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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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5152 items with images

Photograph - Digital image - Grace Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01577.01658 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Grace Partington was born in 1906 to Will Partington and Annie May Medhurst. Grace helped on the farm at Willis Vale until her late 20s. At age 30 she married Les Pollard and moved to his dairy farm at Drouin.

Photograph - Digital image - Jean Luxford at home 20th November 2015.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Jean Luxford at home, 2015. Photo by John Gibson.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

3p., black & white text, photographs

Historical information

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

Spoon - Commemorative spoon - Coronation of His Majesty King Edward VIII May 12th 1937

Greensborough Historical Society,

Brass commemorative tea spoon.

Historical information

Produced to celebrate the coronation of King Edward VIII, but over stamped following his prior abdication.

Significance

The significance in this piece lies with the abdication of Edward VIII prior to his coronation.

Inscriptions & Markings

Clock design, "The Coronation of His Majesty King Edward VIII May 12th 1937". Over stamped "Abdicated Dec. 1936" with bust of Edward VIII.

Photograph - Digital image - Leslie Cecil Maygar and group of soldiers

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

The Maygar family came to Greensborough circa 1841 from Somerset England. They were of Hungarian descent. They farmed along the Plenty River. Leslie Cecil Maygar VC, DSO, VD was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross. In 1901 Lieutenant Maygar was awarded the Victoria Cross for rescuing a fellow Victorian whose horse had been shot. He died at Beersheeba in Palestine in 1917.

Newspaper clipping - Historic move to make Greensborough's past last.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00090:00375.02523 News article black text and coloured image.

Historical information

This article publicises the public meeting prior to formation of the Greensborough Historical Society in 2010. Shown in the image are inaugural President Noel Withers and descendants of pioneer families Faye Fort (nee Partington) and Steve Whatmough.

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.

Newspaper clipping - Opposition to station wins

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02009:02220 News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Ambulance Victoria has withdrawn its application to build a new branch in Trist Street Watsonia North following community concerns.

Newspaper Clipping - Kittens ready for new lives

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

The Greensborough Cat Protection Society of Victoria has cats available for adoption.

Photograph - Digital image - St Katherine's Church St Helena: Window 4.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

St Katherine's Church St Helena dates from 1858. The Church was built by Major Anthony Beale in memory of his wife Katherine Rose Beale. This photograph shows one of the stained glass windows, dedicated to the memory of Frederick Tolhurst and his wife Rose Tolhurst.

Oral History - The story of the Foard family store by Ian Foard and June Hall

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 typed pages, illustrations.

Historical information

Ian Foard's parents Russell and Nance Foard owned the corner store on the site that is now Safeway. Ian tells the history of the store in the 1950s.

Significance

A primary source recollection of Greensborough in the mid-20th century.

Photograph (copy) - Willis Vale (section of painting)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Colour photocopy of section of a painting featuring Willis Vale on the top half of an A4 sheet.

Historical information

Section of painting of Willis Vale a pioneer's house.

Significance

House built by Edward Maygar and later sold to Partington family. It was located at Partington's Flat.

Inscriptions & Markings

a number of pencil calculations on lower part of the page.

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia Community Hall 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Sign at Watsonia Community Hall and Neighbourhood House, Lambourn Road Watsonia, 2016.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Samuel Poulter at Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Samuel Poulter (died 1910 on headstone) in Plot# C9 Greensborough Cemetery.

Significance

Greensborough Cemetery was created when land was given for the cemetery by Mr William Poulter, a local settler, about 1864. The cemetery holds the graves of many early settlers in the district.

Photograph - Digital image - Loyola: foundation stone 2012.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Loyola Foundation stone (photographed in 2012). Latin inscription. Foundation stone for seminary laid in 1932. Part of a collection of photographs of Loyola College, The College was officially blessed and opened on 16/12/1934 with 8,000 people present. Grimshaw Street Watsonia, established 1980 on the site of the Loyola Seminary. The College purchased the original building in 2002. These photographs of the original building and grounds were taken by GHS member Jazz Burge in June 2012.

Photograph - Digital image - Susan Chapman Whatmough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Susan Chapman Whatmough, daughter of Phoebe Chapman. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Article - The History of the Montmorency Gospel Chapel.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages of text and 3 black and white photographs.

Historical information

The Montmorency Gospel Chapel had a varied history from tent to hut to chapel. This short history is written by congregation members.

Significance

This article is accompanied by photographs of a tent 'crusade' and the timber chapel.

Photograph - Greensborough Hotel

Greensborough Historical Society,

Sepia photograph mounted on brown board. Some damage to photo and mount.

