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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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School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Heights Primary School WH4935 1980 Grade 5R

Greensborough Historical Society,

A colour photograph of Watsonia Heights Primary School 1980 Grade 5R

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia Heights Primary School 1980 Grade 5R

Tickets - Tattersall's War Service Funds

Greensborough Historical Society,

Application form, printed in black on white paper, both sides

Historical information

Application form for lottery ticket in Tattersall's War Service Funds cash consultation. 200,000 tickets at 5/- each

Significance

A "ticket in Tatts" was one of the most popular lotteries available in Australia for many years. This "War Service Funds" sweep allocated money from its proceeds to the R.S.S.A.I.L.A. for distribution among the War Service Funds of all Australian states and New Zealand.

Invitation [copy] - Invitation to the Proclamation of Heidelberg as a City, 1934.

Greensborough Historical Society,

An A4 photocopy of a certificate.

Historical information

This was an invitation to the President of the Greensborough RSSILA and his wife to attend the Proclamation of the City of Heidelberg.

Significance

Commemorates the Proclamation of Heidelberg as a City on 14th November 1934.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Advertisement - Newspaper Clipping - Market fun day (March 8 2015)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper advertisement, text and colour graphics.

Historical information

Advertisement for an activity in Greensborough town centre, Main Street.

Newspaper Clipping - Baseball's Heathmont's winning streak continues

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Games and results for local baseball including the Greenhills Montmorency Club.

Photograph - Digital image - Church Icon

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a Church icon, location unknown, possibly Mataria near Cairo..

Inscriptions & Markings

There is no caption on this photograph

Photograph - Digital image - Streetscape: corner Diamond Creek and St Helena Roads [Greensborough]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This photograph of the corner Diamond Creek and St Helena Roads was taken in 2013 to show changes over 40 years, based on Ron Reynold’s sketches in the 1973 publication 'Greensborough and Greenhills' published by Cypress Books. The house on the corner is the subject of one sketch in the book.

Invitation [copy] - The Bundoora Farewell Committee 1946

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of invitation.

Historical information

Copy of an invitation to the Bundoora Farewell Social Committee 'social and dance tendered to members of soldiers, sailors and airmen leaving the district on active service'. Held on 31st July 1940 at the Bundoora District Hall in honour of men joining up to fight in World War 2.

Significance

An example of community spirit during the war years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name of invitee inside.

Booklet - A walk into History; an introduction to the original Templestowe village.

Greensborough Historical Society,

24 p., black & white photos.

Historical information

An introduction to the history of Templestowe.

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 - G.E.W. and Emily Maygar

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. This photo was taken at their Peak Hills Mine in Western Australia.

Newspaper clipping - Meet the Principal - Simon Le Plastrier

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Interview with Simon Le Plastrier, Principal of Eltham College.

Book - Insistent voices: the story of the Diamond Valley Learning Centre. By Michele Lonsdale.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Paperback; 147 p., illus. Grey cover with white print, photograph of students at DVLC.

Historical information

This is the history of the Diamond Valley Learning Centre published to celebrate its first 20 years. It traces the rise of community education and the women's movement in the 1970s and '80s. Personal recollections combine with historical background.

Significance

This centre is an important landmark in the Diamond Valley and this book relates the DVLC to those who live in the area.

Folder - Lower Plenty River Heritage Walk 2011

Greensborough Historical Society,

20-page plastic binder, redcover. Contains 12 page guide.

Historical information

Contains information about the sites visited on the Heritage Walk 2011 through Yallambie and Viewbank. Notes compiled by Anne Paul with assistance from Russell Yeoman.

Article - The story of Evelyn Way, St Helena

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages, text and illus.

Historical information

This story was told to Frank Solomon by Michael Sciberras on 06/08/2016. It briefly covers the owner of the Evelyn Way pig farm in St Helena, Werner Otto Fritz Hanusch.

