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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.

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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5518 items

Newspaper Clipping - Concerns over park zoning

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Barclay Park in McKenzie Court Greensborough is still zoned residential with rezoning planned for 2018-19.

Book - Robert Whatmough, pioneering Victorian horticulturalist

Greensborough Historical Society,

178 p., illus. (some col.), paperback.

Historical information

Robert Whatmough (1815-1887) emigrated to Australia in 1840 and became a prominent horticulturalist in Greensborough. This book written by descendant Jacinta Crealy outlines the life and times of Robert Whatmough.

Photograph - Digital image - Bruno and Vito Sculli 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Bruno and Vito Sculli at work in Greensborough Plaza shop in 2016. The Sculli family came to Melbourne in the 1950s and in 1960 opened a fruit shop in Main Street Greensborough.

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1992 Grade 5-6 M

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour school photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1992 Grade 5-6 M

Advertisement - Digital image - V & A Hocking Milk Bar, Watsonia, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for V & A Hocking Milk Bar and mixed business, 361 Greensborough Road, Watsonia, 1973.

Leaflet - Treachery to the constitution is abroad in the land!

Greensborough Historical Society,

Leaflet 4 p. printed in black on white paper

Historical information

Brochure issued by the Institute of Public Affairs prior to the 1949 Australian federal election criticising the Labor government policy of bank nationalisation.

Significance

The Australian Labor Party's bank nationalisation policy was strenuously opposed by conservative parties and organisations, and probably was a significant factor in its loss of the 1949 federal election.

Calendar - Banyule Community Calendar 2005: best of Banyule ; photographs taken by Banyule residents in and around their city.

Greensborough Historical Society,

28 pages. Colour illustrations taken by local residents.

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 2005 calendar contains photographs of the Banyule area by local photographers. 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

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.

Book - Shire of Eltham Handbook 1988

Greensborough Historical Society,

52 pages, illus. Front cover is a copy of the painting "Panton Hill" by David Armfield.

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

Guide to services provided by Shire of Eltham

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Sarah Wiggins, Edward Wiggins, Frances Wiggins and James Wiggins, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Sarah Wiggins (died 1875), Edward Wiggins (died 13/07/1887), Frances Wiggins (died 1912) and James Wiggins (died 1916) in Plot# NM01/M02 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.

Program - Digital image - Rotoract Club of Greensborough. Charter night 1970.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour program

Historical information

Program of events for the Charter Night of the Rotoract Club of Greensborough. includes names of charter members.

Advertisement - Digital image - State Savings Bank of Victoria, 1964

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for the State Savings Bank of Victoria, congratulating the Shire of Diamond Valley on behalf of its branches, 84 Main Street, Greensborough and Watsonia Road, Watsonia and agents, 1964

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1979 Year 3E

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1979 Year 3E

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1979 Year 3E

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Historical Society Resource Centre Front Garden Implements [Donation from the Partington Family Farm]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

In 2013, Gary Partington generously donated farm implements to Greensborough Historical Society. These implements had been used at the family property "Willis Vale" up to the 1960s. From June 2013 until December 2016 these implements were sited in the front garden at the GHS Resource Centre. Unfortunately, the plough, shoe last and kitchen kettle were stolen in December 2016.

Book - Shire of Diamond Valley Community Handbook 1991

Greensborough Historical Society,

36 pages, col. illus., maps. Front cover is a collage of scenes from Diamond Valley, back cover illustration of a copy of "Summer Panorama, Tabletop, NSW" by Max Dimmack, from the Shire of Diamond Valley 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

Book - Nillumbik Community Guide 2000/2001

Greensborough Historical Society,

76 pages, black and white illustrations. Cover has a collage of local children with title in white on mid-blue background.

Historical information

Guide to services provided by Nillumbik Shire Council. Nillumbik Shire is located 25 kilometres north-east of Melbourne and the southern boundary is the Yarra River. The south of Nillumbik is predominantly urban, with commercial centres at Eltham and Diamond Creek. The north of the municipality includes significant natural features like Kinglake National Park and Sugarloaf Reservoir

Significance

Annual guide to services in Nillumbik

Newspaper Clipping - Outrage at outfit

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

A group of Melbourne mothers complained about gender-biased T-shirts on sale at Target. A Target outlet is located in the Greensborough Shopping Plaza 25 Main Street.

