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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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Oral History - Interview with Gloria Stevens (nee Wightman)

Greensborough Historical Society,

5p. black and white text plus photographs

Historical information

Gloria Stevens' reminiscences of people and places in Greenhills from the late 1930s to early 1950s. Interviewers: Marilyn Smith and Dawn Bennetts.

Article - Patrick Francis Plunkett

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 - Frederick Stanley Pepper

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frederick Stanley Pepper and his service in World War 1. Fred Pepper was born in Greensborough.

Oral History - The Dickson Family story / by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00345:00695 2 typed pages. Second copy of Item

Historical information

Bonnie Dickson recounts her early married life in Greensborough from 1955, the building of their home in Nell Street and their involvement in the local community.

Significance

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

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Oral History - Richards - Angland Family, by Ida Brown as told to June Hall.

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages.

Historical information

Ida Brown relates the story of her family, through good and bad times. From her grandfather's arrival in Australia (john Henry Richards) to her time at Greensborough Primary School.

Significance

A primary source recollection of Greensborough pioneer families.

Folder - Chapman family (James Chapman)

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Book - Digital Image - The Federal Primer, or Second Steps at School [1927]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of a school 'primer' or first reader. 34 pages, illus. (some col.).

Historical information

Digital copy of a 'first reader', this Federal Primer is based around Australian themes, for use in Australian schools.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name of owner on cover.

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.

Article - Ernest Gordon Mills

Greensborough Historical Society,

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).

Article - David John Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 - Donald Vary Paterson

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Donald Vary Paterson and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Greensborough

Article - Percy John Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Genealogical Document - Ely Poulter Family Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages. Contains family history details.

Historical information

This document outlines the family trees of the Ely and Poulter families from Cowlinge Suffolk and the eventual marriage and settlement in Greensborough in then mid 1850s.

Significance

Shows the links between pioneer families in the district and the links with Cowlinge in Suffolk.

Article - James Richard Purcell

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 - Roger Egan

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Roger Egan and his service in World War 1. Roger's sister lived at Mont Park.

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]

Document collection - Greenhills Neighbourhood Centre 1983-2015

Greensborough Historical Society,

8 pages, text and illustrations.

Historical information

A collection of documents prepared over several 'milestone' events such a 20 and 30 year anniversaries. Access given by Neighbourhood Centre Chris Burroughs in 2015. The centre was renamed Greenhills Neighbourhood House in 2016.

Oral History - From a house to a community institution: the Diamond Valley Community Hospital.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 typed pages.

Historical information

This article tells the story of the Diamond Valley Community Hospital from its beginnings as a private hospital in the 1930s, its use as a community hospital from 1954 to its closure in 2000.

Significance

A primary source recollection of the Diamond Valley Community Hospital. Greensborough.

Article - William John Ambrose Evans

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William John Ambrose Evans and his service in World War 1. William Evans grew up in Bundoora.

Report - Lower Plenty River Archaeological Survey; Fiona Weaver

Greensborough Historical Society,

Printed on white A4 paper. Approx 92 pages (not numbered). Illus., maps.

Historical information

Archaeological survey of the Lower Plenty River undertaken in 1990 by Fiona Weaver for the Board of Works.

Significance

Indigenous heritage sites along the Plenty River are examined and recommendations made for the preservation and to lessen the impact of development on these sites.

Article - David Alfred Mann

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about David Alfred Mann and his service in World War 1. David Mann was born in Janefield and at the time of his enlistment he was possibly living at Thomastown.

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 original hand written text from author.

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.

Oral History - Greensborough bush fire / by Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill)

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages text.

Historical information

Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill) relates another story of growing up in Greensborough.

Significance

A personal story of life in Greensborough.

Oral History - From Italy to Greensborough in the 1950s - the Sculli family / by Rosie Bray.

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages text and images.

Historical information

The Sculli family came to Melbourne in the 1950s and in 1960 opened a fruit shop in Main Street Greensborough. In 2014, they are operating a fruit shop in Greensborough Plaza.

Significance

This oral history was collected and written for GHS and first published in "As I Recall" 2013.

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 - Henry Hensler Neville Littledike

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Henry Hensler Neville Littledike and his service in World War 1. Henry's mother lived in Greensborough.

Article - John Cecil Jessop: a community minded individual.

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages.

Historical information

Cecil Jessop was an important figure in the development of Greensborough. This outline of his life discusses his work as a councillor, MMBW, and Sutherland Homes.

