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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.

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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423 items

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.

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.

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 - John Cecil Jessop: a community minded individual.

Greensborough Historical Society,

7 pages, text and photographs.

Historical information

Cecil Jessop was an important figure in the development of Greensborough. This outline of his life by Norm Colvin discusses his work as a councillor, MMBW, and Sutherland Homes. Additional material on his War Service by John Gibson with photographs from the collection of Jean Luxford.

Significance

A brief outline of an important Greensborough identity.

Oral History - I remember by Elaine Drakeford (nee Roberts)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00452:00714:01513 2 typed pages.

Historical information

Elaine Drakeford (nee Roberts) recounts her story of growing up in Greensborough from the 1940s. As part of a large family, the 9 children played together and made their own fun.

Significance

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

Article - Thomas John Finnigan

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Thomas John Finnigan and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, he was working at Mont Park.

Document - Digital Image - Jack Waites. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation Link:5256:5230:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Jack Waites 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.

Genealogical Document - Middleton Family - Briar Hill

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00440:00772 2 typed pages.

Historical information

Details of the Middleton family of Briar Hill from their arrival in Australia from England in 1923/24. Lists the children of Jesse Middleton and Florence Clark.

Article, Journal - Batman's route revisited: his exact steps to a new treaty site.

Greensborough Historical Society,

21 pages, maps.

Historical information

Article from the Victorian Historical Journal Vol.85, No.1, June 2014. Discusses John Batman's 1835 visit to Port Phillip and possible alternative sites for signing his treaty with Indigenous people of the area.

Article - Herbert Alfred Godber

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Herbert Alfred Godber and his service in World War 1. Herb Godber married Ivy Partington of Greensborough on his return to Australia.

Article - Stanley Cade

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Article - Stephen Cox

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Stephen Cox and his service in World War 1. Stephen Cox is buried at St Helena Cemetery.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5246:4705

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.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 - William Gordon Weir

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Gordon Weir and his service in World War 1. William Weir was born in Whittlesea/Bundoora.

Article - William Wandless Limmer

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Wandless Limmer and his service in World War 1. William was born in Diamond Creek.

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.

Leaflet - Andrew Yandell Reserve, with Greensborough Historical Society

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 page colour leaflet, with 4 photographic masters used for its production

Historical information

This booklet was produced for a meeting of the Greensborough Historical Society which included a guided walk through the Andrew Yandell Reserve.

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 1989-1990 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.

Document - Digital Image - Alf Montfort. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation Link:5253:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Alf Montfort 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 - 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.

Genealogical document - Roland Hardley

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 x A4 sheets. Photocopy of 1935 obituary from Hurstbridge Advertiser for Mr Roland Hardley of Bundoora. 2-page family tree of Roland Hardley's family. Copies of 3 photographs of the Hardley family's Rotherham Farm Bundoora.

Historical information

Mr Roland Hardley was a Gallipoli veteran, vice president of the Permanently Disabled Soldiers Association and first branch president of the Greensborough RSL

Significance

Mr Roland Hardley was first branch president of the Greensborough RSL and his family were pioneers in Bundoora at Rotherham Farm.

Inscriptions & Markings

Various notations by Faye Fort

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

CD-ROM - Interviews and Recordings by John Gibson

Greensborough Historical Society,

CD-ROM with 7 interviews and 3 recordings of presentations at GHS meetings. 2 copies.

Historical information

Oral history stories written by John Gibson came from these original interviews with Betty Thatcher (2011), Bill and Thelma Hutchinson (2012), Eric Barclay (2014), Graeme and Lorraine Collins (2011), Jean Luxford (2016), and Keith and Margaret Willimott (2011). Three presentations at GHS meetings are also recorded: Felicity Williams on teaching history and research into the soldiers o the "Fallen Soldiers' Memorial" (2011), Noel Withers on the Bosch family of Greensborough (2011) and Val Wilson on the Brown Brothers of Bundoora.

