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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
4 Jenna Close Greensborough Victoria 3088 (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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5974 items

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Heights Primary School WH4935 1970 Grade 1A

Greensborough Historical Society,

A colour photograph of school class group

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia Heights Primary School 1970 Grade 1A

Book - Thoughtful Joe, and how he gained his name, by Ruth Lamb

Greensborough Historical Society,

Hardback, 80 pages, col. frontispiece and title page. Embossed front cover, with col. illus.

Historical information

An example of late 19th century childrens' book design.

Inscriptions & Markings

"To dear Stuart, with all good wishes for a happy Christmas from R. Wedlich S. S. T. 1917"

Photograph - Digital image - Roy and Jean Franklin waiting for boat, late 1940s.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01055.02475.02476.02477.02478.02480.02481.02484 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Roy and Jean Franklin waiting for boat, late 1940s. The Franklin family lived in Flintoff Street. Mr Arthur Franklin was the manager for Mr.J. C.Jessop Real Estate Pty Ltd.

School Photograph - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1973 Staff

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white informal group photograph and colour formal group photograph.

Historical information

1973 Staff photographs [formal and informal] from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Staff names are identified on back of photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Staff are named on back of photo.

Photograph (Framed) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 Grimshaw Street Photo

Greensborough Historical Society,

Sepia photograph in wooden frame.

Historical information

An early photograph of Greensborough School 2062. The building was constructed circa 1879 and still stands on the corner of Grimshaw Street and The Circuit, although this view predates the construction of The Circuit.

Photograph - Digital image - Main Street Greensborough, looking North 2010.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

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

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: View of slab from below showing formwork marks.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: View of slab from below showing formwork marks. 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 - William Henry McLean

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Henry McLean and his service in World War 1. William McLean was born in Bundoora

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Boro for the VFA?

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white news clipping

Historical information

Greensborough Football Club members were to vote on leaving the Diamond Valley Football League for the VFA.

Photograph - Digital image - Stock Finn Family 1908

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Stock Finn Family 1908. (left to right) Jane Stock, William Thomas Finn, Mary Stock. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Frances Jolley and James Jolley , Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Frances Jolley (died 14/05/1912) and James Jolley (died 26/12/1916) in Plot# N10/N11 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.

Photograph - Digital image - Doris and Ivy Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Daughters of Charles Partington Junior and Emma Britnell. Ivy Partington (born 1893) married Herb Godber in 1916. Their home in Hailes Street Greensborough was acquired and demolished for the Greensborough complex. Doris Partington (born 1895) married Clive Dawson of Diamond Creek in 1916.

Significance

Members of a pioneer Greensborough family.

Coaster - Digital Image - Watsonia Ex-Services Club coasters, 1990

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital image of coaster. White card with blue text and coloured logo.

Historical information

Digital image of drink coaster from Watsonia Ex-Services Club, 1990s.

Significance

Part of a collection of miscellaneous historical images with a connection to the local area.

Newspaper Clipping - One kick does the trick

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Gary Moorcroft showed nerves of steel to deliver Bundoora its first premiership since 2013 in a grand final for the ages against Macleod on Saturday.

Advertising Leaflet - 31 Collendina Crescent Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Real Estate advertising leaflet,1 sheet, printed in colour both sides

Historical information

31 Collendina Crescent Greensborough, 3 bedroom home, sold 21 January 2012 for $490,000

Photograph - Digital image - Victorian gents

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

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

Article - Life and death of Martha Roberts.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of Ancestry.com article and portrait.

Historical information

Martha Roberts married Peter Ruston.In this article a descendent relates information handed down through the family.

Significance

Martha and Peter Ruston are connected to the Partington family, Greensborough pioneers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on photos "Faye is great grand daughter to Martha and Peter"

Genealogical Document - Edward Bernard Green - Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages.

Historical information

A short history of Edward Bernard Green, after whom Greensborough was named. Describes his various business activities including his purchase of property on the Plenty River and his contract for the carriage of mail overland between Melbourne and Sydney. Author unknown.

Significance

Background on the origins of "Greensborough".

Pamphlet - Noise and air quality: ESS Study Update

Greensborough Historical Society,

6 p., col. photographs

Historical information

Part of the Environmental Effects Statement for the North East Link planning approval process. This volume covers noise and air quality.

Book - Greensborough War Memorial Sculptures, Leigh Conkie

Greensborough Historical Society,

21 pages, colour illustrations

Historical information

The sculptures were carved from the stumps of trees originally planted around the park. The trees had become diseased and were in danger of falling.

Significance

Memorial to local people who fought in the various wars of the 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

none

Newspaper Clipping - Baby Show Bundoora [1995]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper advertisement, black and white text and image.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for a Baby Show in Bundoora Hall, Noorong Avenue Bundoora on 17th September 1995..

Documents - Watsonia High School documents 1986-1989.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 documents, total approx 26 pages.

Historical information

Document 1 is the constitution of Staff Meetings at Watsonia High School; document 2 outlines the programs and budgets for Watsonia High in 1989; document 3 is a profile of Watsonia High in 1986.

Significance

Administration information for staff and parents of Watsonia High School.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name written in pen on cover of one document.

Magazine - Australia's Heritage. Part 21.

Greensborough Historical Society,

24 pages per issue. Illustrations (some colour). 16 issues bound into one binder. Total 112 issues in 7 binders. 3 individual issues (part 16: item 706,part 20: item 704 and part 21: item 705).

Historical information

This weekly magazine is a history of Australia from European settlement.

