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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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Knotting accessory - Knitter's aid; given free with Woman and Home.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Clear plastic gauge and indicator for knitters

Historical information

Gauge for checking needle and crochet hook sizes and checking amount of work.

Article - The Ruston Family History

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages of text.

Historical information

A short history of Peter Ruston and family in the 1850s and 1860s by descendant Alan Partington.

Genealogical document - Mayger

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 x A4 pages

Historical information

Outlines some research findings regarding George John Mayger, William John Mayger and Sarah Mayger. Includes references found in various publications including Melbourne directories.

Significance

The Mayger family were pioneers in the Greensborough area.

Article, Book - The Open Road in Victoria: One day walks: St Helena

Greensborough Historical Society,

4p photocopy of an excerpt from 'The Open Road in Victoria', by Robert Henderson Croll. Robertson and Mullens, 1928.

Historical information

Description of a walk to St Helena via Greensborough Railway Station, including a detailed history and description of St Katherine's Church.

Book - The Plenty valley Corridor: the archaeological survey of Aboriginal sites / by Isabel Ellender 1989.

Greensborough Historical Society,

103 p., illus., maps. Plastic spiral binding.

Historical information

This archaeological survey of th Plenty Valley was conducted by Isabel Ellender in 1989 for the Ministry of Planning and Environment. The area studied is north of Greensborough to Whittlesea. A number of Aboriginal sites were identified and recommendations made for the future.

School Magazine - Borough Broadsheet 96

Greensborough Historical Society,

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place in 1996. Includes black and white photos and reports. 36 Pages (approx), Colour cover includes photos of students.

Historical information

Each year, the college yearbook reports on the people (students and staff) and events and activities that took place that year. Previous editions of this yearbook were titles "Horizon". Note: In 1989, Watsonia High School was merged with Watsonia Technical School to become Greensborough Secondary College.

Significance

A permanent record of who attended Greensborough College - both student and teachers, includes photographs

Inscriptions & Markings

In pen inside front cover: "Donated by Rosie Bray"

Photograph - Digital image - Victorian country scene

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Victorian country scene. Location not identified. This scene is part of Charles Marshall's collection of World War 1 photographs.

Journal - The School Paper for Grades VII and VIII. 1925,

Greensborough Historical Society,

12 issues per schoolyear (not in chronological order). Black and white illustrations. Front cover brown cardboard, labelled 'The School Exercise'. Dogeared and damaged edges.

Historical information

A collection of stories to enlighten children's minds; prepared by the Victorian Education Department as supplementary reading material. Includes supplements 'Made in Australia'

Significance

Owned and used by the Partington family; Greensborough pioneers whose children attended Greensborough Primary School.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover and on some issues 'Jessie Partington'

Newspaper clippings - Simpson Barracks Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society,

Collection of news clippings, black text, colour images.

Historical information

A collection of articles on Watsonia's Simpson Barracks School of Signals.

Sound recording - Watsonia High School Choir in All Saint's Church of England Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00276:00757 1 x 45 rpm sound record

Historical information

This is a recording of the Watsonia High School Choir, recorded in All Saint's Church of England, Greensborough. The organist is Bruce Allen and the conductor is David Kefford. Pieces include Three Hungarian folk songs, Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart) and Panis Angelicus (Franck) with soloist Andrew Williams.

Significance

A rare copy of the choir performing.

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.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1967 Form 2A

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1967 Form 2A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1967 Form 2A

Article - Frederick Thomas Snodgrass

Greensborough Historical Society,

Two pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frederick Thomas Snodgrass and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Kerang; Fred is commemorated in Greensborough on the Fallen Soldiers' Memorial.

Photograph - Digital image - Main Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Main Street Greensborough shown as an unmade road, circa 1910. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1976 Form 3B

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 3B

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 3B

Book - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1878-1980.

Greensborough Historical Society,

84p., black and white illus., bright green card cover.

Historical information

Published to celebrate the centenary of the Greensborough Primary School. Centenary celebrations were postponed for two years while new buildings were constructed.