Newspaper Clipping - School gets a new shine

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white clipping; text and photograph

Historical information

Article about a major renovation of Briar Hill Primary School

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough: Main Street looking toward Vickers Way and mural

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Main Street Greensborough. Mural on Vickers Way (lane between Main Street and carpark near old pool). The mural was demolished as part of the redevelopment on Main Street.

Folder of documents - Flintoff - various documents

Greensborough Historical Society,

Various photocopies of title documents relating to land owned by the Flintoff family in Greensborough.

Historical information

Records the Flintoff family's ownership of parcels of land in the Greensborough area. Includes a survey plan for acquisition of land for the aqueduct 1897.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mainly handwritten documents dating from early 20th century.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Pamela Ann Bezemer, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The grave of Pamela Ann Bezemer (died 27/11/1997), St Helena Cemetery.

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.

Photograph - Eric Barclay, age 3.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of child with scooter. Digital copy. Includes caption.

Historical information

Eric Barclay age 3 (approximately) in 1941, standing with my scooter in Henry Street Grace Park. Outside Mrs Bowles' house which later became the home of Mr and Mrs Dunstone; parents of Maurice (deceased) and Les who lives in Greensborough.

Significance

Mid 20th century photo of child.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten caption.

Booklet - First aid

Greensborough Historical Society,

27 page booklet, red cover, black text and colour illustrations

Historical information

Smith & Nephew gave these booklets to users of their products. They were manufacturers of bandages and surgical dressings.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rubber stamp: "A. R. Cameron Pty Ltd, 154 Moray Street South Melbourne"

Article - Percy Francis Gibb

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Percy Francis Gibb and his service in World War 1. Percy Gibb was a founding member of the Greensborough RSL.

Photograph - Digital image - Scotland House: Leadlight over side door

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Formerly the home of Greensborough pioneer, John Scotland, this renovated home retains many original architectural elements. It was sold in December 2016.

Photograph - Digital image - Mrs Jemma Fielding and daughter Rose

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 Mrs Jemma Fielding (seated) and daughter Rose. The Allan Studio operated from 318 Smith Street Collingwood between 1904 and 1920.

Photograph - Digital image - Loyola 3 [exterior main building] 1934.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Exterior Main Building. 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.

Article - Henry Hensler Neville Littledike

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Henry Hensler Neville Littledike and his service in World War 1. Henry's mother lived in Greensborough.

Newspaper Clipping - Fenced in by anger

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

There were 98 cases of neighbourly disputes so bad Banyule Council was forced to step in and refer the parties to mediation or further advice, latest figures show.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1967 Grade 6B

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1967 Grade 6B

Photograph - Digital image - Hitching rail, Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of hitching rail at the "Marsh" house, Hailes Street Greensborough. The House was originally built by Jonah Britnell.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Secondary College Gr8750 Sign.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows the school sign at Greensborough College.

Photograph - Digital Image - A.K. Lines. Greensborough Football Club.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 05272:04705 Digital copy of photographs

Historical information

Photograph of A.K. (Gus) Lines, Greensborough Football Club.

Advertisement - Lower Plenty 38, 40 & 42 Old Eltham Road

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 1 page multi coloured Real Estate advertisement.

Historical information

This advert appear in the Weekly Review on 22/08/2012.

Significance

It features the sale of 38, 40 & 42 Old Eltham Rd, Lower Plenty in 2012. Land borders Heidelberg Golf Club.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Edith Poulter and Daisy Poulter, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01917.01948.01950 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Edith Poulter and Daisy Poulter in Plots # G1,G2 Greensborough Cemetery. This grave has been repaired/restored by descendants of the family.

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 - John McLaughlin [1]

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) who was also descendant of the McLaughlin and Whatmough family. This photograph shows John McLaughlin; father of Dorris and Myrtle.

Photograph - Digital image - Roy house 1

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of the Roy house in Main Street Greensborough. This house was situated opposite the present entrance to Greensborough Plaza, but has been demolished.

