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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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577 items

Oral History Transcript - Myrtle Barnett 19/2/1996

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00024:00741 Transcript of Oral History. Myrtle Barnett (1915- ), fostered daughter of Caroline and Ferdinand Barnett of Lower Plenty. Interviewed by Peter Blackbourn on 19th Feb 1996. Copy 2: Item 741.

Historical information

Oral history. Myrtle Barnett ( 1915- ) fostered daughter of Caroline & Ferdinand Barnett; Lower Plenty. 19 Feb 1996.

Oral History Transcript - John Finn, interviewed 1995

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Transcript of oral history, told by John Finn on 26th September 1995. Interviewed by Peter Blackbourn. One A4 page.

Historical information

John Finn 1909-1999. Eliza Jane Finn (Stock) 1889-1980. Thomas William Finn. Marble Hall, Greensborough.

Significance

Connects the Finn and Stock families and relates their life in Greensborough in the early 20th century.

Oral History Transcript - Jean Huggett (Barnett) and Eadie Barnett (Alexander)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Oral History of Jean Huggett (Barnett) 1913-2004; and, Eadie Barnett(Alexander) 1914-200. Interviewed and compiled by Peter Blackbourn.

Historical information

Lower Plenty. Rosanna Golf Club. Barnett family.

Significance

Stories of childhood in the Greensborough area

Oral History Transcript - Life at Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00030:00447:01637 3 page History of the Partington Family's life at 'Willis Vale' homestead in Greensborough during the early 20th Century. Includes b&w photos.

Historical information

The Partington family farmed the property known as Willis Vale in the early 20th century. In this article Faye Fort (nee Partington) recalls life in Greensborough.

Significance

Historical reference to the property 'Willis Vale' and its eventual destruction. Describes family relationships within the Partington family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes Partington family photos

Newsletter - Greensborough Historical Society Newsletter. Issue 1. August 2010 -

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Text, black and white and colour photos, tables..Pagination varies. Filed in folder, with index to major articles.

Historical information

Historical articles, news and activities of Greensborough Historical Society Inc., published from August 2010 (Edition 1) - . Later issues available on Society website or from Resource Centre.

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.

Manuscript - Greensborough at Intervals by D Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

48 x A4 pages. Photocopy of handwritten manuscript. Bound in plastic cover.

Historical information

Traces the changes to the area around Greensborough from the earliest days of white settlement to 1935.

Significance

A personal memoir of the early days of settlement in the Greensborough district by a member of one of the pioneering families.

Inscriptions & Markings

By D. Medhurst - added in pencil by Faye Fort: "Annie May's father, Faye's great grandfather"

Book - Greensborough Inter Church Council: by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

33 pages, colour and black and white illustrations. Includes copies of memorabilia from the Inter Church Council and newspaper articles..

Historical information

The Greensborough Inter Church Council was formed in 1989 as an ecumenical group with a strong Christ based mission statement. This book documents the Council until 2003.

Significance

Detailed information about the people and church communities involved in the Greensborough Inter Church Council, written by Rosie Bray, committee member.

Genealogical document - Roland Hardley

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

5 x A4 sheets. Photocopy of 1935 obituary from Hurstbridge Advertiser for Mr Roland Hardley of Bundoora. 2-page family tree of Roland Hardley's family. Copies of 3 photographs of the Hardley family's Rotherham Farm Bundoora.

Historical information

Mr Roland Hardley was a Gallipoli veteran, vice president of the Permanently Disabled Soldiers Association and first branch president of the Greensborough RSL

Significance

Mr Roland Hardley was first branch president of the Greensborough RSL and his family were pioneers in Bundoora at Rotherham Farm.

Inscriptions & Markings

Various notations by Faye Fort

Correspondence - Letter from Frederick Flintoff to Charles Partington 1872

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Yellowed paper, handwritten in ink. Major damage (tearing) on horizontal folds.

Historical information

Offer to formalise the leasing of land in Greensborough. Flintoff and Partington families are pioneers of the area. Partington family descendants still live in Greensborough

Significance

This establishes the Partington family in Greensborough

Inscriptions & Markings

Personal letter or invitation to lease a garden and small paddock in Greensborough

Article - A Pioneer Squatter's Life

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

24 page photocopy of chapter of a book. Digitised copy included.

