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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.

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Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: Decaying slabs near edge of cliff.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: Decaying slabs near edge of cliff. The remains of this site are between Greensborough and Janefield. A RAAF Hygiene Training Camp was located on the Plenty River, just south of the Janefield community. It was in use from 1944 to 1946. The Camp was constructed from salvaged materials. Instruction included building and maintenance of grease traps, latrines, elementary plumbing and carpentry.

Significance

Early remains of a WW2 training camp

Photograph - Digital image - Mill on the Plenty River.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white sketch.

Historical information

Copy of sketch "Mill on the Plenty River", origin unknown.

Calendar - Diamond Valley Community Support Inc. Annual Report 2012-2013. Calendar. 2014.

Greensborough Historical Society,

28 pages. Colour and black and white illustration. Annual report in calendar format. Illustrations of local landmarks and shopping precincts..

Historical information

The annual report of Diamond Valley Community Support Inc. is presented in a calendar format. In this 2013 edition the calendar is illustrated with photographs of the local area.

Significance

The annual report is a record of the activities and services of Diamond Valley Community Support Inc.

Photograph - Digital image - 39 McDowell Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Part of a set of photographs showing some of the older homes in Greensborough. This is 39 McDowell Street Greensborough.

Pamphlet - Hurstbridge and District Local History Group.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Tri-fold A4 sheet of buff paper, printed in brown with sepia illustrations.

Historical information

This brochure details the purpose and activities of the Hurstbridge and District Local History Group. Operating out of Allwood Neighbourhood House, the Group offers a range of local history activities and access to the Hurstbridge collection.

Book - Depressions: 1890s, 1930s: a social history, by Christopher Baker

Greensborough Historical Society,

Paperback, 92 p. illus.

Historical information

This secondary school textbook looks at life in Australia during the depressions of the 1890s and 1930s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed Faye Fort on title page.

Photograph - Digital image - Train on Eltham Trestle Bridge 1935.

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 train on the elevated line in Eltham.

Book - Family and local history sources in the Sydney area

Greensborough Historical Society,

Paperback, 133 p.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Cemetery [view 2]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of cemetery.

Historical information

View of Greensborough Cemetery 08/03/2012. Photograph taken by Jasmin Burge.

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.

Newspaper Clipping - Outbid college blasts Loyola sale, and, Panel backs shire on Loyola.

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 newspaper articles. Text only.

Historical information

These articles detail the changes to planning regulations around the Loyola seminary site and its sale by the state government to the Maharishi organisation in 1994.

Significance

These articles show the community interest in the Loyola site and its buildings and form part of the ongoing history of this site.

Photograph - Digital image - Horseland Greensborough from rear 2.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The Horseland store at 87 Main Street Greensborough was a local landmark with its model of a horse on the verandah roof. This store closed late in 2015. This view shows the rear of the building, taken from Hailes Street.

Significance

The Horseland store was a symbol of Greensborough's past as a country town.

Photograph - Digital image - Belle and Trice Franklin 1961

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01055.02475.02476.02477.02478.02480.02481.02484 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Belle Franklin (wife of Ken) and Trice Franklin, taken in 1961.

Photograph - Digital image - Blue Lake: Views of lake.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photographs

Historical information

Blue Lake is in Yellow Gum Park in the Plenty Gorge, north of Greensborough. These photos show views of the lake.

Postcard - Digital image - YMCA Soldiers Club

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white postcard.

Historical information

Soldiers sitting outside the YMCA Soldiers' Club. Location unknown. There were YMCA soldiers' clubs in most capital cities in Australia, where soldiers could meet, relax and have a meal.

Photograph - Digital image - Margaret Gibson Blackbourn 1955

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Margaret Gibson Blackbourn, Queen of Lower Plenty 1955 with Jean and Reg Huggett (left to right) Jean Huggett, Margaret Gibson, Reg Huggett. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Plaque - Rotary Club of Greensborough Memorial Plaque: Pioneer Children's Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Bronze plaque with Rotary logo, inscription and names of children buried engraved in black

Historical information

Memorial plaque erected by Rotary Club of Greensborough at the request of the Diamond Valley Shire Council and the Nillumbik Historical Society. A new plaque, with updated details, replaced it in 2015.

Significance

Commemorates the deceased children of some early pioneering families (Whatmough and Partington) in the Greensborough district.

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.

Document - The Greensborough murder of John Mitchell

Greensborough Historical Society,

14 p. typed transcript of proceedings at Criminal Sessions.

Historical information

Trial of Josiah Grimshaw for the murder of John Mitchell at Greensborough on 24th September 1861. Transcript of proceedings at Criminal Sessions, Old Court House, Friday, Oct. 17 1862 (Before his Honour Mr Justice Molesworth).

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Katherine and Charles Wingrove, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Katherine Wingrove (died 05/12/1907) and Charles Symons Wingrove (died 16/07/1905), 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.

Newspaper Clipping - Concerned youth helps to preserve Anzac carvings

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A Watsonia schoolboy expressed his concern over the state of some of the carvings in Greensborough War Memorial Park. The chainsaw carvings were completed by artist Leigh Conkie over 10 years ago. A Banyule Council spokesman said inspections and maintenance were ongoing.

Calendar - Banyule Community Calendar 2004: faces and places.

Greensborough Historical Society,

28 pages. Colour illustrations of local people and activities.

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 2004 calendar contains photographs of local people 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

Booklet - Conversion tables

Greensborough Historical Society,

64 p., tables

Historical information

Conversion, equivalents and weights and sizes charts for engineering applications.

Trophy - Snowy - with thanks Darryl

Greensborough Historical Society,

Silver presentation cup with handle. Has a medallion with CUB embossed on it.