Significance

An early view of the residential area which is now a commercial strip.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on front of photograph: "Main St. opposite complex entrance - Roy house"

Badge - The 2000 Olympic Torch Relay pin album

Greensborough Historical Society,

Album contain 16 pin badges depicting places where the torch relay passed through

Historical information

Issued in the lead up to the Sydney Olympics in 2000, this set contains 16 badges (pins) and was issued by the Herald Sun.

Newspaper clipping - Greensborough shopping centre 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white newspaper clipping featuring an aerial photograph.

Historical information

The photograph is of the centre of Greensborough in 1970, prior to the Greensborough Plaza being built. The Partington farm house, named 'Alwyn' (after Alan and Wyn Partington) can be seen north of the Railway Line. Alan and Wyn had to leave this farm in 1976 - moving to a new house - built by son Gary - at 54 Manatunga Circuit - to make way for the creation of Whatmough Park and development of the Hailes Street-The Circuit-Greensborough Plaza precinct.

Significance

This is an important visual record of Greensborough before the redevelopment of the late 1970's. It also shows the Whatmough park area when it was still the Partington family farm.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photograph - Digital image - Willis Vale [Cows]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of four cows at Willis Vale, home of the Partington family. It was located on the Plenty River at Partington's Flat Greensborough. Land use included farming and orchards.

Significance

Home of the Partington family

Photograph - Digital image - Dorris McLaughlin [as child] 1902

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 Dorris McLaughlin as a child in 1902. Dorris was born in Greensborough, in 1899 to John McLaughlin and Rosalie Ellen Whatmough.

Jam jar - Monbulk Jams: Plum and Raspberry, 8 oz.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Glass jar with twist/snap lid

Historical information

Monbulk Preserves was a major Victorian manufacturer of jams situated at 89 Camms Road, Monbulk. Operated between 1909 and 1990. The label on this jar indicates the changeover to decimal weights. By the end of 1976, all packaged goods were required to be labelled in metric sizes, a process which began from 1970.

Inscriptions & Markings

Monbulk Jams printed in red on white lid; label on jar reading Monbulk Preserves Ltd. Plum & raspberry jam net 8 oz. 226 grams Victoria Australia

Newspaper Clipping - Pelligra - Sweet Temptations to help hospital

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Normally sweet tooths cannoli [can only] enjoy the delicious Italian dessert in cream or chocolate. In a bid to raise money for the Good Friday Appeal, Pelligra Cakes will make new varieties of cannoli.

Booklet - Heidelberg 1937 - excerpts

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00283:00327:00328 12 pages, photocopied and folded to A5 size. Black and white photos, maps.

Historical information

Copy of parts of 1937 booklet to commemorate the official opening of the City of Heidelberg Civic Centre - Town Hall and Municipal Offices.

Significance

A snapshot of the Heidelberg area in 1937, includes photos of local homes and civic amenities

Inscriptions & Markings

This flyer is an extract of images from the City of Heidelberg Civic Centre Official Opening Booklet "Heidelberg 1937" [footnote on each page]

Photograph - Digital Image - Group at St Mary's 1960

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Margaret Hassett and a group of friends at St Mary's School Greensborough 1960.

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption on back of photo identifies group.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1982 Year 10B

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1982 Year 10B

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1982 Year 10B

Photograph - Digital image - James W. Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of James William Partington (born 1900) in uniform. He enlisted in Sydney in 1917 as John McPhee because he was underage. James was the son 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.

Photograph - Montmorency Primary School Mo4112 1975 Grade 1A

Greensborough Historical Society,

A colour photograph of Montmorency Primary School 1975, Grade 1A

Historical information

A colour photograph of Montmorency Primary School 1975, Grade 1A

Article - William John Ewart White

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William John Ewart White and his service in World War 1. William White lived in Greensborough.

Painting - Digital image - Barn at Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of painting.

Historical information

Painting of a barn at Willis Vale. 'Willis Vale' was owned and farmed by the Partington family from the 1870s. The derelict Willis Vale house was destroyed c1966 when a fire originating from North Plenty Gorge - Kurrak Road - was lit by two teenage boys and made its way several kilometres down to Partington's Flat Greensborough. Gary Partington thought the barn was probably associated with the bull yard. (Note: Only some abandoned stumps existed when Gary was very young in the mid to late 1940s)