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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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437 items

Article - Enos John Tinham [Timkem]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Enos John Tinham and his service in World War 1. Enos Tinham also used the name Enos John Timkem; he is remembered on the Greensborough and District Honour Board at the Greensborough RSL as E.J.Timkem.

Article - William and Jean Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Brief family notes, typed text, includes handwritten notes.

Historical information

Notes on the Partington family - William James and Jean Isobel. Also a brief note on Jonah Britnell.

Article - David John Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Two pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Article - Albert Cecil Whitlocke

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Albert Cecil Whitlocke and his service in World War 1. Albert Whitlocke lived in Greensborough.

Newspaper Clipping - Guard our forests: It takes ten trees to make a home

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping downloaded from Trove. 4 pages.

Historical information

Written during the housing boom of the 1950s, this article "It takes ten trees to make a home" discusses where the timber came from. It mentions the Briar Hill Timber and Trading Co. who supplied owner-builders of timber homes. A second article "Packaged house up in 10 hours" discusses pre-fabricated homes.

Document - My story, by William Barak

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 pages typescript, 2 black and white , 1 colour photograph.

Historical information

This account describes the site of the meeting between Wurundjeri elders and John Batman, at which the "Batman Treaty" was signed. Reinterpretation of a narrative dictated by William Barak in 1888. Edited by Jim Poulter in consultation with Wurundjeri elders in August 2014

Magazine - Digital Image - Diamond Valley Football League Record 20th July 1963

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00608.02911 Digital copy of selected pages from football Record

Historical information

Digital copy of pages from a Diamond Valley Football League Record (20th July 1963). Contains articles, results, team lists and advertisements for many local businesses.

Newspaper clippings - Happy Hollow articles from Trove - Christopher Bell

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - 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.

Article - Frederick George Starling

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frederick George Starling and his service in World War 1. Fred Starling was born in Diamond Creek. .

Oral History - Picnics in Greensborough by Val Wilson (nee Rolfs)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 typed pages includes photographs.

Historical information

Val Wilson recounts her memories of the popularity of Greensborough as a picnic destination and recalls some of the antics of local children.

Significance

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

Article - Ernest Frederick Clayton

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

List - Electoral Roll Doris Street: compiled by Marilyn Smith

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Typescript 2 p.

Historical information

List of occupants of addresses in Doris Street Greensborough in 1954, 1963 and 1980, compiled from Electoral Rolls.

Book - Greensborough Inter Church Council: by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Oral History - Medhurst-Ruston Families

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Booklet - Digital Image - Diamond Valley Multiple Birth Association. 30th Anniversary Dinner Program

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

15 pages, blue text. Digital copy.

Historical information

A short history of the Diamond Valley Multiple Birth Association on the occasion of its 30th Anniversary Dinner, includes menu and program.

Significance

The Diamond Valley Multiple Births Association was a self-help group for parents of multiple births.

CD-ROM - Interviews and Recordings by John Gibson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

CD-ROM with 7 interviews and 3 recordings of presentations at GHS meetings. 2 copies.

Historical information

Oral history stories written by John Gibson came from these original interviews with Betty Thatcher (2011), Bill and Thelma Hutchinson (2012), Eric Barclay (2014), Graeme and Lorraine Collins (2011), Jean Luxford (2016), and Keith and Margaret Willimott (2011). Three presentations at GHS meetings are also recorded: Felicity Williams on teaching history and research into the soldiers on the "Fallen Soldiers' Memorial" (2011), Noel Withers on the Bosch family of Greensborough (2011) and Val Wilson on the Brown Brothers of Bundoora.

Article - John Cecil Jessop

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - Butterworth [family]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Brief family notes. Text only. Includes handwritten notes.

Historical information

Notes on the Butterworth family of Greensborough

Article - Ernest Russell Paterson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Article - William Howard

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Two pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Howard and his service in World War 1. William was born in Queenstown (St Andrews) but gave his birthplace as Greensborough,

Article - R. A. Marsh, Church Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00356:00449:00546:00743:01259 Collection of documents relating to the Marsh family. In particular a dispute about a log crossing on the Plenty River, the access to which was across Marsh's land.

Historical information

Deals with a tenancy agreement between the Marsh and Partington families. There is also a brief family history of the Marsh family in Greensborough.

Significance

Marsh and Partington families are Greensborough pioneer families.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some handwritten documents.

