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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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3550 items

Article - Elaine's Website

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 page story with a colour picture of Elaine Rank on the front page. It outlines Elaine's personal history and contains a story about her siblings and also a poem she composed.

Historical information

Details some of the activities of children growing up in Greensborough during the 1940s and 50s.

Significance

Elaine Rank is a local author.

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue biro words "Elaine Rank (nee Barnett)"

Photograph - Digital image - Heidelberg Eltham bus

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Heidelberg-Eltham bus, run by Alf Barnett then his brother Stan Barnett. This photograph taken at Bannockburn Road, late 1920s.Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Biscuit Tin - Baird's Shortbread Fingers

Greensborough Historical Society,

Metal biscuit tin, tartan decoration with white and black print on red background.

Historical information

Small tin (10 oz weight) for shortbread biscuits.

Photograph - Digital image - John McLaughlin's 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 house. The McLaughlin family never lived in this house.

Photograph - Digital image - Harriett Emma Splatt Stock 2

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Harriett Emma Stock (nee Splatt) born 1866, married to George William Stock. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Digital image - Loyola Seminary 3 [front facade] 1934

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs of the Jesuit Seminary in Grimshaw Street Watsonia. Opened in 1934, this was a house of formation and study for the Society of Jesus. Loyola College (established 1980), now occupies the site and purchased the original building in 2002.

Photograph - Digital image - Chapman Street Macleod 1957. The Collins family

Greensborough Historical Society,

6 digital photographs, black and white

Historical information

6 digital photos of the construction of the Collins home in Chapman Street Macleod.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Station

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Greensborough Station from rail level.

Article - Diamond Valley Community Hospital / by Gemma Sprague and Rosalie Bray.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages, text and images.

Historical information

A short history of Diamond Valley Community Hospital from the perspective of former nurse and patient Gemma Sprague.

Significance

DVCH was Greensborough and district's local community hospital during the 20th century. Story first published in "As I Recall" in 2013.

Photograph - Digital image - George William Stock

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph, cropped.

Historical information

George William Stock born at sea on way to Australia 1861 (RIP 23/2/1924). This photo has been cropped. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Digital image - Baby John Mitchell

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Studio portrait of infant John Mitchell.

Photograph - Digital image - The Snug Cafe Briar Hill 4

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Briar Hill shops are on the corner of Sherbourne Road and Mountainview Road Briar Hill. These photographs were taken by Frank Solomon and depict a cafe called The Snug, which is no longer operating.

Photograph - Digital image - R.W.Fell Reserve Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

R.W.Fell Reserve, Grimshaw Street, Greensborough.

Newspaper clippings - Do you have a local Anzac story to tell?

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Advertisement for workshop on writing stories of Anzacs for proposed book.

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: Interior, worksite with skip.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Interior of Watermarc, worksite with skip. 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.

Book - The Hell they called High Wood: The Somme 1916 / Terry Norman.

Greensborough Historical Society,

256 pages, illus., maps. Hard cover.

Historical information

Tells the story of the Battle of the Somme 1916.

Calendar - Banyule Community Calendar 2012: 12 of the best; our top pics from past calendars.

Greensborough Historical Society,

28 pages. Colour illustrations from previous community calendars.

Historical information

This community calendar is distributed to residents of the City of Banyule each year. Each year it focusses on an aspect of the local community. The 2012 calendar contains photographs taken from previous Community Calendars. Some council services are detailed in the back pages.

Significance

The annual calendar is a record of the activities and services in the Banyule City Council area.

Calendar - Banyule Community Calendar 1998

Greensborough Historical Society,

28 pages. Colour images of artworks.

Historical information

This community calendar is distributed to residents of the City of Banyule each year. Each year it focusses on an aspect of the local community. The 1998 calendar contains photographs of aertworks. Some council services are detailed in the back pages.

Significance

The annual calendar is a record of the activities and services in the Banyule City Council area.

Newspaper clipping - Students run day of the races

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Bundoora primary School students enjoyed end of year activities including an "Amazing Race" and "Masterchef" challenge.

Newspaper clipping - A temporary bridge for Main Street.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00904:00958 Original news clipping (Item 904) and photocopy of same (Item 958). Text and black and white images.

Historical information

Leading up to the opening of Greensborough Plaza, traffic along Main Street was affected by the part closure due to the construction of a road bridge over the railway line.

Significance

Significant infrastructure changes in Greensborough at the time of the opening of greensborough Plaza in 1978.

Newspaper clipping - Love was in the air when navigator Bob met Margaret.

Greensborough Historical Society,

An A3 article written as part of the Australia Remembers 1945 - 1995 Commemoration.

Historical information

The article is one of series published as part of the Australia Remembers 1945 - 1995 program.

Significance

This article tells the tale of how Bob and Margaret Barling met in England during WW2. Bob was born in Briar Hill and returned there with his bride after the war. They later moved to Montmorency.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Book - Sacred places: war memorials in the Australian landscape / K.S. Inglis

Greensborough Historical Society,

522p., illus.

Historical information

An illustrated history of war memorials and monuments in Australia.

Booklet - Watsonia and District Progress Association Year Book 1959/60

Greensborough Historical Society,

24 p. duplicated, stapled on white paper. With map of Watsonia insert.

Historical information

This booklet provides a snapshot of Watsonia in the late 1950s and the improvements and advances in the area.

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 - Dot Jewell and neighbours Montmorency

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 a group of peole in a dining room (Dot Jewell and neighbours) Montmorency.

Photograph - Watsonia High School 1971, Form 4MF

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white copy of a school photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows a Watsonia High School class from 1971.

