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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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5430 items

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1970 Form 3AF

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 03909:04129.04296 A black and white copy of a school photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows a Watsonia High School class from 1970.

Significance

Watsonia High School was a local educational facility that was closed in 1989. Greensborough Secondary College opened in 1990 which merged Watsonia High and Watsonia Technical School students together.

Photograph - Digital image - Church at Mataria. Holy well.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows two Australian soldiers standing behind 'the Holy well' at Mataria, near Cairo.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Holy Well at Matarich"

Photograph - Digital image - Dorris and Myrtle McLaughlin

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs copied from the late Shirley Fraser (nee Black), also descendant of the McLaughlin family. This photograph shows Dorris McLaughlin (b1899) and Myrtle McLaughlin.

Photograph - Digital image - Turner Street from Flodden Way Briar Hill

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 03792.03793.03794.03795.04265 Digital copy of colour photograph, taken from photographic slide.

Historical information

View from Flodden Way, looking down Turner Street. "The road went round the tree". The Noone family lived at 1 Flodden Way from 1966 to 1969. Caption by Julie Noone 2017.

Significance

Shows the development of the area in the 1960s.

Advertisement - Digital image - BP Seventy-two Service Station, Watsonia, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for BP Seventy-two Service Station, Corner Watsonia Road and Grace Street Watsonia, 1973.

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: Visitors group [informal]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photographs.

Historical information

Watermarc under construction: Visitors group [2 informal photographs]. 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.

Photograph - Digital image - Main Street looking east, 2010.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

View of Main Street Greensborough, near Para Road, looking East. Photograph taken by GHS member Noel Withers, 2010.

Photograph - Digital image - The Snug Cafe St Helena 1

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

St Helena Marketplace was the site of "The Snug". These photographs were taken by Frank Solomon and depict a cafe called The Snug, which is no longer operating. [Location information: Shop 10 St Helena Market Place Aqueduct Road Diamond Creek Vic 3089]

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

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"

Wrapping Paper - Hallmark Christmas wrapping paper

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 sheets of coloured Christmas gift wrapping paper, various designs.

Historical information

3 sheets of folded Christmas wrapping paper, belonging to Shirley Fraser, circa 1960s.

Significance

AN example of the style of wrapping paper from the mid-20th century.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1974 Grade 6A Robert Wells

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1974 Grade 6A Robert Wells

Book - Men from the river bends: soldiers from Cobram and District who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-1918, by Stephen Brooks and Maree Hogan.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Pamphlet, 44 p., col. illus.

Historical information

Biographical information about soldiers from the Cobram District who died in World War 1 produced by the Cobram Historical Society and Cobram RSL.

Article - John Thomas Coventry

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John Thomas Coventry and his service in World War 1. At the time of John Thomas Coventry's enlistment, he was living at Diamond Creek. He and his brothers are commemorated on the Greensborough State School Honor Board.

Newspaper Clipping - Outside entertaining halted

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

A prominent Lower Plenty restaurant known for its family friendly outdoor casual dining precinct has been forced to close part of its operation after breaching a planning permit.

Photograph - Digital image - Lower Plenty State School circa 1936-38

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Lower Plenty Primary School circa 1936-1938. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Newspaper Clipping - Pool death inquest

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

The Coroner found that the death of a student who drowned at Watermarc in 2014 was preventable.

Article - R. A. Marsh, Church Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00356:00449:00546:00743:01259 Collection of documents relating to the Marsh family. In particular a dispute about a log crossing on the Plenty River, the access to which was across Marsh's land.

Historical information

Deals with a tenancy agreement between the Marsh and Partington families. There is also a brief family history of the Marsh family in Greensborough.

Significance

Marsh and Partington families are Greensborough pioneer families.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some handwritten documents.

Article - Gilbert Oliver Barnard

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Tie - Watsonia High School Uniform - Tie

Greensborough Historical Society,

Red with ble and white stripe, school tie made from wool.

Historical information

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 blazer is part of a small collection of Watsonia High School memorabilia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Pure New Wool Logo

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1966 Fete Essendon Marching Girls

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph and news clipping to support.

Historical information

Essendon Marching Girls at Watsonia High School Fete 19th March 1966, and news clipping listing this and other activities on the day.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Secondary College Gr8750 Buildings 1.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

These photographs show the exterior of existing buildings at Greensborough College.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1979 Year 5A

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1979 Year 5A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1979 Year 5A

Photograph - Digital image - John McLaughlin's, 1933.

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 cows on John McLaughlin's farm.

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.

Newspaper Clipping - A pillar of strength in volunteering

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

At 83, Maureen Gleeson has spent most of her life giving back to the community.

Directory - Localblue.com.au: Northern suburbs 2009/10 13th edition.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Business directory printed on blue paper, blue cover. Wrapped in plastic.

Historical information

This business directory of the Northern suburbs has been collected for future reference. It advertises local businesses.

Advertisement - Digital image - Cree and McMahon, milkbar, Greensborough, 1964

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Cree and McMahon, State School milkbar, Grimshaw Street, Greensborough 1964

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1971 Form 3 Group 8

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Form 3 Group 8

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Form 3 Group 8

Notes - Digital Image - Notes on conversation with Claude Amiet 1992

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of handwritten notes

Historical information

Notes of Cherel Sartori's conversation with Claude Amiet in 1992 at Kell's Cottage. 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.