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.

Oral History - Ernest "Mick" Henry Evans - ANZAC

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Article - The History of the Montmorency Gospel Chapel.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages of text and 3 black and white photographs.

Historical information

The Montmorency Gospel Chapel had a varied history from tent to hut to chapel. This short history is written by congregation members.

Significance

This article is accompanied by photographs of a tent 'crusade' and the timber chapel.

Oral History - Recollections of Watsonia and Crellin Street Kinder, by Patricia Hogan

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 p., typescript

Historical information

Recollections of Watsonia in the 1950s and 1960s, written by Patricia Hogan.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

3p. typescript

Historical information

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

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 - William Henry Thomas

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Henry Thomas and his service in World War 1. William Henry Thomas lived in Greensborough

Book - Digital Image - St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Cookbook

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of cookbook. 32 pages, text.

Historical information

A digital copy of a cookbook, published in 1970 by St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Montmorency. Contains recipes gathered from the ladies of the Church and advertisements for local businesses.

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 - Charles Allan Rawson

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Charles Allan Rawson and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he and his family were living at Greensborough

Article - William John Ewart White

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William John Ewart White and his service in World War 1. William White lived in Greensborough.

Manuscript - Late Thoughts! by June Roberts.

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 3 page typed manuscript and a hand drawn plan of Greensborough shopping area based on the document.

Historical information

This was prepared by June Roberts with assistance from Grace Cavill. Written in 1978 it includes details of Greensborough's Main Street from circa 1958-1978.

Significance

Describes the locations of the Main Street traders in the 1950s. Also mentions the efforts needed to replace the Plenty River footbridge after it was washed away in a flood.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sept 78 in blue biro on front page.

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.

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.

Article - John Adam Bush - Frederick William Bush

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Newspaper - Diamond Valley News. 29 Sept. 1964 : Commemorative edition : Proclamation of the Shire of Diamond Valley.

Greensborough Historical Society,

40 page commemorative edition. Yellowed newsprint. Front cover icludes "The Shire of Diamond Valley" on red outline map of shire and photos of the 12 inaugural councillors. 3 copies.

Historical information

The Shire of Diamond Valley was formerly the north ward of the City of Heidelberg. In 1960 following inequitable rate increases, it was proposed that the 'north ward' sever itself from Heidelberg and form its own municipality. The Shire was abolished in 1994 and areas redistributed to Banyule, Nillumbik and Darebin councils.

Significance

This newspaper reports on the history and politics of the new Shire of Diamond Valley. It includes news articles and advertising material from local businesses.

Article - George Fineran

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Fineran and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, he was living in Yan Yean Road Plenty.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation Link:5257:5234:4705

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.

Document - Digital Image - Greensborough Secondary College Gr8750 Refurbishment Plans 2016.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of planning document

Historical information

This document shows the plan and finance for a refurbishment of Greensborough College 2016-2017.

Article - Grace Park and the Nell Family, by Peter Simmenauer

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02731:04682 7 pages, text

Historical information

A short history of Frederick Augustus Nell and his family. Accompanies item 2731.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photograph Link:5236:5231:4705

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 - 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.

Book - Greensborough Inter Church Council: by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

33 pages, colour and black and white illustrations. Includes copies of memorabilia from the Inter Church Council and newspaper articles..

Historical information

The Greensborough Inter Church Council was formed in 1989 as an ecumenical group with a strong Christ based mission statement. This book documents the Council until 2003.

Significance

Detailed information about the people and church communities involved in the Greensborough Inter Church Council, written by Rosie Bray, committee member.

Article - Donald McMillan

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Donald McMillan` and his service in World War 1. He was born in St Helena.

Article - Alfred George Abbott

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Alfred George Abbott and his service in World War 1. At the time of Alfred Abbott's enlistment, he was living at Greensborough in the Mount Morey Estate.

Article - William Melrose

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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