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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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427 items

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.

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.

Article - David John Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Oral History - Betty McKenzie (Adams/Joyner) memories

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages typescript (2 copies), one with background notes by Dawn Bennetts

Historical information

Memories of life at Briar Hill from the late 1930s to about 1960 as told by Betty McKenzie.

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.

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.

Article - Alice Victoria Rogers

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Alice Victoria Rogers and her service in World War 1.

Document - Splatt-Starling Family

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 pages, Black & white text and photographs

Historical information

Correspondence from Val Wilson, Greg Neumann and Noel Withers regarding identification of members of old photographs

Article - George Frederick Moore

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Frederick Moore and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Eltham. George Moore is commemorated on the Greensborough State School Honor Board.

Newsletter - Greensborough Historical Society Newsletter. Issue 1. August 2010 -

Greensborough Historical Society,

Text, black and white and colour photos, tables..Pagination varies. Filed in folder, with index to major artiicles

Historical information

Historical articles, news and activities of Greensborough Historical Society Inc., published from August 2010 (Edition 1) - . Later issues available on Society website or from Resource Centre.

Oral History - Greensborough bush fire / 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 - Early days in Chapman Street Macleod

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

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 - David Iredale

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about David Iredale and his service in World War 1. David was born in Greensborough.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 05257:05234:04705 Digital copy of Citation

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Peter Watkins 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 - A Special fanfare for Howard John Cornish OAM, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 04588:04650 Typescript, 4 pages , colour photographs; with illustrated article from Diamond Valley Leader 14 June 2017

Historical information

Account of the life of Howard John Cornish, Greensborough resident, cornet player and brass band musician, on the occasion of his award of an OAM in 2017.

Article - Roy Preston Quirk

Greensborough Historical Society,

Two pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Article - Stanley Cade

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Stanley Cade and his service in World War 1. Stanley Cade boarded at Mrs Marsh's house in Hailes Street Greensborough.

Article - An early history of Plenty Valley FM Radio 1987-1998.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages text and one photo.

Historical information

Plenty Valley FM made its first test broadcast in July 1988, then known as Outer North Eastern Community Radio. After obtaining its broadcasting licence, regular broadcasts commenced in December 1990. The author of this article, Ian Lamont, was first Station President (1987-91) and first Station Manager (1993-98).

Article - Alfred Gee

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Article - Grace Park and the Nell Family, by Peter Simmenauer

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02731:04682 7 pages, text

Historical information

A short history of Frederick Augustus Nell and his family. Accompanies item 2731.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Article - My Greensborough by Valma Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article on growing up in Greensborough in the 1920's by Valma Poulter.

Historical information

Details life in Greensborough in the 1920's and the people who were here.

Significance

Lists names of traders and residents, particularly those connected to the Poulter family.

Article - World War One digger's forgotten medal, by John Cahir, interviewed by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

6 pages, text with col. photographs, plus 5 colour photographs.

Historical information

Frank (Thomas Francis) Cahir enlisted in the 2nd Australian Field Ambulance on 18 August 1918, serving at Gallipoli, and was awarded a Military Medal on 27 October 1916. On 15 September 1918 he was recommended for the award of a Distinguished Conduct Medal, but through an oversight, it was never gazetted, and therefore not awarded until after a successful application for recognition resulted in the award of a Distinguished Service Medal on 18 October 2017. His son John Cahir tells the story to Rosie Bray.

Article - Notes on Stan Judkins, by Noel Judkins

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 p. typescript, and 4 p. reprint from Wikipedia

Historical information

Stan Judkins was a Brownlow Medal winner playing for Richmond 1928-1936, whose first club was Greensborough.This article on Stan's career was written by his son, Noel Judkins for the Greensborough Football Club Hall of Fame 2016.

Article - Cyril Edwin Elliott

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Cyril Edwin Elliott and his service in World War 1. Cyril Elliott was born in Greensborough.

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.

Document collection - Neighbourhood Houses 1970-2015

Greensborough Historical Society,

8 pages, consisting of 16 PowerPoint slides.

Historical information

A set of 16 PowerPoint slides from a presentation by the Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres Inc. The slides outline the history and philosophy of Neighbourhood houses throughout Victoria and form the basis of operations at Greenhills Neighbourhood House. Access given by Greenhills Neighbourhood Centre Co-ordinator Chris Burroughs in 2015. The centre was renamed Greenhills Neighbourhood House in 2016.

Book - Digital Image - GFC - 90 seasons, by Bruce McDowell

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital book, 73 pages, text and illustrations.

Historical information

From its earliest beginning in 1893, Bruce McDowell traces the history of the Greensborough Football Club through 90 seasons.

Significance

Traces the history of the local football club, mentioning many pioneer families associated with the Club.

Article - Jane Burgess

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Jane Burgess and her service in World War 1.

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 Chairmanship of the Board 1939-1955

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.

Document - Memories of walking up the Plenty River, by William (Bill) Cecil

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, typescript

Historical information

Bill Cecil remembers activities from his youth including rabbit hunting on the Plenty River

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.

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 - Australian Army Nursing Service 1914-1918 / by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

9 p. col. & black & white illus.

Historical information

In this article GHS member, Rosie Bray discusses some of the local nurses who enlisted for service in World War 1.

Article - Walter Thomas West

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Walter Thomas West and his service in World War 1. Walter West worked in Greensborough.

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 - James Alexander Mitchell

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Article - The Early squatters of Lower Plenty and Montmorency between 1836 to 1840, by Peter van Eeken

Greensborough Historical Society,

4p., text and illus.

Historical information

Talk given by Peter van Eeken to a general meeting of the Greensborough Historical Society on 18 March 2016. The topic is the early squatters of Lower Plenty and Montmorency from 1836 to 1840.

Oral History - Greenhills State School no.4893 (1962-1964): by Dawn Bennetts.

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages of typed text. Copy 2 (3 Pages) amended with photographs and map of school.

Historical information

Greenhills Primary School celebrated its 50 year anniversary and reunion in 2012. In this story, pupil Dawn Bennetts (nee Petts) recalls early memories of the school.

Significance

Recalls early days at Greenhills Primary School. There appears to be few records surviving from the early days.

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.

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 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

Article - Albert Ernest Wailes

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Albert Ernest Wailes and his service in World War 1. Albert Wailes was born in Yan Yean.

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 - Isaac Albert Watson

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Isaac Albert Watson and his service in World War 1. Isaac Watson lived in Greensborough.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of school report

Historical information

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

Oral History - From a house to a community institution: the Diamond Valley Community Hospital.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 typed pages.

Historical information

This article tells the story of the Diamond Valley Community Hospital from its beginnings as a private hospital in the 1930s, its use as a community hospital from 1954 to its closure in 2000.

Significance

A primary source recollection of the Diamond Valley Community Hospital. Greensborough.

Oral History - The Noel Withers story

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 typed pages.

Historical information

Noel Withers recounts his background in England, emigrating to Australia and settling in Greensborough. He discusses the development of his interest in the Greensborough cemetery and local history.

Significance

A primary source account of Noel's background and interest in local history.