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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.

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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5284 items with images

Newspaper Clipping - Alarm over secret drilling at Banyule Flats

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Conservationists fear the unexpected test drilling at the Banyule Flats is just the beginning of damage to the native environment.

Photograph (Framed) - Shire of Diamond Valley Staff. Last day 1992.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Large colour photograph in timber frame.

Historical information

Photograph of "indoor" staff, Shire of Diamond Valley, on their last day at work for the Shire.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 30/09/1964 until 14/12/1994.

Bath and bed head (remnants) - Partington family, remnants of bath and bed head

Greensborough Historical Society,

Cast-iron, rusted. Section of base of bath and one upright post from bed head.

Historical information

This piece of an old bath dates back to the late 1800s to early 1900s. The bath would have been used by the Partington or Bosch families at the property at Point Lookout. This piece is from a bath that was used by our grandfather (born in 1872) when the family lived at Point Lookout before the Partington family bought Willis Vale in 1878. The bath remnant was retrieved after fire destroyed the house. Bed head (remnant): From the Willis Vale homestead. The Partingtons purchased Willis Vale in 1878. William James Partington (1872-1941) died of heart failure in bed beside Annie May (1874-1965). They were the parents of Eva, Grace, Alan, Jess and Jack. All except Eva were born at Willis Vale.

Significance

Remnants of two of the Partington family homes, both destroyed by fire.

Newspaper Clipping - Nell Street Shop - Song and Shoes Advertisement

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Advertisement for "Song & Shoes", 33 Nell Street Greensborough.

Book - A Shrine on the mountain: the story of St. Peter's Memorial Church Kinglake

Greensborough Historical Society,

160 p., illus. (some col.) paperback.

Historical information

St Peter's Memorial Church Kinglake was destroyed in the 2009 bushfires and rebuilt and re-consecrated in 2014. The author, Jillian Durance, is a grand daughter of Charles and Ivy Partington.

Inscriptions & Markings

"To the Greensborough Historical Society, best wishes - Jillian Durance 2017"

Photograph - Digital image - John McLaughlin [2]

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 John McLaughlin, father of Dorris and Myrtle.

Folder - Laurie Roy

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

Newspaper articles and photographs relating to cyclist Laurie Roy who tragically died at age 19 in 1933.

Significance

Laurie Roy was an amateur cyclist with great potential who died as a result of a cycling accident in 1933. Laurie Roy lived in Greensborough and is buried at the Greensborough Cemetery.

Photograph (copy) - Greensborough Fishing Club

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white photocopy of a photograph of a group of members of the Greensborough Angling Club.

Historical information

The group features the late Lindsay McKellar Black.

Significance

The Greensborough Angling Club is still meeting in its Para Rd clubrooms.

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue biro words in the LH margin.

Photograph - Digital image - "Anzac Coves": Program 1917

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

The "Anzac Coves" was a revue created by Frank Crossley during the First World War. Wal Luxford and Cec Jessop were part of the team to produce this entertainment.

Photograph - Digital image - Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01635.01641.02332 Black and white digital photograph.

Historical information

House built by Edward Maygar, Robert Whatmough lived there mid 19th century and later sold to Partington family. It was located on the Plenty River at Partington's Flat Greensborough. The derelict Willis Vale house was destroyed c1966 when a fire originating from North Plenty Gorge - Kurrak Road - was lit by two teenage boys and made its way several kilometres down to Partington's Flat Greensborough.

Significance

Willis Vale was one of the earliest homes built in the area.

Program - Anything goes: Loyola College production 2001.

Greensborough Historical Society,

24 pages, text and illustrations. Cover with colour illustration.

Historical information

In 2001 Loyola College presented the musical 'Anything Goes'. This program lists the students involved in the production.

Photograph - Digital image - Butterworth's house.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of timber house in Greensborough. The Butterworth family lived here. The house was built in 1924 by Charles Rouch. The Butterworth family were a Greensborough pioneer family and later owned the Greensborough newsagency.

Photograph - Digital image - Outing at Laughing Waters on The Yarra River, 1935.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs owned by Dorris McLaughlin who was born in Greensborough, in 1899 to John McLaughlin and Rosalie Ellen Whatmough. The collection contains photographs of friends and relatives from the Greensborough and Eltham areas. This photograph shows a large group of people sitting beside the river.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Railway Station [2]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00177:00522:00526:01021:01250:01251:01252:01253:01254 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Greensborough Railway Station, early 20th century, showing train and group of young people on platform. A car parked outside the Roy House on Main Street Greensborough [opposite the future entrance to the Greensborough Plaza] This photo is from the Lorraine Coates Collection.

