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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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446 items

Document - Bell's Cottage [Happy Hollow]: Victorian Heritage database report

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 p. typescript, one black & white photograph

Historical information

In 1997, Bell's Cottage at Happy Hollow Farm was included in the Nillumbik Heritage Overlay HO59.

Significance

The cottage was built by Robert Whatmough and associated with the pioneering orchardists Frederick and Theodore Flintoff and William Verner. It is technically significant for its wattle and daub construction, vertical slabs and bark roof. It was destroyed by fire in 2003.

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 - Thomas John Finnigan

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Thomas John Finnigan and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, he was working at Mont Park.

Article - Alexander John McDonald

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02936:04835 Article 1:One page, text and colour images; Article 2: 4 pages text and colour images

Historical information

A short article about Alexander John McDonald and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Violet Town and his father lived in Bundoora. A second article is included, written by John Gibson and titled: "Alexander John McDonald's Great War"; it gives further detail about this soldier.

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.

Article - Gordon Hickson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Gordon Hickson and his service in World War 1. Gordon Hickson was born in Janefield/Yan Yean.

Folder and compact disc - Simpson Army Barracks

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black spiral bound folder (approx. 32 pages) with accompanying compact disc. Colour illustrations and maps. Updated 2016 in Word document.

Historical information

This document is the result of research into the history of Watsonia Barracks (now Simpson Barracks) by GHS member Marilyn Smith. It details the origin of street names in the surrounding area and includes biographical information on those after whom the streets were named. Updated December 2016.

Significance

The Watsonia Barracks has been in use since WW2 and is today home to the Defence Force School of Signals. It was built on the property formerly owned by Ainslie Meares. In 1951, surrounding land was purchased for the extension of the barracks. The suburb of Yallambie was formerly part of the Barracks.

Article - Donald McMillan

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Donald McMillan` and his service in World War 1. He was born in St Helena.

Article - Bruce Alexander Pope

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Bruce Alexander Pope and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Diamond Creek. Bruce Pope farmed in the Greensborough area post-war.

Newspaper - Diamond Valley News. 29 Sept. 1964 : Commemorative edition : Proclamation of the Shire of Diamond Valley.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

40 page commemorative edition. Yellowed newsprint. Front cover icludes "The Shire of Diamond Valley" on red outline map of shire and photos of the 12 inaugural councillors. 3 copies.

Historical information

The Shire of Diamond Valley was formerly the north ward of the City of Heidelberg. In 1960 following inequitable rate increases, it was proposed that the 'north ward' sever itself from Heidelberg and form its own municipality. The Shire was abolished in 1994 and areas redistributed to Banyule, Nillumbik and Darebin councils.

Significance

This newspaper reports on the history and politics of the new Shire of Diamond Valley. It includes news articles and advertising material from local businesses.

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.

Oral History - Recollections by Vera Lay

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 typed pages, illustration.

Historical information

Vera Lay worked in the building known as Marble Hall (situated on the corner of Carter Street (now Para Road) and Main Street. She recalls many of the people and places that made up Main Street Greensborough in the 1950s.

Significance

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

Article - George Fineran

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

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

Report - Saxam reports, Banyule Council

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Article - Rowland Hardley

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Two pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Rowland Hardley and his service in World War 1. Rowland Hardley was Foundation President of the Greensborough RSL.

Article - Edith Sommerville Thistlethwaite

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Edith Sommerville Thistlethwaite and her service in World War 1. Following the War, Edith was a sub-matron at 16 AGH Macleod.

Document - Splatt-Starling Family

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - 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 - Alfred Edgar Pepper

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Alfred Edgar Pepper and his service in World War 1. Alfred was born in Greensborough.

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 - Kenneth Gordon Sharpe

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Kenneth Gordon Sharpe and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at North Fitzroy; his parents lived in Greensborough.

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.

Oral History - Watsonia - some memories by John Kellow

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00302:00303.01017.02237 5 pages, typed.

Historical information

A short history of Watsonia told in the oral history style. Written in July 2010.

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Article - James Richard Purcell

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Article - Albert Keith Lines

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Article - Spear Family, by Rosemary Hassett (Spear)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., typescript

Historical information

Rosemary Hassett's recollections of her childhood in Greensborough, growing up in the Spear family

Article - Charles Benjamin Scrivener

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Charles Benjamin Scrivener and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was working at Guildford WA; Charles was born in Greensborough.

Article - Ernest Gordon Mills

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Ernest Gordon Mills and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Upper Diamond Creek (Plenty).