Historical information

Photograph of group outside the original Greensborough Hotel situated in Church Street Greensborough. The man in the rear right holding a child has been identified as William Rank. The Rank family came from Heidelberg and it was common practice to drive horse and carriage to Greensborough for a gathering or picnic.

Newspaper clipping - Icon Now Forgotten

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 2 page article which has 2 black and white and 2 colour photographs.

Historical information

The article was written because of the non observance of the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Walter Withers.

Significance

Walter Withers was a prominent artist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He lived in Eaglemont and painted in the Eltham district for many years and was a member of the "Heidelberg School". He is buried in St Helena cemetery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some writing in red biro around the margins and an asterix in pencil.

Photograph - Digital image - House in Victoria

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a timber house with verandah and picket fence, somewhere in Victoria, early 1920s.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Photograph - Digital image - Pioneer Reserve 2014 -2

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02037.02038.02039.02040.02041.02042.02043.02044 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Pioneer Reserve, Greensborough is a small park on the corner of St Helena and Diamond Creek Roads. It is adjacent to the site of Greensborough's first bridge across the Plenty River, c. 1864 - 1960s. The shelter, viewing platform, retaining wall and entrance are built from the bridge's massive bluestone arched abutments dismantled between 1974 and 1983. Photograph by Marilyn Smith 2014.

Photograph - Digital image - Light Horse on the move 2

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows rows of horses from the Light Horse moving through the desert.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia Road toilet block, 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Watsonia Road shopping strip, toilet block, Watsonia 2016. The shopping strip is managed by the Watsonia Traders Association.

Video Recording - Digital - Brett Fowler

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital video recording. MP4. 2 min 06 sec. Link:5226:4705

Historical information

An interview with Brett Fowler about his memories of the Greensborough Football Club as he is inducted into the 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. These recordings were made for the Hall of Fame Presentation.

Photograph - Digital image - Ivy Barnett

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Ivy Barnett taken at 122 Main Road Lower Plenty. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Handbook - Watsonia High School - Teachers/Staff Handbook-Manual 1985

Greensborough Historical Society,

In-school produced A4 Size booklet containing sections on; School Policy; Roles & Responsibilities of the Principal, Staff, School Council and Committees; other information relevant to working as a teacher.

Historical information

Staff handbook outlining procedures and expectations of staff.

Significance

An annual publication, updated as regulations change. This gives a snapshot of Watsonia High School in 1985.

Book - Shire of Diamond Valley Handbook 1987

Greensborough Historical Society,

32 pages, col illus., maps. Cover illustration of aerial view of Greensborough shopping area and environs.

Historical information

Guide to services provided by Shire of Diamond Valley. The Shire of Diamond Valley was a Local Government Area located about 20 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The shire covered an area of 74.38 square kilometres and existed from 1964 until 1994.

Significance

Annual guide to services in Shire of Diamond Valley

Photograph - Digital image - State Library Dome with blackout partly removed 1947.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph taken from inside the Reading Room, shows the World War2 blackout material partially removed from the State Library of Victoria Dome in 1947.

Significance

This is a copy of one of the photographs donated to the SLV by GHS member Rex Smith in 2003.

Document - The Greensborough murder of John Mitchell

Greensborough Historical Society,

14 p. typed transcript of proceedings at Criminal Sessions.

Historical information

Trial of Josiah Grimshaw for the murder of John Mitchell at Greensborough on 24th September 1861. Transcript of proceedings at Criminal Sessions, Old Court House, Friday, Oct. 17 1862 (Before his Honour Mr Justice Molesworth).

Cup - G.C.C. Double Wicket Championship. Runners-up 1979/80

Greensborough Historical Society,

Pewter mug on a wood base with square pewter and wood handle

Historical information

Presented to players in the Greensborough Cricket Club who were runners-up in the Double Wicket cricket competition during the 1979-1980 season.

Significance

One of a limited number produced and engraved for this purpose. Owned by player Doug Hall.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on cup: G.C.C. Double Wicket Championship. Runners up. 1979/80. Donated by Sportsfield Bundoora. On base: Selwin Pewter.

Newspaper Clipping - Artists polish up war tributes

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

New sculptures honouring returned service man and women will be created for Greensborough's War Memorial Park.

CD-ROM - Scout Pathfinder Badge 1951

Greensborough Historical Society,

CD-ROM, containing 30 files Adobe 12.5 x 14.2 cm Photoshop 7

Historical information

Detailed description and maps of Greensborough area, including roads and streets and natural features in 1951. Report made to satisfy requirements for award of a Scout Pathfinder badge.

