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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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579 items

Article - Richard Lewis Weir

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Richard Lewis Weir and his service in World War 1. Richard Weir lived in Bundoora and is commemorated on the Fallen Soldiers' Memorial in Greensborough..

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

Document - Diamond Valley Football Association, 1932

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Oral History - Hyde Family by Norm Hyde

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 typed pages.

Historical information

Norm Hyde recounts his married life with his wife Pat and family in Greensborough from 1964. Includes his involvement with local sporting clubs.

Significance

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

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.

Article - Katie Rae Heriot

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Katie Rae Heriot and her service in World War 1. She worked at various military hospitals including 16th AGH Macleod.

Article - Jasper Lewis Bolton

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Jasper Lewis Bolton and his service in World War 1. At the time of Jasper Lewis Bolton's enlistment, he was living in Hamilton, Victoria. He moved to Briar Hill in the inter-war years.

Map - Heidelberg: Historic River Landscape Assessment. Historical Maps. Map B 1838-1851, "The Distinctly aristocratic locality"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white sketch map on white paper

Historical information

Geographical area of around 35 sq. kilometres marked with physical features such as major roads, rivers, vegetation and properties, with contemporary notes on landowners, descriptions and comments on the land and its development. Bounded by Shire of Diamond Valley to the North, Darebin Creek to the West and Plenty River to the East

Article - Stanley Cade

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Stanley Cade and his service in World War 1. Stanley Cade boarded at Mrs Marsh's house in Hailes Street Greensborough.

Manuscript - Greensborough at Intervals by D Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

48 x A4 pages. Photocopy of handwritten manuscript. Bound in plastic cover.

Historical information

Traces the changes to the area around Greensborough from the earliest days of white settlement to 1935.

Significance

A personal memoir of the early days of settlement in the Greensborough district by a member of one of the pioneering families.

Inscriptions & Markings

By D. Medhurst - added in pencil by Faye Fort: "Annie May's father, Faye's great grandfather"

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Hewitt - Keys family group

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Document - Briar Hill as I knew it: the memories of Ray Hooper

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3p. typescript

Historical information

Reminiscences about people and places in Briar Hill, written by the late Ray Hooper.

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 - 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 - Interview with Val Mallett, by Dawn Bennetts and Merilyn Mullavey

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 p., black & white typescript, photographs

Historical information

Val and Mailey Mallett have lived in Hurstbridge and Greensborough since 1957

Notes - Lower Plenty Bridge notes by Russell Yeoman.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 typed pages.

Historical information

Notes on the history of Lower Plenty by Russell Yeoman, Eltham Historical Society; including references to Andrew Ross from his "Reminiscences" and an article from Trove on the Lower Plenty Bridge.

Oral History - The adventured of the Brown brothers on the playing fields of Greensborough by Val Wilson (nee Rolfs)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 typed pages.

Historical information

Val Wilson (nee Rolfs) recounts the problems faced by the Brown brothers in their quest to play cricket for Greensborough Cricket Club in the late 1800s.

Significance

This story is supported by articles in the Evelyn Observer.

Oral History - Dean family by Bob Dean.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 typed page.

Historical information

Bob Dean moved to Montmorency in 1952 and lived in Para Road. As a builder he worked on Marble Hall and his family's company built home in the area.

Significance

A primary source of life in the mid to late 20th century.

Article - John Adam Bush - Frederick William Bush

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Three pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John Adam Bush and his brother Frederick William Bush and their service in World War 1. At the time of their enlistments their parents were living at Greensborough

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club. Third Eighteen. Premiers 1961 Diamond Valley League.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05275:04705 Group photograph of football team and support staff. Displayed as Word document.

Historical information

In 1961, the Greensborough Third 18 were premiers in the Diamond Valley Football League. This photograph was displayed at the GFC Hall of Fame in 2016.

Significance

This photograph is a record of the team - players and support staff - involved in the 1961 season.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of team and staff are printed below photograph.

Oral History - Ernest "Mick" Henry Evans - ANZAC

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 typed pages, black and white photograph.

Historical information

Written by his daughter, June Hall, this is the story of Ernie (Mick) Evans during World War II. He fought as an ANZAC with the Rats of Tobruk. In 1947 the Evans family moved to Greensborough.

Significance

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

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Oral History Transcript - Life at Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Document - The Greensborough murder of John Mitchell

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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).

Oral History - Early days in Chapman Street Macleod

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 typed pages, includes photographs.

Historical information

Graeme and Lorraine Collins moved to Macleod in the late 1950s and tell the story of building and establishing their family home in the area.

Significance

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

Oral History - O'Neill's Greengrocers Main Street Greensborough / Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page of text.

Historical information

Nancy Fowkes (nee O'Neill) tells the story of her father's greengrocers shop in Main Street Greensborough from 1953 to 1969.

Significance

A personal story of life in Greensborough.

Article - John William Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Article - James Alexander Mitchell

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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