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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.

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Paper bag - Medhurst Wines, Yarra Valley

Greensborough Historical Society,

Brown paper bag with company logo.

Historical information

This bag was obtained from Medhurst Wines, Yarra Valley, as a gift for Faye Fort, who is a descendant of the Medhurst family. The Medhurst family moved to Gruyere in the Yarra Valley in 1855. They farmed the land that is now the vineyard that bears their name. In 1898 they moved to Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Medhurst Wines Yarra Valley"

Article - Grace Park and the Nell Family.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02731:04682 7 pages, text

Historical information

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

Article - Yallambie Homestead, by Avril Salter

Greensborough Historical Society,

Research article, 43 pages, text only. Photographs which accompanied the original text were lost.

Historical information

This history of Yallambie Homestead was written by Avril Salter in 1970. It covers the property since its original land grant, to the homestead until and after its alteration in 1923.

Significance

A history of one of the areas homesteads which is still in use today.

Document - The Coventry Boys, by Bruce McDowell

Greensborough Historical Society,

1p., typescript

Historical information

Bruce McDowell recounts stories of the Coventry boys told to him by his grandmother, their youngest sister. Word document revised by Bruce in November 2017.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Football Club Reserves, Premiers 1972

Greensborough Historical Society,

1page, black and white team photograph

Historical information

Team photograph of the Reserves Premiership side, Greensborough Football Club 1972. Photo is captioned.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of 21 of the 25 subjects, taken at Warringal Park, Heidelberg

Photograph - Digital image - Uncle Bill's kids, 1935

Greensborough Historical Society,

1p., sepia photograph and notes

Historical information

Members of the Coventry and McDowell family, with some family relationships in the notes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names and relationships of the nine subjects

Photograph - Digital image - Tom and Hugh (Norm) Coventry, 1915

Greensborough Historical Society,

1page, sepia photograph and notes

Historical information

Photograph of Hugh Norman (Norm) Coventry age 20 and his brother Tom age 18 after their enlistment 1 December 1915. Coventry Street [Montmorency] is named after Tom Coventry, who lived in the area.

Photograph - Digital image - Jane Henrietta Coventry

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph and notes, 2 p. black and white

Historical information

Photograph of Jane Henrietta Coventry nee Spencer 1863-1940 with details of her husband and 10 children. Jane and Henry Coventry's family included two champion AFL footballers, Syd and Gordon Coventry. Coventry Street [Montmorency] is named after her son Tom Coventry, who lived in the area.

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.

Photograph - Digital Image - Latoof and Cahill

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01704:04965 Digital copy of black and white photograph, captioned and transcript of newspaper article.

Historical information

Photograph of staff at Latoof and Cahill in Greensborough and transcript of newspaper articles about the opening of the company's Greensborough factory in 1946 and Watsonia in 1954. Caption on photo by Faye Fort.

Inscriptions & Markings

Captions on image

Document - Early recollections of the Diamond Valley Twins Club

Greensborough Historical Society,

6 p., typescript

Historical information

Account of the Diamond Valley Twins Club, a support organisation for mothers of twins, that started in Watsonia, written by Linda Court, Lynda Johnston, Helen Steele and Maree Walshe, encouraged by Rosie Bray

Document - Memories of walking up the Plenty River, by William (Bill) Cecil

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, typescript

Historical information

Bill Cecil remembers activities from his youth including rabbit hunting on the Plenty River

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.

Photograph - Digital Image - Joseph James Skillen McDowell

Greensborough Historical Society,

Sepia image and text

Historical information

Photograph of Joseph McDowell, 1881-1922

Oral History - My life in Montmorency, by Dot Jewell as told to June Hall

Greensborough Historical Society,

2p., typescript

Historical information

Reminiscences of post-war life in Beattie Street Montmorency, by Dot Jewell as told to June Hall.

Oral History - My earliest memories, by Val Wilson (nee Rolfs)

Greensborough Historical Society,

13 p., typescript

Historical information

Reminiscences of growing up in Greensborough and Briar Hill in the 1940s and 1950s, written by GHS member Val Wilson.

Oral History - Denise Scott by Anne Paul

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 page, text and illus.

Historical information

In 2017, GHS member Anne Paul, contacted comedian Denise Scott after meeting at the Banyule Volunteer Awards function. Denise agreed to answer some questions about her life growing up in Greensborough and this is the completed story.

