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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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581 items

Article - John Raywood Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Article - John Creighton

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John Creighton and his service in World War 1. John Creighton was born in Bundoora.

Article - Mary Elizabeth Jane Roberts

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Mary Elizabeth Jane Roberts and her service in World War 1.

Article - Catherine McGileray Munro

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Catherine McGileray Munro and her service in World War 1.

Document - John Samuel White 1837 to 1926, by Marilyn Smith

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

5 p., typescript, one sepia photograph

Historical information

Life, family and career of John Samuel White (1837-1926), Greensborough resident, politician and long-time municipal councillor

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - Harold Creighton

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Harold Creighton and his service in World War 1. Harold Creighton was born in Bundoora.

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.

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 and Photograph - Gentlemen's slip away

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Explanation of the term "gentlemen's slip-away", said to refer to the lane at the bottom of River Street Briar Hill which goes to Gladstone Road - a short cut to the Greensborough Hotel?

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.

Photograph - Greensborough Station, 1980s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 p., colour photograph and caption by Raymond Marsh

Historical information

Photograph is of Tait train (Red Rattler) leaving Greesnsborough Station in the 1980s

Article - The story of Evelyn Way, St Helena

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 pages, text and illus.

Historical information

This story was told to Frank Solomon by Michael Sciberras on 06/08/2016. It briefly covers the owner of the Evelyn Way pig farm in St Helena, Werner Otto Fritz Hanusch.

Article - Early lesson in justice, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

5 p. text, copy of Liberal Party electoral advertisment for 1949 Federal election included.

Historical information

Rosie's experiences as a junior staff member at the Myer Emporium in 1948, where she was accused of being a communist.

Photograph - Digital image - Tom and Hugh (Norm) Coventry, 1915

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1page, sepia photograph and notes

Historical information

Photograph of Hugh Norman (Norm) Coventry age 20 and his brother Tom age 18 after their enlistment 1 December 1915. Coventry Street [Montmorency] is named after Tom Coventry, who lived in the area.

Document - Digital Image - Arthur Franklin. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05248:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Arthur Franklin 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 - 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, 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

Article - Procession of the fruit, by Blamire Young

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Typescript transcription of article in the Argus, Saturday 2 February 1907. 4 p. text and photograph

Historical information

This article, written by noted artist Blamire Young, is a lyrical description of carts bringing produce from the Greensborough area to market. Young lived in Greensborough 1906-1908

Significance

A description of Greensborough as a rural area in the early 20th century

List - Electoral Roll Doris Street: compiled by Marilyn Smith

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Typescript 2 p.

Historical information

List of occupants of addresses in Doris Street Greensborough in 1954, 1963 and 1980, compiled from Electoral Rolls.

Oral History - Greenhills State School no.4893 (1962-1964): by Dawn Bennetts - GH4893

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Document - McLaughlin Family History

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4p. typescipt

Historical information

Records of McLaughlin family from birth of Michael McLaughlin in Belfast in 1813 to birth of Myrtle May in 1902

Article - The Separation tree

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 p. Wikipedia article; photograph of the tree in the Botanical Gardens, Melbourne (before it was vandalised), and copy of the document of separation of the province of Victoria from the Colony of New South Wales, owned by Colin Boucher..

Historical information

The tree was one of two original red river gums that pre-dated European occupation, and was the site where colonists congregated to celebrate the announcement of Victoria's separation from New South Wales on 15 November 1850. It died as the result of vandalism in 2010 and 2013. Saplings of the original are planted around Melbourne, including along the Plenty River Trail in Greensborough

Article - Alfred William McDougall

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Alfred William McDougall and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Brunswick and his parents lived in Greensborough.

Article - The 1909 "Battle of Greensborough" / by John Gibson.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text, map and photograph.

Historical information

In 1909 military exercises were held in the Greensborough area. In this researched article the site is identified and activities related.

Significance

This is the text of a presentation by John Gibson at the April 2013 meeting of GHS.

Article and Photograph - Flintoff

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Article on the property of Frederick Nevins Flintoff, from 1841. This appears to be part of a newspaper article but has no source, other than a reference to another article in the Evelyn Observer of February 1890.

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 - Robert Morton Tait

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Robert Morton Tait and his service in World War 1. In the post-war period, Robert and his wife lived in Alexandra Street Greensborough.

Genealogical Document - Ely Poulter Family Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - Donald McKay

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Donald McKay and his service in World War 1. Donald and his brother attended Greensborough State School.

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.

Folder of documents - Nepean Street - fact or fiction?, by Peter Simmenauer

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopies of four Certificates of Title and other land documents, with summary of land ownership 1916-1997

Historical information

Record of ownership of 216 Nepean Street Greensborough 1916-1997, Grace Park area