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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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5358 items with images

Photograph - Digital image - Iredale 1 [man and house]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs of the Iredale family, descendants of James Iredale (arrived Greensborough c1858) and his son George (arrived 1873). The man in this photograph has not been identified.

Photograph - Digital image - Dickson home, Nell Street Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of the Dickson family home (built in 1954) in Nell Street Greensborough in the mid to late 20th century.

Advertising Leaflet - Electric Station Estate; Watsonia; Saturday 16th October 1926

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 04503:04526 One page B & W Photocopy (laminated) of auction brochure, with drawing of general store and locality plan

Historical information

This is one of two brochures advertising the auction of the last 50 allotments of the Electric Station Estate, Watsonia, near the new railway station. This brochure contains a locality plan and drawing of the general store. (Refer 4526 for the other brochure for this auction) Auctioneer: Knight & Harwood.

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.

Newspaper Clipping - Bravery cast in clay

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

The heroic actions of two Aboriginal men have been carved into history courtesy of Watsonia sculptor Darien Pullen.

Photograph - Digital image - St Katherine's Church St Helena: Window 3.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

St Katherine's Church St Helena dates from 1858. The Church was built by Major Anthony Beale in memory of his wife Katherine Rose Beale. This photograph shows one of the stained glass windows, depicting a blind man being cured and dedicated with thanks from the MacLean family.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1975 Grade 5S.

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.

Pamphlet - Centenary history: Church of Saint John Sorrento

Greensborough Historical Society,

18 p. black & white photos

Historical information

A short history of Church of Saint John Sorrento, issued to celebrate the Centenary 1873-1973.

Article - Watsonia Primary School: its history through a collection of oral histories.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Folder with black cover containing transcripts of oral histories, photographs and memorabilia.

Historical information

The story of Watsonia Primary School No 4838 is told through interviews with John Eddy (Principal 1993-97), Claudia Crosling, Jan Cleeland, John Murphy and Christina Barclay (teachers), Lesley Hooper and Nancy Fyfe (parents) - all interviewed by Rosie Bray. A foreword was written by 2015 Principal Mrs Jeanette Martin and a brief history compiled by Sam Chesser (GHS member and current parent). Photographs of the school and scans of past student photographs by Marilyn Smith.

Significance

A history of the Watsonia Primary School through the eyes of people associated with the school.

Photograph - Digital image - Cairo Zoo

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a giraffe at Cairo Zoo.

Book - These Eagles; story of the RAAF at war

Greensborough Historical Society,

200p., hard cover, col plates.

Historical information

The story of the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II

Photograph - Digital Image - Marsh family

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00356:00449:00546:00743:01259 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Marsh family.

Folder - Partington family history: compiled by Noel Withers from the Alan Partington collection

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

Contents: Partington Family history: from Lancashire to the unknown; family tree [with corrections]; copies of photographs; obituary of Trevor Partington 2002.

Significance

History of the origins of this Greensborough pioneer family. (2 files)

Inscriptions & Markings

Collected by Greensborough Historical Society. Folder commenced 2012.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1967 Grade 1A

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1967 Grade 1A

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption on second image

Photograph - Digital image - Australian troops inspect a Bedouin house in Kharm Palestine

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Australian troops inspect a Bedouin house in Kharm [Tulkarm?] Palestine.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Bedouin house at Kharm Palestine"

Photograph - Digital image - Marsh House [38 Hailes Street] 2014 1

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02031.02032.02033.02034.02035.02036 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Built by Jonah Britnell in 1860s, this house was sold to the Marsh family about 1909. The home still stands on the corner of Hailes and Church Street Greensborough Photograph taken in 2014 by Marilyn Smith.

Photograph - Digital image - KFC Greensborough - renovations 2015

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) building on 117 Grimshaw Street being renovated August 2015.

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough Scouts need new tents

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Dilapidated tents need to be replaced at the Greensborough Scout Group and members are calling on the community to lend a helping hand

Newspaper Clipping - Santa is riding to town

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Early in December, the Merry Monty Christmas happens in Were Street.

Article - Butterworth [family]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Brief family notes. Text only. Includes handwritten notes.