Historical information

Presented to Alan (Snowy) Partington who trained Darryl Henderson in athletics. The 1975c date was supplied by Gary Partington on 13/7/2017.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved: "To Snowy, thanks, Darryl"

Photograph - Digital image - Keith Luxford in backyard, January 1950

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Keith Luxford in backyard in January 1950, Grimshaw Street behind at right and showing rear of Mr Starling's home

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1964 Grade 1B

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1964 Grade 1B

Photograph - Digital image - Charles Partington Junior

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01495.01563 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Charles Partington Junior. [Verified by Faye Partington who built the house in Haile Street that later had a room used for the Police Station]

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.

Oral History - The Noel Withers story

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 typed pages.

Historical information

Noel Withers recounts his background in England, emigrating to Australia and settling in Greensborough. He discusses the development of his interest in the Greensborough cemetery and local history.

Significance

A primary source account of Noel's background and interest in local history.

Newspaper Clipping - Simple steps to stop thefts

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Crime statistics indicated an increase in thefts in Banyule and Nillumbik.

Newspaper Clipping - Salute for sacrifice

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

A story about mateship during the Vietnam War and Battle of Long Tan commemorations, Peter Blackman and Gordon Sharp.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Henry Anning Splatt at Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01927.01984 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Henry Anning Splatt (died 17/11/1886) in Plot#G9 Greensborough Cemetery. Post 2012 descendants of some pioneer families have been replacing damaged headstones.

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.

Map - Map of Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Canvas roll-up map with timber rails top and bottom.

Historical information

This map of Greensborough hung in the office of Cec Jessop's Real Estate office corner Main and Grimshaw Street.

Significance

This map was saved from the building when the business closed.

Newspaper Clipping - Centre celebrates 40 years of education.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Text and colour image.

Historical information

Diamond valley Learning Centre (DVLC) first opened in 1973 to support local women. It now runs a range of courses for all ages.

Significance

DVLC celebrated 40 years in 2013. It is an important Greensborough community centre.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School 1974 Grade 4B Clare Veerman

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1974 Grade 4B Clare Veerman

Correspondence - Letter from Frederick Flintoff to Charles Partington 1872

Greensborough Historical Society,

Yellowed paper, handwritten in ink. Major damage (tearing) on horizontal folds.

Historical information

Offer to formalise the leasing of land in Greensborough. Flintoff and Partington families are pioneers of the area. Partington family descendants still live in Greensborough

Significance

This establishes the Partington family in Greensborough

Inscriptions & Markings

Personal letter or invitation to lease a garden and small paddock in Greensborough

Photograph - Digital image - Tom Lane's pharmacy, 1970.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photo

Historical information

This photograph of Tom Lane's pharmacy in Main Street Greensborough was taken circa 1970. This pharmacy and its owner were well known in Greensborough and surrounding areas. Although no longer a pharmacy, this building remains.

Calendar - Diamond Valley Community Support Inc. Annual Report 2010-2011. Calendar. 2012.

Greensborough Historical Society,

28 pages. Colour illustrations. Annual report in calendar format. Illustrations of flowers and plants.

Historical information

The annual report of Diamond Valley Community Support Inc. is presented in a calendar format. In this 2012 edition the calendar is illustrated with photographs of native flowers and plants.

Significance

The annual report is a record of the activities and services of Diamond Valley Community Support Inc.

Photograph - Digital image - British troops on guard

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows British troops on guard. The location of this scene is not known..

Newspaper clipping - Opposition to station wins

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02009:02220 News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Ambulance Victoria has withdrawn its application to build a new branch in Trist Street Watsonia North following community concerns.

Cruet set

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 - Robert William Whatmough's Apple Tree Chest

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page of text with line drawing

Historical information

A brief history of Robert Whatmough's apple tree chest as inscribed on paper and attached to inside lid of chest.

Significance

This chest was made from the trunk of an apple tree washed down the Plenty River to Greensborough in 1878.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1977 Grade 4T.

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Carpark at rear of shops, Main Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Carpark at rear of Main Street shops, Greensborough.

Significance

Shows the changing face of the Greensborough shopping strip

Photograph - Digital image - Looking north over the football ground with bridge over Plenty River.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photgraph.

Historical information

Looking north over the football ground with bridge over Plenty River. The Blackjack property, house and acres of fruit orchards ran down to the Plenty River off Hume Street Greensborough and was the home of the Robinson family to late 1956. The photographs were taken as slides by Frank Robinson and digitised by his son James in 2015.

Photograph - Digital image - Coastal scene

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photographs depicts a coastal scene, location unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill Timber Hardware Interior

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Significance

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

Article - Ernest Russell Paterson

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Ernest Russell Paterson and his service in World War 1. Ernest joined parents in Greensborough in the post-war period.

Photograph - Digital image - Melbourne detectives

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white slide. Link 3853:2896

Historical information

Digital copy of one of 7 slides depicting photographs of police from 1858 to 1930s. This image is of a group of Melbourne detectives circa 1890. Inspector Downie is on right.

Photograph - Photograph of Watsonia High School Debutante Ball

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph of Watsonia High School Debutante Ball

Historical information

Photograph of Watsonia High School Debutante Ball

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: Visitor group outside.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Visitor group outside Watermarc. The redevelopment of the Greensborough Pool into the Watermarc aquatic centre is documented in this collection of photographs from the collection of Rosie Bray.

Significance

These photographs taken on a ‘Community Consultative Committee’ walkthrough prior to completion of Watermarc, May 18 2012.

Photograph - Digital image - Plenty River Drive roadworks 2.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

These photos show the duplication of the bridge over Plenty River Drive on the Greensborough Bypass, circa 1995.