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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.

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. 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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2519 items

Window - Shire of Diamond Valley

Greensborough Historical Society,

Clear glass door insert. Etched with insignia of Shire of Diamond Valley.

Historical information

This glass door insert is one of a pair previously inserted into the entrance doors to the Shire of Diamond Valley offices in Greensborough.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. After the local government mergers of 1994, the Shire of Diamond Valley offices were used by the Nillumbik Council.

Significance

This etched glass is a reminder of the Shire of Diamond Valley. As a large piece of glass it is fragile and could have easily been lost or broken when the Diamond Valley offices changed ownership.

Inscriptions & Markings

Glass is etched with the coat of arms of the Shire of Diamond Valley surrounded by inscription 'Shire of Diamond Valley. Proclaimed 1964'.

Book - The Rats Remain; the Siege of Tobruk, 1941. By J S Cumpston

Greensborough Historical Society,

256p, hard cover, unbound, illus.

Historical information

Tells the story of the Australian Army's participation in the Siege of Tobruk, 1941. World War II.

Significance

An unbound proof copy of this book.

Inscriptions & Markings

Possibly a proof copy

Photograph - Digital image - Old swimming pool [Greensborough]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of 3 colour photographs.

Historical information

This photograph of the old swimming pool in the Plenty River was taken in 2013 to show changes over 40 years, based on Ron Reynold’s sketches in the 1973 publication “Greensborough and Greenhills” published by Cypress Books.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Lillian M. Stafford, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Lillian M. Stafford (died 1943) in Plot#R3 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 - Recollections of a Victorian Police Officer / by John Sadleir.

Greensborough Historical Society,

312 p., illus. Paperback.

Historical information

This book tells the inside story of a high-ranking police officer in the Victorian police and includes tales of the Western District, the Kelly Gang and metropolitan Melbourne.

Photograph - Digital image - John and Caroline McLaughlin and Frank Oxley.

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 and Caroline (nee Coote) McLaughlin and cousin Frank Oxley (on left).

Book - Banyule Heritage Places Study. Vol. 3: Landscape Citations

Greensborough Historical Society,

127 pages, colour illus., maps. Spiral binding.

Historical information

This volume (3) of the Banyule Heritage Places Study: Landscape Citations deals significant vegetation and landscapes within the City of Banyule.

Bottle - MBCV brown beer bottle c1920s

Greensborough Historical Society,

Brown glass bottle, 26 fluid ounce capacity. MBCV in large spade on lower part of bottle, AGM circle monogram on base.

Historical information

Made for lager beer in the World War I to 1920s era.

Significance

Found near Plenty River in Greensborough

Inscriptions & Markings

MBCV on lower part of bottle.

Photograph - Digital image - Barnett family at 122 Main Road Lower Plenty.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

The Barnett family at 122 Main Road Lower Plenty. (Left to right, standing: Mick, Bill, Elsie, Ivy, Amile,Les,(Kneeling) Marg Barnett, Margaret Blackbourn, Margaret Barnett, Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - GHS working bee 2011

Greensborough Historical Society,

Coloured photograph, taken at GHS resource centre 2011.

Historical information

The photograph shows volunteers having a cuppa after a Working Bee.

Significance

The Working Bee was at the Greensborough Historical Society's Historical Resource Centre.

School Magazine - Horizon 1999. The annual magazine of Greensborough College.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place in 1999. Includes black and white and colour photos and reports. 40 Pages (approx), Cover depicts a group photo 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. 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 on front cover: "Donated by Rosie Bray"

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Carr Brown, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Carr Brown (died 1910) in Plot# I17 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 - Main Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Main Street Greensborough during the 1960s.

Newspaper - The Heidelberg News and Greensborough & Diamond Creek Chronicle 1905

Greensborough Historical Society,

Broadsheet, 4 p., folded twice

Historical information

Original copy of The Heidelberg News and Greensborough & Diamond Creek Chronicle from December 1905.

Significance

Contains local news and many advertisements

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 - Digital image - Jessie at Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Jessie Partington was born at Willis Vale in 1911 and worked around the farm; when older she and her sisters had to deliver milk around the area from the farm dairy. Jessie attended Greensborough Primary School and from age 4 had piano and singing lessons. She had a beautiful voice, singing in church and choirs.

Photograph - Digital image - James Robert Whatmough 1897.

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 James Robert Whatmough in 1897.