Folder - Local Scene in Watsonia with Rosalie Bray 1988-1989

Greensborough Historical Society,

Spiral bound plastic binder with 20 pockets. Blue title page. Contains photocopies of selected articles from Diamond Valley News 1988-89.

Historical information

This local news column details events, people and places of interest as they occurred in Watsonia in 1988-89.

Significance

This column was a means of advertising for local community groups and gives a snapshot of the Watsonia area at the time.

Photograph - Digital image - Australian soldier 1

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of an unidentified Australian soldier

Newspaper clipping - History from 1920's

Greensborough Historical Society,

An article from the Diamond Valley Leader with a multi coloured photograph.

Historical information

Then article is about the sale of the Matthews family house in Nell Street Greensborough.

Significance

This house was built on the Trist Greensborough Dairy land which extended from Nell Street to Vermont Parade and McDowell Street. The house was built in 1951 by Ken Matthews.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some pencil notes at the bottom and a date in purple biro.

Photograph - Digital image - No 1 Flodden Way Briar Hill

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 03792.03793.03794.03795.04265 Digital copy of colour photograph, taken from photographic slide.

Historical information

Our place, 1 Flodden Way. Clinker brick (It has been extended beyond recognition since then). The Noone family lived at 1 Flodden Way from 1966 to 1969. Caption by Julie Noone 2017.

Significance

Shows the development of the area in the 1960s.

Photograph - Digital image - Panorama of Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photo.

Historical information

This panorama of Greensborough was taken from Sondemeyer's hill circa 1930.

Newspaper clipping - Drainage calls come flooding in, and, Library heeds call of the e-book.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping. 2 articles, one with colout image.

Historical information

Article 1 "Drainage calls come flooding in" deals with the drainage problems throughout Banyule in the aftermath of the Christmas Day 2011 floods. Article 2 "Library heeds the call of the e-book" discusses some of the digital technology available at Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

Inscriptions & Markings

DV Leader 20/1/2012

Magazine - Banyule Banner September/October 2015

Greensborough Historical Society,

20 pages (approx.), colour illustrations.

Historical information

The Banyule Banner is published quarterly by Banyule City Council to advertise upcoming events in the City of Banyule and to report on past events.

Significance

A record of events within the City of Banyule.

Photograph - Digital image - Mitchell's house

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00402:01548 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

The Mitchell house was situated in Hailes Street on land that went to the river. Part of this land is now the skate park in Yando Street off Kalparrin Lane

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1964 Grade 3B

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1964 Grade 3B

Photograph - Digital image - Mrs Budge at St Katherine's

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00076.01723 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Mrs Budge at St Katherine's Church St Helena. Her husband was stationed at Watsonia Barracks. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Digital Image - Anzac Day 1962

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of 2 photographs.

Historical information

Anzac Day Parade 1962. Marching up Main Street Greensborough to the Fallen Soldiers' Memorial at War Memorial Park.

Significance

An historical photograph after the Memorial was relocated.

Article - Robin Henry Davey

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Robin Henry Davey and his service in World War 1. At the time of Robin Henry Davey's enlistment, he was working on his father's farm at Greensborough

Photograph - Digital image - 10-12 Poulter Avenue [Lounge]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01339.01377.01406.01483.01488.01527.01653 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Built circa 1930s this timber house has 6 rooms and fronts Poulter Avenue Greensborough. It was for sale in 2015 and photographs were taken by a GHS member.

Significance

These older home sites are being redeveloped and photos give some idea of how Greensborough looked in the early 20th century.

Photograph - Digital image - Rand Street Bridge [Greensborough]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

These photographs of the Rand Street Bridge were taken in 2013 to show changes over 40 years, based on Ron Reynold’s sketches in the 1973 publication “Greensborough and Greenhills” published by Cypress Books.

Letterhead - Letterhead from Greensborough Secondary College

Greensborough Historical Society,

7 sheets of letterhead with school crest and address

Historical information

Blank letterhead from Greensborough Secondary College. Greensborough Secondary College was formed on and from 1/01/1990 from the amalgamation of Watsonia High and Watsonia Technical School.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1979 Grade 2 and 3.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Alwyne, Lillian and David Hall, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Alwyne Jewell Hall (died 02/05/1984) Lillian May Hall (died 07/02/1995) and David John Hall (died 08/08/1942), 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.