Historical information

Notes on the Butterworth family of Greensborough

Handbook - Watsonia High School - Class Handbook 1985 Level 7

Greensborough Historical Society,

In-school produced A4 Size booklet containing information on Year 7 (old Form 1) class subjects; curriculum books; school fees and Important Dates

Historical information

Student handbook outlining subjects offered to Year 7 students.

Significance

An annual publication, updated as regulations and subjects offered change. This gives a snapshot of Watsonia High School, Year 7, in 1985.

Photograph - Digital image - Amiet family grave, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Claude Amiet (died 21/03/1911), Louis Amiet (died 1932) and Helen Amiet (died 1944) in 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 early settlers in the district.

Postcards (framed) - Greensborough Historical Society Postcards. Series Two.

Greensborough Historical Society,

6 black and white postcards in 2 black timber frames, under glass.

Historical information

Set of 6 postcards produced for sale by Greensborough Historical Society. Postcards Frame 1, top to bottom: Fallen Soldier's Memorial, Main Street 1923; Greensborough Park Tea Rooms 1920s;Greensborough Railway Station 1920s. Frame 2, top to bottom: Stubley Motors 1930s; Greensborough Township early 1900s; Main Street Greensborough 1956.

Newspaper Clipping - Banyule Council eyes pay rise

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Banyule Council is asking for feedback on whether its councillors deserve a pay rise.

Photograph - Digital Image - St Helena car fire 1957

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of photograph

Historical information

A car fire in St Helena, 28th February 1957. Sadly a man died [George Lawrey] in this car fire.

Painting (Framed) - Oldstead Farmhouse by Doug Hall

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 03003:03047:04914 Oil painting of a house, in timber frame.

Historical information

Oldstead Farmhouse, painted by Greensborough artist, the late Doug Hall. Oldstead Farm was in the area around the present Oldstead Road Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of painting "Oldstead Farm, Doug Hall"

Photograph - Digital image - Looking north over the football ground with bridge over Plenty River.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photgraph.

Historical information

Looking north over the football ground with bridge over Plenty River. The Blackjack property, house and acres of fruit orchards ran down to the Plenty River off Hume Street Greensborough and was the home of the Robinson family to late 1956. The photographs were taken as slides by Frank Robinson and digitised by his son James in 2015.

Document - Launch of One Flintoff Project

Greensborough Historical Society,

2p. black and white text plus photographs

Historical information

Launch of the three level project "One Flintoff" to accommodate 320 council staff from Ivanhoe, Rosanna and Greensborough. The offices will be over the Watermarc complex.

Plan - Plan of Manatunga Circuit Greensborough subdivision

Greensborough Historical Society,

Plan of subdivision. Printed on buff paper, hand coloured. Mounted on cardboard. Includes 2 small cards attached.

Historical information

Plan of Manatunga Circuit subdivision. Prepared by O'Connor and Beveridge (land surveyors) for Development Underwriting (developers). Plan of subdivision. Part of Crown Portion 3. Parish of Nillumbik, County of Evelyn.

Significance

An original example of a subdivision plan in the expanding suburb of Greensborough. The 1960s and 1970s saw this area develop from a rural farming area to a suburb.

Inscriptions & Markings

Various handwritten comments. Small cards from Survey Branch, Office of Titles.

Genealogical Document - McDowell: assisted British Immigration 1839-1871

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page print out of assisted British immigrants with the surname McDowell.

Historical information

The results of a search for passengers with the surname McDowell who came to Australia as assisted British immigrants.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1968 Grade 5A.

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 - Development of pig farm to residential blocks, 4.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

A view of the redevelopment of the pig farm in Weidlich Road Greensborough, owned by Werner Hanusch. The land was used as a pig farm and quarry from 1954 and this photo shows early stages of the land being subdivided into the Evelyn Way estate. This project of fifty, one double storey, dwellings was commenced on 2/8/2009 and completed on 6/2/2011.

Significance

An example of the changing land use in Greensborough, from farming to residential.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Hotel [group]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01249.01693 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Group of unknown men outside the original Greensborough Hotel. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn; a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn. [There are unconfirmed suspicions that the top right is Ted Foley and the front right is Jack Stock]

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1983 Year 7H

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1983 Year 7H

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1983 Year 7H

Newspaper Clipping - Death notice: Louis Amiet 1932

Greensborough Historical Society,

Downloaded copy of death notice.