Newsletter - Centricity. No 7. Newsletter of the Diamond Valley Learning Centre.

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 pages of text.

Historical information

Newsletter of the Diamond Valley Learning Centre in its early days. Contains news and stories written by students at the Centre.

Significance

A significant piece of the history of DVLC, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name of owner written on first page.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Thomas A Elliott and Elizabeth Elliott, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Thomas A Elliott (died 1880) and Elizabeth Elliott (died 1868) in Plot# C3 and C4 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.

Booklet - The Lions' Burra

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 9 paged typed booklet outlining the activities and members of the Greensborough Lions Club in 1973. The outer cover is light blue with a stylised lion and printing in red.

Historical information

Records the people involved in the organisation in 1973, including all members of the Committee and a list of members.

Significance

Contains a list of local business people who were Lions' members in 1973.

Photograph - Digital image - 23 Mayfield Street Greensborough, 1953.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of two children at 23 Mayfield Street Greensborough in 1953.

Inscriptions & Markings

Numbers written on photograph - possibly ages of children.

Journal - The School Paper; for Grades VII and VIII. 1921.

Greensborough Historical Society,

12 issues per schoolyear (incomplete). Black and white illustrations. String binding. Front cover of black cardboard. 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 "Empire number"

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Name of owner (William Alan Partington) inside front cover.

Photograph - Digital image - Horse and buggy

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of unidentified horse and covered buggy.

Document - Greensborough Secondary College. Documents 1990.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopied and stapled documents.

Historical information

This collection of documents includes the Greensborough Secondary College Purpose Statement, Counter Disaster Plan and draft Prospectus Statements.

Significance

These documents are examples of the adminisration of the 'new' Greensborough Secondary College, formed after the amalgamation of Watsonia High and Watsonia Technical schools.

Photograph - Digital image - Man and boy

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Unidentified man and boy, Greensborough,

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of William Poulter and Mary Poulter, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of William Poulter (died 1874) and Mary Poulter (died 1883) in Plot# C13 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.

Report - Plenty River Cultural Heritage Trail : Concept & management plan.

Greensborough Historical Society,

66 page report, Illus, (some col.) , maps. In red 2-ring binder.

Historical information

Prepared for the Rotary Club of Greensborough and Plenty Historical Society by Dennis Ward, this report outlines the heritage importance of the Plenty River Trail around Greensborough.

Significance

This is an ongoing project by Dennis Ward. This report is an early version of the 2011 Squatters, speculators and settlers: Plenty River Cultural heritage trail. (Item 258)

Inscriptions & Markings

Some handwritten notes in last pages.

Book - A Ton of spirit: Austrlian centenarians talk with Penny Smith

Greensborough Historical Society,

183 p. illus.

Historical information

A Bicentennial Centenarians Project, comprising interviews with 50 Australian centenarians.

Photograph - Digital image - Woodchop

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of a wood chop competition.

Photograph - Digital image - Log bridge to Willis Vale [1]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph shows visitors crossing the river to "Willis Vale" homestead, home of the Partington family. For many years this log bridge was the quickest way of reaching the Greensborough township from Willis Vale.

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.

Booklet - Banyule: looking into Banyule's aboriginal heritage.

Greensborough Historical Society,

8 pages, colour illustrations. Cover is mainly orange with pencil drawing of indigenous people.

Historical information

This booklet "looks into Banyule's Aboriginal heritage" by detailing some of the history of the Wurundjeri willam clan, including William Barak. Illustrations are from La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria.

Photograph - Digital image - Loyola Seminary 6 [seminarians] 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 - John Turner, son, Mrs Turner.

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 John Turner and family by the river.

Photograph - Digital image - Iredale family group 2

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 adults in this photograph have not been identified. [Caption by Bruce McDowell: The two children in front are Johnny Iredale & Marjie Chapple (cousins).]

Book - Royal Army Medical Corps Training 1911

Greensborough Historical Society,

452p., hard cover, illus (some col.).

Historical information

Royal Army. Medical.

Significance

Military Manual

Inscriptions & Markings

Contains owner's personal notes at end of text.

Photograph - Digital image - Win Partington and Olive Dugdale

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Win Partington (nee Leed) and Olive Dugdale.

Book - Family memories: a guide to reminiscing: by Bob Price.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Hard cover. 130 pages, illus. (some col.).

