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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

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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580 items

Article - Jasper Lewis Bolton - World War 1 stretcher bearer

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Article and Photograph - John Lee Grimshaw 1833-1918

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Information and photos about the John Lee Grimshaw, son of Aaron Grimshaw. Includes a copy of his obituary from Trove.

Significance

This photograph and text was copied from a Facebook site. Members are people who lived in the Greensborough area and share their reminiscences of the area with others. The site is administered by a GHS member but is not officially affiliated with the Society. Any information is the opinion of the contributor.

Article - Alan John Ely (1940- )

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., photos and information.

Historical information

Alan John Ely (known as John) was born in Greensborough and was associated with the Greensborough Football Club from an early age. Includes photographs of him as mascot and later trainer with GFC and a selection of his membership tickets, 1949, 1950 and 1958. Information collated by Marilyn Smith in 2019.

Article and Photograph - Turner's Bakery Mernda

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photographs and text sourced from social media.

Historical information

Photographs and information relating to Charles Turner, baker of Schotters Road Mernda.

Significance

This text and photographs were copied from a Facebook site. Members are people who lived in the Greensborough area and share their reminiscences of the area with others. The site is administered by a GHS member but is not officially affiliated with the Society. Any information is the opinion of the contributor.

Article and Photograph - Macleod Station 1968

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Information and photographs of Macleod Station 1968. Photographs courtesy Paul de Sauty.

Significance

This photograph and text was copied from a Facebook site. Members are people who lived in the Greensborough area and share their reminiscences of the area with others. The site is administered by a GHS member but is not officially affiliated with the Society. Any information is the opinion of the contributor.

Oral History - Mr and Mrs Coe; David and Grace Lowe; Thomas and Irene Black are interviewed by Bev Moss in 1980.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Copy of original handwritten manuscript (14 pages) and typed transcript.(4 pages)

Historical information

These interviews took place in 1980 as part of an Oral History Unit at La Trobe University. The interviewer, Bev Moss, is a GHS member. The interviewees were Mr and Mrs (Victor Preston) Coe, David and Grace Low and Thomas and Irene Black. They discuss life in the 1930s in Greensborough.

Significance

These oral histories relate life in a country town during the Great Depression.

Postage Stamps - Von Mueller collection 3

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Front of 6 envelopes with address and postage stamps, enclosed in black stamp folder.

Historical information

Envelope fronts with stamps, addressed to Baron Ferdinand von Mueller. Upper image, 1 x 1penny yellow/brown Victoria Stamp Duty, postmarked at Melbourne on April 27, 1892. 2nd image, 1 x 2 pence blue, New South Wales Postage stamp; postmark illegible. 3rd image, 2 x 2 pence red, New South Wales Postage stamp; postmark illegible. 4th image, 1 x 1 penny green Victoria, postmarked at Melbourne on December 8, 1882. 5th image, 1 x 2 pence mauve Victoria, postmarked at Melbourne on October 15, 1898. Lower image, 7 x 1d mauve Great Britain Postage and Inland Revenue stamps, 1 x ½ penny Great Britain orange Postage and Revenue stamp. Postmarked at London on December 2, 1891.

Significance

Baron Ferdinand von Mueller (1825-1896) was born in Germany and migrated to Australia in 1847.He was the Victorian Government Botanist (from 1853) and Director of the Botanical Gardens (1857-1873). These envelopes and stamps are from correspondence addressed to him.

Article, Journal - More than just 'Peaceful and Picturesque', by Rebecca Le Get

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

8 pages, scanned from Journal, covering email.

Historical information

Copy of article from Victorian Historical Journal (Issue 289, Vol.89, No.1, June 2018). The article "More than just 'Peaceful and Picturesque: How Tuberculosis control measures have preserved ecologically significant land in Melbourne', by Rebecca Le Get, looks at nature conservation reserves and the re-use of properties including the former Macleod, Gresswell and Janefield tuberculosis hospitals. Includes covering email from Rebecca to GHS.

Article and Photograph - Greensborough [Rose Series postcards]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Photos of Greensborough taken from the Rose Series of postcards, posted by Helen White.

Significance

This photograph and text was copied from a Facebook site. Members are people who lived in the Greensborough area and share their reminiscences of the area with others. The site is administered by a GHS member but is not officially affiliated with the Society. Any information is the opinion of the contributor.

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.

Article - Edward Adolphus Purcell

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

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 - Robert John Spencer

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Robert John Spencer and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Parkville; the Spencer family later moved to Bundoora.

Document - Digital Image - Neil Brindley. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Neil Brindley 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 - Scott Didier. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 and Photograph - Plenty River crossing to Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Information and photo of members of the Partington family on the log crossing the Plenty River to the family's home at Willis Vale c1905. In the photo are Maria, Prudence and William Partington and Mr Coghill.

Significance

This photograph and text was copied from a Facebook site. Members are people who lived in the Greensborough area and share their reminiscences of the area with others. The site is administered by a GHS member but is not officially affiliated with the Society. Any information is the opinion of the contributor.

Article - John Adam Bush - Frederick William Bush

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - 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 - Percy John Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Percy John 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, Lower Plenty

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.

Booklet - Back to Heidelberg Municipality souvenir: Heidelberg old and new, 1860-1933

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

17 p. photocopy of 31 p. original

Historical information

Brief history of Heidelberg and surrounding areas, 1860-1933

Article - Percy Francis Gibb

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Percy Francis Gibb and his service in World War 1. Percy Gibb was a founding member of the Greensborough RSL.

Article - Lionel Almond

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Memoir - Jillian Riley Remembers: the story of Greensborough Picture Theatre

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 pages text and photo.

Historical information

Jillian Riley recalls her father's Greensborough Picture Theatre "Ashril". Created in 2014.

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).

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.

Article, Journal - Cordner Family

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3p. text

Historical information

The Cordner family, resident in Greensborough, two of whom were doctors, included five Australian Rules football players for the Melbourne club. This article describes their sporting records and notes their education and careers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Link to Trove database

Newspaper Clipping (copy) - The Murder at Greensborough. Inquiry...

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

7 p. copy of newspaper article from Trove database

Historical information

Inquest on the body of John Mitchell, murdered 24 September 1862. Accused was Josiah Grimshaw.

Article - William James Stock

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William James Stock and his service in World War 1. William Stock is remembered on the Greensborough State School Honor Board.

Folder of Documents - Nepean Street Greensborough...Purchasers Walter Edwin Kell and others

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Folder containing Certiificates of Title, documents and photographs

Historical information

Record of purchases of land on the north side of Nepean Street Greensborough by Walter Edwin Kell and others.