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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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5402 items

Book - War Memorials of Victoria: a pictorial record.

Greensborough Historical Society,

240 pages, illustrations (some colour).

Historical information

A photographic record of War memorials throughout Victoria. Includes 30 oil paintings of War memorials by Dacre Smith. Researched by Harold Bradley [et al]; compiled and designed by Max Parsons and Syd Trigellis-Smith.

Significance

A record of over 1100 war memorials in Victoria; some photographs forwarded by RSL sub-branches.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamps: Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service. Withdrawn [from collection]

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Peter Tolhurst, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Peter Tolhurst (aged 18 months, circa 1930), 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.

Salt and Pepper Shakers - Glass Salt and Pepper Shakers

Greensborough Historical Society,

Set of cut glasss salt and pepper shakers with black plasic lids.

Historical information

Small salt and pepper shakers, cut glass with black lids.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on base "IS 702 4"

Book - Indigenous plants for your garden

Greensborough Historical Society,

64 pages. black and white print and illustrations.

Historical information

A guide to using indigenous plants in Banyule

Video Recording - Digital - Peter Watkins

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 05234:04705 Digital video recording. MP4. 2 min 01 sec.

Historical information

An interview with Peter Watkins about his memories of the Greensborough Football Club as he is inducted into the Club's Hall of Fame as a Member.

Significance

In 2016, the Greensborough Football Club inducted a number of their past players into the Hall of Fame. These recordings were made for the Hall of Fame Presentation.

Photograph (digital image) - Keith Hills; Lorraine Poulter; Lesley Hills and Ray Poulter in back yard Christmas Day c1939

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Black and white photograph of Keith Hills, Lorraine Poulter, Lesley Hills and Ray Poulter in back yard Christmas Day c1939

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: View of trusses and beams.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

View of trusses and beams. 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.

Newspaper Clipping - Councillor rips into state plan

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Cr Wayne Phillips comments on the Victorian government's planning issues regarding residential zones.

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.

Article - Selina M Sutherland: her life story and work by J.C. Jessop (1958)

Greensborough Historical Society,

24 page article in black folder.

Historical information

Selina Sutherland was a 19th century nurse and social welfare reformer. She was particularly concerned with the welfare of destitute children. She founded the Sutherland Homes for Children which moved to Diamond Creek in around 1909. This biography was written by J. C. Jessop in 1958. Mr Jessop was a member of the Committee of Management of Sutherland Homes and a well known identity in Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - Egyptian with a military device

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a local with a military device.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

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 - Roy and Jean Franklin waiting for boat, late 1940s.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01055.02475.02476.02477.02478.02480.02481.02484 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Roy and Jean Franklin waiting for boat, late 1940s. The Franklin family lived in Flintoff Street. Mr Arthur Franklin was the manager for Mr.J. C.Jessop Real Estate Pty Ltd.

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

Article - A Brief history of the Shire of Diamond Valley, compiled by Irene Turvey

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 photocopied pages, text and photographs

Historical information

Compiled by Irene Turvey, this brief history of the Shire of Diamond Valley is based on "The Diamond Valley Story" by Diane Edwards (published 1979), and includes photographs from the book.

Photograph - Digital image - Fire damage at Greensborough Football Club scoreboard (close-up)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Overnight on 19-20th August 2015, the Greensborough Football Club scoreboard building was set alight by vandals. The scoreboard, built in the 1950s needed to be demolished. It included umpire change rooms, scoreboard, change rooms and a storeroom containing footballs and training equipment. Close-up view of damaged scoreboard.

Newspaper Clipping - The Borough Basketballers Batter Forest Hill

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Report on Greensborough's win over Forest Hill in the Melbourne Winter Baseball League.

Article - Arthur Samuel Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Arthur Samuel Poulter and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Yanndaga Western Australia, he was related to the Poulter family of Greensborough.

Photograph - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1964 Grade 2B

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Greensborough Primary School 1964 Grade 2B

Historical information

A photograph of Greensborough Primary School 1964 Grade 2B

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of [unknown child] Dunn, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (damaged grave)

Historical information

The Grave of [unknown child] Dunn (died 07/05/1916), 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.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of John Fleming, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01864.01971 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of John Fleming (died 8/6/1945) in Plot# P9 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.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Presentations to soldiers

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page printed from Trove

Historical information

Account of a send off for 12 volunteer soldiers, organised by the Greensborough recruiting committee. The article names local soldiers on active service.

Newspaper Clipping - North East Link - Homes face bulldozer

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Dozens of Greensborough homes will be bulldozed to make way for Victoria's largest ever transport project - The North East Link

Article - The Partington family's adventure into the unknown.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of family history

Historical information

A brief history of how the Partington family came to Greensborough from England.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1967 Form 1E

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1967 Form 1E

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1967 Form 1E

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia Car Show November 2015

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of 2 colour photographs.