Brochure - Watsonia Motor Show 2015

Greensborough Historical Society,

Coloured brochure 4 p.

Historical information

Festival organised by the Watsonia Traders Association with support from Banyule City Council, comprising live music, car show and childrens' activities

Photograph - Digital image - Vide McLaughlin [as infant]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs copied from the late Shirley Fraser (nee Black), also descendant of the McLaughlin and Whatmough family. This photograph shows Vide McLaughlin as an infant.

Article - Cyril Edwin Elliott

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Cyril Edwin Elliott and his service in World War 1. Cyril Elliott was born in Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - Tom Lane's Pharmacy Main Street Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Tom Lane's Pharmacy, Main Streets Greensborough. Once an icon of the area, the business has closed but the building remains.

Significance

A record of the changing face of Greensborough.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1977 Grade 5 and 6.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Oral History - Relatively simple, or, a Tale of two brothers, my ancestors: by Brian Poulter.

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page of text.

Historical information

This oral history tells the story of two brothers, Giles John Poulter and William Haylock Poulter. It relates the story of their marriages to Mary Dalrymple and Mary Alice Dalrymple.

Significance

Shows some of the relationships within the Poulter family.

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill Timber Hardware Interior

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 - Pioneer Children's Cemetery [Cairn]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

The unmarked graves of the children of two Greensborough pioneer families lie in a private cemetery on the Plenty River. Burials occurred between 1848 and 1860. This photograph shows the close proximity to housing and the Cairn for the plaque.

Significance

A significant historical site in Greensborough.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1974 Grade 2-3.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Student names are not identified.

Photograph - Digital image - Diamond Village Shopping Centre, Watsonia, 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Diamond Village Shopping Centre, Nepean Street Watsonia.

Photograph - Nearmap: Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Four coloured aerial photographs

Historical information

Aerial photographs of the Watsonia area, land owned by Black and Families, including sites of Loyola College, Loyola Reserve and Gresswell Reserve

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1977 Grade 2W.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Photograph - Digital Image - Wedding of Gary and Bev Partington 1964

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

The marriage of Gary Partington to Beverley Peet at the Greensborough Methodist Church, Main Street, 1964. Left to right: Lyn Lobb, [child] Melinda Fort, Gary Partington, Bev Peet, [unnamed best man and bridesmaid]

Significance

One of a series of Partington wedding photographs taken at the old Methodist Church.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1974 Form 2A

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1974 Form 2A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1974 Form 2A

Folder - Police File: born in, lived in and worked in Greensborough / compiled by Marilyn Smith.

Greensborough Historical Society,

31 page article, text and photographs, housed in plastic folder with clear cover..

Historical information

In this collection, Marilyn Smith has collected information on members of the Victorian Police in Greensborough, including W.A. (Alan) Partington, Trevor Partington, Geoff Tulloch. Also included are news clippings about the establishment of the Greensborough Police and photographs of the Police Station.

Significance

A brief history of Policing in Greensborough.

Newspaper Clipping - No new schools in plan

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

The Banyule Schools Provision Review acknowledged that some Banyule schools would suffer high demand in coming years but no new schools would be built.

Photograph - Digital image - Partington's Flat: footbridge over the River.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photographs

Historical information

Partington's Flat. This photo shows the footbridge over the river on the Plenty River Trail.

Book - Girls in green, by Elisabeth Morley

Greensborough Historical Society,

Hardback, 238 p., col. frontispiece, with dust jacket.

Historical information

Schoolgirls' novel

Inscriptions & Markings

"Shirley Black, Hillboro' Park, Grimshaw Street, Bundoora. 1952." "Methodist Sunday School, Greensborough. Awarded to Shirley Black for Second prize. R. Willett Supt., R. WhitbournSec. 1952."