Significance

Very detailed description of the Greensborough area in 1951, by Neil McPherson, Troop Leader, 6th Preston

Photograph - Digital image - Plenty River Greensborough, May 2014 -6

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02045.02046.02047.02048.02049.02050.02051.02052.02053.02054 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

The Plenty River flows south from Mt Disappointment before meeting with the Yarra River at Rosanna. Early settlement in Greensborough was based around the Plenty River. These images were taken in the Greensborough area by Marilyn Smith May 2014.

Photograph - Digital image - Margaret and John Finn

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Margaret and John Finn (in uniform). John Finn was born in 1909. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Digital image - Victorian gents

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Victorian gents. Location not identified. This scene is part of Charles Marshall's collection of World War 1 photographs.

Hat - Watsonia High School Uniform - Hat

Greensborough Historical Society,

Straw appearance girl's hat with Silicone Finish. Maroon ribbon band.

Historical information

Uniforms were mandatory for all students. In the 1970s an exemption was granted for 6th Form students, partly to assist with school expenditure given this was their last year of High School.

Significance

This hat is part of a small collection of Watsonia High School memorabilia.

Photograph - Digital image - Scotland House: front door

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Formerly the home of Greensborough pioneer, John Scotland, this renovated home retains many original architectural elements. It was sold in December 2016.

Newspaper Clipping - Watsonia Saints to kick on after win

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Results from football games.

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill Hardware: exteriors3

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Briar Hill Timber and Hardware was situated in Sherbourne Road Briar Hill. These photographs were taken by Frank Solomon shortly before the business closed.

Significance

This business and its predecessor Briar Hill Timber was a landmark in the area.

Photograph - Digital image - Women on steps of Greensborough Co-op

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Women on the steps of the Co-op. Photograph from the collection of Elaine Drakeford (nee Roberts). [Refer to the Frye Family for more Co-Op details]

Newspaper clipping - Golf club worried lease could leave it in hole

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Strathallan Golf Club could fold if its agreement with La Trobe University is not extended beyond 2018

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - No danger to juniors in move to VFA

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white news clipping

Historical information

A discussion about the impact on junior players if Greensborough Football Club leaves the Diamond Valley Football League for the VFA.

Photograph (copy) - Jack Maurer photographs

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00871:00874:02526 One A4 page, photocopied photographs with handwritten captions.

Historical information

The Maurer family have historical links to the Greensborough area. Marble Hall has been demolished. This is a rare photograph of the interior. [Note: Eltham and Whittlesea Advertiser, on Friday 21 June 1929 Page 2 covers the accidental death of Rudolph Maurer, aged 35]

Significance

Significant photo of the interior of Marble Hall and the Maurer family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Captions: Photo 1: Inside Marble Hall, pool hall owned by Rudolf Fred Maurer. Photo 2: Rudolf Maurer, Eugene Maurer, Stan Rook (uncle of Jack Maurer)

Photograph - Digital image - Private B.P.Buckland, 23rd Battalion.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a young Australian soldier, Baden Powell Buckland of Yea, who enlisted when 17 years old. He made it to England before his true age was known and returned to Australia. He re-enlisted after his 18th birthday. This photograph was taken during his first enlistment.

Inscriptions & Markings

"No.6770. Pte B.V. Buckland. 19th Reinfts, 23rd Battalion, 17-3-1917"

Newspaper Clipping - Free water safety lessons open to seniors

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Watermarc Greensborough offers a lifesaving course for people aged over 60.

Book - The Weekly Times Pioneer cook book, ed. by Doris Van der Hagen

Greensborough Historical Society,

96 p., paperback, black and white illustrations

Historical information

Recipes contributed as part of a Weekly Times pioneer recipe competition

Ticket - Digital Image - Train ticket: Greensborough to Watsonia, Child, 1974

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital image of train ticket. Pink with black text.

Historical information

Digital image of "Greensborough to Watsonia" child's train ticket, single journey, November 1974.

Significance

Part of a collection of miscellaneous historical images with a connection to the local area.

Digital photograph - Snow at Greenhills

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Picture of group in Greenhills circa 1940: Joan and Jack Lemin, Madge Williams, Laura Wightman, Laureen and Raymond Wightman

Photograph - Digital image - Keith Luxford in backyard, January 1950

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Keith Luxford in backyard in January 1950, Grimshaw Street behind at right and showing rear of Mr Starling's home

School Magazine - Watsonia High School Kurnaji Yearbook 1988

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00271:00729 50 Pages (approx), Yellow cover with black writing "Memories of the 'class' of 88", Title "Kurnaji" actually not shown or used. Headmaster / Principal – Mr. Michael Blake

Historical information

Depicts events and attitudes, primarily of students as they go through their adolescent years in the late 1980's.

Significance

A permanent record of Who attended Watsonia High School - both student and teacher in 1988 - includes photographs

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes Roll Call section with names of all students. Copy 2: Item 729, donated by Rosie Bray.