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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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572 items

Advertisement - Greensborough Hotel Advertisement 1933-34

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Advertisement - Digital image - Grandview Guest House

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 03844:03968 Digital copy of colour photograph and notes.

Historical information

"Grandview" was the name of Mrs Drakeford's Boarding House in Greenhill Road Greensborough. This photograph shows the house in 2016. Includes notes on the history of the house.

Advertisement - Newspaper Clipping - Watsonia Timber Supply

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., copies of advertisements 1955, 1956 and 1973, and colour photograph 2015

Historical information

Watsonia Timber Supply is a long-established timber merchant and general hardware supplier. The earliest advertisement here dates from 1956. The colour photograph was taken in 2015.

Advertisement - Newspaper Clipping - Montmorency Timber Co.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Copy of advertisement for the Montmorency Timber Co. from the Diamond Valley Mirror 14 September 1960

Historical information

Montmorency Timber Co. was a timber merchant and suppliers of home heaters based in Were Street Montmorency

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.

Article - Albert Ernest Wailes

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Albert Ernest Wailes and his service in World War 1. Albert Wailes was born in Yan Yean.

Article - The History of the Montmorency Gospel Chapel.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Article - My Greensborough by Valma Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article on growing up in Greensborough in the 1920's by Valma Poulter.

Historical information

Details life in Greensborough in the 1920's and the people who were here.

Significance

Lists names of traders and residents, particularly those connected to the Poulter family.

Article - World War One digger's forgotten medal, by John Cahir, interviewed by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

6 pages, text with col. photographs, plus 5 colour photographs.

Historical information

Frank (Thomas Francis) Cahir enlisted in the 2nd Australian Field Ambulance on 18 August 1918, serving at Gallipoli, and was awarded a Military Medal on 27 October 1916. On 15 September 1918 he was recommended for the award of a Distinguished Conduct Medal, but through an oversight, it was never gazetted, and therefore not awarded until after a successful application for recognition resulted in the award of a Distinguished Service Medal on 18 October 2017. His son John Cahir tells the story to Rosie Bray.

Article - John Cecil Jessop: a community minded individual.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Article - The Greenhills Hall

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

9 pages, typescript with photographs

Historical information

Memories of Greenhills Hall, completed in 1957, and its uses as a Sunday School, theatre, pre-school, venue for table tennis, guides and scouts, meetings and dances.

Article - A brief history of Montmorency

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 pages of text and photographs.

Historical information

A brief history of Montmorency, prepared by June hall and first published on the GHS website.

Significance

Some information about the early owners of the "Montmorenci Estate".

Article - Kell's Cottage by Cherel Sartori

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

12 p., text and sepia and col. photographs

Historical information

Story of Kell's Cottage, built 1917, at 112 Henry Street Greensborough by William Mitchell on the 60 acre dairy farm owned by Ethel and Walter Kell. This account was written by Cherel Sartori (who owned the house from 1990-2000), following a visit by Claude Amiet who lived in the house as a child in the early 20th century.

Article - Walter Bruce

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Walter Bruce and his service in World War 1. At the time of Walter Bruce's enlistment, he was living at Plenty Farm and working for Mr John Davey.

Article - Hastings Elms Maddison

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Hastings Elms Maddison and his service in World War 1. Hastings Maddison married into the Beale family of St Helena

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

Article - David Alfred Mann

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Article - William Martin

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Martin and his service in World War 1. William's wife lived in Greensborough.

Article - Alexander John McDonald

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02936:04835 Article 1:One page, text and colour images; Article 2: 4 pages text and colour images

Historical information

A short article about Alexander John McDonald and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Violet Town and his father lived in Bundoora. A second article is included, written by John Gibson and titled: "Alexander John McDonald's Great War"; it gives further detail about this soldier.

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 - Reginald Harold McDowell

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Reginald Harold McDowell and his service in World War 1. Reg McDowell was born in Greensborough and at the time of his enlistment he was living at Diamond Creek

Article - Frank Henry McGill

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frank Henry McGill and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Bundoora

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 - James Paterson McKay

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

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 - Australia Day Awards 2017

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 program, 1 report, 1 letter,7 colour photographs

Historical information

A collection of information on the Jagajaga Community Australia Day Awards 2017. Report written by GHS member Rosie Bray. Awards were made to GHS President Noel Withers and GHS member Jean Luxford.

Article - A notable apple tree

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 pages of text and illustration. First published in "Leader' newspaper Melbourne 1910.

Historical information

This article, first published in 1910, reports on the 'old' tree planted near Greensborough.

Significance

This is possibly the oldest apple tree in Victoria. It was planted on the banks of the Plenty River in 1841.

Article - Edward Rae Cordner

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Edward Rae Cordner and his service in World War 1. Edward Rae Cordner was a local doctor who lived in Greensborough post-war.

Article - Michael Coghlan

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Michael Coghlan and his service in World War 1. At the time of Michael Coghlan's enlistment, he was living at Greensborough

Article - Victor Preston Coe

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Victor Preston Coe and his service in World War 1. Victor Preston Coe was a founding member of the Greensborough RSL.