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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.

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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433 items

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).

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.

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 - Hugh Norman Coventry

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Article - William Bryant

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Bryant and his service in World War 1. William Bryant was born in Bundoora.

Article - William Austin Mills

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Article - John James (Jack) Andrews

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John James (Jack) Andrews and his service in World War 1. Jack Andrews was a founder of the Greensborough RSL.

Document - Diamond Valley Football Association, 1932

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, copy of team list

Historical information

Numbers and names of teams taking part in Diamond Valley Football Association finals 1932. Greensborough, Heidelberg, Eltham and Templestowe Football Clubs.

Article and Photograph - The Shop at 19 Greenhill Road Greensborough, by Margaret O'Connor and Dawn Bennetts

Greensborough Historical Society,

3p., typescript and black and white and colour photographs plus one black and white photograph

Historical information

Don and Winifred Dobell built a shop at 19 Greenhill Road in the late 1950s. Various businesses operated there, and it is currently (2018) a restaurant named the Clay Oven. People in the photograph are Granny Anderson, her daughters June Thorpe and Dot Turner and Stella Slow.

Article - Eric Carl Garlick

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Eric Carl Garlick and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, he was working as a farmhand in Greensborough

Oral History Transcript - Life at Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 - Rowland Hardley

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Document - Digital Image - Scott Didier. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Photograph - Digital Image - Joseph James Skillen McDowell

Greensborough Historical Society,

Sepia image and text

Historical information

Photograph of Joseph McDowell, 1881-1922

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 - William John Thompson

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William John Thompson and his service in World War 1. William Thompson lived in Montmorency in the inter-war period.

Article - Roy James Halse

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Roy James Halse and his service in Roy's father, Alfred lived in Greensborough.

Document - The Greensborough murder of John Mitchell

Greensborough Historical Society,

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).

Document - A brief history of Bundoora

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page.

Historical information

A brief history of the Bundoora area from around 1835.

Significance

A starting place for further research.

Booklet - Digital Image - Robert Whatmough story, by Jacinta Crealy

Greensborough Historical Society,

37 p., illus. (some col.), genealogical charts, digital copy.

Historical information

Robert Whatmough (1815-1887) emigrated to Australia in 1840 and became a prominent horticulturalist in Greensborough. This booklet written by descendant Jacinta Crealy outlines the life and times of Robert Whatmough. It is an earlier version of her 2017 book.

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Futuro House Greensborough, 2017

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Written in 2017, this article reports on the history of the Futuro House, now in South Morang, but previously used in Greensborough as a temporary booth for sales of land at a new housing estate called Apollo Parkways.

Oral History - People that I have met: Cliff Lowerson; by Rosie Bray.

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 pages, text and photographs.

Historical information

Rosie Bray talks with Clifford Alva Lowerson about life with his wife Iris in Eltham, Briar Hill, Montmorency and Watsonia.

Significance

Oral history first published in GHS Newsletter 2014.

Oral History - Brooks (Brookes) by Ross Brookes

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 typed page.

Historical information

Ross Brooks is a descendant of the Poulter family and recounts the family connections with Greensborough.

Significance

Family connections in Greensborough are deceased.

Booklet - The First Years 2010-2016: Greensborough Historical Society Inc

Greensborough Historical Society,

24 pages, text and colour illustrations. Printed and bound in white plastic folder.

Historical information

The story of the first years of operation of the Greensborough Historical Society Inc, 2010-2016. Written by GHS member Rosie Bray from published Committee and meeting minutes and Society newsletters. The Society was founded in 2010.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Article - Eliza Smith

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Eliza Smith and her service in World War 1.

Folder - Major Anthony Beale, St Katherine's Church St Helena and World War I Veterans buried at St Helena Cemetery.

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 folders of articles, text and photographs.

Historical information

Folder contains articles on the Beale family of St Helena, St Katherine's Church St Helena and local World War I Veterans buried at St Helena Cemetery.

Article - Clifton William Anderson

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Clifton William Anderson and his service in World War 1. Clifton Anderson is commemorated with his brother Philip Anderson on the Greensborough and District Honour Board at the Greensborough RSL.