Book - Details enclosed

Greensborough Historical Society,

224 p. pbk

Historical information

Account of two Australians, captured in Greece in 1941 and imprisoned in prisoner of war camps in Greece, Yugoslavia, Romania and Germany during World War 2

Photograph - Digital image - Taylor home 17 Mayfield Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph. Photograph is labelled.

Historical information

Part of a group of photographs copied from the collection of Dot Jewell of Montmorency. This photograph is labeled and shows the Taylor home at 17 Mayfield Street Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital Image - Eric Barclay at front of the Barclay Home

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Henry Barclay at the Barclay family home, Greensborough 1946.

Plan - Parish Plan Map of Land North of Grimshaw Street

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of part of Parish plan of land north of Grimshaw Street bounded by the Plenty River.

Historical information

Part of Parish plan of land north of Grimshaw Street bounded by the Plenty River. Includes annotation signed by John Scotland and J. W. Britnell, dated Dec. 11th 1879.

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes annotation signed by John Scotland and J. W. Britnell, dated Dec. 11th 1879

Advertisement - Montmorency Secondary College

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping colour print

Historical information

Advertisement for Montmorency Secondary College Open Day 19 April 2016

Inscriptions & Markings

The Weekly Review 6/04/2016

Tickets - Diamond Creek Show 1924

Greensborough Historical Society,

Two Lady's Tickets for Diamond Creek Show, Season 1924: black print on buff card, Diamond Creek Horticultural Society stamp on verso; one Member's Ticket for Diamond Creek Horticultural Society, Season 1924: black print on pink card

Historical information

Two Lady's Tickets for Diamond Creek Show, Season 1924, Diamond Creek Horticultural Society stamp on verso; one Member's Ticket for Diamond Creek Horticultural Society, Season 1924.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed H. J. Black

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1965 Grade 5B

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1965 Grade 5B

Photographs - Price Family studio photographs

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 studio portraits, sepia.

Historical information

Studio portraits of Jane Price (who died 31/12/1990) and child (Eva Partington born 1899). Jane price was first wife of Will Partington and died in childbirth two years after this photo. Eva Partington's grandfather Archibald Price [Centre Photo]. Eva Partington's grandfather Archibald Price [Right Photo].

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of subjects written on back.

Photograph - Digital image - Bucks Dam 2009

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Bucks Dam in Greensborough. This was a popular swimming hole in the past.

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: Interior with part constructed waterslide.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Watermarc under construction: Interior with part constructed waterslide. 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.

Manuscript - Reflections of Clarence Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photocopy of a 7 page hand written manuscript by Clarence Medhurst.

Historical information

This lists the family history and recollections of the Medhurst family in Greensborough. Clarence Medhurst born was born in 1883 and died, aged 84, in 1967.

Significance

Medhursts were a pioneering family in Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue biro words and pencil figures on front page.

Photograph - Digital image - Batman Apple Tree - Decendants Group 2009

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Group of descendants of Greensborough pioneer families at the Batman apple tree on the bank of the Plenty River 2009.

Significance

This is possibly the oldest apple tree in Victoria. It was planted on the banks of the Plenty River in 1841.

Photograph - Digital Image - Art at WaterMarc,GHS participation, July 2017

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital photographs of GHS members at art installation.

Historical information

Photographs of GHS members supporting an art installation by Jessie Stanley at WaterMarc Greensborough on 22/07/2017.

Significance

Greensborough Historical Society participating in community events.

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: Interior views [group of 4 photographs]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photographs.

Historical information

Watermarc under construction: Interior views [group of 4 photographs]. 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.

Book - Wild life in Australia illustrated, by Charles Barrett

Greensborough Historical Society,

Hardback, 240 p. illus. (some col.).

Historical information

An illustrated book on Australian wild life - animals, birds, reptiles - published in 1950. This volume belonged to the Fort family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed Melinda & Dale Fort on title page; Faye Fort on fly-leaf

Newspaper Clipping - Investors and elderly in danger zone: architect.

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Changes to residential development zones in Montmorency would effect local homeowners, according to architect Michael Scalzo.

Photograph - Digital image - Eltham, 1933.

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 house and outbuildings in Eltham.

Article - The Batman Tree: by W .A. Rolfe

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of article; 4 pages; balck and white illus.

Historical information

This article describes the Batman Apple Tree in 1966. Author W. A. Rolfe relates his interviews with Greensborough pioneers.

Significance

Details of condition of Batman Apple Tree in 1966, including its origin.

Inscriptions & Markings

Source handwritten on first page.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1968 Grade 2B.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Book - Loyola College 1980-2005

Greensborough Historical Society,

21 page book. Blue cover with text. Folder with photographs.

Historical information

The book, 'Loyola College 1980-2005' includes a 12 page history of Loyola College from its founding. The folder contains a collage of photos from 1990, including the removal of a chapel from Arthurs Creek to the Loyola site.

Significance

A brief history and list of important events in the first 25 years of Loyola College.

Inscriptions & Markings

Folder dated 1990.

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: View of windows with reflection of waterslide.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

View of windows with reflection of waterslide. 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.