Significance

Contains the history of the school as well as current (1976-79) information and photos of staff and students. Principal: Ron Lucas

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover: Alan R Ely 1-11-80

Memoirs - Mum's Last Word

Greensborough Historical Society,

An 8 page A4 black and white document featuring numerous photographs.

Historical information

This was created as a eulogy for Loris Winifred Durance.

Significance

Loris was a member of the Godber family, her mother was Ivy Partington and her grandmother was Emma Britnell. All these familes were among the early pioneering families of Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photograph - Digital image - PC World corner Grimshaw and Main Streets Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

PC World, corner Grimshaw and Main Streets Greensborough. This building was the former office of John Cecil Jessop, known locally as 'Jessop's Corner'.

Significance

A record of the changing face of Greensborough.

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

Newspaper clipping - Grace Park, Greensborough 1931

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of article from the Advertiser (Hurstbridge, Victoria 24 June 1931), with corrected OCR transcription sourced from Trove, NLA19/05/2016

Historical information

This article from the Advertiser (Hurstbridge, Vic. 24 June 1931), discusses concerns of the residents of Grace Park (Watsonia) estate near Greensborough.

Significance

This article voices some of the concerns of residents of this area of the Greensborough district in the 1930s.

Genealogical document - Looking Back

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 42 page black and white document outling the family history of the Bonsak family.

Historical information

Jim Conn compiled this document from his family history research.

Significance

The Bonsak family has many descendants in the Greensborough district.

Inscriptions & Markings

The original owner's name is written in black biro on the inside front cover.

Certificate - Watsonia High School WaHIGH Honour Certificate 1968

Greensborough Historical Society,

A digital copy of a school Honour Certificate

Historical information

A copy of an academic honour certificate awarded to Dawn Petts in 1968.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1978 Year 1C

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1978 Year 1C

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1978 Year 1C

Article - Eltham Community Market

Greensborough Historical Society,

7 typed pages, col. illus. and maps.

Historical information

A history of the Eltham Community Market by stallholder Dawn Bennetts. The Market began in 1978 and Dawn joined in 1985.

Book - Finding your Irish ancestors, by Brian Mitchell

Greensborough Historical Society,

Paperback, 84 p.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1968 Grade 4A.

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.

Article - The day a caller fired a bullet in the bank.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of page from unknown book. Black and white text and line drawing.

Historical information

A story about an attempted hold up at the former Commercial Bank of Australia agency in Main Road Eltham, now used as an opportunity shop.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Alice Glew and William Glew, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01865.01941 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Alice Glew (died 12/07/1933) and William Glew (died 20/04/1935) in Plot# A11 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 of the early settlers in the district. The cemetery holds approximately 250 grave sites with 350 people buried there.

Book - A Field guide to weeds in Australia, by Charles Lamp and Frank Collet

Greensborough Historical Society,

Hardback, 376 p., col. photographs, dust jacket

Historical information

'Weeds' are plants which are not wanted in the area in which they are growing. This book covers many plants introduced into Australia and can be used to identify these plants.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rubber stamp of previous owner

Pattern - Butterick Classics 6598.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Dressmaker's pattern, unused. Tissue paper pattern pieces in coloured envelope.

Historical information

This pattern was purchased from Lincraft store, Greensborough Plaza. The store has now closed. Pattern envelope is stamped with store name.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped with "Lincraft Greensborough".

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1974 Grade 1A.

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Cemetery [view 3] 2013

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01960.01961 Digital copy of colour photograph of Greensborough Cemetery

Historical information

View of Greensborough Cemetery, June 18th 2013. Photography by Marilyn Smith.

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 - Bessie McPhee (Mrs Sambury)

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 Bessie McPhee (Mrs Sambury)

Photograph - Digital image - Pioneer Reserve 2014 -4

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02037.02038.02039.02040.02041.02042.02043.02044 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Pioneer Reserve, Greensborough is a small park on the corner of St Helena and Diamond Creek Roads. It is adjacent to the site of Greensborough's first bridge across the Plenty River, c. 1864 - 1960s. The shelter, viewing platform, retaining wall and entrance are built from the bridge's massive bluestone arched abutments dismantled between 1974 and 1983. Photograph by Marilyn Smith 2014.

Oral History - Evans family move to Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages.