Article - The Willis Diary by Anne Paul. Based on A Pioneer Squatter's Life

Greensborough Historical Society,

15 page, text and colour illustrations. Digital copy.

Historical information

The Willis Diary by GHS member Anne Paul is based on A Pioneer Squatter's Life (Item158). The Willis family were early settlers at Lower Plenty, just near where the hotel and old bridge are today. Anne has reviewed and analysed this chapter from Historical Records of Victoria, Vol. 6. The Crown, the land, and the squatter, 1835-1840. She includes further information on the Willis family and photographs of the archaeological dig at the Bridge Inn Hotel Mernda in 2017.

Significance

Diary of James L Willis from 1837, portraying hardships suffered in the young colony of Victoria.

Oral History - Remembering Richard (Dick) Tooth, as told to June Hall [by the Tooth Family]

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 p., typescript

Historical information

The story of Greensborough local Richard (Dick) Tooth as told to June Hall by the Tooth family.

Article - Kell's Cottage by Cherel Sartori

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Oral History - Nancy Fyfe Remembers, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour photographs.

Historical information

Nancy Fyfe came to Watsonia in 1959. She shares her memories with Rosie Bray,

Article - Diamond Valley Brass Band, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour photographs.

Historical information

A short report by Rosie Bray on the Diamond Valley Brass Band.

Article - Ruby Emily Olive Wilson

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Ruby Emily Olive Wilson and her service in World War 1. Ruby was born at Yan Yean.

Article - Edith Sommerville Thistlethwaite

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Edith Sommerville Thistlethwaite and her service in World War 1. Following the War, Edith was a sub-matron at 16 AGH Macleod.

Article - Eliza Smith

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Eliza Smith and her service in World War 1.

Article - May Caroline Shortall

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse May Caroline Shortall and her service in World War 1. When she enlisted, May was working as a nurse at 14 AAH Macleod.

Article - Alice Victoria Rogers

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Alice Victoria Rogers and her service in World War 1.

Article - Mary Elizabeth Jane Roberts

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Mary Elizabeth Jane Roberts and her service in World War 1.

Article - Ida O'Dwyer

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Sister Ida O'Dwyer and her service in World War 1. On her return to Australia, Ida took charge of 10 AGH at Macleod.

Article - Mary Eveline Nicholson

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Mary Eveline Nicholson and her service in World War 1.

Article - Catherine McGileray Munro

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Catherine McGileray Munro and her service in World War 1.

Article - Olive Isabel Laycock

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Olive Isabel Laycock and her service in World War 1.

Article - Katie Rae Heriot

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 - Elise Erica Janet Gundersen

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 - Caroline Elizabeth (Bessie) Gallagher

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Sister Caroline Elizabeth (Bessie) Gallagher and her service in World War 1. She worked at Mont Park in 1915.

Article - Gwladys Parker Field

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Sister Gwladys Parker Field and her service in World War 1. In the post-war period ,she was Matron of the Macleod Repatriation Sanatorium.

Article - Agnes Helena May Ferguson

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Agnes Helena May Ferguson and her service in World War 1. Prior to enlistment she was working at 14 AAH (Australian Auxiliary Hospital)Macleod.

Article - Ivy Vera Delany

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Ivy Vera Delany and her service in World War 1.

Article - Daisy Coundon

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Daisy Coundon and her service in World War 1.

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.

Article - Harold Cheshire Yeaman

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Harold Cheshire Yeaman and his service in World War 1. Harold Yeaman lived in Greensborough in the post-war period.

Article - William Anderson Wriedt

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Anderson Wriedt and his service in World War 1. William Wriedt lived in Lower Plenty.

Article - Frederick James Wood

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frederick James Wood and his service in World War 1. Fred Wood lived in Macleod.

Article - Frank Hedley Winsor

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frank Hedley Winsor and his service in World War 1. Frank Winsor lived in Greensborough.

Article - Leonard Albert Wilkinson

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Leonard Albert Wilkinson and his service in World War 1. Leonard Wilkinson lived in Greensborough.

Article - Whittingham Family by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about the Whittingham family and their service in World War 1. Written by Rosie Bray, this article covers the four Whittingham brothers who lived in Greensborough.

Article - Albert Cecil Whitlocke

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Albert Cecil Whitlocke and his service in World War 1. Albert Whitlocke lived in 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.

Article - Walter Thomas West

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Walter Thomas West and his service in World War 1. Walter West worked 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.