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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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444 items

Document - The Greensborough murder of John Mitchell

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

14 p. typed transcript of proceedings at Criminal Sessions.

Historical information

Trial of Josiah Grimshaw for the murder of John Mitchell at Greensborough on 24th September 1861. Transcript of proceedings at Criminal Sessions, Old Court House, Friday, Oct. 17 1862 (Before his Honour Mr Justice Molesworth).

Correspondence - Letter from Frederick Flintoff to Charles Partington 1872

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Yellowed paper, handwritten in ink. Major damage (tearing) on horizontal folds.

Historical information

Offer to formalise the leasing of land in Greensborough. Flintoff and Partington families are pioneers of the area. Partington family descendants still live in Greensborough

Significance

This establishes the Partington family in Greensborough

Inscriptions & Markings

Personal letter or invitation to lease a garden and small paddock in Greensborough

Article - Donald Duncan McLennan

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - 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.

Article - Stanley Cade

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Oral History - Remembering Richard (Dick) Tooth, as told to June Hall [by the Tooth Family]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 p., typescript

Historical information

The story of Greensborough local Richard (Dick) Tooth as told to June Hall by the Tooth family.

Article - Harold Cheshire Yeaman

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Harold Cheshire Yeaman and his service in World War 1. Harold Yeaman lived in Greensborough in the post-war period.

Genealogical Document - The Iredales of Greensborough by Noel Withers.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 typed pages.

Historical information

The origins of the Iredale family are traced from Huddersfield in Yorkshire to the arrival of James Iredale in Greensborough (circa 1858).

Significance

An outline of the life and origins of a pioneer Greensborough family.

Article - Robin Henry Davey

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Robin Henry Davey and his service in World War 1. At the time of Robin Henry Davey's enlistment, he was working on his father's farm at Greensborough

Article - Benjamin Alfred Starling

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Benjamin Alfred Starling and his service in World War 1. Ben Starling was born in Diamond Creek. .

Article - Geoffrey Hughes

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Geoffrey Hughes and his service in World War 1. Geoffrey Hughes lived at Greensborough

Book - The History of Diamond Valley/Eltham Citizens Advice Bureau Inc.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Article - Herbert Charles Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Herbert Charles 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.

Photograph - Digital Image - Joseph James Skillen McDowell

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Sepia image and text

Historical information

Photograph of Joseph McDowell, 1881-1922

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.

Photographs - St Katherine's Anglican Church St Helena 1930s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00601:01216:01217:01221:01346:01732:01763:02557 Set of 4 postcards (9x14cm), one photograph (10x16cm), one photograph (16x11cm). All show views of St Katherine's Church St Helena. Also an A4 copy of a magazine article about St Helena.

Historical information

St Katherine's Church St Helena was built by Major Anthony Beale pioneer settler of the area, and named after his wife. The original church was damaged by fire in February 1957 and rebuilt shortly after. The accompanying article describes the "quaint old village of Greensborough" and an excursion to the churchyard at St Helena. Refer to article by Eileen Fortescue in The Argus Newspaper Saturday 19/3/1932 Page 8.

Significance

These photos are significant as they were taken before the fire and there are few photographs of the original church.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each image has a caption and date on the back.

Folder - Chapman family (James Chapman)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20-page plastic binder, spiral bound, clear cover. Contains documents relating to the James Chapman family.

Historical information

History of the origins of this Greensborough family and the family tree of James Chapman (1805-1875) and Susan Palmer (1808-1895). James Chapman, his wife Susan and all his family including his son-in-law William Poulter left the Port of London in November 1848 on board the 'Francis Ridley' of 536 tons on her maiden voyage to Australia and Bombay India. The Master of the ship was Henry Hudson. James Poulter owned the land between Greensborough Railway Station and Plenty River before selling it to William Poulter.

Article - Percival Albert Amiet

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Percival Albert Amiet and his service in World War 1. At the time of Percival Albert Amiet's enlistment, he was living at Korumburra. Percival Amiet's next of kin was Mrs. W. Mitchell (Sister) of Greensborough.

Oral History - Nancy Fyfe Remembers, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour photographs.

Historical information

Nancy Fyfe came to Watsonia in 1959. She shares her memories with Rosie Bray,

Oral History - Early Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

5 p. typescript

Historical information

Jean Luxford's reminiscences, with notes on some of the earlier history of Greensborough. As told to John Gibson, updated by Jean and John in 2017.

Significance

Firsthand reminiscences of Greensborough in the 20th century.

Advertisement - Greensborough Hotel Advertisement 1933-34

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages from a Victorian Railways travel journal. Advertisement for Greensborough Hotel 1933-34. Photocopy from original journal.

Historical information

An advertisement for Greensborough Hotel in the town of "Greensborough, picturesque township on the Plenty River, 13 miles from Melbourne."

Significance

Photograph show the "new brick building with all modern conveniences'. Greensborough in the 1930s was a popular spot for picnics and holidays.

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05253:04705 Digital copy of Citation

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.

Notes - Lower Plenty Bridge notes by Russell Yeoman.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 typed pages.

Historical information

Notes on the history of Lower Plenty by Russell Yeoman, Eltham Historical Society; including references to Andrew Ross from his "Reminiscences" and an article from Trove on the Lower Plenty Bridge.

Article - Mary Eveline Nicholson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Mary Eveline Nicholson and her service in World War 1.

Oral History Transcript - Life at Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00030:00447:01637 3 page History of the Partington Family's life at 'Willis Vale' homestead in Greensborough during the early 20th Century. Includes b&w photos.

Historical information

The Partington family farmed the property known as Willis Vale in the early 20th century. In this article Faye Fort (nee Partington) recalls life in Greensborough.

Significance

Historical reference to the property 'Willis Vale' and its eventual destruction. Describes family relationships within the Partington family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes Partington family photos

Article - Daisy Coundon

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Daisy Coundon and her service in World War 1.

Article - John Cecil Jessop: a community minded individual.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Oral History - I remember by Elaine Drakeford (nee Roberts)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00452:00714:01513 2 typed pages.

Historical information

Elaine Drakeford (nee Roberts) recounts her story of growing up in Greensborough from the 1940s. As part of a large family, the 9 children played together and made their own fun.

Significance

A primary source recollection of Greensborough 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.

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.