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Greensborough Historical Society Lower Plenty, 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
4 Jenna Close Greensborough Victoria 3088 (map)
phone
+61 9439 5454

Contact

Opening Hours

The Resource Centre at Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty is open every Thursday (10am - 3pm).

Entry Fee

No charge; membership fees available on website.

Location

34 Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty 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.

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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482 items

Article - John James (Jack) Andrews

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John James (Jack) Andrews and his service in World War 1. Jack Andrews was a founder of the Greensborough RSL.

Oral History - Early days in Chapman Street Macleod

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 typed pages, includes photographs.

Historical information

Graeme and Lorraine Collins moved to Macleod in the late 1950s and tell the story of building and establishing their family home in the area.

Significance

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

Oral History - Medhurst-Ruston Families

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - Charles Henry Southern

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Charles Henry Southern and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, he was living in Greensborough.

Article - Alfred Gee

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Alfred Gee and his service in World War 1. Alf Gee was a founding member of the Greensborough RSL.

Oral History - Greensborough bush fire / by Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

School Report Card (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1962 and 1964 Reports

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of school report

Historical information

Greensborough State School reports for Noel Constantine, 1962, Grade 4A and 1964,Grade 6A.

Article - Walter Bruce

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - James Lucas

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about James Lucas and his service in World War 1. James Lucas was born in Greensborough/Bundoora.

Article - Kell's Cottage by Cherel Sartori

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Article - Walter David Starling

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Walter David Starling and his service in World War 1. Walter Starling was born in Diamond Creek. .

Article - The Case of the missing wallet, by Atis Lejins

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

5 p. typescript

Historical information

Personal account of a common 'crisis' situation, written by GHS member Atis Lejins.

Article - Charles Henry Swanwick

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Charles Henry Swanwick and his service in World War 1. Charles Swanwick is remembered on the Greensborough State School Honor Board.

Article - Elise Erica Janet Gundersen

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Masseuse Elise Gundersen and her service in World War 1. She worked at various military hospitals including 16th AGH Mont Park.

Oral History - Hyde Family by Norm Hyde

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 typed pages.

Historical information

Norm Hyde recounts his married life with his wife Pat and family in Greensborough from 1964. Includes his involvement with local sporting clubs.

Significance

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

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1959 Reports

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of school report

Historical information

Greensborough State School reports for Noel Constantine, 1959, Grades 1E and 1.

Document - Digital Image - Stan Judkins. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05251:04685:04705 Digital copy of Citation

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Stan Judkins 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 - Frederick James Wood

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - Ida O'Dwyer

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Sister Ida O'Dwyer and her service in World War 1. On her return to Australia, Ida took charge of 10 AGH at Macleod.

Newspaper clipping - Grimshaw Street Greensborough (to the editor) 1935

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00540.00584.02947 Reprint of a letter to the Editor by D. Medhurst from Hurstbridge Advertiser Friday 6 December 1935 p. 5. Printed from Trove.

Historical information

Deals with the matter of Council responsibility for the construction and maintenance of Grimshaw Street Greensborough

Article - Latoof and Callil Pty Ltd Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., printed in blue and black, photographs

Historical information

A branch of the large dressmaking and childrens' clothing manufacturer Latoof and Callil was established at Main Street Greensborough in June 1946.

Article - The Batman Apple Tree: Victoria's oldest apple tree? by Bruce G. Draper.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 p., typescript.

Historical information

Account of evidence pointing to the origin of an apple tree in Greensborough that may have been planted by John Batman, who died in 1839

Article - Puffing Billy, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 p. typescript with col. photographs

Historical information

Short history of the Puffing Billy Railway, from the 1900 Upper Ferntree Gully - Gembrook railway line to its rebirth in 1955, operating between Belgrave and Menzies Creek, later extended to Gembrook. Written to commemorate the 20th anniversary and the official re-opening of the Lakeside to Gembrook line on October 18, 2018.

Article - James Judkins

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Article - William McRitchie

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - Greensborough RSL History

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 pages text.

Historical information

History of the formation of the Greensborough RSL copied from the RSL website.

Article - Laurie McQuade, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 p. typescript, coloured photographs; with newspaper clipping from Diamond Valley News 23/11/2018

Historical information

Laurie McQuade is a Watsonia resident, who has volunteered for many years as a Scout leader, member of the Yarrambat CFA and St John's Ambulance. He has received many awards, and is still an active volunteer at the age of 83.

Document - Launch of One Flintoff Project

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 Transcript - Jean Huggett (Barnett) and Eadie Barnett (Alexander)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Oral History of Jean Huggett (Barnett) 1913-2004; and, Eadie Barnett(Alexander) 1914-200. Interviewed and compiled by Peter Blackbourn.

Historical information

Lower Plenty. Rosanna Golf Club. Barnett family.

Significance

Stories of childhood in the Greensborough area

Article - Spear Family, by Rosemary Hassett (Spear)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., typescript

Historical information

Rosemary Hassett's recollections of her childhood in Greensborough, growing up in the Spear family