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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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2532 items

Photograph - Digital image - Trevor Partington, Football 1958

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Trevor Partington (1936-2002) was a keen sportsman, playing over 300 games of football for Greensborough, this photograph taken in 1958.

Newspaper clipping - Teens save injured man

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping with text and colour photo.

Historical information

An article about two youths who saved a man after he had fallen onto the railway tracks and was hit by a train at Watsonia Railway Station.

Significance

The youths were highly praised for their efforts which saved the man's life.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pencil written date and source.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Samuel Payne and Mary Payne, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Samuel Payne (died 1892) and Mary Payne (died 1926) in Plot# G12 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.

Book - Ghost towns of Australia : by George Farwell

Greensborough Historical Society,

Hard cover book. 245 pages, illus.(some col.).

Historical information

A history of Australia's 'Ghost Towns' - towns which roared into being and eventually drifted away with smaller populations.

Significance

An interesting snapshot of Australia's history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribes "W. A. Partington" and address of owner.

Photograph - Digital image - Dickson home, Nell Street Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of the Dickson family home in Nell Street Greensborough in the mid to late 20th century.

Article - A short history of Watsonia High School.

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page timeline

Historical information

Brief history of Watsonia High School outlining developments from 1961 to 1989 when Greensborough Secondary College was formed from the amalgamation of Watsonia High and Watsonia Technical School.

Photograph - Digital image - [Wedding photograph]

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 an unknown bride and groom.

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

Book - Shire of Diamond Valley Handbook 1989-1990

Greensborough Historical Society,

32 pages, col illus., maps. Cover illustration of items from the Diamond Valley Shire Art Collection.

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

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Cemetery [view 5]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of cemetery.

Historical information

View of Greensborough Cemetery 2012. Photograph taken by Jasmin Burge.

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.

Oral History - People that I have met: Cliff Lowerson; by Rosie Bray.

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 pages, text and photographs.

Historical information

Rosie Bray talks with Clifford ALva Lowerson about life with his wife Iris in Eltham, Briar Hill, Montmorency and Watsonia.

Significance

Oral history first published in GHS Newsletter 2014.

Folder - Black Family - Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

20-page plastic binder, green cover. Contains documents relating to the Black family of Greensborough and Watsonia.

Historical information

Contents: Family tree; small school books from family member; copy of map and advertisement for Watsonia Electric Station Estate; receipts; cemetery information; article on James Black and descendants; copies of un-named photos taken on Bundoora farm.

Significance

The Black family owned a large portion of land from Greensborough to Watsonia. This collection is partly from family members.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collected by Greensborough Historical Society. Folder commenced 2012

Dress - Watsonia High School Uniform - dress

Greensborough Historical Society,

Girls' uniform dress. White background with maroon and blue over check (faded). Buttons missing. A small piece of cloth is attached to show original colour.

Historical information

This uniform from Watsonia High School was worn in the mid 1960s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name tag sewn into back of neck band.

Calendar - Banyule Community Calendar 2016: Banyule's graet outdoors.

Greensborough Historical Society,

28 pages. Colour illustrations. Illustrations of local scenes and landmarks.

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 2016 calendar contains photographs of local scenes and activities. Some council services are detailed in the back pages.

Significance

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

Photograph - Digital Image - Aqueduct Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

The Pipe Bridge at Greensborough is a significant and highly visible part of the system. It was constructed to carry the wrought iron aqueduct pipes over the Plenty River. The use of wrought iron meant the pipes were 75% lighter than cast iron, with the bridge construction reflecting this innovation. Photograph of the Maroodah Aqueduct pipe bridge at Greensborough. The Pipe Bridge is 210 feet long, divided into 4 spans. The main girders are light lattice 11 feet deep and 11 ft 4 inches apart. The bridge carried two wrought iron tubular mains, 53 inches in diameter, supported at intervals by cross girders and chairs, placed between the main girders. The bridge is carried on braced cast-iron columns, 18 inches in diameter, set on concrete foundations, with a clear headway of 20 feet above the Plenty River. The eastern side of the bridge is reinforced with a bluestone abutment at the river bank.

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.