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 - Greensborough Railway Station [2]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00177:00522:00526:01021:01250:01251:01252:01253:01254 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Greensborough Railway Station, early 20th century, showing train and group of young people on platform. A car parked outside the Roy House on Main Street Greensborough [opposite the future entrance to the Greensborough Plaza] This photo is from the Lorraine Coates Collection.

Significance

An early photograph of Greensborough Station.

Photograph - Digital image - 10-12 Poulter Avenue [front verandah]

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: Visitor group outside.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Visitor group outside Watermarc. 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 - Audience put to the test

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Anthony 'Lehmo' Lehmann and Gold 104.3 co-host Jo Stanley performed at Greensborough RSL before Lehmo took his show to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia PrimarySchool 1973 Grade 3C

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1973 Grade 3C

Photograph - Digital image - Bundoora Primary School No.1915 (old building) 6

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Bundoora Primary School No.1915 was constructed in 1877 of brick on a bluestone base with an iron roof and small porch. The school consisted of a single room with the dimensions 30 feet by 18 feet. It was a small rural school and in use for over 100 years. Today it sits abandoned at the intersection of Plenty Road and the Metropolitan Ring Road. The School has a Victorian Heritage Overlay (no H062) Photograph by Marilyn Smith 2014.

Photograph - Digital image - Annie May Medhurst 2

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Annie May Medhurst. Born 1884, Annie was the daughter of David Medhurst (1855-1939) and wife Martha Ruston Medhurst (1860-1943).who moved to Greensborough around 1898 and ran a store in Grimshaw Street. Annie May later married William Partington.

Photograph - Watsonia High School 1977 Year 7E

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1977 Year 7E

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1977 Year 7E

Newspaper Clipping - Students in top frame of mind for finals

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Twenty student of Sherbourne Primary School progressed to the state final of Tournament of Minds.

Book - First steps in family history, by Eve McLaughlin. 5th ed.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Paperback, 127 p.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Thomas W Finn, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone [damaged]

Historical information

Grave of Thomas W. Finn (died 1838) in Plot#Q11 Greensborough Cemetery. Damaged headstone. 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 - Watsonia High School 1971 Form 4CA

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Form 4CA

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Form 4CA

Book - Westgarthtown: a history and guide

Greensborough Historical Society,

Revised and enlarged edition. 44 p., illus. (some col.)

Historical information

A short history of Westgarthtown (Thomastown Historic Precinct)

Book - The White rabbit

Greensborough Historical Society,

268 p. pbk.

Historical information

Account of Wing Commander F. F. E. Yeo-Thomas' work in organising the Resistance in France during World War 2

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough School No.2062: Rounders Team 1923; Grades 1 and 2 1921; Grade 5[?] 1923.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of 2 black and white school photographs.

Historical information

Class photographs of Greensborough School in the 1920s. Greensborough Rounders Team has surnames on back of original: Back Row: Fraser, Whiteway, Dorothy Yandell; Middle Row: Hood, Percal, Oakley, Weaver, Pile, Montford, Carlon; Front Row: Thomas, Clayton.

Significance

Early photographs of Greensborough Primary with some children identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Year written on front.

Calendar - Diamond Valley Community Support 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

28 pages, colour illus. 2 copies.

Historical information

The Annual Report 2014-2015 and Calendar 2016 for the Diamond Valley Community Support Inc outlines the services available from this group. Illustrations are supplied by the Diamond Valley Arts Society.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia PrimarySchool 1972 Grade 4D

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1972 Grade 4D

Document collection - Watermarc, Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

A collection of various documents relating to the development of the Watermarc pool complex. Includes brochures, plans, minutes of committee meetings and letters to committee member (in black ring binder).

Historical information

The development of the Greensborough town centre and in particular the redevelopment of the Greensborough Pool into the Watermarc aquatic centre is documented in this collection of minutes, correspondence, plans, brochures, etc.Contents: Box 1, Correspondence Project updates Brochures Plans Newspaper articles Community Consultative Committee meetings - Agendas and Minutes. Box 2: Greensborough Project Presentation Package 2006 Greensborough principal activity centre plan (executive summary 2005; 2008) Consultation documents 2005 Banyule Banner (2005; 2006) Project update 2005 Newspaper article collection Advertising brochures

Significance

This collection is significant as it covers the development of the pool precinct from concept plan to completed complex.

Photograph - Digital image - Ellen Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Born 1827 in Rochdale England, Ellen was one of 7 children of Benjamin and Sarah Whatmough. She married Charles Partington and they migrated to Australia in 1857, living at Point Lookout, the Watsonia Toll Gates and Willis Vale. Their children include Prudence, Maria, Charles Jnr, Ben, Tom, Joe, and Will.

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

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 1964.

Significance

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

Photograph - Digital image - Jessie and Gordon Scholes

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Jessie and Gordon Scholes of Greensborough. Jessie (nee Partington) was a member of the Partington family, Greensborough pioneers. [Photo possibly taken on 8th March 1954 in acceptance of invitation to meet Queen Elizabeth]

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill Timber 4

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Briar Hill Timber was sitiuated on Sherbourne Road Briar Hill and operated as a timber yard for many decades from he 1950s. This photo shows the chimney, the only part of the structure still remaining. These photographs were taken by Frank Solomon and depict the business just prior to its closure in 2014.

Oral History - My childhood memories by June Hall (nee Evans)

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 typed pages.

Historical information

June Hall (nee Evans) tells her own story of growing up in Port Melbourne and later Greensborough.

Significance

A primary source recollection of groing up in Port Melbourne and Greensborough in the mid-20th century.

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill Hardware: exteriors4

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.

Significance

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