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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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Article - Percy Drysdale Reid Watson

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Percy Drysdale Reid Watson and his service in World War 1. Percy Watson was born in Greensborough.

Oral History - Ernie (Mick) Evans by Marj Pepper (nee Evans)

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages.

Historical information

Compiled by his daughter for a journalist to write Ernie Evans' obituary, this is a brief outline of his life.

Significance

An outline of the life of Greensborough resident Ernie (Mick) Evans.

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.

Article - Ernest Gordon Mills

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Ernest Gordon Mills and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Upper Diamond Creek (Plenty).

Article - Alfred Leslie Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Alfred Leslie Poulter and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at North Richmond, he was related to the Poulter family of Greensborough.

Article - Clifton William Anderson

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Clifton William Anderson and his service in World War 1. Clifton Anderson is commemorated with his brother Philip Anderson on the Greensborough and District Honour Board at the Greensborough RSL.

Article - The Jessop years, Chapter 8 of Vital Connections.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Scan of one chapter, 32pages on 16 pages. black & white, photographs

Historical information

Chapter 8 of "Vital connections: Melbourne and its Board of Works", by Tony Dingle and Carolyn Rasmussen, about John Cecil Jessop and his Charmanship of the Board 1939-1955

Article - Kell's Cottage by Cherel Sartori

Greensborough Historical Society,

12 p., text and sepia and col. photographs

Historical information

Story of Kell's Cottage, built 1917, at 112 Henry Street Greensborough by William Mitchell on the 60 acre dairy farm owned by Ethel and Walter Kell. This account was written by Cherel Sartori (who owned the house from 1990-2000), following a visit by Claude Amiet who lived in the house as a child in the early 20th century.

Photograph - Digital Image - Joseph James Skillen McDowell

Greensborough Historical Society,

Sepia image and text

Historical information

Photograph of Joseph McDowell, 1881-1922

Document collection - Greenhills Neighbourhood Centre 1983-2015

Greensborough Historical Society,

8 pages, text and illustrations.

Historical information

A collection of documents prepared over several 'milestone' events such a 20 and 30 year anniversaries. Access given by Neighbourhood Centre Chris Burroughs in 2015. The centre was renamed Greenhills Neighbourhood House in 2016.

Oral History - Dean family by Bob Dean.

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 typed page.

Historical information

Bob Dean moved to Montmorency in 1952 and lived in Para Road. As a builder he worked on Marble Hall and his family's company built home in the area.

Significance

A primary source of life in the mid to late 20th century.

Article - Frederick Stanley Pepper

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frederick Stanley Pepper and his service in World War 1. Fred Pepper was born in Greensborough.

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

Oral History - The Big Paddock: Eric Barclay / as told to John Gibson

Greensborough Historical Society,

10 pages, text and colour and black and white photos.

Historical information

Eric Barclay relates his life in Greensborough from the 1940s, living in Grace Park. The story was written from an interview by John Gibson. Photographs courtesy of Eric Barclay.

Significance

A primary source relating to life in rural Greensborough mid-20th Century.

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.

Document - Launch of One Flintoff Project

Greensborough Historical Society,

2p. black and white text plus photographs

Historical information

Launch of the three level project "One Flintoff" to accommodate 320 council staff from Ivanhoe, Rosanna and Greensborough. The offices will be over the Watermarc complex.

Oral History - Allan Bishop remembers the early years. Interview by Dawn Bennetts

Greensborough Historical Society,

8 page text, black & white and col photographs

Historical information

Recollections of Allan Bishop, resident of the Greensborough area for about 40 years, as interviewed and written by his niece Dawn Bennetts (nee Petts)

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.

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

Article - Eliza Smith

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Eliza Smith and her service in World War 1.

Article - Donald Duncan McLennan

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Donald Duncan McLennan` and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Tanck's Corner (Yarrambat).

Article - Charles Benjamin Scrivener

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Charles Benjamin Scrivener and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was working at Guildford WA; Charles was born in Greensborough.

Article - Catherine McGileray Munro

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Catherine McGileray Munro and her service in World War 1.

Oral History - Recollections of Watsonia and Crellin Street Kinder, by Patricia Hogan

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 p., typescript

Historical information

Recollections of Watsonia in the 1950s and 1960s, written by Patricia Hogan.

Article - Frederick James Wood

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frederick James Wood and his service in World War 1. Fred Wood lived in Macleod.

Article - My memories of Poulter Ave residents, by Norm Colvin

Greensborough Historical Society,

12 pages, text, black and white photographs and colour subdivision plan.