Inscriptions & Markings

Individual issues stamped "Vertical File" (source unknown)

Photograph - Digital image - Pig Farm, Weidlich Road area: aerial view

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of aerial photograph

Historical information

An aerial view of the pig farm in Weidlich Road Greensborough, owned by Werner Hanusch. The land was used as a pig farm and quarry from 1954 and has now been subdivided into the Evelyn Way estate. This project of fifty, one double storey, dwellings was commenced on 2/8/2009 and completed on 6/2/2011.

Significance

An example of the changing land use in Greensborough, from farming to residential.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Shirley Fraser, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Shirley Margaret Fraser (nee Black) (died 28/10/2011), St Helena Cemetery. Daughter of Lindsay Black and Hazel Stafford.

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.

Certificate (copy) - Wolf Scout Certificate, 1951.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour certificate.

Historical information

"Wolf Cub" certificate of participation awarded by the Boy Scouts Association Victorian branch to Gary Partington, a member of the 1st Greensborough Scouts in 1951.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marked with name of recipient and date.

Christmas Card (Digital Copy) - Melbourne City Council Electricity Supply Department 1939

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of corporate Christmas card.

Historical information

Digital copy of corporate Christmas card sent by Melbourne City Council Electricity Department in 1939.

Photograph - Banyule Homestead 2011

Greensborough Historical Society,

Set of 4 x A3 photos. Colour.

Historical information

These photos were part of an objection to the proposed development and subdivision of part of the historic Banyule Homestead property.

Significance

The Banyule Homestead dates from 1846, owned and built by Joseph Hawdon, sold in 1867 to Dr Martin. Leased to various farmers and eventually the land (274 acres) was subdivided in 1958. The Homestead presently sits on 2 1/2 acres of land.

Inscriptions & Markings

Taken from western boundary overlooking lagoon.

Photograph - Digital Image - Cutting Wood 1967

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Family life in the backyard, chopping wood at the Hassett home, 1967.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Laurie Roy, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01880.01924.01954.01981 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Laurie Roy (died 23/02/1933) in Plot# F3 Greensborough Cemetery. Headstone erected by members of the Victorian Amateur Cyclists Union.

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 - 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.

Newspaper Clipping - Concern after near drowning at WaterMarc

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Safety issues at Greensborough's $42 million aquatic and leisure centre WaterMarc are back in the spotlight after a man almost drowned while accidentally drifting to the deep end of the 50m indoor pool last month.

Advertisement - Digital image - Keith Wilkies Suit Hire 1967

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Keith Wilkies Suit Hire, 33 Were Street Montmorency, 1967

Significance

Part of a collection of historic advertisements from local newspapers, showing local businesses from the mid 20th century.

Newspaper Clipping - Baby steps grow fast for charity

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Students from Loyola College collected "baby essentials" for the charity Caroline Chisholm Society.

Photograph - Digital image - Barnett and Rodd 1940

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Marjory Barnett with Mrs and Mrs Rodd; taken at "Woodside, Bonds road 1940. 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 9 [Seminarians Working in Garden] 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.

Newspaper - Network November 2992

Greensborough Historical Society,

12 p. Black and white print text and photographs

Historical information

Free newspaper circulating in Eltham, Diamond Valley and Whittlesea. Main article: Setting the record straight: the Bourke/Burke family of Hurstbridge

Photograph - Digital image - Madge and Lily Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Sisters Madge (1919-1980) and Lily (b1921-2011) Partington, daughters of Ben Partington and Nellie Willoughby.

Booklet - The Eight Wurundjeri seasons in Melbourne, by Jim Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society,

15 p., booklet, illus.

Historical information

Description of the seasons occurring in Melbourne and their effect on Aboriginal culture and land management.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1965 Grade 1C

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1965 Grade 1C

Photograph - Digital image - Medhurst 3

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01775.01776.01777.01778 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Members of the Medhurst family, descendants of David Medhurst who moved to Greensborough around 1898 and ran a store in Grimshaw Street. He also wrote for the local paper.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Japanese visitors to Greensborough Primary

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping, black and white text and image.

Historical information

Miss Kumi Yamagata conducted Japanese cultural activities during her visit to Greensborough Primary School.

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1954 Grade 2

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white school photo

Historical information

Class photo of Briar Hill State School 1954 Grade 2

Advertising Leaflet - 4/94-100 Nepean Street Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

4/94-100 Nepean Street Watsonia. 3 bedroom 2 storey terrace home, auctioned 26 May 2018, P.I. $555,000, sold July 2018, no price information

Newspaper Clipping - Montmorency Reversal on Parking

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Paid parking meters have been scrapped in Montmorency and Macleod after Banyule Council received community backlash about the proposed plan.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough: Main Street and Grimshaw Street corner

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Greensborough: Main Street and Grimshaw Street corner

Advertising Leaflet - 12 Eldale Avenue Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Real Estate advertising leaflet,1 sheet folded into 6 pages, printed in colour both sides.

Historical information

12 Eldale Avenue Greensborough, group of 3 bedroom town houses. Unit 1 sold 28/02/2017 for $620,000. Unit 2 sold November 2016 for $595,000, Unit 3 sold November 2016 for $590,000, Unit 4 sold January 2017 for $730,000 and Unit 5 sold December 2016 for $630,000.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1974 Grade 4R

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1974 Grade 4R

Article - Bruce Alexander Pope

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Bruce Alexander Pope and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Diamond Creek. Bruce Pope farmed in the Greensborough area post-war.

Article - Remembrance Day 2016: a Reflection / Barry Green

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages text of article, 1 photocopied page from "Fine Spirit and Pluck"

Historical information

Text of speech given by Rev Barry Green at the 2016 Greensborough RSL Remembrance Day Service. The topic of the speech is "Mateship" and Greensborough locals Fred Starling, Walter Starling and Fred Godber. Also remembered is Joseph Evans, who saved a young girl from drowning. All men were Anzacs. [Mentions Ivy Partington]