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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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7352 items

Oral History - O'Neill's Greengrocers Main Street Greensborough / Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page of text.

Historical information

Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill) tells the story of her father's greengrocers shop in Main Street Greensborough from 1953 to 1969.

Significance

A personal story of life in Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of William and Maud Lobb, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of William Lobb (died 12/01/1947) and Maud Lobb (died 28/12/1956), 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.

Booklet - Celebrating Nillumbik women 2010

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00087:00242 Colour cover with photographs of Nillumbik women. 24 p., illus.

Historical information

Biographical details of prominent local Nillumbik women

Significance

Details the achievements of local women. An annual award from the Nillumbik Women's Network and Nillumbik Shire Council.

Article and Photograph - Dobell's Greenhill Road

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Information and photos of Dobell's grocery store in Greenhill Road, taken in 1960. Also photos of the shop as "Dobell's Café" (2014) and "The Clay Pot" (2015-) and information on local families.

Significance

This photograph and text was copied from a Facebook site. Members are people who lived in the Greensborough area and share their reminiscences of the area with others. The site is administered by a GHS member but is not officially affiliated with the Society. Any information is the opinion of the contributor.

Book - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH Exercise Book

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital image of Watsonia High School exercise book

Historical information

Digital copy of cover of Watsonia High School exercise book

Photographs - Photographs by Maria Barbaro.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00432:00844:02157 Colour photographs, digital prints.

Historical information

Maria Barbaro is a Greensborough artist. These photographs were taken as studies for her paintings. includes Greensborough Hotel, Bridge and pine, Main Street from Delfin Crescent, Old bridge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name of photographer on back of photos.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1992 Prep A

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour school photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1992 Grade Prep A

Article - Greensborough identities

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Brief family notes, typed text, includes handwritten notes.

Historical information

Notes on Greensborough in the 1950s, includes local shops and identities.

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Gets in his Kick; Watsonia High School WaHIGH

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper clipping

Historical information

A newspaper clipping about Watsonia High School's football team maintaining their unbeaten record.

Newspaper Clipping - Guard our forests: It takes ten trees to make a home

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping downloaded from Trove. 4 pages.

Historical information

Written during the housing boom of the 1950s, this article "It takes ten trees to make a home" discusses where the timber came from. It mentions the Briar Hill Timber and Trading Co. who supplied owner-builders of timber homes. A second article "Packaged house up in 10 hours" discusses pre-fabricated homes.

Photograph - Digital image - Jessie and Stan Angus

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Jessie Scholes (nee Partington) and Stan Angus married at the Uniting Church Greensborough in 1967.

Newspaper clipping - Clean up your act

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Ecologist Josh Griffiths recently found a platypus in the Plenty River and urges the community to keep the river clean.

Advertising Leaflet - 7 Greenmeyer Court Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Historical information

7 Greenmeyer Court Greensborough, 4 bedroom house sold 20/05/2018 for $965,000. Previous sales: October 2015 for $550,000.

Map - Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works Interim Development Order 1961 Map No. 53

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Colour plan

Historical information

Denotes Zones and Reservations comprising part of the municipalities of Eltham, Heidelberg, Preston and Whittlesea, approved 27.9.61. Includes Mont Park Hospital and Watsonia Military Camp.

Inscriptions & Markings

Date printed on plan (1959) has been over stamped with 1961. Also stamped with Government Gazette date of 27.9.1961. "Scale 800 feet to 1 inch"

Photograph - Digital image - Gary and Sheree

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Partington children, Sheree and Gary.

Photograph - Digital image - John McLaughlin's Plenty.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 farm building at Plenty.

Photograph - Digital image - Keith Luxford graduating early 1950s.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Keith Luxford graduating early 1950s with Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Advertisement - Digital image - Greensborough Hire Car and Taxi Service

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in a local newspaper for Greensborough Hire Car and Taxi Service , 1970s

Significance

Part of a collection of miscellaneous advertisements for businesses in Greensborough and surrounding areas.

Photograph - Digital image - St Katherine's Church St Helena: Window 2.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 Margaret Lindsay Beale; daughter of Anthony and Katherine.

Booklet - Digital Image - Springthorpe and La Trobe Heritage Project

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

29 p., black text and colour and black and white images.

Historical information

A history of the Springthorpe area from pre-European settlement, includes Strathallan and Macleod, Mont Park, Gresswell, and La Trobe University Wildlife Sanctuary.

Significance

Show the historical significance of the area surrounding the Springthorpe estate.

Book - Victoria and its Metropolis, past and present. Vol. 1 / by Alexander Sutherland.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Hard cover. 594 pages, illus., maps.

Historical information

This book is a history of Victoria and Melbourne to 1888.

Bottle - MBCV brown beer bottle

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Brown glass bottle, 26 fluid ounce capacity. MBCV in large spade on lower part of bottle, AGM circle monogram on base.

Historical information

Made for lager beer in the World War I to 1920s era.

Significance

Found near Plenty River in Greensborough

Inscriptions & Markings

MBCV on lower part of bottle.

Membership Ticket - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club, 1972

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Season ticket, fabric covered cardboard. Cover: green with silver printing. Inside: white with green text

Historical information

This membership ticket belonged to a member of the Partington family. Tickets admit bearer to games. Tickets include the names of office-bearers of the Greensborough Football Club and the season's fixture or draw.

Significance

Gary Partington is a Life Member of the football club and a GHS member. Members of the Partington family have been associated with the GFC for many years and the family were inducted into the Club's Hall of Fame in 2016.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: "Greensborough Football Club" "72" written in pen. Inside: Membership number "241" and "Player" stamped inside.

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: World War 2 era admin toilet block.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: World War 2 era admin toilet block. 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 - Greensborough RSL foundation stone 1963

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This plaque commemorates the laying of the foundation stone at the Greensborough RSL (Main Street Greensborough) on 15/06/1963.

Booklet - TAA Air Atlas

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

16 p., printed in colour, maps, photographs and text.

Historical information

Souvenir publication, detailing airline routes, services and aircraft. TAA air atlas: your flight souvenir, compliments of Trans-Australia Airlines.

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Road scheme costs less 1968 [West Watsonia]; and, Bitterly Disappointed - Cr Clark

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black and white text.

Historical information

The good news in 1968 was that the West Watsonia private street construction scheme came in under budget, with a refund of up to $100 per household. But the bad news was that properties were revalued and rates increased. There are 2 articles on this topic.

School Magazine - Watsonia High School Magazine 1965

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

28 Pages, Blue cover, Title in black with linocut illustration. Headmaster / Principal - Mr. K. Canty.

Historical information

Depicts events and attitudes, primarily of students as they go through their adolescent years in the mid 1960's. Watsonia High School now has five levels with increasing student numbers.

Significance

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place over the year by using both photos and reports. Includes Roll Call section with names of all students.

Inscriptions & Markings

Owner's name on cover

School Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1967 Grade 2B

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. 1967 Grade 2B. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Oral History - Betty McKenzie (Adams/Joyner) memories

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages typescript (2 copies), one with background notes by Dawn Bennetts

Historical information

Memories of life at Briar Hill from the late 1930s to about 1960 as told by Betty McKenzie.