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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.

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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5827 items with images

Newspaper Clipping - Watsonia North Primart Students join tribute WN4988

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Students from many schools in the area laid wreaths to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam War.

Photograph - Digital image - Women and children at Greensborough Co-op 1

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Women and children on the steps of the Greensborough Poultry co-op.

Photograph - St Mary's Parish Primary School Gr1539 1964 Grade 3A

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white photograph of St Mary's Primary School Greensborough 1964, Grade 3A

Historical information

A black and white photograph of St Mary's Primary School Greensborough 1964, Grade 3A

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Boro for the VFA?

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white news clipping

Historical information

Greensborough Football Club members were to vote on leaving the Diamond Valley Football League for the VFA.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club Reunion 2012

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 05258:05259:05260:05261:04705 Digital copy of colour photographs

Historical information

Photographs taken at the 2012 Reunion of the Greensborough Football Club. Named in these photographs are Russell Dickson, Rex Smith, Bruce McDowell, Jack Maurer.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Lindsay and Ilma Wilcox, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Lindsay Howell Wilcox (died 12/06/1991) (great grandson of Anthony and Katherine Beale) and Ilma Jessie Isabel Wilcox (died 24/12/1993), 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 - 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.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1977 Year 9A

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1977 Year 9A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1977 Year 9A

Photograph - Digital image - Win Partington and Olive Dugdale

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Wyn Partington (nee Leed) and Olive Dugdale.

Article - Percival Albert Amiet

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Percival Albert Amiet and his service in World War 1. At the time of Percival Albert Amiet's enlistment, he was living at Korumburra. Percival Amiet's next of kin was Mrs. W. Mitchell (Sister) of Greensborough.

Booklet - Building a better Banyule: highlights of the City Plan 2013-2017.

Greensborough Historical Society,

6 pages of text and colour images.

Historical information

This booklet outlines major works and events within the City of Banyule during the period 2013-3017.

Photograph - Digital image - Lonsdale boys

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Studio portrait of two boys from the Lonsdale family.

Photograph - Digital image - Plenty River Drive Bridge Roadworks 1.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

These photos show the duplication of the bridge over Plenty River Drive on the Greensborough Bypass, circa 1995.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Heights Primary School WH4935 1974 Grade 5C

Greensborough Historical Society,

A colour photograph of school class group

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia Heights Primary School 1974 Grade 5C

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 - All Saints Anglican Church Greensborough. Old Church interior 1960s

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photographs

Historical information

In 1970, All Saints' Anglican Church was rebuilt on the corner of Church and Grimshaw Streets Greensborough, replacing the timber church. This photograph shows various views of the interior of the old Church in the 1960s.

Article - Jasper Lewis Bolton - World War 1 stretcher bearer

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages, 2 web articles and personal recollection.

Historical information

Jasper Lewis Bolton's daughter, Jo Petrovic, supplied this information on her father's role as a stretcher bearer in World War I. Jasper Bolton moved to Briar Hill in the inter-war period.

Marriage Certificate [copy] - Medhurst to Ruston and Ruston to Williams

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of 2 marriage certificates.

Historical information

Marriage certificate of David James Medhurst and Martha Ruston 07/06/1882; and, Peter Ruston and Martha Williams 01/07/1858.

Significance

Shows connections of early Greensborough pioneer families.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten certificates.

Document - The Coventry Boys, by Bruce McDowell

Greensborough Historical Society,

1p., typescript

Historical information

Bruce McDowell recounts stories of the Coventry boys told to him by his grandmother, their youngest sister. Word document revised by Bruce in November 2017.

Birthday Card (Digital Copy) - To Frank from grandparent

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of birthday card.

Historical information

Digital copy of birthday card inscribed "To Frank from his Nana".

Inscriptions & Markings

"To my dear little grandson wishing him a happy birthday from his Nana"

Booklet - Digital Image - Diamond Valley Multiple Birth Association. 30th Anniversary Dinner Program

Greensborough Historical Society,

15 pages, blue text. Digital copy.

Historical information

A short history of the Diamond Valley Multiple Birth Association on the occasion of its 30th Anniversary Dinner, includes menu and program.

Significance

The Diamond Valley Multiple Births Association was a self-help group for parents of multiple births.

Photograph (copy) - Greensborough Football Club, 1948.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white copy of photograph

Historical information

Team photograph of Greensborough Football Club, 1948.

Inscriptions & Markings

1948

Newspaper Clipping - Marcello hits a high note

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02799:04847 News article 1 page, black text and colour image.

Historical information

One day, Watsonia musician and artist Marcello D'Amico decided to spend a few weeks volunteering with the Italian Pensioners' Federation of Victoria.

Book - Bendigo's talking trams, present past and future

Greensborough Historical Society,

96 p., illus.

Historical information

A guide and history of the 'talking' trams of Bendigo, Victoria.

Significance

Description of Bendigo's tram fleet and commentary on the "Talking Tram " route.

