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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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421 items

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

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.

Article - A Squatter's life on the Plenty River at 'Wanstead' by Anne Paul

Greensborough Historical Society,

10 pages, text and colour illustrations. Abridged hard copy of item 4491.

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.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club. Premiers 1960, DVFA.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 5269:4705 Group photograph of football team and support staff. Displayed as Word document.

Historical information

In 1960, the Greensborough Football Club 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 1960 season.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of team and staff are printed below photograph.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 5275:4705 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.

Collection - Digital Image - Franklin family. Greensborough Football Club.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of photographs and family tree Link:5264:5248:4705

Historical information

Photographs of Don Franklin, Ken Franklin and Roy Franklin and a family tree of Franklin family members who played with the Greensborough Football Club.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club. Bill, Bob and Don.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of photographs Link:5262:4705

Historical information

Photographs of players in the 1952 Premiership team of the Greensborough Football Club. Named in these photographs are Bill Cecil, Bob Towler, Don McDowell and Bill McDowell.

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 - 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.

Document - Digital Image - Horrie Richmond. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation Link:5255:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Horrie Richmond 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 - Partington Family. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation Link:5254:5240:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for the Partington Family as they are 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 - 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.

Document - Digital Image - Glenn Meredith. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation Link:5252:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Glenn Meredith 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 - Stan Judkins. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation Link:5251:4685:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Stan Judkins 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 - Robert Hyde. Hall of Fame Citation and Roast Tribute

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and 'roast' Link:5250:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Robert Hyde 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 - Teddy Godwill. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5249:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Teddy Godwill 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 - Arthur Dobson. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5248:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Arthur Dobson 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 - Wayne Dobson. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5247:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Wayne Dobson 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 - 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.

Document - Digital Image - Dickson family. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5225:5245:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for the Dickson family as they 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 - Neale Carroll. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5244:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Neale Carroll 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 - John Carmody. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5243:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for John Carmody 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 - Neil Brindley. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5232:5242:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Neil Brindley 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 - Peter Banks. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5233:5241:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Peter Banks 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 - Trevor Partington. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5240:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Trevor Partington 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.

Document - Digital Image - Joe Murphy. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5239:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Joe Murphy 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.

Document - Digital Image - Don McDowell. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation, background notes and photograph Link:5238:5227:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Don McDowell 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.

Document - Digital Image - Brett Fowler. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Citation and photograph Link:5237:5226:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Brett Fowler 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.

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.

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.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Grain Store, Para Road. Closure notice.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Facebook post

Historical information

This Facebook post explains the move by Greensborough Grain Store to close the business at 183 Para Road in 2017.

Significance

In 2017, the Greensborough Grain Store closed its Para Road premises and now trades online.

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 Callil

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.