Historical information

The Willis family were early settlers at Lower Plenty, just near where the hotel and old bridge are today. This is a chapter from Historical Records of Victoria / editor-in-chief, Michael Cannon ; [compiled by the Public Records Office]. Vol. 6. The Crown, the land, and the squatter, 1835-1840.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten inscription on front page: Willis family of Lower Plenty

Bereavement Cards - Charles Partington, died March 13th 1905.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 x black and white bereavement cards (possibly accompanied floral tributes).

Historical information

Charles Partington came to Greensborough with his family in the 1870s to farm along the Plenty River. Members of his family still live in the area.

Significance

A memory of a Greensborough pioneer, these cards are an example of bereavement cards in the early 20th century

Inscriptions & Markings

"Sacred to the memory of Charles Partington who departed this life March 13th 1905. Aged 80 years and was later interred in the Strathallan Cemetery"

Folder and compact disc - Simpson Army Barracks

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black spiral bound folder (approx. 32 pages) with accompanying compact disc. Colour illustrations and maps. Updated 2016 in Word document.

Historical information

This document is the result of research into the history of Watsonia Barracks (now Simpson Barracks) by GHS member Marilyn Smith. It details the origin of street names in the surrounding area and includes biographical information on those after whom the streets were named. Updated December 2016.

Significance

The Watsonia Barracks has been in use since WW2 and is today home to the Defence Force School of Signals. It was built on the property formerly owned by Ainslie Meares. In 1951, surrounding land was purchased for the extension of the barracks. The suburb of Yallambie was formerly part of the Barracks.

Report - Happy Hollow Farm Complex : Conservation Strategy [excerpts]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Copy of document, 16 pages plus maps.

Historical information

This report was commissioned by the Melbourne Parks and Waterways in 1996. It contains a history of the place and building, and garden and landscape features. There is a Statement of Cultural Heritage Significance.

Significance

Happy Hollow was occupied (and probably built) by Emmett Whatmough in 1893, and owned by John Cully McLaughlin. There are other family connections among the Greensborough district pioneers.

Newspaper - Diamond Valley News. 29 Sept. 1964 : Commemorative edition : Proclamation of the Shire of Diamond Valley.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

40 page commemorative edition. Yellowed newsprint. Front cover icludes "The Shire of Diamond Valley" on red outline map of shire and photos of the 12 inaugural councillors. 3 copies.

Historical information

The Shire of Diamond Valley was formerly the north ward of the City of Heidelberg. In 1960 following inequitable rate increases, it was proposed that the 'north ward' sever itself from Heidelberg and form its own municipality. The Shire was abolished in 1994 and areas redistributed to Banyule, Nillumbik and Darebin councils.

Significance

This newspaper reports on the history and politics of the new Shire of Diamond Valley. It includes news articles and advertising material from local businesses.

Report - Lower Plenty River Archaeological Survey; Fiona Weaver

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Printed on white A4 paper. Approx 92 pages (not numbered). Illus., maps.

Historical information

Archaeological survey of the Lower Plenty River undertaken in 1989-1990 by Fiona Weaver for the Board of Works.

Significance

Indigenous heritage sites along the Plenty River are examined and recommendations made for the preservation and to lessen the impact of development on these sites.

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.

Folder - Immigration Records

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20-page plastic binder, blue cover. Contains photocopies of documents relating to 18th century immigration records.

Historical information

Shipping and immigration records relating to Greensborough pioneer families.

Folder - Chapman family (James Chapman)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20-page plastic binder, spiral bound, clear cover. Contains documents relating to the James Chapman family.

Historical information

History of the origins of this Greensborough family and the family tree of James Chapman (1805-1875) and Susan Palmer (1808-1895). James Chapman, his wife Susan and all his family including his son-in-law William Poulter left the Port of London in November 1848 on board the 'Francis Ridley' of 536 tons on her maiden voyage to Australia and Bombay India. The Master of the ship was Henry Hudson. James Poulter owned the land between Greensborough Railway Station and Plenty River before selling it to William Poulter.

Photographs - St Katherine's Anglican Church St Helena 1930s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00601:01216:01217:01221:01346:01732:01763:02557 Set of 4 postcards (9x14cm), one photograph (10x16cm), one photograph (16x11cm). All show views of St Katherine's Church St Helena. Also an A4 copy of a magazine article about St Helena.

Historical information

St Katherine's Church St Helena was built by Major Anthony Beale pioneer settler of the area, and named after his wife. The original church was damaged by fire in February 1957 and rebuilt shortly after. The accompanying article describes the "quaint old village of Greensborough" and an excursion to the churchyard at St Helena. Refer to article by Eileen Fortescue in The Argus Newspaper Saturday 19/3/1932 Page 8.