Newspaper Clipping - Bank's closure bites

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

The closure of the Commonwealth Bank branch in Watsonia is hurting businesses, with a popular store shutting its doors after 20 years.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1966 Grade 6A

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1966 Grade 6A

Photograph - Digital image - Mont Park: Ernest Jones Hall

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of 2 colour photographs

Historical information

Mont Park: Ernest Jones Hall. One of a collection of photographs of the original buildings at the Mont Park Hospital site. This was a combined chapel and entertainment hall, built between 1927-1930.

Article - Bushranging, murder and capture of the murderer

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 page article downloaded from National Library of New Zealand website 'paperspast'.

Historical information

Article from 'Colonist' newspaper (2/11/1866) reporting on the capture of bushranger Robert Bourke in Diamond Creek.

Significance

Has references to Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - John and Rosalie McLaughlin [grave]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of the grave of John and Rosalie McLaughlin. The McLaughlin family came to Greensborough circa 1840 from Belfast. In 1865 the family moved to Whittlesea. McLaughlins Lane Plenty is named after the family. The McLaughlin family was related to the Black family of Watsonia by marriage. Rosalie died 30/09/1953.

Newspaper Clipping - Parade College Students tackle success satire

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Students from Parade College Bundoora and Mercy College Coburg performed the play "How to succeed in business without really trying".

Newspaper clipping - True bloods of our shire.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of newspaper article. 2 pages, black and white photograph.

Historical information

This article is the result of an interview with Alf Poulter about the Poulter family roots in Greensborough. Discusses some of the family connections with other pioneer families in the area.

Significance

Memories of the early days of settlement in Greensborough and of the Poulter family.

Photograph - Digital image - Lower Plenty Sunday School circa 1936-38

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Children at Lower Plenty Sunday School; the teacher came from Heidelberg. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of John Albert Clark, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The Grave of John Albert Clark (died 06/10/1943) 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 - 10-12 Poulter Avenue [up the driveway]

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 - Barclay Park Greensborough sign 2

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02058.02059.02060.02061.02377.02447 Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Close up of sign at Barclay Park Greensborough 2016

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Frederick Tolhurst and Rose Tolhurst, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Frederick Edgar Henry Tolhurst (died 1957) and Rose Tolhurst (died 1967), St Helena Cemetery. Frederick Tolhurst was Vicar of St Katherine’s Church 1929-1931.

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 - Gordon Hickson

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Gordon Hickson and his service in World War 1. Gordon Hickson was born in Janefield/Yan Yean.

Compact disc - Founders of Australia and their descendants

Greensborough Historical Society,

Compact disc in case

Historical information

Book 1: discovery, exploration, settlement and economic development of Australia; Book 2: biographical details of early emigrants and pioneering families

Inscriptions & Markings

Founders of Australia and their descendants

Photograph - Bundoora Hall

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00621.01399 A black and white photograph of Bundoora Hall.

Historical information

Picture was taken just after the completion of the hall, located on the south eastern corner of Grimshaw Street and Plenty Road

Significance

The original Bundoora hall was constructed by local people.

Inscriptions & Markings

A description of the picture written on the back in blue biro.

Article - Daisy Coundon

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Daisy Coundon and her service in World War 1.

Folder - Edward B. Green

Greensborough Historical Society,

20-page plastic binder, spiral bound, clear cover. Contains documents relating to Edward B. Green and family.

Historical information

Contents: Land sale for Greensborough (The Argus 1853); Article: Greensborough history; Article: The Greens of Barham Station NSW; letter to Shire council from descendant of E B Green.

Significance

History of the origins of Edward Bernard Green after whom Greensborough was named.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collected by Greensborough Historical Society. Folder commenced 2012.

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: possible grave sites

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 Digital colour photographs.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: possible grave sites. The remains of this site are between Greensborough and Janefield. A RAAF Hygiene Training Camp was located on the Plenty River, just south of the Janefield community. It was in use from 1944 to 1946. The Camp was constructed from salvaged materials. Instruction included building and maintenance of grease traps, latrines, elementary plumbing and carpentry.

Significance

Early remains of a WW2 training camp

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough War Memorial Park Signage 2014.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows signage in War Memorial Park Greensborough.

Advertisement - Digital image - Milk bar and mixed business, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Milk bar and mixed business, (prop. Annette Bliss), 75A Devonshire Road Watsonia, 1973.

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 - R. W. Fell Reserve Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

R. W. Fell Reserve, 170 Grimshaw Street, Greensborough.

Advertisement - Silvio's Hair Fashion, Bundoora and Epping

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Silvio's Hair Fashion; 8 Dennison Mall; Bundoora and Epping.

Newspaper Clipping - Gulls football reunion

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of news article.

Historical information

This article describes the Warragul Football Club reunion 1988. Alan (Snowy) Partington was in attendance as a past player from 1932.

Significance

Includes a photo of Alan Partington of Greensborough.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1967 Grade 6A

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1967 Grade 6A. Teacher is Max McEvoy

Photograph - Digital image - Native ploughing

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a native ploughing, possibly Egypt.

Inscriptions & Markings

"A Native Ploughing"