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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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Newspaper clipping - Family show goes on

Greensborough Historical Society,

A short article featuring a colour photograph of an illuminated house.

Historical information

The article is about a family in St Helena that decorates their house with Christmas lights.

Significance

The De Vincentis family have done this for 12 years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Biro written date

Photograph - Digital image - Sculli Brother: photo on shop wall

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The Sculli family came to Melbourne in the 1950s and in 1960 opened a fruit shop in Main Street Greensborough. This photo shows the Sculli family in their original shop. In 2016, they are operating a fruit shop in Greensborough Plaza.

Pamphlet - Bundoora Homestead Art Centre July-December 2017 Program

Greensborough Historical Society,

10 p. pamphlet, col. illus.

Historical information

Program of activities and displays held at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre in 2017.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1972 Grade 2B

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1972 Grade 2B

Photograph - Digital image - Splatt's picnic 1905

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Members of the extended Splatt family enjoy a picnic, 1905.

Significance

Descendants of Henry Anning Splatt who married Harriet Chapman in 1859 and settled in Greensborough.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1972 Grade 1B

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1972 Grade 1B

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1956 Grade 3B

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1956 Grade 3B

Photograph - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1950 Grade 5

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white photograph of school children taken in 1950.

Historical information

The photograph was taken in 1950 and is of Grade 5 at Greensborough Primary School. It has children from many local families in it.

Significance

The photograph records the children attending the Greensborough Primary school in 1950.

Inscriptions & Markings

A list of names in red biro on the back of the photograph.

Photograph - Digital image - Diamond Valley Hospital

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01098:01300 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

The Diamond Valley Community Hospital was established in 1942 in Grimshaw Street Greensborough. Prior to the hospital, health services in the area had been limited. The Hospital closed in 2000. This photograph is of the first hospital on the Diamond Valley Hospital site. This area on Grimshaw Street now houses many medical services in what was once the Diamond Valley Community Hospital.

Folder - Constitution and Rules of Greensborough Park Committee

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 copies of 2 p. Constitution, two with handwritten annotations. In manilla folder.

Historical information

The Greensborough Park Committee shared, with the permission of the City of Heidelberg, the management of the Park. Greensborough Park is also known as War Memorial Park.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Isobel Maddison, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Isobel Ida Maddison (died 1998), 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 - Untitled 1937

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of a group of people on the banks of the river. 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.

Article - William Charles Bigmore

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Charles Bigmore and his service in World War 1. At the time of William Charles Bigmore's enlistment, he was living in Kent Town, S. A.

Photograph - Digital image - Willis Vale [3]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01235.01620 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Ellen and Charles Partington at Willis Vale: 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. Land use included farming and orchards. Willis Vale was destroyed by fire in the 1960s.

Significance

Home of the Partington family

Article - Victor Alfred Barnard

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Victor Alfred Barnard and his service in World War 1. At the time of Victor Alfred Barnard's enlistment, he was living in Bundoora.

Book - Gallipoli: by Alan Moorehead.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Paperback, 351 p., illus.

Historical information

History of the Gallipoli campaign of World War I.

Significance

Owned by the Partington family.

Inscriptions & Markings

On title page: 'Faye Fort'.

School Magazine - Plenty 75

Greensborough Historical Society,

Balck and white photographs and line drawings

Historical information

School magazine for Montmorency High School 1975. Includes a history of Montmorency High School from 1969, student writing and art.

Newspaper Clipping - Family histories document tales of epic adventure

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Diamond Valley Library displayed stories and memorabilia from migrant families in the area.

Photograph - Watsonia High School 1984 Year 8-9 WJ

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1984 Year 8-9 WJ

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1984 Year 8-9 WJ

Photograph - Watsonia High School 1982 Year 11A

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1982 Year 11A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1982 Year 11A

School Photograph (digital image) - 1939 Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1-4.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Briar Hill Primary School No 4341. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

School and class identified on board in photograph.

Photograph - Digital image - Blackjack: Peter and Paul, Greensborough 1956 .

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02062.02063.02064.02065.02066.02067.02069.02071.02072.02073.02074.02076.02084.02085.02086.02087 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Peter and Paul Robinson, 1956, at Blackjack, the home of the Robinson family to late 1956. The Blackjack property, house and acres of fruit orchards ran down to the Plenty River off Hume Street Greensborough. The photographs were taken as slides by Frank Robinson and digitised by his son James in 2015.

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 - Grave of John and Rosalie Ellen McLaughlin, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The Grave of John McLaughlin (died 15/10/1933), and Rosalie Ellen McLaughlin (died 30/09/1953), 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 - Party boost for the Toy Library

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Diamond Valley Toy Library added an array of extra items to its inventory following a Telstra Kids Fund Grant. Three new party packs and dozens of toys were purchased.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1979 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.

Newspaper Clipping - Waterdale Youth Theatre - Avast! Pirates back with hearty twist.

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Waterdale [Youth] Theatre produced a modern version of Pirates of Penzance.

Photograph - Digital image - Blue Lake: More views of the lake.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photographs

Historical information

Blue Lake is in Yellow Gum Park in the Plenty Gorge, north of Greensborough. These photos show views of the lake.