Historical information

June Hall (nee Evans) recounts the building of the house at 11 Anama Street and the Evans family's move to Greensborough in 1947.

Significance

A personal story of building in Greensborough in the post war period.

School Photograph (digital image) - 1961 Macleod High School McHIGH Form 4

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Macleod High School. Student names are identified on back of photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names identified on back of photograph.

Photograph - Digital image - Plenty River bank at Greensborough 2015; Diving platform

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Steps on the Plenty River embankment in Greensborough, part of the old Plenty River pool, this is the base of the diving platform. A River bank stabilisation project along the Plenty River at Greensborough was conducted by Melbourne Water in 2015.

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.

Sticker - Watsonia RSL: 50th Anniversary 1952-2002.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Dark blue sticker with yellow and white text and logo (?) in yellow

Historical information

Watsonia Returned and Services League was established in 1952 in a then outer suburb of Melbourne subdivided for war service homes and lacking in most community facilities. Watsonia RSL was incorporated in 1998; and celebrated it's 50th Anniversary as one of Victoria's foremost clubs. This sticker commemorates this event in 2002.

Inscriptions & Markings

Watsonia RSL 50th Anniversary 1952-2002

Genealogical Document - Family records: various sources

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page of details transcribed from various rolls and directories. Also Item 365 Land ownership 1840-1906.

Historical information

Family details collected and transcribed from various sources: rolls, directories, insolvency lists, etc. Families include: Mayger, Lecky, Britnell, Garthwaite, Green, Beale, Coulstock, Sherwin, Batey, Cobham, Partington, Catchpole, Whatmough. Item 365 contains transcript of land ownership in Greensborough area 1840-1906.

Inscriptions & Markings

Land ownership notes are hand written.

Photograph - Digital Image - Samuel Rich injury notification letter, 1917

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 03972-03987 Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Private Samuel Rich. Notification of wounding to next of kin 1917, following an injured arm.

Photograph - Digital image - GHS Meeting March 2016.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photographs.

Historical information

Group of Greensborough Historical Society members at the March 2016 meeting listening to Peter van Eeken speaking about his research into the squatters of Lower Plenty. The second photo shows GHS President Noel Withers (standing) and Peter sitting at the computer. More photos of this event can be found at the GHS Resource Centre.

Newspaper Clipping - Montmorency Were Street Shop Owners - Power Services Under Fire

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Shop owners in Were Street Montmorency are concerned at the number of power outages that impact their businesses.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Reginald E Sims, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Memorial to Reginald E Sims (killed in action France 10/08/1918, buried at Proyart France) in Plot# O4 or O5 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.

Paper bag - Hop into Brumby's for Easter deals

Greensborough Historical Society,

Brown paper bag, promotional offers printed in green ink both sides

Historical information

Promotional paper bags for Brumby's Bakery.

Greeting Card - Cards from B. Vickers to M. Smith.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Two coloured Christmas cards, one with envelope (posted)

Historical information

Christmas greeting cards from Beryl Vickers to Marilyn Smith.

Inscriptions & Markings

Greeting messages from Beryl Vickers to Marilyn Smith

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 people in a dining room (Dot Jewell and neighbours) Montmorency.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Pool 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Greensborough Junior Swimming Pool in February 1970.

Significance

An early photograph of the Pool, now demolished to make way for the Watermarc development

Book - Shire of Diamond Valley Handbook 1986

Greensborough Historical Society,

32 pages, col illus., maps. Cover illustration of Bike Education program sponsored by Shire of Diamond Valley in local schools. (2 copies)

Historical information

Guide to services provided by Shire of Diamond Valley. The Shire of Diamond Valley was a Local Government Area located about 20 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The shire covered an area of 74.38 square kilometres and existed from 1964 until 1994.

Significance

Annual guide to services in Shire of Diamond Valley

Advertising Leaflet - Dobell's Cafe and Restaurant.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00960:01700:02012:02013:02426 Colour leaflet. Pink and white text on black background. Graphics.

Historical information

Dobell's is a local cafe in the Greenhill area. In 2013/14 it is owned by Steve Partington.

Significance

The Dobell's building was once a local grocer's store and has housed several other businesses over the years.