Folder of Documents - Nurse Alice Broadbent

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Folder of photographs, CD and text.

Historical information

This folder contains copies of two albums of photographs from Nurse Alice Broadbent who served at the 16th Australian General Hospital Macleod in 1920.

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Collection - Digital Image - Franklin family. Greensborough Football Club.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05264:05248:04705 Digital copy of photographs and family tree

Historical information

Photographs of Don Franklin, Ken Franklin and Roy Franklin and a family tree of Franklin family members who played with the Greensborough Football Club.

Article - Eliza Smith

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Article - Patrick Francis Plunkett

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Patrick Francis Plunkett and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Panton Hill, he was born in St Andrews (Queenstown).

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Article - Frank Henry McGill

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frank Henry McGill and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Bundoora

Article - David Alfred Mann

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about David Alfred Mann and his service in World War 1. David Mann was born in Janefield and at the time of his enlistment he was possibly living at Thomastown.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Grace Park Golf Club

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, printed

Historical information

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

Oral History - Richards - Angland Family, by Ida Brown as told to June Hall.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 typed pages.

Historical information

Ida Brown relates the story of her family, through good and bad times. From her grandfather's arrival in Australia (john Henry Richards) to her time at Greensborough Primary School.

Significance

A primary source recollection of Greensborough pioneer families.

Article - Agnes Helena May Ferguson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Agnes Helena May Ferguson and her service in World War 1. Prior to enlistment she was working at 14 AAH (Australian Auxiliary Hospital)Macleod.

Article - Hugh Norman Coventry

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Hugh Norman Coventry and his service in World War 1. At the time of Hugh Norman Coventry's enlistment, he was living at Diamond Creek. He and his brothers are commemorated on the Greensborough State School Honor Board.

Article - Alfred George Abbott

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Booklet - Digital Image - Multiple Choices: Diamond Valley Multiple Birth Association.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

46 pages, blue text and line drawings. Digital copy.

Historical information

A short history of the Diamond Valley Multiple Birth Association including hints and guidelines for parents of multiple births. Covers the time from birth to 18 months. The group was also known as the Diamond Valley Parents of Twins Plus Club Inc.

Significance

The Diamond Valley Multiple Births Association was a self-help group for parents of multiple births.

Oral History - Ernest "Mick" Henry Evans - ANZAC

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - 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.

Oral History - William Arthur Cecil by Bill Cecil.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 typed pages.

Historical information

Bill Cecil moved to Greensborough in 1944 aged 14. His family ran the post office and Bill became acquainted with most Greensborough families as he delivered the mail on horseback. Bill recounts his life both in Greensborough and other parts of the country.

Significance

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

Booklet - Digital Image - Springthorpe and La Trobe Heritage Project

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - 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. .

Newspaper clippings - Happy Hollow articles from Trove (past owners)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p. transcription of newspaper articles

Historical information

Obituaries of three residents of Happy Hollow, Francis Oxley, John Henry Daymond and May Daymond

Article - Thomas Brock

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Thomas Brock and his service in World War 1. At the time of Thomas Brock's enlistment, his brother Michael Brock was living in Greensborough.

Article - Clarence Alexander Watson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

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.

Document - Early recollections of the Diamond Valley Twins Club

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

6 p., typescript

Historical information

Account of the Diamond Valley Twins Club, a support organisation for mothers of twins, that started in Watsonia, written by Linda Court, Lynda Johnston, Helen Steele and Maree Walshe, encouraged by Rosie Bray

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.

Document - Diamond Valley Football Association, 1932

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, copy of team list

Historical information

Numbers and names of teams taking part in Diamond Valley Football Association finals 1932. Greensborough, Heidelberg, Eltham and Templestowe Football Clubs.

Document collection - Greenhills Neighbourhood Centre 1983-2015

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Shopping bags - Single and multiple use shopping bags

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Single use grey plastic supermarket shopping bags (2); reusable green and white supermarket shopping bag, with cardboard tag printed in green. Word document with history of the use of plastic bags.

Historical information

In 2018, most Victorian supermarkets ceased using single use shopping bags and made more substantial multi-use bags available for purchase by customers. Word document with history of the use of plastic bags (from Wikipedia) and comment on cessation of plastic bags in Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Green and white bag has Bar code, Woolworths logo and slogan " The fresh food people". Tag reads " Got your green bags?" with explanation on obverse.