Historical information

This book encourages readers to reminisce about their lives and shows how to record these personal and family memories for generations to follow.

Significance

Demonstrates the importance of oral history and recording family histories.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover "To mum, hope this will jog a few memories, p'raps we can get 'em down on tape, or paper. From Shirl 18/3/93." "To Faye Fort 2007 From Shirl"

Newspaper clipping - A long road to history

Greensborough Historical Society,

A Diamond Valley Leader article on the history of street names in the local area. Illustration is a photograph of Main Road Research in the early 1900s. Written by Russell Yeoman and Jim Connor of Eltham District Historical Society.

Historical information

Records the origins of local street names.

Significance

Explains how streets were named from the 1850s, with reference to Main Road Eltham to Research.

Inscriptions & Markings

In pen "DV Leader March 9 2011."

Newspaper clipping - Sensational accident. Picnic van upset. 1896.

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages. Page one has a facsimile of the article downloaded from Trove (National Library of Australia); page two is a transcription of the article.

Historical information

Greensborough and district has always been a popular spot for picnickers but his Boxing Day picnic ended in disaster.

Significance

An account of the dangers of fast travel on country roads.

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.

Newspaper clipping - Jim had his own jubilee.

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photocopy of a newspaper clipping, a coloured photograph of the Medhursts c 1971 and a gilt and blue coloured metal badge.

Historical information

Tells the story of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Diamond Valley Football League. In particular it centres on Jim Medhurst the only former player present from the Greensborough team that won the inaugural 1921 premiership.

Significance

Jim Medhurst's ancestors were a pioneering family in the district. His father played football for the Old Brittanias, a fore runner of the Collingwood Football Club.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some pencil markings in photocopy.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of David E. Wheeler, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

Grave of David E. Wheeler (died 1926) in Plot# G14 Greensborough Cemetery. Headstone is damaged.

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 - Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18; by C.E.W. Bean. 8th edition

Greensborough Historical Society,

12 volumes. Hard cover, dark red binding. Maps and black and white illustrations

Historical information

The official history of Australia in WWI written by C E W Bean

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to James Gordon Saunders Longfellow St Norman Park Q July 1950

Book - Life in the Country: Australia in the Victorian Age by Michael Cannon

Greensborough Historical Society,

Hard cover. 322pages, illus. Dust jacket has illustration by S.T.Gill of "Herdsmen with horses and drove of cattle"

Historical information

A text dealing with life in country areas of Australia from 1851 to 1901.

Significance

Significant to this area as Greensborough was a farming area at this time.

Photograph - Digital image - Loyola 2 [Seminarian with car] 1934.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copies of official photographs taken to record the opening of Loyola in 1934.

Historical information

Seminarian with car, 1934. 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.

Significance

Copies of official photographs taken to record the opening of Loyola in 1934.

Poster - Australian Citizenship Pledge

Greensborough Historical Society,

Poster, colour illustrations.

Historical information

This poster represents the pledge taken by new Australian citizens during the citizenship ceremony.

Book - Heidelberg since 1836: a pictorial History. Text by Cyril Cummins

Greensborough Historical Society,

A history of Heidelberg compiled to mark the centenary of Heidelberg being granted "shire' status in 1871. Covers the period 1836-1970.

Historical information

A history of white settlement of the Heidelberg area. Contains historic photos and description of the growth of the area.

Significance

Produced by the Heidelberg Historical Society with financial assistance from the City of Heidelberg.

Inscriptions & Markings

Elsa Jones [and address] 1971

Booklet - Banyule: Heartland of the Wurundjeri willam.

Greensborough Historical Society,

6 pages, colour illustrations. Cover is mainly orange with line drawings courtesy of the Rare Book collection State Library of Victoria.

Historical information

This booklet "looks into Banyule's Aboriginal heritage" by detailing some of the history of the Wurundjeri willam clan, including William Barak. Illustrations are from La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria. Booklet prepared for Banyule City Council by Phillippa Sutherland.

Photograph - Digital image - Diamond Valley Hospital

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

The Diamond Valley Community Hospital was established in 1942 in Grimshaw Street Greensborough. Prior to the hospital, health services in the area had been limited. The Hospital closed in 2000. This photograph is of the first hospital on the Diamond Valley Hospital site. This area on Grimshaw Street now houses many medical services in what was once the Diamond Valley Community Hospital.