Colin R Chapman

Greensborough Historical Society,

91 p.

Historical information

A short volume on population listings (censuses) in Great Britain from the 16th century to the 18th century.

Metal box - Metal key box

Greensborough Historical Society,

Metal box painted red with perspex window and lock on front.

Historical information

This metal key box was used at Lower Plenty Primary School to keep a set of spare keys for use in emergencies. The box was fixed to the wall in the school office.

Tickets - Greensborough Football Club event tickets

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 tickets to Greensborough Football Club events. Individual tickets are brown, green or yellow.

Historical information

Social events have always been important in local football clubs and these tickets show a range of events such as the mid-year ball and players review.

Significance

Tickets such as these are ephemeral in nature and tend to be thrown away after use.

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.

Photographs - Photographs from Matt Craig

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 black and white photographs.

Historical information

Five photographs of the Craig family in Greensborough circa 1960, collection donated by Matt Craig.

Folder of Documents - Sands Directories. Greensborough. 1903-1942.

Greensborough Historical Society,

22 pages printed from Ancestry, in grey plastic folder

Historical information

Sands was a Victorian Directory containing an alphabetical list of citizens usually head of household) in a specific area. In this folder there are lists of Greensborough inhabitants from 1903 to 1942.

Significance

These lists show the growth of population in Greensborough in the first half of the 20th Century as the area developed from a rural to town community.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Cemetery [view 1]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of Greensborough Cemetery

Historical information

View of Greensborough Cemetery, June 18th 2013. Photography by Marilyn Smith.

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.

Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Hockey Club Junior Team (2)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Colour photograph of Greensborough Hockey club junior team.

Historical information

Greensborough Hockey club junior team.

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia Road shopping strip 2, 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Watsonia Road shopping strip, Watsonia 2016. The strip is managed by the Watsonia Traders Association.

Photograph - Digital image - Old Plenty River Swimming Pool [Greensborough]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of 3 colour photographs.

Historical information

This photograph of the old swimming pool in the Plenty River 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.

Photograph - Digital image - Bundoora Primary School No.1915 (old building) 3

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02021.02022.02023.02024.02025.02026.02027 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Bundoora Primary School No.1915 was constructed in 1877 of brick on a bluestone base with an iron roof and small porch. The school consisted of a single room with the dimensions 30 feet by 18 feet. It was a small rural school and in use for over 100 years. Today it sits abandoned at the intersection of Plenty Road and the Metropolitan Ring Road. The School has a Victorian Heritage Overlay (no H062) Photograph by Marilyn Smith 2014.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of John Huxley Carse, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01856:01903.01943.03493 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of John Huxley Carse (died 02/10/1926) in Plot#J15 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.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1982 Year 10C

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1982 Year 10C

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1982 Year 10C

Photograph - Digital image - John McLaughlin's Eltham farm, 1934.

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 view of John McLaughlin's Eltham farm house. The McLaughlin family never lived in this house.

Booklet - Our Eltham: artistic recollections

Greensborough Historical Society,

42 p. colour illustrations

Historical information

Booklet with reproductions of the art panels depicting aspects of Eltham history, commissioned by the Eltham Cemetery Trust and located at Wisteria Walk South in the Eltham Cemetery

Handbook - Watsonia High School - Class Handbook 1985 Level 7

Greensborough Historical Society,

In-school produced A4 Size booklet containing information on Year 7 (old Form 1) class subjects; curriculum books; school fees and Important Dates

Historical information

Student handbook outlining subjects offered to Year 7 students.

Significance

An annual publication, updated as regulations and subjects offered change. This gives a snapshot of Watsonia High School, Year 7, in 1985.

Newspaper Clipping - Grant gets club out of a deep end

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text and colour image

Historical information

A Banyule Council grant assisted DVE Aquatic, a locally-based [Watermarc] water polo club, to purchase custom-made competition caps.

Newspaper clipping - Grimshaw Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00540.00584.02947 2 page article downloaded from the National Library of Australia.

Historical information

Article from the Hurstbridge Advertiser (13/12/1935) reporting on the proposed construction of Grimshaw Street and who was responsible for paying for it. Includes reference to many Greensborough streets.

Advertisement - Digital image - D.V. Motor Men 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Diamond Valley Motor Men of Watsonia

Article - James Paterson McKay

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about James Paterson McKay and his service in World War 1. James and his brother attended Greensborough State School.

Photograph - Digital image - Medhurst family at Booth Street Bendigo, circa 1899.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows four people outside a house in Booth Street Bendigo.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1974 Grade 4N.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Photographs - Plenty River Flood 1974

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01473.01474.01746.01747.01748.01749.01751.02246 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

Newspaper - The Heidelberg News and Greensborough & Diamond Creek Chronicle 1905

Greensborough Historical Society,

Broadsheet, 4 p., folded twice

Historical information

Original copy of The Heidelberg News and Greensborough & Diamond Creek Chronicle from December 1905.

Significance

Contains local news and many advertisements