Historical information

Two photographs of cars and crowd at the 2015 Watsonia Car Show, held in the Watsonia Station carpark on November 21.

Photograph (digital image) - Margie Hope, Lesley Hills, Lorraine Poulter and Elinor Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Black and white photograph of Margie Hope, Lesley Hills, Lorraine Poulter and Elinor Partington.

Photograph - Digital image - Scotland House: bedroom

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Formerly the home of Greensborough pioneer, John Scotland, this renovated home retains many original architectural elements. It was sold in December 2016.

Photograph - Digital image - New construction, Main Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

New development at 78 Main Street Greensborough. Photo centres on the Amcal Chemist at 100 Main Street.

Newspaper clipping - Death notice for Mrs Cordner 2009.

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 p. photocopy of Tributes & celebrations, The Age, 16 December 2009

Historical information

Death notice of Elizabeth Anne Cordner nee Baillieu, wife of Ted Cordner.

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: Stairs.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Watermarc under construction: Stairs. The redevelopment of the Greensborough Pool into the Watermarc aquatic centre is documented in these 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.

Newspaper Clipping - Bears get lost around park

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Results of Northern Football League.

Photograph - Digital image - Parking, Main Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Parking on Main Street, Greensborough.

Significance

Shows the changing face of the Greensborough shopping strip

Newspaper clipping - Greensborough notes

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

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.

Advertisement - Digital image - Grandview: Drakeford's Boarding House

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 03844:03968 Digital copy of black and white advertisement.

Historical information

"Grandview" was the name of Mrs Drakeford's Boarding House at 57 Greenhill Road Greensborough. This advertisement is from the 1940s.

Minutes - Greensborough Historical Society Inc. Minutes 2013. Book 2.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Typed Agenda and Minutes in blue plastic folder.

Historical information

Agenda and minutes of the Committee of Greensborough Historical Society Inc. Dated 2013. Available at Resource Centre.

Significance

Official record of the management of Greensborough Historical Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

On cover: GHS Meetings 2013.

Article - Edward James Curry

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Edward James Curry and his service in World War 1. At the time of Edward James Curry's enlistment, he was living at Greensborough Railway Station

Newspaper clipping - This is another challenge

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of newspaper clipping

Historical information

Heather McKee and her husband built their own home in Greensborough over four years; she was a 'Queen for a Day' finalist in 1956.

Oral History - Recollections of Watsonia and Crellin Street Kinder, by Patricia Hogan

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 p., typescript

Historical information

Recollections of Watsonia in the 1950s and 1960s, written by Patricia Hogan.

Article - Farley Henry Smith

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Farley Henry Smith and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living in St Helena.

Photograph - Digital Image - GHS Robert Whatmough Meeting on June 24th 2017

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour group photograph

Historical information

A group photograph taken at the June 24 2017 meeting of Greensborough Historical Society. At this meeting, Jacinta Crealy spoke about her book on Robert Whatmough. Attendees included Jacinta and members of her family.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1982 Year 7R

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1982 Year 7R

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1982 Year 7R

Article - James William Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about James William Poulter and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Greensborough.

Invitation - 2014 Banyule Mayoral Ball

Greensborough Historical Society,

Card, printed both sides in colour, with postage envelope

Historical information

Invitation to Rosie Bray to the 2014 Banyule Mayoral Community Ball, The Centre Ivanhoe, 275 Upper Heidelberg Road Ivanhoe, 3 October 2014

Folder - 'Batman' Apple Tree

Greensborough Historical Society,

20-page plastic binder, spiral bound, clear cover. Contains documents relating to the 'Batman' Apple Tree in Greensborough

Historical information

A collection of documents relating to the Batman apple tree and those men associated with it: Martin Batey, Frederick N. Flintoff and Johannes Adam Bosch.

Significance

Documents relating to possibly the oldest apple tree in Victoria. The tree was allegedly transplanted from John Batman's orchard in Melbourne to the banks of the Plenty River in Greensborough circa 1841, by Mr Flintoff.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collected by Greensborough Historical Society. Folder commenced 2012.

Booklet - Greensborough RSL Sub-branch Remembrance Day Service 2017

Greensborough Historical Society,

Booklet, 8 pages, 2 col. illus. 2 copies

Historical information

Text of the 2017 Remembrance Day Service of the Greensborough RSL.

Article - Ivan Joseph Barnard

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Ivan Joseph Barnard and his service in World War 1. At the time of Ivan Joseph Barnard's enlistment, he was living in Bundoora.

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: Looking towards the past.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: Looking towards the past. 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

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1975 Grade 2R.

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.