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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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3103 items

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School, 1978, Grade 5E.

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 - Three girls (Partington)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Thre young women identified as child Mary Rose, Jessie [Partington] and Olive.

Newspaper clipping - Centre expansion lures big brands

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Uni Hill Factory Outlets, Bundoora, announces its expansion and new retailers.

Photograph - Digital image - Mexie and Tajah [Shirley Fraser's dogs]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Col. digital image with handwritten notes by Shirley Fraser

Historical information

Shirley Fraser's handwritten notes on her pet dogs.

Photograph - Digital image - John McLaughlin's home in Fairy Hill South Morang [close up]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs copied from the late Shirley Fraser (nee Black), also descendant of the McLaughlin and Whatmough family. This photograph shows John McLaughlin's home Fairy Hill in South Morang.

Photograph - Digital image - Robert Partington [cropped from family portrait]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of cropped sections of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Portrait of Robert Partington cropped from family photograph. 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.

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

Newspaper clipping - Family show goes on

Greensborough Historical Society,

A short article featuring a colour photograph of an illuminated house.

Historical information

The article is about a family in St Helena that decorates their house with Christmas lights.

Significance

The De Vincentis family have done this for 12 years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Biro written date

Brochure - Political advertisement for Margaret Devlin

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, blue paper and black print.

Historical information

Advertising leaflet for the 1986 South East Riding election in the Shire of Diamond Valley.

Folder of Documents - Formation of Greensborough Secondary College, 1989.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Manilla folder with black binding tape on folded edge containing 4 documents printed on A4 paper.

Historical information

In 1989 Greensborough Secondary College was formed from the amalgamation of Watsonia High School and Watsonia Technical School. These documents include the reorganisation proposal, minutes of the Local Planning Committee meeting held on 5th May 1988 and staff responsibility lists from 1988 and 1989.

Significance

These documents indicate the changes occurring at the time of amalgamation including the responsibilities of staff.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in texta pen on front cover: "1989 Formation of Greensboro' [sic] Secondary College. Watsonia H.S., Watsonia Tech School"

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School, 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.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Alice Splatt, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Alice Splatt nee Memmott (died 1898) in Plot# G10 Greensborough Cemetery. This headstone has been repaired/restored by descendants of the family.

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: View of river bend.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: View of river bend. 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

Article, Victoria Gazette - Forfeiture of Lease 1908

Greensborough Historical Society,

Single page copied from the Victoria Gazette August 26, 1908.

Historical information

Information regarding the forfeiture of leasehold of Elizabeth Partington of Greensborough, 1908.

Significance

The Partingtons were a pioneering Greensborough family, at first leasing then owning farming land in the area.

Inscriptions & Markings

Date and Greensborough information highlighted.

Booklet - Watsonia High School Profile

Greensborough Historical Society,

6 typed pages, blue cover with black and white image.

Historical information

An introduction to Year 7 includes Year 7 curriculum, pathways into subsequent years and an outline of school rules and services.

Significance

A snapshot of the Year 7 curriculum and school rules at Watsonia High School in 1986

Photograph - Digital image - Nellis Wise

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

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

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Samuel Poulter, Greensborough Cemetery,

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Samuel Poulter (died 1910 on headstone) in Plot# C9 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 - Objections to fence reach new heights

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A fence around LaTrobe University's Bundoora wildlife sanctuary has upset some residents of Springthorpe estate.

Booklet - Celebrating Nillumbik women 2010

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Eltham farm, 1934.

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 view of John McLaughlin's Eltham farm, 1934.

Article - Bundoora, by Faye Fort

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00626:00807 One page of text.

Historical information

An oral history recollection by GHS member Faye Fort (nee Partington). Discusses Harold Fraser and family and other Bundoora identities.

Significance

Names early landowners in the Bundoora area.

Newspaper Clipping - Art for thought

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

An installation at National Gallery of Victoria encourages visitors to think about art and Latrobe University researchers measure brainwaves while looking at the art.

Leaflet - Is winter the new spring?

Greensborough Historical Society,

Col. leaflet soliciting real estate vendors

Historical information

Advertisement for Coventry and Co Real Estate Greensborough. Jon Challands joined Coventry & Co.as real estate agent, in December 2014, This advertising appeared during the winter 2015 season.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough State School, 1967, Grade 6B

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 - Before the invasion: Aboriginal life to 1788.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Soft cover. 112pages, illus., maps.

Historical information

A text outlining Aboriginal life before European settlement.

Significance

Basic background to traditional Aboriginal life.

Program - Melbourne Moomba Festival 1955

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of double-sided A4 page, folded once.

Historical information

Program for Melbourne Moomba Festival; March 12-26, 1955. (Copy)

Digital photograph - Greensborough State School 1965 Grade 1A

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School

Inscriptions & Markings

caption on second image

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School, 1975, Grade 1P.

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 - Jim and Mabel Bodycoat

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 and Whatmough family. This photograph shows brother and sister Jim and Mabel Bodycoat.

Photograph - Corner Para Road and Main Street Greensborough c1993.

Greensborough Historical Society,

A colour photograph of a street scene.

Historical information

The photograph shows road works on the corner of Para Rd and Main St Greensborough in 1993.

Significance

The view also includes the Greensborough Hotel, the valley Buildings and the group of shops on the Para Rd corner named as Greensborough Valley Market. In the foreground it shows the Greensborough railway station car park as unsealed.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: gumtree

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: gum tree. 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

Book - History of the Greensborough Football Club

Greensborough Historical Society,

38 pages plus appendices. Text and images.

