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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 - Herbert Alfred Godber

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Herbert Alfred Godber and his service in World War 1. Herb Godber married Ivy Partington of Greensborough on his return to Australia.

Article - Reginald Harold McDowell

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Reginald Harold McDowell and his service in World War 1. Reg McDowell was born in Greensborough and at the time of his enlistment he was living at Diamond Creek

Folder - Immigration Records

Greensborough Historical Society,

20-page plastic binder, blue cover. Contains photocopies of documents relating to 18th century immigration records.

Historical information

Shipping and immigration records relating to Greensborough pioneer families.

Article - Kenneth Gordon Sharpe

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Kenneth Gordon Sharpe and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at North Fitzroy; his parents lived in Greensborough.

Oral History - My childhood memories by June Hall (nee Evans)

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 typed pages.

Historical information

June Hall (nee Evans) tells her own story of growing up in Port Melbourne and later Greensborough.

Significance

A primary source recollection of growing up in Port Melbourne and Greensborough in the mid-20th century.

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 - Harold Turner

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Harold Turner and his service in World War 1. Harold Turner lived in Greensborough.

Correspondence - Letter from Frederick Flintoff to Charles Partington 1872

Greensborough Historical Society,

Yellowed paper, handwritten in ink. Major damage (tearing) on horizontal folds.

Historical information

Offer to formalise the leasing of land in Greensborough. Flintoff and Partington families are pioneers of the area. Partington family descendants still live in Greensborough

Significance

This establishes the Partington family in Greensborough

Inscriptions & Markings

Personal letter or invitation to lease a garden and small paddock in Greensborough

Book - The History of Diamond Valley/Eltham Citizens Advice Bureau Inc.

Greensborough Historical Society,

56p. booklet , black and white text and photographs, col. cover.

Historical information

A history of Diamond Valley Community Support Inc from its beginnings as Diamond Valley/Eltham Citizens Advice Bureau Inc.

Book - Digital Image - Primary Picture Outlines, January - June 1941

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of Sunday school textbook. 20 pages, text and line drawings (some have been coloured by owner)

Historical information

Digital copy of a 1940s Sunday school text book for younger children. Illustrations depict Bible stories.

Inscriptions & Markings

Student's name on cover.

Article - Frederick Geoffrey Ely

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frederick Geoffrey Ely and his service in World War 1. Frederick Ely was born in Greensborough

Manuscript - Greensborough at Intervals by D Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society,

48 x A4 pages. Photocopy of handwritten manuscript. Bound in plastic cover.

Historical information

Traces the changes to the area around Greensborough from the earliest days of white settlement to 1935.

Significance

A personal memoir of the early days of settlement in the Greensborough district by a member of one of the pioneering families.

Inscriptions & Markings

By D. Medhurst - added in pencil by Faye Fort: "Annie May's father, Faye's great grandfather"

Article - Mary Elizabeth Jane Roberts

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Mary Elizabeth Jane Roberts and her service in World War 1.

Article - Benjamin Alfred Starling

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Benjamin Alfred Starling and his service in World War 1. Ben Starling was born in Diamond Creek. .

Article - John Adam Bush - Frederick William Bush

Greensborough Historical Society,

Three pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John Adam Bush and his brother Frederick William Bush and their service in World War 1. At the time of their enlistments their parents were living at Greensborough

Article - Lionel Almond

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Lionel Almond and his service in World War 1. Lionel Almond was born in 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.

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Uncle Bill's kids, 1935

Greensborough Historical Society,

1p., sepia photograph and notes

Historical information

Members of the Coventry and McDowell family, with some family relationships in the notes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names and relationships of the nine subjects

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

Book - Greensborough Inter Church Council: by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

33 pages, colour and black and white illustrations. Includes copies of memorabilia from the Inter Church Council and newspaper articles..

Historical information

The Greensborough Inter Church Council was formed in 1989 as an ecumenical group with a strong Christ based mission statement. This book documents the Council until 2003.

Significance

Detailed information about the people and church communities involved in the Greensborough Inter Church Council, written by Rosie Bray, committee member.

Document - Thomas John Finnigan - the missing gunner

Greensborough Historical Society,

6 p., colour images and map

Historical information

Article on the World War 1 service of Thomas Finnigan and the likelihood that he abandoned his wife and future child in Ireland when he took ship to Australia in 1915.

Article - Daisy Coundon

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Daisy Coundon and her service in World War 1.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Grace Park Golf Club

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, printed

Historical information

Report of annual meeting of the Grace Park Golf Club, Greensborough, held on 22 April (1930)

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.

Oral History - Nancy Fyfe Remembers, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour photographs.

Historical information

Nancy Fyfe came to Watsonia in 1959. She shares her memories with Rosie Bray,

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

Article - George Henry Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Henry 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.

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.

Document - Digital Image - Joe Murphy. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 05239:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Joe Murphy 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 - Denise Scott by Anne Paul

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 page, text and illus.

Historical information

In 2017, GHS member Anne Paul, contacted comedian Denise Scott after meeting at the Banyule Volunteer Awards function. Denise agreed to answer some questions about her life growing up in Greensborough and this is the completed story.

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'

Correspondence - Email messages - Springthorpe Project

Greensborough Historical Society,

3p., black text and images.Word document of email from Anne Paul.

Historical information

A report on the Springthorpe and La Trobe Local History Project. Gives details of themes and activities as well as contact for Project team members.

Article - Eltham Community Market

Greensborough Historical Society,

7 typed pages, col. illus. and maps.

Historical information

A history of the Eltham Community Market by stallholder Dawn Bennetts. The Market began in 1978 and Dawn joined in 1985.

Article - Donald McKay

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Donald McKay and his service in World War 1. Donald and his brother attended Greensborough State School.

Article - May Caroline Shortall

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse May Caroline Shortall and her service in World War 1. When she enlisted, May was working as a nurse at 14 AAH Macleod.

Document - Digital Image - Arthur Franklin. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 05248:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Arthur Franklin 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 Augustus Broome

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Oral History - Medhurst-Ruston Families

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00438:00685 2 x typed pages, 2 x handwritten pages on lined paper (manuscript)

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

Handwritten manuscript by Faye Fort.

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.

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.

Article - Geoffrey Hughes

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Geoffrey Hughes and his service in World War 1. Geoffrey Hughes lived at Greensborough

Book - Digital Image - St David's Presbyterian Church Ladies Guild Cookbook

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of cookbook. 24 pages, text and line drawings.

Historical information

A digital copy of a cookbook, published in 1970 by St David's Presbyterian Church Ladies Guild, Greensborough. Contains recipes gathered from the ladies of the Church.

Article - Harry Frederick Miller

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Harry Frederick Miller and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment his wife was living at Greensborough.

Article - Diamond Valley Brass Band, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour photographs.

Historical information

A short report by Rosie Bray on the Diamond Valley Brass Band.

Article - Thomas Baden Simpson

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Thomas Baden Simpson and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living in Greensborough

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 - James William Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Document - Digital Image - Percy Adamson. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 05236:05231:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photograph

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Percy Adamson 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.