Article - A Pioneer Squatter's Life

Greensborough Historical Society,

24 page photocopy of chapter of a book. Digitised copy included.

Historical information

The Willis family were early settlers at Lower Plenty, just near where the hotel and old bridge are today. This is a chapter from Historical Records of Victoria / editor-in-chief, Michael Cannon ; [compiled by the Public Records Office]. Vol. 6. The Crown, the land, and the squatter, 1835-1840.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten inscription on front page: Willis family of Lower Plenty

Article - Jonathan Lionel Mills

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Jonathan Lionel Mills and his service in World War 1. He was born in Upper Diamond Creek (Plenty).

Article - Gordon Hickson

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

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 - Vivian Thomas

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Article - Charles Edward Morgan

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Charles Edward Morgan and his service in World War 1. Charles Morgan was born in Bundoora.

Oral History - Denise Scott by Anne Paul

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 page, text and illus.

Historical information

In 2017, GHS member Anne Paul, contacted comedian Denise Scott after meeting at the Banyule Volunteer Awards function. Denise agreed to answer some questions about her life growing up in Greensborough and this is the completed story.

Book - Digital Image - St David's Presbyterian Church Ladies Guild Cookbook

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of cookbook. 24 pages, text and line drawings.

Historical information

A digital copy of a cookbook, published in 1970 by St David's Presbyterian Church Ladies Guild, Greensborough. Contains recipes gathered from the ladies of the Church.

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 - Plenty Gorge Park dig May 2015

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 p., black text and photographs

Historical information

Account of a dig carried out by Heritage Victoria at the site of the Thomas flour mill, a three-story building with a small cottage built in 1855, which ceased operation in 1863. Article written by GHS member John Gibson.

Document - Digital Image - Robert Hyde. Hall of Fame Citation and Roast Tribute

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 05250:04705 Digital copy of Citation and 'roast'

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Robert Hyde 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.

Newspaper clipping - Grimshaw Street Greensborough (to the editor) 1935

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00540.00584.02947 Reprint of a letter to the Editor by D. Medhurst from Hurstbridge Advertiser Friday 6 December 1935 p. 5. Printed from Trove.

Historical information

Deals with the matter of Council responsibility for the construction and maintenance of Grimshaw Street Greensborough

Article - Henry Green

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Henry Green and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, Henry was living at Grace Park Greensborough

Photograph - Digital image - Hewitt - Keys family group

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01522:01232:02367 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph. Includes short family history.

Historical information

Group photograph of members of the Hewitt and Keys family. From Nola Parish (nee Iredale) "This is a photo of taken at my grandparents wedding in Heidelberg and includes daughters of Edward Keys and his wife Eliza formally Elizabeth Hewitt who's maiden name was Eliza Joyce daughter of Thomas Joyce and Mary A'Hearn. The Keys family lived in Worns Lane Yarrambat formally Tancks Corner." A short history of the family is included.

Article - The Greenhills Hall

Greensborough Historical Society,

9 pages, typescript with photographs

Historical information

Memories of Greenhills Hall, completed in 1957, and its uses as a Sunday School, theatre, pre-school, venue for table tennis, guides and scouts, meetings and dances.

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.

Oral History - Medhurst-Ruston Families

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00438:00685 2 x typed pages, 2 x handwritten pages on lined paper (manuscript)

Historical information

This oral history relates the history of the Medhurst and Ruston families in Greensborough.

Significance

A story of the interconnections between families in pioneer Greensborough

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten manuscript by Faye Fort.

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.

Article - William David Sharpe

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Article - Clarence Alexander Watson

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Jane Henrietta Coventry

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph and notes, 2 p. black and white

Historical information

Photograph of Jane Henrietta Coventry nee Spencer 1863-1940 with details of her husband and 10 children. Jane and Henry Coventry's family included two champion AFL footballers, Syd and Gordon Coventry. Coventry Street [Montmorency] is named after her son Tom Coventry, who lived in the area.

Advertisement - Greensborough Hotel Advertisement 1933-34

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.