Significance

An early photograph of Greensborough Station.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1971 Form 3 Group 1

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Form 3 Group 1

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Form 3 Group 1

Photograph - Digital image - Ely family at football

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph printed.

Historical information

John Ely and friends ready for football at Greensborough Football Club. Mascot is Arthur.

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption on back

Photograph - Digital image - Early Greensborough Plaza aerial view.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01993.04769 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

An aerial view of Greensborough Plaza around the time it opened in the late 1970s. Shows "The Circuit" and carparks.

Significance

An aerial view of the 'new' Greensborough Plaza circa 1979.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1973 Form 6C

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white copy of a school photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows a Watsonia High School class from 1973.

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.

Document - My story, by William Barak

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages typescript, 2 black and white , 1 colour photograph.

Historical information

This account describes the site of the meeting between Wurundjeri elders and John Batman, at which the "Batman Treaty" was signed. Reinterpretation of a narrative dictated by William Barak in 1888. Edited by Jim Poulter in consultation with Wurundjeri elders in August 2014

Photograph - Digital image - Ellis Cottage, May 2016: Interior Display of artefacts

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

In May 2016, the Nillumbik Historical Society invited Greensborough Historical Society to visit its historical centre at Ellis Cottage in Diamond Creek. Ellis Cottage was built in 1865 and is made of local uncut stone. The cottage is a typical farmers residence of this period. The stone construction is unique in this district as most construction is weatherboard. This photo shows some of the artefacts on display.

Photograph - Digital image - Jean and Mardi Franklin and Mrs Roberts (neighbour)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01055.02475.02476.02477.02478.02480.02481.02484 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Jean and Mardi Franklin and their neighbour Mrs Roberts.

Photograph - Digital image - Blackbourn family 1936

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Black bourn family 1936 (left to right) Audrey, John and Margaret Blackbourn with mother Jean; 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.

Book - The Old borough was good enough by Bryan Henderson

Greensborough Historical Society,

Hardback, 60p., col. illus.

Historical information

The author researched World War 1 soldiers who were listed on the Greensborough Sunday School Honour Roll 1914-1919 and other servicemen from both World Wars. This book contains their biographical information as well as information about World War 1 and some of the operational units.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1973 Staff.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

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

Newspaper Clipping - Sweet Tastes with a tribute in new Cafe

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

A new coffee hub and dessert haven in Greensborough is far more than just a business for its proud owners - it's a tribute to their beloved son.

Photograph - Watsonia High School Staff 1989.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Colour school photograph of staff.

Historical information

Photograph of Watsonia High School staff 1989. The people are not named.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Rose E. Foley, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Rose E. Foley (died 05/04/1856), 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 - Victorian ladies

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

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

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Heights Primary School WH4935 1973 Grade Prep B

Greensborough Historical Society,

A colour photograph of Watsonia Heights Primary School 1973 Grade Prep B

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia Heights Primary School 1973 Grade Prep B

Book - Australia's Heritage Sketchbook: by Keith Norris and Wendy Norris.

Greensborough Historical Society,

358pages. Illustrated with line sketches. Hard cover, green. Dust jacket contains sketch of old house near Toowoomba Qld on front and sketch of old jewellery shop in Charters Towers Qld on back cover.

Historical information

Sketches of historic building from around Australia

Significance

Records notable Australian buildings

Inscriptions & Markings

Name and address of owner on two pages (W. A. Partington/Alan Partington)

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Station

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

An early view of Greensborough Station showing the rural nature of the area in the early part of the 20th century.

Photograph - Digital Image - Eric Barclay with Sandy the dog,1947

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Eric Barclay with Sandy the dog at the gate to the Barclay home, Elder Street Greensborough 1947.

Plaque (Digital Image) - Briar Hill Primary School Garden State Award plaque 1995

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photo

Historical information

Photo of Briar Hill Primary School "Garden State Award" plaque, 1995.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Historical Society Resource Centre Front Garden Implements [Donation from the Partington Family Farm]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

In 2013, Gary Partington generously donated farm implements to Greensborough Historical Society. These implements had been used at the family property "Willis Vale" up to the 1960s. From June 2013 until December 2016 these implements were sited in the front garden at the GHS Resource Centre. Unfortunately, the plough, shoe last and kitchen kettle were stolen in December 2016.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1973 Grade 3C

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1973 Grade 3C

Advertisement - Digital image - Punton's Shoes

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by a GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement for Punton's Shoes is from 1935.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - New hall for Bundoora

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper clipping.