Historical information

A comprehensive history of the Greensborough Football Club. Informatuion gathered from local news reports, annual reports of the Club, Diamond Valley Football League, etc. Compiled by Rex Smith.

Significance

Rex Smith has compiled a well-referenced history of the club. It is under annual revision.

Inscriptions & Markings

Version: 24 June 2012

Photograph - Leslie Iredale on brick dray.

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white photograph with the photographer's stamp on the rear.

Historical information

The photograph show Leslie Iredale a Greensborough resident on his dray with a load of bricks.

Significance

The Iredale family are a pioneering family of Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photographer's stamp reading "Printed by - Qualspeed Photo Service 99 Nicholson St Footscray. 24 hour service - Phone 68-3639" Also, black biro inscription on rear.

Photograph - Digital image - Roberts children

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Studio portrait of two children identified only as the Roberts children.

Newspaper clipping - Maroondah Aqueduct turns 100 years old.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photographic copy, text with photo of Russell Yeomans

Historical information

Aqueduct of 66 km built between 1886 and 1891 between Watts River near Healesville and Preston Reservoir. Parts have been replaced by pipes.

Significance

The aqueduct formed a major link in Melbourne's water distribution system after supplies from Yan Yean Reservoir were considered insufficient in the 1870s.

Newspaper clipping - Developer bypasses council for decision on plan.

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

The proposal for a block of apartments in Watsonia will go to VCAT after the developer failed to reach an agreement with Banyule City Council.

Photograph - Digital image - Aftermath of Plenty River flood 1972 in Poulter Reserve. (4)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Plenty River in flood, Greensborough circa 1970.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Leslie Iredale and Mary E Iredale, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Leslie G Iredale (died 1963) and Mary E Iredale (died 1949) in Plot# F13 Greensborough Cemetery. (Mary E Iredale was born Mary Ellen Louisa McDowell in 1889 - she was the daughter of Susan Elizabeth Poulter (born in Greensborough 1859 - Died in Greensborough 1921) and William McDowell (born in Raffrey, Co. Down 1853 - Died 1929) Information supplied by Bruce McDowell, Mary's Great Nephew).

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Outhouse, Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows one ofn the out buildingas at 'Willis Vale', a propert owned and farmed by the Partington family from the 1870s. Willis Vale was destroyed by fire in the 1960s.

Significance

The hoe of a pioneer Greensborough family.

Newspaper Clipping - VicRoads to trial truck curfews

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image. Explanatory letter.

Historical information

Vic Roads will trial a truck curfew from 10pm ti 6am on some Banyule roads from August 2015. A letter to residents is included.

Newspaper clipping - Honouring our own (McIvor Times, Wednesday 24 January 2009

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of newspaper article

Historical information

Australia Day citation of Harold Fraser's 37 years of service to Heathcote Lions Club published in McIvor Times, 24 January 2007

Photograph - Ivy Medhurst (1896-1972)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00190:00369:00806 Black and white studio portrait of young woman in dark dress.

Historical information

Daughter of David and Martha Medhurst.

Significance

A member of the Medhurst family, Greensborough pioneers

Inscriptions & Markings

In pan on back: Ivy Medhurst, Born 1896-1972, age 76. Daughter of David and Martha Medhurst

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Susan Haylock Poulter, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Susan Haylock Poulter (died 1886) in Plot# unknown 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.

Photograph - Digital image - Harry and Lorna Cooling [wedding]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white 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 Harry and Lorna Cooling on their wedding day.

Photograph - Digital Image - Betty Black

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Studio photograph of Elizabeth (Betty) Black, sister of Lindsay Black. The Black family were early landowners in Watsonia, from Grimshaw Street to Lambourne Road.

Photograph - Digital Image - Charles Partington Junior

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Charles Partington Junior.

Photograph - Digital image - Weaver and Partington families.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of sepia photograph of children and cows.

Historical information

Rural scene with children identified as Lorna Weaver, Alan Partington, and Nancy Weaver. The Weavers were friends of the Partington family.

Significance

The Partington family were Greensborough pioneers. Descendents still live in the area.

Photograph (copy) - Plenty River Tea Gardens

Greensborough Historical Society,

Two black & white photographs

Historical information

Plenty River Tea Gardens were located on east side of Main Street near St Helena Road intersection. [Ref: THE AGE 18/2/1929 page 3 - GREENSBOROUGH - Comf. Home. 6 r. large vers. ½ a. S O bungalow. Lovely spot. 4 min stn. furn. or unfurn., or will sell reasonable. River Plenty Tea Gardens. Phone Gr. 17]

Photograph - Digital image - Diamond Village Shopping Centre, Watsonia, 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Diamond Village Shopping Centre, Nepean Street Watsonia.

Certificate (framed) - Shirley Fraser - Honorary Life Governor of Royal Children's Hospital [Melbourne].

Greensborough Historical Society,

Coloured certificate in gilt wooden frame, under glass. Has the crest of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Melbourne.

Historical information

Certificate awarded to Shirley Fraser (nee Black) in 1973 for her fundraising efforts for the Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital.

Significance

This certificate is an example of Mrs Fraser's contribution to the wider community.

Inscriptions & Markings

"This is to certify that Mrs Shirley Margaret Fraser is an Honorary Life Governor of Royal Children's Hospital. 18th October 1973.

Photograph - Digital image - Axle in situ [Partington's Flat]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This axle is believed to be from one of the vehicles (possibly a jinker) used by the Partington family on the Willis Vale property. It is shown after being uncovered near the Plenty River trail.

Significance

From a Greensborough pioneer family