Photograph - Digital image - Bill Hutchinson [as child] in race car

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00778:01066:01067:01068:01069:02521 Digital copy of 3 black and white photos.

Historical information

Three photographs of Bill Hutchinson with his car and second place trophy in the 1951 Interstate Jubilee Soapbox Derby.

Photograph - Watsonia High School 1976 Form 2A

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 2A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 2A

Photograph - Digital image - St Katherine's Church St Helena: Main window.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

St Katherine's Church St Helena dates from1858. The Church was built by Major Anthony Beale in memory of his wife Katherine Rose Beale. This photograph shows the main stained glass window, dedicated to Anthony and Katherine Beale.

Photograph - Digital image - Cricket at Lower Park 1970s

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01787.02156 Colour digital photograph

Historical information

Photograph of a cricket game at Lower Park Greensborough in the 1970s.

Photograph - Digital image - Mavis Solum (nee Thomas)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00771:01260:01261 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Mavis Solum (nee Thomas) who provided the photograph to accompany an oral history, published in "As I Recall"

Photograph - Digital image - Trevor Partington in Army

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Trevor Partington shown in Army uniform.

School Photograph (digital image) - 1963 Macleod High School McHIGH Prefects

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02529:02537 Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Macleod High School 1963 Prefects.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names identified on back of photograph.

Photograph - Watsonia High School 1966 Form 2D

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1966 Form 2D

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1966 Form 2D

Article - The Early squatters of Lower Plenty and Montmorency between 1836 to 1840, by Peter van Eeken

Greensborough Historical Society,

4p., text and illus.

Historical information

Talk given by Peter van Eeken to a general meeting of the Greensborough Historical Society on 18 March 2016. The topic is the early squatters of Lower Plenty and Montmorency from 1836 to 1840.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of [unknown child] Dunn, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (damaged grave)

Historical information

The Grave of [unknown child] Dunn (died 07/05/1916), 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.

Jars - Vegemite Jars

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 Vegemite glass jars, different labels and sizes. Plastic or metal lid, paper or plastic labels.

Historical information

A variety of Vegemite jars: 115g jar with yellow plastic lid (manufactured 2008), standard labelling; 145g jar with red metal lid (manufactured 2010), special labelling 'New, Name Me', possibly first edition of 'Cheesymite'; 235g jar with orange plastic lid (manufactured 2016), labelled as 'Reduced Salt', part of the 'Beat the Drum Campaign' to support Australian Olympians in Rio de Janeiro.

Significance

Shows the variety of this common spread.

Photograph - Digital Image - Groups of soldiers, Egypt 1916

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph Link: 3972-3998

Historical information

A digital copy of groups of soldiers, Egypt 1916. Taken by Private Samuel Rich in 1916.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Beatrice Alice Chapple, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01858.01935 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Beatrice A Chapple (died 1922) in Plot# G15 Greensborough Cemetery. Photograph taken by Noel Withers 2009. [Caption by Bruce McDowell: Beatrice Alice Chapple was the daughter of William McDowell & Susan McDowell (nee Poulter) - who are both also buried at 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 of the early settlers in the district. The cemetery holds approximately 250 grave sites with 350 people buried there.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Tennis Club - Bob Maurer and Barry Taylor

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00871:00874:02526 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Bob Maurer and Barry Taylor at Greensborough Tennis Club (mid 1960s).

Inscriptions & Markings

Photograph is named on back.

Photograph - Digital image - Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01635.01641 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Willis Vale: 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. Land use included farming and orchards. Willis Vale was destroyed by fire in the 1960s.This photo was taken after the Partington's moved house in 1947 across the river where Alan built their new Alwyn house that had access to electricity.

Significance

Home of the Partington family

Article journal - Diamond Valley opens new library

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page copy of journal article, text and photograph.

Historical information

Diamond Valley Council opened its new library at Greensborough, a branch of Heidelberg Regional Library, in December 1973.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Minnie and George Freeman, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Minnie Freeman (died 17/09/1951) and George Freeman (died 12/05/1959), 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.

Article - Cordner, George Denis Pruen (1924-1990), by Gillian M. Hibbins

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of article made 04/04/2017, 1 page.

Historical information

Denis Cordner was born at Diamond Creek in 1924. He described himself as "an industrial chemist and spare-time footballer'.

Significance

The Cordner family were Greensborough locals, several being local doctors.

Inscriptions & Markings

Originally published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 17, Melbourne University Press, 2007

Article - Watsonia [some memories] by John Kellow.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00302:00303.01017.02237 5 pages of typed text.

Historical information

A short history of Watsonia and surrounding area. told in oral history format by John Kellow. This article is not referenced and details require verification.

Book - The Division in battle; pamphlet No 4: Armour.

Greensborough Historical Society,

In 4 part, pages not numbered, Illus.

Historical information

Australian Army. Royal Australian Armoured Corps. Military Manual.

Inscriptions & Markings

Restricted. Contains classified Australian information.

Photograph - Digital image - Young Doris Jones

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph of a young Doris Jones

Photograph - Digital image - Susan Chapman

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Susan Chapman came to Australia with husband James Chapman in 1849. They has eight children and Susan was a midwife in the Greensborough area. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn. [J. P. Lind Studio advertised between 1870-1874]