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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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424 items

Article - James George Gosstray

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about James George Gosstray and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, James was living in Diamond Creek.

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

Oral History - Stan and Hazel Amos

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00441:00761 3 pages, includes photographs.

Historical information

This oral history relates the family history of Stan and Hazel Amos, living in Greensborough from the 1950s.

Significance

A story of harsh conditions and the development of Greensborough in the second half of the 20th century. suburb.

Inscriptions & Markings

Copy 2 #716

Document - Digital Image - Peter Banks. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 05233:05241:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Peter Banks as he is inducted into the Greensborough Football Club's Hall of Fame as a Member.

Significance

In 2016, the Greensborough Football Club inducted a number of their past players into the Hall of Fame. This Citation outlines the player's contribution to the Club.

Article - Henry Edward Smith

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Henry Edward Smith and his service in World War 1. Henry Smith was born in Greensborough.

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.

Folder - Greenbelts

Greensborough Historical Society,

Looseleaf folder containing handwritten report, miscellaneous documents, col. photographs and 2 audiotapes (see Word doc for transcript of audio tapes)

Historical information

Includes much information of the condition of the Plenty River, and its cleanup by the Plenty River Action Committee, a group of students at Watsonia Technical School. Includes interview on audio tape which have been transcribed.

Document - Digital Image - Scott Didier. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 05246:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Scott Didier as he is inducted into the Greensborough Football Club's Hall of Fame as a Member.

Significance

In 2016, the Greensborough Football Club inducted a number of their past players into the Hall of Fame. This Citation outlines the player's contribution to the Club.

Article - Victor Alfred Barnard

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Victor Alfred Barnard and his service in World War 1. At the time of Victor Alfred Barnard's enlistment, he was living in Bundoora.

Article - Gwladys Parker Field

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Sister Gwladys Parker Field and her service in World War 1. In the post-war period ,she was Matron of the Macleod Repatriation Sanatorium.

Photograph - Digital image - Jane Henrietta Coventry

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph and notes, 2 p. black and white

Historical information

Photograph of Jane Henrietta Coventry nee Spencer 1863-1940 with details of her husband and 10 children. Jane and Henry Coventry's family included two champion AFL footballers, Syd and Gordon Coventry. Coventry Street [Montmorency] is named after her son Tom Coventry, who lived in the area.

Document - Digital Image - Trevor Partington. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 05240:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Trevor Partington as he is inducted into the Greensborough Football Club's Hall of Fame as a Legend.

Significance

In 2016, the Greensborough Football Club inducted a number of their past players into the Hall of Fame. This Citation outlines the player's contribution to the Club.

Oral History - I wish I had a photo by Val Wilson (nee Rolfs)

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages of text.

Historical information

Val Wilson (nee Rolfs) recounts her teenage years in Greensborough, when square dancing was a popular pastime for Val and her friends.

Significance

A primary source recollection of Greensborough in the mid-20th century.

Oral History - Medhurst-Ruston Families

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00438:00685 3 pages, includes photographs.

Historical information

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

Significance

A story of the interconnections between families in pioneer Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Copy 2 #438

Article - Jessie May Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Brief family notes, typed text, includes handwritten notes.

Historical information

Notes on the life of Jessie May Partington and her relationships with other members of the Partington family.

Article - Ruby Emily Olive Wilson

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Ruby Emily Olive Wilson and her service in World War 1. Ruby was born at Yan Yean.

Genealogical Document - The Iredales of Greensborough by Noel Withers.

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 typed pages.

Historical information

The origins of the Iredale family are traced from Huddersfield in Yorkshire to the arrival of James Iredale in Greensborough (circa 1858).

Significance

An outline of the life and origins of a pioneer Greensborough family.

Photograph - Greensborough Premiership Team 1931

Greensborough Historical Society,

Team photograph mounted on board. Accompanied by typed caption.

Historical information

Caption: Greensborough Premiership Team 1931. Front row (L-R) Lyal Clayton, Andy Ferrari, Percy Jurss, Les Collard, Fred King. 2nd row (L-R): Horrie Burkett, Jack Carlon, Joe Brownhill, Tony Crees, Bill McDowell, Bob Bennett, Les Iredale, Vin Broderick, Jeff Collard. 3rd row (L-R): Oliver Ely, Ted Godwill, Chas Aller, ?Nelson, Alf Purcell, Alan Partington, Wal Reid, Alan Splatt, Dave Barber. Back row: Bill Horn, Joe Stock, Rupert Jessop, Mr Holahahn, Norm Poulter, Dolf Purcell, Bill Mills.

