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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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6015 items with images

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1968 Form 2E

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1968 Form 2E

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1968 Form 2E

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1974 Grade 3B

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1974 Grade 3B

Photograph - Digital Image - Partingtons Flat and Whatmough Park taken from hill.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01574.02499 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

The Partington and Whatmough families came to Melbourne in the 1840s and moved to Greensborough where they farmed along the Plenty River. The Partingtons Flat Reserve and Whatmough Park were part of their land holdings and are now Banyule Council owned reserves and sporting fields.

Newspaper Clipping - Shop keeps charm in move

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Scissorman's Men's Hairdressing moved to 4 Hailes Street East and is now called John's Barber Shop.

Advertising Leaflet - 20 Plenty River Drive Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour both sides.

Historical information

20 Plenty River Drive Greensborough. Three bedroom home, sold for $830,000 in December 2017. Previous sales: January 1980, $15,250.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1979 Year 1E

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1979 Year 1E

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1979 Year 1E

Document - Town Planning Appeals Tribunal report 1978 [Loyola College]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 pages, torn and yellowed.

Historical information

Report on an appeal against two conditions on the development of land in Grimshaw Street Watsonia for a secondary school [Loyola College].

Significance

This document demonstrates some of the problems associated with setting up a school in a residential area.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club. Team photograph 1947.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05270:04705 Group photograph of football team, players and support staff.

Historical information

Team photograph, Greensborough Football Club 1947. This photograph was displayed at the GFC Hall of Fame in 2016. Black and white jumpers were in use due to a shortage of green jumpers after World Ward 2.

Significance

This photograph is a record of the team - players and support staff - involved in the 1900 season.

Inscriptions & Markings

Players are identified on mount of photo

Advertising Leaflet - 7 London Court Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour both sides.

Historical information

7 London Court Greensborough. Four bedroom home, sold for $897,000 in August 2017. Previous sales: February 1989, $180,000 and April 1987, $132,000.

Article - Olive Isabel Laycock

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

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

Photograph - Digital image - House, Poulter Avenue Greensborough 2016

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of 62 Poulter Avenue Greensborough.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1971 Form 2 Group 5

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Form 2 Group 5

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Form 2 Group 5

Article - Gwladys Parker Field

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1978 Form 1B

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A colour copy of a school photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows a Watsonia High School class from 1978.

Significance

Watsonia High School was a local educational facility that was closed in 1989. Greensborough Secondary College opened in 1990 which merged Watsonia High and Watsonia Technical School students together.

Article - Frederick Geoffrey Ely

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frederick Geoffrey Ely and his service in World War 1. Frederick Ely was born in Greensborough

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Elaine Bowbrick, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The Grave of Elaine Victoria Bowbrick (died 10/11/2007), St Helena Cemetery.

Significance

St Helena Cemetery was originally the burial place of the Beale family and friends. The first burials took place in the 1850s. There are now over 200 burials.

Photograph - Digital Image - Alan Partington as a young man

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph, and closeup..

Historical information

Photograph of Alan Partington as a young man, wearing a boater hat and sitting in grass.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Edwin A D Brown and Jean Shovelton Brown, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The Grave of Edwin Arthur Daniel Brown (died 12/01/1962) and Jean Shovelton Brown (died 22/04/1994), St Helena Cemetery.

Significance

St Helena Cemetery was originally the burial place of the Beale family and friends. The first burials took place in the 1850s. There are now over 200 burials.

Newspaper Clipping - Going out in your neighbourhood: Greensborough History

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

An advertisement for Greensborough Historical Society's August 2016 meeting

Photograph - Digital Image - Stubley Garage workshop

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Stubley Garage workshop 1951. The Stubley Group began in 1946 when Purcell Stubley purchased a site with petrol bowsers in Main Street from 'Snowy' Jessop. In 1948 Purcell began building the new Stubley Motors, working round the old site to keep the business operating. It was completed in 1951. The Group expanded into a Holden dealership in the 1960s.

Ticket - Methodist Church Quarterly Ticket 1911

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Paper ticket, black writing within black border.

Historical information

Quarterly ticket issued to members of the congregation of the Methodist Church in Greensborough. This ticket belonged to Mr William Partington and was issued in June 1911.

Significance

The Partington family are Greensborough pioneers and had long membership of the Methodist Church in Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

In black pen "Will Partington" and the letter "H"

Real estate advertising leaflet - 102c/116 Main Drive Macleod

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour.

Historical information

102c/116 Main Drive Macleod, Studio apartment in secure complex. Sold May 2018 for $124,900

Article - Lionel Almond

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Lionel Almond and his service in World War 1. Lionel Almond was born in Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - Jean Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Miss Jean Partington (1903-1992) was Headmistress at Preston Girls’ School. She lived in the family home at 25 Hailes Street until it was demolished for Greensborough Plaza. Her ashes were spread at the old oak tree, next to the railway line, opposite her old home site which in 2017 is the site of the McDonald's franchise in the Greensborough Plaza car park.

Newspaper Clipping - Animal cruelty rising

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Data released by the RSPCA for 2015-16 shows many cases of animal cruelty reported to the RSPCA. The RSPCA work out of their Greensborough Office at 87 Main Street.

Newspaper clipping - Such is filmmaking

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photocopy of a Saturday Age article on a film about the Furphy Brothers.

Historical information

A photocopy of a Saturday Age article on a film about the Furphy Brothers and based on a book written by Joseph Furphy in 1903.

Significance

This family made the iconic Furphy water carts at their Shepparton foundry.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Folder - Black Family - Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20-page plastic binder, green cover. Contains documents relating to the Black family of Greensborough and Watsonia.

Historical information

Contents: Family tree; small school books from family member; copy of map and advertisement for Watsonia Electric Station Estate; receipts; cemetery information; article on James Black and descendants; copies of un-named photos taken on Bundoora farm.

Significance

The Black family owned a large portion of land from Greensborough to Watsonia. This collection is partly from family members.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collected by Greensborough Historical Society. Folder commenced 2012

Newspaper Clipping - Cancer Relay has moment inthe Sun

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

It's all about slip-slop-slap in Greensborough for a group Guinness World Record attempt at the most people to apply suncream.

Photograph - Digital image - Ladies group

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of unidentified ladies, possibly on a picnic. From the Yandell collection.