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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

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

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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 - Naming of Barclay Park

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02058.02059.02060.02061.02377.02447 2p., col. photograph.

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Formerly McKenzie Park Greensborough; renamed Barclay Park 7 November 2015. Named for the Barclay family who farmed in this area.

Article - Australian Army Nursing Service 1914-1918 / by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

9 p. col. & black & white illus.

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In this article GHS member, Rosie Bray discusses some of the local nurses who enlisted for service in World War 1.

Article - Greenhills State School no 4893, by Don King - GH4893

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages of text.

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A brief history of the early days of Greenhills Primary School written by Don King, a resident of the Greenhills area.

Article - The Early squatters of Lower Plenty and Montmorency between 1836 to 1840, by Peter van Eeken

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4p., text and illus.

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Talk given by Peter van Eeken to a general meeting of the Greensborough Historical Society on 18 March 2016. The topic is the early squatters of Lower Plenty and Montmorency from 1836 to 1840.

Article - The Batman Apple Tree: Victoria's oldest apple tree? by Bruce G. Draper.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 p., typescript.

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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 - The Greenhills Hall

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

9 pages, typescript with photographs

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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 - Multicultural Arts Victoria: 'What happened at the pier?' reviewed by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3p., black & white text, photographs

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Review of the Journeys of Migration Exhibition "What happened at the pier?" held at Eltham Library 21 May 2016, sponsored by Multicultural Arts Victoria.

Article - John Cecil Jessop: a community minded individual.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

7 pages, text and photographs.

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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 - Plenty Gorge Park dig May 2015

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Article - Alexander John McDonald's Great War / John Gibson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white text and photographs

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Story of Alexander John McDonald's war service with the 8th Light Horse AIF at Gallipoli 1914-1916.

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

5 p. typescript

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

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

Article - Puffing Billy, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 p. typescript with col. photographs

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Short history of the Puffing Billy Railway, from the 1900 Upper Ferntree Gully - Gembrook railway line to its rebirth in 1955, operating between Belgrave and Menzies Creek, later extended to Gembrook. Written to commemorate the 20th anniversary and the official re-opening of the Lakeside to Gembrook line on October 18, 2018.

Article - Vernon Draffin

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., black print, col. scanned photographs

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Information and photographs of Ada and Vernon Draffin, residents at 70 Alexandra Street Greensborough 1963-1980

Article - 'Monty days': the recollections of Bill and Thelma Hutchinson, told to John Gibson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., typescript

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Recollections of Montmorency by Bill and Thelma Hutchinson, including Bill's parents' life before he was born in 1937. Also published in GHS publication "As I recall", 2013.

Article - Spear Family, by Rosemary Hassett (Spear)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., typescript

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Rosemary Hassett's recollections of her childhood in Greensborough, growing up in the Spear family

Article - Miss Jean Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 p. typescript, pen and ink sketch

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Faye Fort's recollections of her great aunt Miss Jean Partington

Article - A Rousing of a riding, by Eric Stephensen

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

21 p, typescript duplicated on yellow paper

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A humourous history of the North Eltham area

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 - Latoof and Callil Pty Ltd Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., printed in blue and black, photographs

Historical information

A branch of the large dressmaking and childrens' clothing manufacturer Latoof and Callil was established at Main Street Greensborough in June 1946.

Article - Interview with Mrs Margaret O'Connor, by Dawn Bennetts

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., col. photograph

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Margaret O'Connor's recollections of living at 17 Greenhill Road Greensborough, where she has lived since 1954.

Article - Herbert Alfred Godber

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

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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 - 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 - Alan John Ely (1940- )

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., photos and information.

Historical information

Alan John Ely (known as John) was born in Greensborough and was associated with the Greensborough Football Club from an early age. Includes photographs of him as mascot and later trainer with GFC and a selection of his membership tickets, 1949, 1950 and 1958. Information collated by Marilyn Smith in 2019.

Article - Alan Reginald Ely (1911-1991 )

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 p., photos and information.

Historical information

Alan Reginald Ely (known as John) was born in Greensborough and married Maisie Love in 1936. Includes photos of Alan and Maisie. He was associated with the Greensborough Football Club. Includes photographs of him from GFC team photos and a selection of his membership tickets, 1948 and 1953. Also news clippings about Alan's work with Greensborough Progress Association. Information collated by Marilyn Smith in 2019.

Article - Phillip Oliver Ely (1907-1957)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 p. text, photographs and transcriptions of newspaper clippings

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Phillip Oliver Ely was born in Greensborough, played for Greensborough Football Club and lived for some time in Eaglemont