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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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443 items

Article - Miss Jean Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 p. typescript, pen and ink sketch

Historical information

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

Article - Spear Family, by Rosemary Hassett (Spear)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., typescript

Historical information

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

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., typescript

Historical information

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.

Document collection - Keith Wilkie

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 p. scanned photographs and information collected by Marilyn Smith.

Historical information

Keith Wilkie owned Keith Wilkie's Men's and Boy's Wear, 33 Were Street Montmorency (name varies), and Keith and Rose-Marie's place of residence was at 57 Greenhills Road Greensborough 1967-72.

Article - Vernon Draffin

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., black print, col. scanned photographs

Historical information

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

Folder - Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Folder of details of invoices and photographs of graves in Greensborough Cemetery restored by Eric Poulter

Historical information

Record of restoration of Poulter family graves by Eric Poulter 2011- . with invoices for costs and photographs from GHS archives where available.

Shopping bags - Single and multiple use shopping bags

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Single use grey plastic supermarket shopping bags (2); reusable green and white supermarket shopping bag, with cardboard tag printed in green. Word document with history of the use of plastic bags.

Historical information

In 2018, most Victorian supermarkets ceased using single use shopping bags and made more substantial multi-use bags available for purchase by customers. Word document with history of the use of plastic bags (from Wikipedia) and comment on cessation of plastic bags in Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Green and white bag has Bar code, Woolworths logo and slogan " The fresh food people". Tag reads " Got your green bags?" with explanation on obverse.

Folder of documents - Nepean Street - fact or fiction?, by Peter Simmenauer

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopies of four Certificates of Title and other land documents, with summary of land ownership 1916-1997

Historical information

Record of ownership of 216 Nepean Street Greensborough 1916-1997, Grace Park area

Article, and Newspaper clipping - Jenny McGuirk, by Rosie Bray; and, My meaning and purpose, by Jenny McGuirk

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 p. typescript, col. photographs; 3 photocopied photographs, and article from Heidelberg Leader 25/9/2018

Historical information

Jenny McGuirk has been a Bundoora resident since 1971 and a prominent community worker and volunteer in a number of different fields

Article - Puffing Billy, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 p. typescript with col. photographs

Historical information

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, Journal - More than just 'Peaceful and Picturesque', by Rebecca Le Get

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

8 pages, scanned from Journal, covering email.

Historical information

Copy of article from Victorian Historical Journal (Issue 289, Vol.89, No.1, June 2018). The article "More than just 'Peaceful and Picturesque: How Tuberculosis control measures have preserved ecologically significant land in Melbourne', by Rebecca Le Get, looks at nature conservation reserves and the re-use of properties including the former Macleod, Gresswell and Janefield tuberculosis hospitals. Includes covering email from Rebecca to GHS.

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

5 p. typescript

Historical information

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

Leaflet - Greensborough Primary School 140 years, by Atis Lejins

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p. typescript

Historical information

Former resident of Greensborough, Lejins wrote to the pupils of Greensborough Primary on the occasion of the school's 140th anniversary.

Booklet - Back to Heidelberg Municipality souvenir: Heidelberg old and new, 1860-1933

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

17 p. photocopy of 31 p. original

Historical information

Brief history of Heidelberg and surrounding areas, 1860-1933

Newspaper Clipping - Guard our forests: It takes ten trees to make a home

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping downloaded from Trove. 4 pages.

Historical information

Written during the housing boom of the 1950s, this article "It takes ten trees to make a home" discusses where the timber came from. It mentions the Briar Hill Timber and Trading Co. who supplied owner-builders of timber homes. A second article "Packaged house up in 10 hours" discusses pre-fabricated homes.

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping downloaded from Trove. 1 page.

Historical information

An outline of the changes in the Greensborough district following the advent of the 'electric train', particularly in housing development.

Newspaper Clipping - Obituary Mr William Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping downloaded from Trove. 1 page.

Historical information

An outline of the life of William Poulter, a pioneer of the Greensborough district.

Document - Interview with John Davidson Romeril, by Peter Simmenauer

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 p. typescript

Historical information

John Romeril was born in Briar Hill and recounts his memories of living there during the Depression. When he married, he built a house in Santon Street Greensborough where he lived until 1974.

Document - Interview with Dot Stanvi, by Peter Simmenauer

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 p. typescript

Historical information

Dot Stanvi nee Romeril was born in Briar Hill and lived there until moving to Watsonia, where she and her husband lived for 22 years. She is the sister of John Romeril

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Futuro House Greensborough, 2017

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Written in 2017, this article reports on the history of the Futuro House, now in South Morang, but previously used in Greensborough as a temporary booth for sales of land at a new housing estate called Apollo Parkways.

Booklet (Digital Copy) - Album of Melbourne Views

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of 10 page booklet of black and white photographs of Melbourne

Historical information

Photographs of Melbourne's grand architecture, mainly built following the gold rush boom.

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 - Herbert Alfred Godber

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

CD-ROM - Interviews and Recordings by John Gibson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 on the "Fallen Soldiers' Memorial" (2011), Noel Withers on the Bosch family of Greensborough (2011) and Val Wilson on the Brown Brothers of Bundoora.

Article and Photograph - The Shop at 19 Greenhill Road Greensborough, by Margaret O'Connor and Dawn Bennetts

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3p., typescript and black and white and colour photographs plus one black and white photograph

Historical information

Don and Winifred Dobell built a shop at 19 Greenhill Road in the late 1950s. Various businesses operated there, and it is currently (2018) a restaurant named the Clay Oven. People in the photograph are Granny Anderson, her daughters June Thorpe and Dot Turner and Stella Slow.

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., col. photograph

Historical information

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

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 - 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.

Leaflet - Andrew Yandell Reserve, with Greensborough Historical Society

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 04491:04799 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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05269:04705 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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05275:04705 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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05264:05248:04705 Digital copy of photographs and family tree

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05262:04705 Digital copy of photographs

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05257:05234:04705 Digital copy of Citation

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05256:05230:04705 Digital copy of Citation

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05255:04705 Digital copy of Citation

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05254:05240:04705 Digital copy of Citation

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05253:04705 Digital copy of Citation

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05252:04705 Digital copy of Citation

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05251:04685:04705 Digital copy of Citation

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05250:04705 Digital copy of Citation and 'roast'

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05249:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

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 Franklin. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05248:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Arthur Franklin 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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05247:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05246:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05225:05245:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05244:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05243:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

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, Lower Plenty

Links: 05232:05242:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

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.