Stories Organisations Projects About Login

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

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

View on Google Maps

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

Victorian Collections is no longer accepting public comments

Contact the collector

7370 items

School Magazine - Watsonia High School Yearbook 1986 WaHIGH

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Pages not numbered, white cover, Title "Watsonia High School 1986" in Black ink. Contains text and graphics. Cover illustration – black and white photograph..

Historical information

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place over the year by using both photos and reports. Headmaster / Principal - Mr. Don Grant

Significance

A permanent record of who attended Watsonia High School - both student and teacher in 1986 - includes photographs. Note change of name from Kurnaji (previous yearbooks).

Photograph (Copy) - Children of Shirley and Trevor Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Children of Trevor and Shirley Partington: (right to left) Warren, Steven and Sharyn.

Inscriptions & Markings

Family connections written on copy

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Lions Club members with exchange students 1960s.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photographs of the Greensborough Lions Club activities in the 1960s came from the estate of Shirley Fraser (nee Black). [Caption by Bruce McDowell: Harold Fraser (Left Rear) wrote the words to the Greensborough Football Club theme song 'All My Life I Wanted to be a Borough Boy'.]

Photograph - Digital image - Diamond Village Shopping Centre Trees, Watsonia, 2016

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Diamond Village Shopping Centre, Nepean Street Watsonia.

Photograph - Digital Image - Grave of Eliza Maurer, Hans Maurer, Lily Maurer and Harold Maurer , Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Lily Maurer (died 29/08/1933), Hans Maurer (died 07/04/1942), Eliza Maurer (died 01/12/1938), and Harold Maurer (died 19//11/1936) in Plot# J1 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 of the early settlers in the district. The cemetery holds approximately 250 grave sites with 350 people buried there.

Photograph - Digital Image - Birds, Santon Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

Birds on overhead wires, Santon Street Greensborough.

Photograph (Copy) - Bullock Team near Yarrambat

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopy of sepia toned photograph. Depicts bullock team.

Historical information

Shows a bullock team, typically used for "heavy haulage" up to the 19th century.

Significance

A typical scene for the local area in the 19th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

In pen: "Bullock Team thought to be near Yarrambat".

Article - Rowland Hardley

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Two pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Rowland Hardley and his service in World War 1. Rowland Hardley was Foundation President of the Greensborough RSL.

Folder of documents - Black Family in Greensborough and Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Loose-leaf folder, pages in file protectors

Historical information

Collection of copies of documents and plans relating to land owned by the Black Family in Greensborough and Watsonia, and its sale by auction and subdivision to form the suburb of Watsonia following the building of Watsonia Railway Station in 1924

Significance

History of the development of the suburb of Watsonia

Newspaper Clipping - Pop Up Park to bring feast of fun for all

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A feast of activities, including delicious food truck delights will be served up at Banyule’s first pop up park, near Watsonia library.

Magazine - The Genealogist. Quarterly Vol. X No. 1, March 2001 - (incomplete)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white illus.

Historical information

Contains articles on a variety of family history topics, and information for members

Photograph - Digital Image - All Saints Anglican Church Greensborough. 1987.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour 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 both the interior and exterior of the church in 1987

Article - George Fineran

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Fineran and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, he was living in Yan Yean Road Plenty.

Photograph - Digital image - Mont Park: Central Block Reception

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Mont Park: Central Block Reception. One of a collection of photographs of the original buildings at the Mont Park Hospital site.

Newspaper Clipping - Loyola College Open Day 1995

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping, black and white text and image.

Historical information

An advertisement for Loyola College open day 1995.

Program - Digital Image - Greensborough College Graduation Ceremony 1999. Gr8750

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of program

Historical information

A digital copy of the Greensborough College Graduation Ceremony 1999. This copy is owned by GHS member Rosie Bray who was a mature age student from 1988-2002, (Rosie's story "Second chance at learning" can be read at Item 787). In 1999 Rosie was a student at Greensborough College [Gr8750]

Photograph - Digital image - Victorian country grandstand

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Victorian grandstand. Location not identified. This scene is part of Charles Marshall's collection of World War 1 photographs.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Les.R. Fitzroy Cup"

Photograph - Digital Image - 51 Adeline Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

House at 51 Adeline Street Greensborough, formerly the home of the Collyer family

Photograph - Digital Image - Paddock and gates in Henry Street, 1950s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Paddock and driveway at Kell's Cottage 1950s. The house was built 1917, at 112 Henry Street Greensborough by William Mitchell on the 60 acre dairy farm owned by Ethel and Walter Kell. This collection of photographs was copied by Cherel Sartori (who owned the house from 1990-2000), following a visit by Claude Amiet who lived in the house as a child in the early 20th century.

Significance

An indication of the rural aspect of this area in the mid-20th century.

Socks - Watsonia High School Uniform - Socks WaHIGH

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Winter uniform long socks. Grey with stripe around top.

Historical information

Watsonia High School socks. The Watsonia High School and Watsonia Technical School were merged to form Greensborough Secondary College for the beginning of the 1990 school year, with the high school campus serving as a senior school for years 11 and 12, and the larger technical school used as a junior campus. It was renamed Greensborough College when the former high school campus was closed in 1992. This land was redeveloped into housing lots.

Significance

This pair of socks is part of a small collection of Watsonia High School memorabilia.

Inscriptions & Markings

This pair is brand new - never worn.

Newspaper clipping - Boy scouts at Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Copy of newspaper article, black text.

Historical information

Article describes the Easter camp of 600 scouts at Greensborough in 1910.

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia Compounding Pharmacy, Watsonia, 2016

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Watsonia Compounding Pharmacy at Diamond Village Shopping Centre, Nepean Street Watsonia.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1967 Form 3A

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1967 Form 3A and caption by Dawn Bennetts (nee Petts)

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1967 Form 3A and handwritten caption by Dawn Petts.

Newspaper Clipping - Weyman & Jamieson, family law [1995]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper advertisement, black and white text and image.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Weyman & Jamieson, family lawyers, of 113 Main Street Greensborough and Plenty Road Bundoora [1995]

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of James and Elizabeth Black and Mary and George Yeaman, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The Grave of James Black (died 20/07/1904), Elizabeth Black (died 27/07/1904), Mary Yeaman (died 23/04/1903) and George Yeaman (died 07/08/1924) , St Helena Cemetery

Significance

St Helena Cemetery was originally the burial place of the Beale family and friends. The first burials took place in the 1850s. There are now over 200 burials.

Document - Digital Image - Joe Murphy. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Joe Murphy 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.

Article - Robert John Spencer

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Robert John Spencer and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Parkville; the Spencer family later moved to Bundoora.

Photograph - Digital image - Alan and Wyn Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Alan and Wyn Partington (nee Leed) with son Gary at the Whatmough Park home "Alwyn", built circa 1945.

Significance

Alan is a descendant of Charles Partington whose came to Melbourne in the 1840s and moved to Greensborough where they farmed along the Plenty River.

Book - Ships' deserters 1852-1900

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

535 pages. Blue and white soft cover, library label on spine, covered in clear contact.

Historical information

A record of known deserters from sailing ships 1852-1900.

Significance

Useful for those undertaking family tree research.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside note in pencil "40 pages missing"

Genealogical document - Looking Back

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A 42 page black and white document outling the family history of the Bonsak family.

Historical information

Jim Conn compiled this document from his family history research.

Significance

The Bonsak family has many descendants in the Greensborough district.

Inscriptions & Markings

The original owner's name is written in black biro on the inside front cover.