Significance

These photos are significant as they were taken before the fire and there are few photographs of the original church.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each image has a caption and date on the back.

Newsletter - Greensborough Historical Society Newsletter. Issue.8 - August 2012.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

7 page newsletter, text and colour photographs.

Historical information

Quarterly newsletter of the Greensborough Historical Society. This issue contains President's Report by Noel Withers, feature story by Rosalie Bray, the 'Batman' apple tree, the Jean Partington story and the latest news and events from GHS. Edited by Helen Bryant.

Article - R. A. Marsh, Church Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00356:00449:00546:00743:01259 Collection of documents relating to the Marsh family. In particular a dispute about a log crossing on the Plenty River, the access to which was across Marsh's land.

Historical information

Deals with a tenancy agreement between the Marsh and Partington families. There is also a brief family history of the Marsh family in Greensborough.

Significance

Marsh and Partington families are Greensborough pioneer families.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some handwritten documents.

Document - Commonwealth War Graves Commission. [Greensborough area]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 page printout of names of war dead from the Greensborough area.

Historical information

A list of residents from the Greensborough area who died on active service and whose graves are recorded on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (www.cwgc.org). Includes Greensborough, Watsonia, Lower Plenty, Montmorency, Bundoora and Macleod.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written on page "For complete details see electronic copy on Victorian collections"

Oral History Transcript - The Dickson family story

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00345:00695 3 typed pages of oral history and photograph of Bonnie Dickson. Copy 2: Item 695.

Historical information

Ray and Bonnie Dickson moved to Greensborough in 1951, the area was mostly open space with few houses. Bonnie recalls and recounts her life in Greensborough in this interview with neighbour Rosalie Bray.

Significance

There is some discussion of restrictions to house building in this post war period.

Oral History Transcript - Life at Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00030:00447:01637 3 page history of the Partington Family's life at 'Willis Vale' homestead in Greensborough during the early 20th Century. Includes original hand written text from author.

Historical information

The Partington family farmed the property known as Willis Vale in the early 20th century. In this article Faye Fort (nee Partington) recalls life in Greensborough.

Significance

Historical reference to the property 'Willis Vale' and its eventual destruction. Describes family relationships within the Partington family.

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".

Manuscript - Late Thoughts! by June Roberts.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A 3 page typed manuscript and a hand drawn plan of Greensborough shopping area based on the document.

Historical information

This was prepared by June Roberts with assistance from Grace Cavill. Written in 1978 it includes details of Greensborough's Main Street from circa 1958-1978.

Significance

Describes the locations of the Main Street traders in the 1950s. Also mentions the efforts needed to replace the Plenty River footbridge after it was washed away in a flood.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sept 78 in blue biro on front page.

Photograph - Greensborough Premiership Team 1931

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Team photograph mounted on board. Accompanied by typed caption.

Historical information

Caption: Greensborough Premiership Team 1931. Front row (L-R) Lyal Clayton, Andy Ferrari, Percy Jurss, Les Collard, Fred King. 2nd row (L-R): Horrie Burkett, Jack Carlon, Joe Brownhill, Tony Crees, Bill McDowell, Bob Bennett, Les Iredale, Vin Broderick, Jeff Collard. 3rd row (L-R): Oliver Ely, Ted Godwill, Chas Aller, ?Nelson, Alf Purcell, Alan Partington, Wal Reid, Alan Splatt, Dave Barber. Back row: Bill Horn, Joe Stock, Rupert Jessop, Mr Holahahn, Norm Poulter, Dolf Purcell, Bill Mills.

Significance

Records the team - players and support staff - of Greensborough's 1931 Premiership side.

Inscriptions & Markings

On mount: 'Allan Studios 318 Smith Street Collingwood'

Oral History - Memories are rushing back. By Trinnie Di Giacomo.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 pages, colour illustration.

Historical information

This oral history tells the story of Trinnie Di Giacomo (nee Whittingham) and her family's experiences on their farm on Diamond Creek Road in the early part of the 20th century.

Significance

A recollection of life in early Greensborough.

Genealogical Document - Ely Poulter Family Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages. Contains family history details.

Historical information

This document outlines the family trees of the Ely and Poulter families from Cowlinge Suffolk and the eventual marriage and settlement in Greensborough in then mid 1850s.

Significance

Shows the links between pioneer families in the district and the links with Cowlinge in Suffolk.