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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.

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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5878 items

Documents - A Celebration of the life of Beryl Kathleen Vickers; with tributes from Bryan Henderson and Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links :4863:5644. 3 p. documents, colour photograph, with 4 p. order of service with colour photographs

Historical information

Beryl Vickers (21/03/1920 - 10/01/2018) was a long-term resident of Greensborough and member of the Greensborough Methodist, now Living Faith Church. Tributes written by Rosalie Bray and Bryan Henderson, accompanied by a copy of the Funeral order of service.

Newspaper Clipping - Rates to tumble as council slashes revenue by 20pc.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping, black and white text.

Historical information

Banyule ratepayers can look forward to lower rates under council's first draft budget [1995]

Photograph - Digital Image - Apple Tree: John Bosch

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01210:03041 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of the Greensborough apple tree purported to have come from John Batman's orchard around 1840s

Significance

Early photograph of the Batman apple tree

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 - Grave of Minnie and George Freeman, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Minnie Freeman (died 17/09/1951) and George Freeman (died 12/05/1959), 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 - Larundel. Blocks A and B, front

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows the front of Blocks A and B at the old Larundel Hospital site. Some buildings on this site are heritage listed on the Victorian Heritage Database.

Book - Paradise Lost on and around the Great Moorool / by Mick Woiwod

Greensborough Historical Society,

320 pages, black and white illustrations. Front and back cover illustrations by Margo Heeley.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by author on title page.

Photograph - Digital image - Keith Luxford in Main Street backyard 1927 or 1928.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Keith Luxford in backyard about 1927-28 with Jessop's Greensborough office right rear

Newspaper clipping - Treasures of a WW1 hero, by John Trevorrow

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article with text and colour images

Historical information

Article about a World War 1 display by Box Hill RSL centering on Lieutenant John Boothroyd Monkhouse who served in Egypt, Gallipoli and France.

Advertising Leaflet - 101 Nepean Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

101 Nepean Street Greensborough. Four bedroom house, sold for $830,000 in December 2017. Previous sales: July 2001, $434,000.

Book - Shire of Eltham Handbook 1992

Greensborough Historical Society,

72 pages, illus. Front cover has a copy of a sketch "Frogmouths" by Margo Kroyer Pederson on dark green cover. Printed on recycled paper.

Historical information

The Shire of Eltham was a Local Government Area located about 25 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The shire covered an area of 277.13 square kilometres and existed from 1856 until 1994.

Significance

Annual guide to services in Shire of Eltham

Leaflet - Discover Nillumbik

Greensborough Historical Society,

Double sided, folded seven times printed in red and green

Historical information

Map and lists of attractions within the Shire of Nillumbik

Newspaper Clipping - Bail for accused firebug

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

A youth accused of igniting multiple fires, damaging train carriages and stealing from department stores across Melbourne's north-east has been bailed.

Photograph - Digital image - Ellis Cottage, May 2016: 1 (Exterior)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

In May 2016, the Nillumbik Historical Society invited Greensborough Historical Society to visit its historical centre at Ellis Cottage in Diamond Creek. Ellis Cottage was built in 1865 and is made of local uncut stone. The cottage is a typical farmers residence of this period. The stone construction is unique in this district as most construction is weatherboard.

Photograph - Digital image - Syd Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Syd Poulter. a descendant of William Poulter and his wife Mary, who arrived in Victoria in 1849 and settled in Greensborough in 1853.

Significance

Greensborough pioneer family

Booklet - Banyule Volunteer Awards 2008

Greensborough Historical Society,

40 pages, colour illus.

Historical information

This volume lists the nominees for the 2008 Banyule Volunteer Awards. Includes information on the volunteers' work in the community.

Photograph - Digital image - Partington Family - Four generations

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01524.02494 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Four generations of the Partington family: Alan Partington, David Medhurst, Annie May Medhurst Partington and infant Elinor Partington

Significance

Four generations of a Greensborough pioneer family.

Newspaper Clipping - Adopt a family and bring some festive joy

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

The Greensborough Salvation Army and Bunnings have combined to collect hampers for the needy at Christmas.

Bottle - MBCV brown beer bottle, circa 1930s

Greensborough Historical Society,

Brown glass bottle, 26 fluid ounce capacity. MBCV in small spade on shoulder, Carlton "C" on base.

Historical information

Made as bitter ale container in the 1930s to 1940s, World War 11 era.

Significance

Found near the former WW2 WAAAF base, north west of Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

MBCV (Manufacturers Bottle Company of Victoria)

Newspaper Clipping - Merry Monty returns to bring festive joy

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Montmorency Traders Association hosted the Merry Monty Christmas in Were Street.

Advertising Leaflet - 3 Lumleah Court Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Real estate advertising leaflet, 4 p., printed in colour

Historical information

3 Lumleah Court Greensborough, 4 bedroom brick veneer home, for auction 1 December 2012, sold January 2013 for $525,000

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of William Haylock Poulter and Mary Alice Poulter, and their children Ruby O. Poulter and James W. Poulter, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01877.01923.01952 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of William Haylock Poulter (died 30/3/1934), Mary Alice Poulter (died 28/6/1936, Ruby Olive Poulter (died 31/5/1917) and James William Poulter (killed in action France 4/10/1918) in Plot# A5/A6 Greensborough Cemetery. Photograph taken by Noel Withers 2009.