Significance

A brief outline of an important Greensborough identity.

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 - R. A. Marsh, Church Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00356:00449:00546:00743:01259 Collection of documents relating to the Marsh family. In particular a dispute about a log crossing on the Plenty River, the access to which was across Marsh's land.

Historical information

Deals with a tenancy agreement between the Marsh and Partington families. There is also a brief family history of the Marsh family in Greensborough.

Significance

Marsh and Partington families are Greensborough pioneer families.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some handwritten documents.

Article - Robert Beauchamp Spencer

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Robert Beauchamp Spencer and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Bundoora.

Article - Reginald Thwaites Spencer

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Reginald Thwaites 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.

Folder of Documents - Nurse Alice Broadbent

Greensborough Historical Society,

Folder of photographs, CD and text.

Historical information

This folder contains copies of two albums of photographs from Nurse Alice Broadbent who served at the 16th Australian General Hospital Macleod in 1920.

Article - Thomas Baden Simpson

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Thomas Baden Simpson and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living in Greensborough

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.

Article - Robert Lindsay Medley Maddison

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Robert Lindsay Medley Maddison and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Greensborough

Oral History Transcript - John Finn, interviewed 1995

Greensborough Historical Society,

Transcript of oral history, told by John Finn on 26th September 1995. Interviewed by Peter Blackbourn. One A4 page.

Historical information

John Finn 1909-1999. Eliza Jane Finn (Stock) 1889-1980. Thomas William Finn. Marble Hall, Greensborough.

Significance

Connects the Finn and Stock families and relates their life in Greensborough in the early 20th century.

Oral History - The larrikin pig / by Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill)

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page text.

Historical information

Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill) relates a story of the Shire of Diamond Valley.

Significance

A personal story of life in Greensborough.

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 - Tyrrell Granville Evans

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Tyrrell Granville Evans and his service in World War 1. Tyrrell Evans and his brothers are commemorated on the Greensborough State School Honor Board.

Article - Diamond Valley Community Hospital / by Gemma Sprague and Rosalie Bray.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages, text and images.

Historical information

A short history of Diamond Valley Community Hospital from the perspective of former nurse and patient Gemma Sprague.

Significance

DVCH was Greensborough and district's local community hospital during the 20th century. Story first published in "As I Recall" in 2013.

Article - William McRitchie

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Oral History - Doug Hall - Greensborough by June Hall (nee Evans)

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages.

Historical information

June Hall (nee Evans) tells the life story of her husband Doug Hall, including his association with many Greensborough sporting clubs and groups, and his love of art and music.

Significance

This story outlines the life of a Greensborough resident in the second half of the 20th century.

Oral History - Medhurst-Ruston Families

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00438:00685 3 pages, includes photographs.

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

Copy 2 #438

Booklet - Digital Image - Springthorpe and La Trobe Heritage Project

Greensborough Historical Society,

29 p., black text and colour and black and white images.

Historical information

A history of the Springthorpe area from pre-European settlement, includes Strathallan and Macleod, Mont Park, Gresswell, and La Trobe University Wildlife Sanctuary.

Significance

Show the historical significance of the area surrounding the Springthorpe estate.

Article - Peter Killen

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Peter Killen and his service in World War 1. During the war, Peter's wife and two sons lived in Greensborough.

Book - Digital Image - GFC - 90 seasons, by Bruce McDowell

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital book, 73 pages, text and illustrations.

Historical information

From its earliest beginning in 1893, Bruce McDowell traces the history of the Greensborough Football Club through 90 seasons.

Significance

Traces the history of the local football club, mentioning many pioneer families associated with the Club.

Oral History Transcript - Jean Huggett (Barnett) and Eadie Barnett (Alexander)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Oral History of Jean Huggett (Barnett) 1913-2004; and, Eadie Barnett(Alexander) 1914-200. Interviewed and compiled by Peter Blackbourn.

Historical information

Lower Plenty. Rosanna Golf Club. Barnett family.

Significance

Stories of childhood in the Greensborough area

Article - George Augustus Broome

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Augustus Broome and his service in World War 1. At the time of George Augustus Broome's enlistment, he was living at Bundoora

Oral History - Greensborough local swimming hole / by Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill)

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages text.

Historical information

Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill) relates another story of growing up in Greensborough.

Significance

A personal story of life in Greensborough.