Significance

Records the team - players and support staff - of Greensborough's 1931 Premiership side.

Inscriptions & Markings

On mount: 'Allan Studios 318 Smith Street Collingwood'

Article - A Chapter of Baxter's History

Greensborough Historical Society,

A seven page computer printed document

Historical information

The article was originally printed in the Hastings Sun on 05/06/1985. Downloaded from www.bratpac.org/about-bratpac/baxters-history

Significance

This document outlines some of the history of the Baxter family and the area known as Baxter on the Mornington Peninsula

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Article - Donald McMillan

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Donald McMillan` and his service in World War 1. He was born in St Helena.

Article - Leslie Condor Guthrie

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Leslie Condor Guthrie and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, Leslie was living at Bundoora

Painting - Digital image - Main Street Greensborough 1889 / by Arthur Elliott; with property names

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of painting.

Historical information

Copy of painting of Main Street Greensborough 1889, by Arthur Elliott, with names of properties and owners.

Significance

An early view of Greensborough that has property names and owners superimposed.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of properties and owners typed on copy.

Article - John William Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John William Medhurst and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Greensborough

Article - Ernest Russell Paterson

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Ernest Russell Paterson and his service in World War 1. Ernest joined parents in Greensborough in the post-war period.

Oral History - The larrikin pig / by Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill)

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page text.

Historical information

Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill) relates a story of the Shire of Diamond Valley.

Significance

A personal story of life in Greensborough.

Booklet - Digital Image - Springthorpe and La Trobe Heritage Project

Greensborough Historical Society,

29 p., black text and colour and black and white images.

Historical information

A history of the Springthorpe area from pre-European settlement, includes Strathallan and Macleod, Mont Park, Gresswell, and La Trobe University Wildlife Sanctuary.

Significance

Show the historical significance of the area surrounding the Springthorpe estate.

Oral History - Greensborough local swimming hole / by Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill)

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages text.

Historical information

Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill) relates another story of growing up in Greensborough.

Significance

A personal story of life in Greensborough.

Oral History Transcript - John Finn, interviewed 1995

Greensborough Historical Society,

Transcript of oral history, told by John Finn on 26th September 1995. Interviewed by Peter Blackbourn. One A4 page.

Historical information

John Finn 1909-1999. Eliza Jane Finn (Stock) 1889-1980. Thomas William Finn. Marble Hall, Greensborough.

Significance

Connects the Finn and Stock families and relates their life in Greensborough in the early 20th century.

Article - James Harold Beale

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about James Harold Beale and his service in World War 1. James Harold Beale was born in Greensborough

Article - Arthur Edgar Judkins

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Arthur Edgar Judkins and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, Arthur was living at Greensborough

Article - William McRitchie

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William McRitchie and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Greensborough

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.

Article - Robin Henry Davey

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Robin Henry Davey and his service in World War 1. At the time of Robin Henry Davey's enlistment, he was working on his father's farm at Greensborough

Document - Digital Image - Wayne Dobson. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 05247:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Wayne Dobson as he is inducted into the Greensborough Football Club's Hall of Fame as a Member.

Significance

In 2016, the Greensborough Football Club inducted a number of their past players into the Hall of Fame. This Citation outlines the player's contribution to the Club.

Oral History - Early Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 p. typescript

Historical information

Jean Luxford's reminiscences, with notes on some of the earlier history of Greensborough. As told to John Gibson, updated by Jean and John in 2017.

Significance

Firsthand reminiscences of Greensborough in the 20th century.

Article - George Campbell

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Campbell and his service in World War 1. At the time of George Campbell's enlistment, he was living at Greensborough

Article - The Greenhills Hall

Greensborough Historical Society,

9 pages, typescript with photographs

Historical information

Memories of Greenhills Hall, completed in 1957, and its uses as a Sunday School, theatre, pre-school, venue for table tennis, guides and scouts, meetings and dances.

Document - Some memories of growing up in Briar Hill by Pat Smith (nee Davey)

Greensborough Historical Society,

2p., text.