Photographs - Albion Crescent Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Three photographs, copied, b&w

Historical information

Early photographs of Albion Crescent Greensborough. Photographs made prior to surfacing, curbing and guttering road. Joy Darling still living at this address at time of donation.

Inscriptions & Markings

#1: Looking east along Albion Crescent and up Peter & Joy Darling's drive One of the Darling girls (centre). #2: [Driveway of 33 Albion Crescent, one of Darling girls] #3: Looking east along Albion Crescent from driveway. [Pre-war (WW II) touring car, Joy Darling in car ?]

Newspaper clipping - Royal visits 1950s

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 newspaper articles from the 1950s, black and white photographs with captions.

Historical information

5 newspaper articles from the 1950s, reporting on Queen Elizabeth's visits to Commonwealth countries, including Sierra Leone, Fiji and Suva

Significance

An example of the interest in the royal family to Australians at this time.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Diamond Valley Local. 15 December 1954. Selection of 6 pages.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Scanned copies of local newspaper. 6 pages.

Historical information

A selection of pages from the Diamond Valley Local newspaper from 15 December 1954. News articles and advertisements from the Greensborough area.

Significance

A snapshot of the local area in 1954.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of William J. Hall, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

Grave of William J. Hall (died 1883) in Plot# G7 Greensborough Cemetery. 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 - Digital image - House corner St Helena and Diamond Creek Roads Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

A landmark house in the Greensborough area, situated on the corner of Diamond Creek and St Helena Roads.

Newspaper clipping - Healthy 100 for Hannah

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Mrs Hannah Taylor celebrated her 100th birthday in December 2013.

Article - In the beginning

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black & white document of 9 pages

Historical information

About Greensborough Football Club

Significance

Early history of club and lists of notable players and achievements.

Inscriptions & Markings

In pen on front page: Rex Smith

Book - The Birth of Melbourne

Greensborough Historical Society,

392 p., black & white and col. illus.

Historical information

Anthology of items relating to the establishment of Melbourne.

Map - Greensborough (part Google maps) - Bundoora area.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Map copied from Google maps.

Historical information

This map is a comparison to the map at Item 2518, questioning the location of "Sugar Loaf". Annotation by GHS member Ian Bryant.

Inscriptions & Markings

Annotation on map.

Book - Defence counsel: cases in the career of Philip Opas QC / by Patrick Tennison.

Greensborough Historical Society,

170 p. Paperback.

Historical information

The story of the career of Queens Counsel Philip Opas whose cases include the defence of Ronald Ryan.

Newspaper Clipping - Dead right; in the name of the law.

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, text and colour photos.

Historical information

This feature article deals with Professor Stephen Cordner, Victorian forensic scientist, and his work.

Significance

Professor Cordner is a member of the Cordner family of Greensborough, a well-known family of doctors.

Photograph - Service above self: Rotary Club of Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Colour photograph of two advertising posters. Each poster contains photogrpahs, news clippings and handwritten captions.

Historical information

Large advertising poster for Rotary Club of Greensborough, made in the 1970s. Rotary activities are covered in news clippings and photographs on side one and photographs of members and social activities are on side two.

Significance

Many local businesses and identities were associated with Rotary Club of Greensborough and these posters show those involved and the Club activities.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten captions.

Manuscript - Memories of old Greensborough and surrounding areas / collected by Faye Fort (nee Partington)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Spiral bound notebook, bright pink cover. 128 handwritten pages.

Historical information

A collection of stories about Greensborough and surrounding areas, transcribed by hand. Most stories were originally published elsewhere and collected by Mrs Fort. Some stories have been expanded by Mrs Fort with her knowledge of the history of Greensborough and its pioneer families.

Significance

Contains information on many early families, both from Mrs Fort's memories and research into family history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten text throughout.

Photograph - Digital image - 14 Poulter Avenue [exterior, driveway]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Built in the 1930s, the exterior of this property is in close to original condition.

Photograph - Digital image - Leslie George Iredale

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs of the Iredale family, descendants of James Iredale (arrived Greensborough c1858) and his son George (arrived 1873). The man in this photograph has been identified as Leslie George Iredale.

Booklet - Broadmeadows Historical Society Museum

Greensborough Historical Society,

Cover copied on bright pink paper, 10 black and white pages. Contains articles and photographs of early Broadmeadows.