Historical information

News of the planned sale of the old Bundoora Hall and building of a new Hall in Noorang Avenue in 1967.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1976 Form 6C

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 6C

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 6C

Newspaper Clipping - Cat site's up to scratch

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

The Cat Protection Society in Elder Street Greensborough is to be redeveloped to continue its work in rehousing stray cats.

Ticket - Digital Image - Train ticket: Montmorency to St Kilda, Weekly, 1970s

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital image of train ticket. White with red stripes and black text.

Historical information

Digital image of "Montmorency to St Kilda" weekly train ticket, [undated, circa 1970s]

Significance

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

Photograph - Digital Image - Corner Lambourn and Watsonia Roads

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of shopping strip corner of Watsonia and Lambourn Roads Watsonia. William Black's Bundoora Farm [1870-1930] stretched from this intersection all the way through to Grimshaw Street.

Drawing - Willis Vale by Sharyn Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Pencil drawing on cream art paper. Depicts a view of Willis Vale. In black frame under glass.

Historical information

Drawn in 1983 by Sharyn Partington (age 15). Sharyn is the daughter of Trevor and granddaughter of Alan and Wyn Partington. The artwork would have been drawn from photos of the Partington home. The derelict Willis Vale house was destroyed c1966 when a fire originating from North Plenty Gorge - Kurrak Road - was lit by two teenage boys and made its way several kilometres down to Partington's Flat Greensborough.

Significance

An original artwork of the Partington home created by a descendant of the occupants.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed "Sharyn P. 1983"

Folder - Iredale Family

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

Contents: My story of the Iredales and old Greensborough by George Iredale; Family tree of George Iredale and Sarah Hurst; James Iredale and descendants; 1878 news article 'Shooting case at Greensborough'; funeral notice for James Iredale 1885; advertisement for staff Iredale & Co, Para Road Greensborough.

Significance

History of the origins of this Greensborough family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collected by Greensborough Historical Society. Folder commenced 2012.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1968 Grade 4B.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Painting - Digital image - Barn at Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of painting.

Historical information

Painting of a barn at Willis Vale. 'Willis Vale' was owned and farmed by the Partington family from the 1870s. The derelict Willis Vale house was destroyed c1966 when a fire originating from North Plenty Gorge - Kurrak Road - was lit by two teenage boys and made its way several kilometres down to Partington's Flat Greensborough. Gary Partington thought the barn was probably associated with the bull yard. (Note: Only some abandoned stumps existed when Gary was very young in the mid to late 1940s)

Photograph - Digital image - Gilding portrait [man and woman]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00374:01277:01278:01279:01280 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Portrait of George Iredale and Anna Marie Iredale [nee Gilding]. The Gilding family lived in Greensborough and operated a Bootmaker’s shop located on the west side of Main Street, north of the rail line.

Book - An Escaper's log

Greensborough Historical Society,

192 p. pbk.

Historical information

Story of the capture, imprisonment and escape of a British pilot in World War 1

Receipt - Digital Image - Loyola College donation receipt.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital image of receipt.

Historical information

Digital image of receipt fro donation to the Ricci Mission Unit at Loyola College, Watsonia.

Significance

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

Photograph - Digital image - Ladies Guild 1941

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02055.02057 Digital copy of black and white photograph and caption.

Historical information

Ladies Guild members taken in the hall at the back of Methodist Church, about 1941. Caption on back identifies some of the ladies present: (back row, left to right) Mrs Weaver, Linda Jones, unknown, Annie Partington, Nell French, unknown, Mrs Hall. (front row, left to right) unknown,[child Ron Jones], Mrs Roberts, Mrs Lang and Robert, Amy Knapsey, unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pen on front of photograph "Lady guild members taken in the hall at the back of Methodist Church, about 1941. It [hall] was still there after 1970. Sunday School anniversaries were held there for years as well as other functions. Annie and Amy sisters (Medhurst)"

Photograph - Digital image - Plenty River Fishermen

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Plenty River fishermen. Two men with truck and barrels of fish, truck has sign - G.L.L. Chapman House Renovator Northcote. Barrels printed with Return to Fisheries Department Melbourne [or Ballarat].