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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

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

Oral History - Allan Bishop remembers the early years. Interview by Dawn Bennetts

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

8 page text, black & white and col photographs

Historical information

Recollections of Allan Bishop, resident of the Greensborough area for about 40 years, as interviewed and written by his niece Dawn Bennetts (nee Petts)

Article and Photograph - Hurstbridge Rail Line 1967

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Information and photos about the Hurstbridge Rail Line in 1967. Photographs courtesy Paul de Sauty, include those taken on the journey from Greensborough to Hurstbridge.

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.

Folder - Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Folder of details of invoices and photographs of graves in Greensborough Cemetery restored by Eric Poulter

Historical information

Record of restoration of Poulter family graves by Eric Poulter 2011- . with invoices for costs and photographs from GHS archives where available.

Book - Digital Image - School at the crossing place: Lower Plenty Primary School 1874-1974 LP1295

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital (scanned) copy of the Centenary book.

Historical information

The Centenary history of Lower Plenty Primary School from 1874-1974.

Article - Lionel Almond

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Lionel Almond and his service in World War 1. Lionel Almond was born in Greensborough.

Article - The Case of the missing wallet, by Atis Lejins

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

5 p. typescript

Historical information

Personal account of a common 'crisis' situation, written by GHS member Atis Lejins.

Article and Photograph - Greensborough Police lock up

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Photo of Greensborough Police lock up, Grimshaw Street Greensborough

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.

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

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 - Anne-Marie Primmer: by default, or by design, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages text and two colour photographs.

Historical information

Anne-Marie Primmer is a legal worker, prize-winning cook, dog trainer and volunteer at Diamond Valley Community Information. Rosie Bray relates her story.

Article - Children gave the new Grace Park playground equipment the thumbs up, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 p. text and colour photographs; with 8 colour photographs as printed in the document

Historical information

Banyule Council held a launch of the newly erected playground equipment at the Grace Park playground, corner Henry and Louis Streets, on 2 March 2016. Report and photos by Rosie Bray

Inscriptions & Markings

Each photograph has identifying details written on the back, of the playground and attendees at the launch on 2 March 2016

Article - Thomas Baden Simpson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Document - Digital Image - Percy Adamson. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05236:05231:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photograph

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Percy Adamson as he is inducted into the Greensborough Football Club's Hall of Fame as a Legend

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 - John Cecil Jessop: a community minded individual.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 and Photograph - Main Street Bluestone bridge

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Information and photos about the bluestone bridge over the Plenty River in Main Street Greensborough

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 Lindsay Medley Maddison

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Photograph - Digital image - Plain and Fancy Dress Ball 1906 - Greensborough Rechabite Hall

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Group photo of participants in the 1906 Plain and Fancy Dress Ball held in the Greensborough Hall. A newspaper article from the time is attached as a Word document. Some participants are identified in article.

Article - Timothy Michael Egan

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Article - Elise Erica Janet Gundersen

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Masseuse Elise Gundersen and her service in World War 1. She worked at various military hospitals including 16th AGH Mont Park.

Article - Ernest Russell Paterson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Ernest Russell Paterson and his service in World War 1. Ernest joined parents in Greensborough in the post-war period.

Document - Memories of Brian (The Red Headed) Blackburn

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 04431.04718 2 pages, typescript

Historical information

Reminiscences of life growing up and living in Greensborough from 1945 to the 1980s, as detailed in a letter from Brian Blackburn to Faye Fort (nee Partington) in 2016.

Article - A Rousing of a riding, by Eric Stephensen

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

21 p, typescript duplicated on yellow paper

Historical information

A humourous history of the North Eltham area

Article and Photograph - Bridge at Para Road and Gladstone Road

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Information and photograph about the railway bridge at Para Road and Gladstone Road Greensborough.

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.

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05257:05234:04705 Digital copy of Citation

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Peter Watkins 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 - A Chapter of Baxter's History

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A seven page computer printed document

Historical information

The article was originally printed in the Hastings Sun on 05/06/1985. Downloaded from www.bratpac.org/about-bratpac/baxters-history

Significance

This document outlines some of the history of the Baxter family and the area known as Baxter on the Mornington Peninsula

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Newspaper clipping - 17 Watsonia home sites sell for 1585 [pounds] average

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Torn clipping

Historical information

A scrap of newspaper with land prices in Watsonia's "Hillboro" estate. Prices are pre-decimal currency, estimated mid 1950s.

Significance

AN indication of land prices in the 1950s.

Article - Reginald Thwaites Spencer

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

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 and Photograph - Crystal Clean Car Wash

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page colour photograph and caption

Historical information

Crystal Clean Bay car wash, 35 Sherbourne Road Briar Hill was demolished about 5 July 2019. The site is being redeveloped with residential units.

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.