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 - Partington boys

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01553.01603 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Studio photograph of a group of men from the Partington family.

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

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.

Book - World War I: the conflict that gave us the Australian legend / Cindy Dowling

Greensborough Historical Society,

96p.

Historical information

This book discusses the role Australians played in World War I, and the rise of the ANZAC Legend.

Advertising Leaflet - 17 Glenwood Drive Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

17 Glenwood Drive Greensborough. Six bedroom house, sold for $1,120,000 in December 2017. Previous sales: July 1997, $87,000 and March 1986, $42,500.

Book - Cold blooded murder / edited by Malcolm Brown.

Greensborough Historical Society,

287 p., illus. Paperback.

Historical information

This book tells the true stories of "crimes that rocked Australia", mainly murders.

Photograph - Digital image - Greenhills Road shop 1950s

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00960:01700:02012:02013:02426 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Local children at Christmas party at shop in Greenhill Road Greensborough. This shop has had many tenants and in 2016 is the "Clay Oven" restaurant.

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

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 and depict a small hardware business.

Significance

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

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1964 Form 3A

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of school photograph

Historical information

A class photograph of Watsonia High School 1964 Form 3A

Photograph - Digital image - Back of Fire Station

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Back of Fire Station circa 1970s. Greensborough had a fire service from 1938. It was relocated to Church Street in 1963 then moved to Grimshaw Street when Greensborough Plaza was developed.

Photograph - Digital image - Locals with camel

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows locals with a camel.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Genealogical Document - The Iredales of Greensborough by Noel Withers.

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 typed pages.

Historical information

The origins of the Iredale family are traced from Huddersfield in Yorkshire to the arrival of James Iredale in Greensborough (circa 1858).

Significance

An outline of the life and origins of a pioneer Greensborough family.

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 - 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.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1985 Year 8D

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1985 Year 8D

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1985 Year 8D

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Muriel Neal, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Muriel Neal (died 27/05/1957), 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 - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1966 Form 1D

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1966 Form 1D

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1966 Form 1D

Photograph - Digital image - St Katherine's 150th Anniversary Cairn, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

St Katherine's 150th Anniversary Cairn, St Helena Cemetery. Pottery tiles tell the story of the Church. This Historic Ceramic Panel was dedicated by Bishop Stephen Hale to commemorate the 150th Anniversary on December 7th 2008.

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.

Advertisement - Digital image - Kathies Footwear, Watsonia, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Kathie's Footwear, 41 Watsonia Road, Watsonia,1973.

Photograph - Digital image - Light Horse on the move 2

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows rows of horses from the Light Horse moving through the desert.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Photograph - Digital image - Mrs and Mrs Gary Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Mr and Mrs Gary Partington outside the Greensborough Methodist Church in October 1964. Background is Uncle Bill Leed and Jessie Scholes. Gary said he had to get his hair to grow with a part in it, he previously on had a crew cut but relatives told him to grow a decent head of hair for his wedding.

Significance

This was one of the last weddings in this Church before its demolition prior to the development of Greensborough Plaza.

Article - Greensborough RSL History

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages text.

Historical information

History of the formation of the Greensborough RSL copied from the RSL website.

Book - Fourth Fleet families of Australia, compiled and edited by C. J. Smee.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Unpaged, bound.

Historical information

Contains genealogical details of 205 Fourth Fleeters, their children and grandchildren.

Photograph - Montmorency Primary School Mo4112 1975 Grade 1A

Greensborough Historical Society,

A colour photograph of Montmorency Primary School 1975, Grade 1A

Historical information

A colour photograph of Montmorency Primary School 1975, Grade 1A

Newspaper clipping - Bid to prevent gridlock

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black and red text.

Historical information

Concerns are raised over possible traffic problems when the new housing estate is built on land previously owned by St John of God Accord in Diamond Creek Road Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

DV Leader and date written on page.

Photograph - Digital image - 10-12 Poulter Avenue [up the driveway]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01339.01377.01406.01483.01488.01527.01653 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Built circa 1930s this timber house has 6 rooms and fronts Poulter Avenue Greensborough. It was for sale in 2015 and photographs were taken by a GHS member.

Significance

These older home sites are being redeveloped and photos give some idea of how Greensborough looked in the early 20th century.

Digital photograph - Charles Wightman and Laura Harding

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Picture of a young couple, Charles Wightman and Laura Harding

Video Recording - Watsonia High School - Portable Classroom Relocation March 9th 1972

Greensborough Historical Society,

8mm roll of film in 7.5cm yellow cover PLUS a DVD reproduction of the film in a plastic DVD case with title "WHS - Theft by Stealth"

Historical information

Actual footage of a most memorable event for all students and staff who attended WHS in the 1970's.

Significance

The 8mm film records an event that had (up until Nov 2011 when the film was viewed for the first time in nearly 40 years) only been in the memories of previous students and staff. It is supported by The Herald newspaper of that day where the event made it's front page.

Inscriptions & Markings

Film also loaded to YouTube at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1ZYi69XaHk