Historical information

Pat Smith (nee Davey) recounts her memories of growing up in Briar Hill

Photograph - Digital Image - Latoof and Callil

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01704:04965 Digital copy of black and white photograph, captioned and transcript of newspaper article.

Historical information

Photograph of staff at Latoof and Cahill in Greensborough and transcript of newspaper articles about the opening of the company's Greensborough factory in 1946 and Watsonia in 1954. Caption on photo by Faye Fort.

Inscriptions & Markings

Captions on image

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Pivotal artefact from area's history stolen from Diamond Valley Historical Society, by Tiffany Korssen

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, printed, black and white with col. photograph

Historical information

Account of the theft of an antique horse-drawn plough, donated by Gary Partington, from the Greensborough Historical Society on 21 December 2016

Oral History - Ernest "Mick" Henry Evans - ANZAC

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages, black and white photograph.

Historical information

Written by his daughter, June Hall, this is the story of Ernie (Mick) Evans during World War II. He fought as an ANZAC with the Rats of Tobruk. In 1947 the Evans family moved to Greensborough.

Significance

A recollection of Greensborough residents in the mid-20th century.

Article - Greenhills State School no 4893, by Don King

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages of text.

Historical information

A brief history of the early days of Greenhills Primary School written by Don King, a resident of the Greenhills area.

Article - A Squatter's life on the Plenty River at 'Wanstead' by Anne Paul

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 04491:04799 10 pages, text and colour illustrations. Abridged hard copy of item 4491.

Historical information

The Willis Diary by GHS member Anne Paul is based on A Pioneer Squatter's Life (Item158). The Willis family were early settlers at Lower Plenty, just near where the hotel and old bridge are today. Anne has reviewed and analysed this chapter from Historical Records of Victoria, Vol. 6. The Crown, the land, and the squatter, 1835-1840. She includes further information on the Willis family and photographs of the archaeological dig at the Bridge Inn Hotel Mernda in 2017.

Significance

Diary of James L Willis from 1837, portraying hardships suffered in the young colony of Victoria.

Document - Digital Image - Neale Carroll. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 05244:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Neale Carroll as he is inducted into the Greensborough Football Club's Hall of Fame as a Member.

Significance

In 2016, the Greensborough Football Club inducted a number of their past players into the Hall of Fame. This Citation outlines the player's contribution to the Club.

Oral History - From Italy to Greensborough in the 1950s - the Sculli family / by Rosie Bray.

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages text and images.

Historical information

The Sculli family came to Melbourne in the 1950s and in 1960 opened a fruit shop in Main Street Greensborough. In 2014, they are operating a fruit shop in Greensborough Plaza.

Significance

This oral history was collected and written for GHS and first published in "As I Recall" 2013.

Document - Digital Image - Neil Brindley. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 05232:05242:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Neil Brindley as he is inducted into the Greensborough Football Club's Hall of Fame as a Member.

Significance

In 2016, the Greensborough Football Club inducted a number of their past players into the Hall of Fame. This Citation outlines the player's contribution to the Club.

Oral History - Mr and Mrs Coe; David and Grace Lowe; Thomas and Irene Black are interviewed by Bev Moss in 1980.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of original handwritten manuscript (14 pages) and typed transcript.(4 pages)

Historical information

These interviews took place in 1980 as part of an Oral History Unit at La Trobe University. The interviewer, Bev Moss, is a GHS member. The interviewees were Mr and Mrs (Victor Preston) Coe, David and Grace Low and Thomas and Irene Black. They discuss life in the 1930s in Greensborough.

Significance

These oral histories relate life in a country town during the Great Depression.

Photograph - Digital image - Hewitt - Keys family group

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01522:01232:02367 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph. Includes short family history.

Historical information

Group photograph of members of the Hewitt and Keys family. From Nola Parish (nee Iredale) "This is a photo of taken at my grandparents wedding in Heidelberg and includes daughters of Edward Keys and his wife Eliza formally Elizabeth Hewitt who's maiden name was Eliza Joyce daughter of Thomas Joyce and Mary A'Hearn. The Keys family lived in Worns Lane Yarrambat formally Tancks Corner." A short history of the family is included.

Article - Walter Bruce

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Walter Bruce and his service in World War 1. At the time of Walter Bruce's enlistment, he was living at Plenty Farm and working for Mr John Davey.

Article - Hubert Vince Guthrie

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Hubert Vince Guthrie and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, Hubert was living at Bundoora