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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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421 items

Document - Digital Image - Brett Fowler. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photograph Link:5237:5226:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Brett Fowler 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.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Presentations to soldiers

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page printed from Trove

Historical information

Account of a send off for 12 volunteer soldiers, organised by the Greensborough recruiting committee. The article names local soldiers on active service.

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.

Document - Digital Image - Trevor Partington. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5240:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Trevor Partington 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 - Digital Image - Percy Adamson. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photograph Link:5236:5231:4705

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.

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 - William Melrose

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Article - James Judkins

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 - 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

Document - Commonwealth War Graves Commission. [Greensborough area]

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 page printout of names of war dead from the Greensborough area.

Historical information

A list of residents from the Greensborough area who died on active service and whose graves are recorded on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (www.cwgc.org). Includes Greensborough, Watsonia, Lower Plenty, Montmorency, Bundoora and Macleod.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written on page "For complete details see electronic copy on Victorian collections"

Article - Agnes Helena May Ferguson

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Report - Saxam reports, Banyule Council

Greensborough Historical Society,

16 pages in 3 documents.

Historical information

Reports by Banyule Council officers and minutes of Council meetings relating to the Heritage importance of Saxam Homestead in Greensborough.

List - Electoral Roll Doris Street: compiled by Marilyn Smith

Greensborough Historical Society,

Typescript 2 p.

Historical information

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

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.

Newsletter - Greensborough Historical Society Newsletter. Issue.8 - August 2012.

Greensborough Historical Society,

7 page newsletter, text and colour photographs.

Historical information

Quarterly newsletter of the Greensborough Historical Society. This issue contains President's Report by Noel Withers, feature story by Rosalie Bray, the 'Batman' apple tree, the Jean Partington story and the latest news and events from GHS. Edited by Helen Bryant.

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.

Oral History Transcript - The Dickson family story

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00345:00695 3 typed pages of oral history and photograph of Bonnie Dickson. Copy 2: Item 695.

Historical information

Ray and Bonnie Dickson moved to Greensborough in 1951, the area was mostly open space with few houses. Bonnie recalls and recounts her life in Greensborough in this interview with neighbour Rosalie Bray.

Significance

There is some discussion of restrictions to house building in this post war period.

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 - Ruby Emily Olive Wilson

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Ruby Emily Olive Wilson and her service in World War 1. Ruby was born at Yan Yean.

Article - George Fineran

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Fineran and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, he was living in Yan Yean Road Plenty.

Document - Digital Image - Jack Waites. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation Link:5256:5230:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Jack Waites 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, Journal - Batman's route revisited: his exact steps to a new treaty site.

Greensborough Historical Society,

21 pages, maps.

Historical information

Article from the Victorian Historical Journal Vol.85, No.1, June 2014. Discusses John Batman's 1835 visit to Port Phillip and possible alternative sites for signing his treaty with Indigenous people of the area.

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 - Victor Edwin Splatt

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Victor Edwin Splatt and his service in World War 1. Vic Splatt was born in Greensborough. This story was written by Val Wilson.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5233:5241:4705

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.

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'

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 x A4 pages. Articles and colour photos.

Historical information

First newsletter of the Greensborough Historical Society. Includes news of the formation of the GHS and some early activities.

Significance

Contents: President's Report, Local History - The Beale Family

Inscriptions & Markings

August Newsletter [Issue 1 2010]

Article - Albert Keith Lines

Greensborough Historical Society,

Two pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Albert Keith Lines and his service in World War 1. Albert Keith Lines lived in Greensborough before and after the War.

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.

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 - 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 - 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.

Article - Henry Edward Smith

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Henry Edward Smith and his service in World War 1. Henry Smith was born in Greensborough.

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.

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.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation Link:5257:5234:4705

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.

Document - Digital Image - Alf Montfort. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation Link:5253:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Alf Montfort 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 - The Batman Apple Tree: Victoria's oldest apple tree? by Bruce G. Draper.

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 - John Cecil Jessop: a community minded individual.

Greensborough Historical Society,

7 pages, text and photographs.

Historical information

Cecil Jessop was an important figure in the development of Greensborough. This outline of his life by Norm Colvin discusses his work as a councillor, MMBW, and Sutherland Homes. Additional material on his War Service by John Gibson with photographs from the collection of Jean Luxford.

Significance

A brief outline of an important Greensborough identity.

Article - Henry Thomas Chappell

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

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 - Jasper Lewis Bolton - World War 1 stretcher bearer

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages, 2 web articles and personal recollection.

Historical information

Jasper Lewis Bolton's daughter, Jo Petrovic, supplied this information on her father's role as a stretcher bearer in World War I. Jasper Bolton moved to Briar Hill in the inter-war period.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5239:4705

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 - The Coventry Boys, by Bruce McDowell

Greensborough Historical Society,

1p., typescript

Historical information

Bruce McDowell recounts stories of the Coventry boys told to him by his grandmother, their youngest sister. Word document revised by Bruce in November 2017.

Article - Frederick Thomas Snodgrass

Greensborough Historical Society,

Two pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frederick Thomas Snodgrass and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Kerang; Fred is commemorated in Greensborough on the Fallen Soldiers' Memorial.

Painting - Digital image - Main Street Greensborough 1889 / by Arthur Elliott; with property names

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of painting.

Historical information

Copy of painting of Main Street Greensborough 1889, by Arthur Elliott, with names of properties and owners.

Significance

An early view of Greensborough that has property names and owners superimposed.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of properties and owners typed on copy.

Article - Frederick William Chanter

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frederick William Chanter and his service in World War 1. At the time of Frederick William Chanter's enlistment, he was living at Greensborough. He married Alice Splatt of Greensborough in 1915.

Article - A Squatter's life on the Plenty River at 'Wanstead' by Anne Paul

Greensborough Historical Society,

10 pages, text and colour illustrations. Abridged hard copy of item 4491.

Historical information

The Willis Diary by GHS member Anne Paul is based on A Pioneer Squatter's Life (Item158). The Willis family were early settlers at Lower Plenty, just near where the hotel and old bridge are today. Anne has reviewed and analysed this chapter from Historical Records of Victoria, Vol. 6. The Crown, the land, and the squatter, 1835-1840. She includes further information on the Willis family and photographs of the archaeological dig at the Bridge Inn Hotel Mernda in 2017.

Significance

Diary of James L Willis from 1837, portraying hardships suffered in the young colony of Victoria.

Oral History - O'Neill's Greengrocers Main Street Greensborough / Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill)

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page of text.

Historical information

Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill) tells the story of her father's greengrocers shop in Main Street Greensborough from 1953 to 1969.

Significance

A personal story of life in Greensborough.

Document - Briar Hill as I knew it: the memories of Ray Hooper

Greensborough Historical Society,

3p. typescript

Historical information

Reminiscences about people and places in Briar Hill, written by the late Ray Hooper.