Historical information

A brief history of the Broadmeadows district

Significance

An example of publications by other Historical Societies

Inscriptions & Markings

2006 hadwritten on original and copied to subsequent issues.

Photograph - Digital image - Newsagent Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This newsagency in Main Street Greensborough was later owned by the Cecil family

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School, 1975, Grade 3-O.

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.

Oral History - The Noel Withers story

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 typed pages.

Historical information

Noel Withers recounts his background in England, emigrating to Australia and settling in Greensborough. He discusses the development of his interest in the Greensborough cemetery and local history.

Significance

A primary source account of Noel's background and interest in local history.

Newspaper clipping - Religon high on the hog

Greensborough Historical Society,

A newspaper clipping with a colour photograph.

Historical information

A story about Dave Fuller the All Saints Anglican minister at Greensborough in 2012 who is a Life Member of the God's Squad Motorcycle Club..

Significance

All Saints Anglican church has been in Greensborough since the mid 1800's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Biro written date

Book - Royal Air Force Pocket Book

Greensborough Historical Society,

320p., hard cover, illus. Cover folds around book for protection.

Historical information

Royal Air Force

Significance

Official guide for Air Force Personnel

Newspaper clipping - Borough wins the annual tussle

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Greensborough beat Greenhills-montmorency in the first game of the 2015 Winter Baseball season.

Journal - Ancestor: quarterly journal of the Genealogical Society of Victoria. Vol.18 No.4. Summer 1987.

Greensborough Historical Society,

32 p., illus.

Historical information

Genral information about the Genealogical Society of Victoria in 1985. Feature article is on early convicts.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Football Club revue

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Greensborough Football Club members participate in club 'Revue'. Includes Bill Cecil,Alex Mitchell, Geoff Drivaer, Don Franklin, Rudi Sondermeyer, Alf Montford.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of participants written on page

Oral History - From a house to a community institution: the Diamond Valley Community Hospital.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 typed pages.

Historical information

This article tells the story of the Diamond Valley Community Hospital from its beginnings as a private hospital in the 1930s, its use as a community hospital from 1954 to its closure in 2000.

Significance

A primary source recollection of the Diamond Valley Community Hospital. Greensborough.

Oral History - Medhurst-Rustin Families

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 x typed pages, 2 x handwritten pages on lined paper (manuscript)

Historical information

This oral history relates the history of the Medhurst and Rustin families in Greensborough.

Significance

A story of the interconnections between families in pioneer Greensborough

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten manuscript by Faye Fort. Copy 2 #685

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 - Tom Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Tom Partington, born 1868. Lived and worked at Willis Vale on the farm and orchards. Married at age 34.

Significance

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.

Oral History - Bundoora: by Faye Fort.

Greensborough Historical Society,

One typed page.

Historical information

In this article, Faye Fort relates a variety of information on families from the Bundoora area.

Significance

Oral history of the bundoora area.

Photograph - Digital image - Annie May Medhurst 3

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Annie May Medhurst holding a child, possibly a grandchild. 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 - Digital image - Gary Partington and groomsmen

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Gary Partington and groomsmen at his wedding 1964, at the Greensborough Methodist Church.

Significance

One of the last weddings at this Church before it was demolished for the development of Greensborough Plaza.

Photograph - Digital image - Mavis Solum (nee Thomas)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Mavis Solum (nee Thomas) who provided the photograph to accompany an oral history, published in "As I Recall"

Oral History - David Medhurst / by Ivy Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages text.

Historical information

David Medhurst was a Greensborough pioneer. His daughter Ivy tells of his relationship with the Methodist Church. This story was transcribed from the original handwritten text.

Significance

A family story of David Medhurst.

Newspaper clipping - Gymnastics coach leaves the floor after 59 years

Greensborough Historical Society,

A newspaper clipping featuring a colour photograph.

Historical information

The article is about the retirement of Les Hayes who ran the Primary Boys gymnastics club from the Greensborough Uniting Church for 59 years.

Significance

This club has existed since 1953 and was founded by Les and the late Tom Vickers. Many thousands of boys have been members of the Primary Boys club.