Historical information

Louis Amiet was the head master at Greensborough State School. Newspaper Death notice from Melbourne Argus.

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.

Book - Montmorency: the Farm on the Plenty / by Maureen Jones

Greensborough Historical Society,

166 p., illus. (some col.). Soft cover.

Historical information

A history of the Melbourne suburb of Montmorency from its time as a hunting ground for the Wurundjeri willam people to its uptake by white settlers and eventual evolution to the suburb we know today.

Significance

A well researched and documented history of the Montmorency area.

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1966 Grade 3

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white school photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1966 Grade 3

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Augusta Foley, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Augusta Julia Foley (died 06/08/1858), 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.

Bereavement Card - Digital image - Ann Ruston - bereavement card 1868

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital image of bereavement card.

Historical information

Ann Ruston died 1868, aged 75 years. She was the mother of Peter Ruston who came to Australia in 1850. He worked as a carter, carting flour from the mill on the Plenty River near Janefield to the Greensborough area. He married Martha Roberts in 1858. Peter and Martha's daughter, also Martha, married David Medhurst.

Significance

Connections to early Greensborough families.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Amelia and William Roy, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Amelia May Roy (died 27/12/1945) and William Roy (died 10/07/1950), 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 - Grave of Joseph and Dorothea (Dora) Goodman, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01866.01908.01972 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Joseph Goodman (died 04/07/1932) and Dorothea (Dora) Goodman (died 24/02/1955.) in Plot# P7[?] 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 early settlers in the district.

Blue bag - Reckitt's Blue Bag

Greensborough Historical Society,

Cylindrical piece of laundry blue, wrapped in white paper, printed in red.

Historical information

Blue bags were used for whitening laundry during washing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Reckitt's blue bag

Photograph - Digital image - Tom, Nellie and Sylvia

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01073.01604 Digital copy of black and white photograph. Hard copy filed at FileCab: Partington.

Historical information

Tom Partington with Nellie (possibly his sister in law, Ben's wife) and a child identified only as Sylvia.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of D. G. Highgate; Elaine; Bradley and Leonie Highgate. St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of D. G. Highgate (ex Royal Australian Regiment) (died 28/03/2003), Elaine Valerie Highgate (died 25/04/2002), Bradley John Highgate (died 04/01/1956) and Leonie Elaine Highgate (died 04/01/1956), 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 - Watsonia: a talk by Noel Withers

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page, text and colour photographs; 3 printed photos.

Historical information

A short report by Rosie Bray on a talk presented by GHS President Noel Withers at Watsonia Library. Noel's topic was the history of Watsonia.

Photograph - Digital image - PROV Grant GHS Website Event

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

In 2014, GHS received a grant from the Public Record Office Victoria to update the Society's website. a morning tea was held to accept the grant. This photo shows GHS members and official guests. (left to right) Cr Steve Briffa, GHS Vice President Sue Ballantyne, Bruce Atkinson MLC, GHS member Rosie Bray, GHS President Noel Withers and Colin Brooks MP. More photos of this event can be found at the GHS Resource Centre.

Photograph - Digital image - Restored grave of John Scotland, Mary Colquhoun, Catherine Sievwright and Jessie Scotland, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01925.01926.01955 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of John Scotland (died 21/11/1888), Mary Colquhoun(died 15/02/1902), Catherine Sievwright (died 10/01/1910) and Janet Scotland (died 21/07/1924) in Plot# M8/M9 Greensborough Cemetery. Headstone has been restored.

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 early settlers in the district.

Book - Shire of Diamond Valley Community Handbook 1991

Greensborough Historical Society,

36 pages, col illus., maps. Front cover is a collage of scenes from Diamond Valley, back cover illustration of a copy of "Summer Panorama, Tabletop, NSW" by Max Dimmack, from the Shire of Diamond Valley Art Collection.

Historical information

Guide to services provided by Shire of Diamond Valley. 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 1964 until 1994.

Significance

Annual guide to services in Shire of Diamond Valley

Photograph - Digital image - Mountainview Road Briar Hill: old house 4.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Old house on Mountainview Road Briar Hill.

Significance

A record of the changing face of Greensborough.