Historical information

Details of the development and occupation of sites in Poulter Avenue and Bicton Street Greensborough, compiled by resident Norm Colvin.

Article - Clarence Alexander Watson

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Clarence Alexander Watson and his service in World War 1. Clarence Watson was born in Greensborough.

Oral History - My memories by Eric Barclay

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 typed pages.

Historical information

Eric Barclay recalls his life and times as a child in Greensborough from 1938, later his various employment opportunities.

Significance

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

Oral History - Lesley Hooper's story

Greensborough Historical Society,

6p. typescript

Historical information

This oral history by Lesley Hooper (nee Hills) recounts her reminiscences of people and places in Greensborough between 1936 and 1957.

Article - Edward Rae Cordner

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Edward Rae Cordner and his service in World War 1. Edward Rae Cordner was a local doctor who lived in Greensborough post-war.

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

Article - John Cecil Jessop: a community minded individual.

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages.

Historical information

Cecil Jessop was an important figure in the development of Greensborough. This outline of his life discusses his work as a councillor, MMBW, and Sutherland Homes.

Significance

A brief outline of an important Greensborough identity.

Article - John Cecil Jessop

Greensborough Historical Society,

Three pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John Cecil Jessop and his service in World War 1. His community activities and chairmanship of the MMBW following his war service are outlined. Cecil Jessop lived in Greensborough post-war.

Article - Reginald Riglar

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Reginald Riglar and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at South Yarra; he moved to Greensborough in the inter-war period and was a founding member of the Greensborough RSL.

Article - George Alexander Bloxham

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Alexander Bloxham and his service in World War 1. George Alexander Bloxham was born in Bundoora.

Article - Herbert Charles Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Herbert Charles Poulter and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Richmond Victoria, he was related to the Poulter family of Greensborough.

Article - Rowland Hardley

Greensborough Historical Society,

Two pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Rowland Hardley and his service in World War 1. Rowland Hardley was Foundation President of the Greensborough RSL.

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 - Frank Hedley Winsor

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frank Hedley Winsor and his service in World War 1. Frank Winsor lived in Greensborough.

Article - Philip David Anderson

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Newspaper clippings - Happy Hollow articles from Trove - Christopher Bell

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 p. photocopy transcripts of newspaper articles

Historical information

Articles on natural history submitted by a young Christopher Bell of Happy Hollow to the Weekly Times.

Article - Edward James Curry

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Edward James Curry and his service in World War 1. At the time of Edward James Curry's enlistment, he was living at Greensborough Railway Station

Article - Arthur James Spencer

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Arthur James Spencer and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at North Melbourne; the Spencer family later moved to Bundoora.

Article - Vincent Clarence Evans

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Vincent Clarence Evans and his service in World War 1. Vincent Evans grew up in Bundoora.

Article - Multicultural Arts Victoria: 'What happened at the pier?' reviewed by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

3p., black & white text, photographs

Historical information

Review of the Journeys of Migration Exhibition "What happened at the pier?" held at Eltham Library 21 May 2016, sponsored by Multicultural Arts Victoria.

Genealogical Document - Ely Poulter Family Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages. Contains family history details.

Historical information

This document outlines the family trees of the Ely and Poulter families from Cowlinge Suffolk and the eventual marriage and settlement in Greensborough in then mid 1850s.

Significance

Shows the links between pioneer families in the district and the links with Cowlinge in Suffolk.

Oral History - Jillian Riley Remembers: the story of Greensborough Picture Theatre

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages text and photo.

Historical information

Jillian Riley recalls her father's Greensborough Picture Theatre "Ashril". Created in 2014.

Article - William John Ambrose Evans

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William John Ambrose Evans and his service in World War 1. William Evans grew up in Bundoora.

Newsletter - Greensborough Historical Society Newsletter. Issue 6. February 2012

Greensborough Historical Society,

8 x A4 pages. GHS News and Historical information. B&W photos.

Historical information

Newsletter of the Greensborough Historical Society Inc. Contains news and stories of interest to the members of the GHS.

Significance

Contents: President's report, Latest news and events, feature story on the Society's archives (Sue Ballantyne), 'Hazel's Story' , collector's corner (Marilyn Smith)

Inscriptions & Markings

Issue 6 February 2012

Article - William Charles Bigmore

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Charles Bigmore and his service in World War 1. At the time of William Charles Bigmore's enlistment, he was living in Kent Town, S. A.