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Greensborough Historical Society Lower Plenty, 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
4 Jenna Close Greensborough Victoria 3088 (map)
phone
+61 9439 5454

Contact

Opening Hours

The Resource Centre at Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty is open every Thursday (10am - 3pm).

Entry Fee

No charge; membership fees available on website.

Location

34 Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty 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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6650 items with images

Key

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Metal key, slightly rusted.

Historical information

Key of unknown origin

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia Garage C

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Watsonia Garage, early 20th century. Shows old style petrol pumps and 'grain and produce' sign. Owned and operated by R.F.Watson.

Photograph - Digital image - Medhurst 1

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01775.01776.01777.01778 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Members of the Medhurst family, descendants of David Medhurst who moved to Greensborough around 1898 and ran a store in Grimshaw Street. He also wrote for the local paper.

Photograph - Bundoora Hall

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Photograph - Digital Image - Beewar Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

Beewar Street Greensborough, taken in 2013

Photograph - Digital image - Bucks Dam 2009

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Bucks Dam in Greensborough. This was a popular swimming hole in the past.

Newspaper Clipping - Hero up for an award

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Ahmed Hassan of Bundoora was nominated for a Pride of Australia Award for his work with disadvantaged youth.

Book - Wartime vegetable growing at home

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

24 pages, balck and white text and illustrations.

Historical information

In this book, people are urged to grow some of their own vegetable requirements at home in order to support the War Effort. Issued by the Victorian Department of Agriculture, instructions are given on all aspects of home vegetable growing.

Newspaper Clipping - Adieu Kids

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

After almost 30 years at Wahroonga Preschool, it's time for Sharon Nixon to say goodbye to her kindergarten children.

Newspaper Clipping - Yarra Plenty Swimming Club - Talent in the pool

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A Yarra Plenty Swimming Club star has won the club's first ever gold medal after a good showing at the Tasmanian State Age, Open and Under 11 Swimming Championships held last month.

Photograph - Digital image - Don Franklin 1965

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01055.02475.02476.02477.02478.02480.02481.02484 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Don Franklin taken in 1965.

Article - Harold Creighton

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Harold Creighton and his service in World War 1. Harold Creighton was born in Bundoora.

Photograph - Gildings bootmaker

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00374:01277:01278:01279:01280 Copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph of four men standing on the porch of Gildings Bootmaker's shop in Main Street Greensborough. John Gilding is standing in front of doorway. Harness maker W. Woodward stands next to him. The shop was opposite the Greensborough Fire Station in Church and in 1885 his shop and home were moved to the lower end of Main Street near the Plenty River.

Photograph - Digital image - Man reading paper at Greensborough Co-op.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Man reading paper at co-op (Greensborough)

Magazine - Princess Tina, and Penelope

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

32p., illus. (some col.).

Historical information

Magazine suitable for girls, presented in comic-format.

Report - Examining Draughtsman's Report - Watts River Aqueduct

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A 4 page reproduction of an Office of Titles document.

Historical information

This Field Survey was commissioned by the Melbourne Board of Works and was used to position the Maroondah Aqueduct bridge north of Greensborough at its crossing point on the Plenty River. It incorporated the use of wrought iron water pipes and therefore is of lighter construction than other similar bridges in the district. It features a traverse of the Plenty River

Significance

The Maroondah Aqueduct bridge is a significant example of late 19th century engineering.

Inscriptions & Markings

Copy of handwritten report includes maps.

Article - James William Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about James William Poulter and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Greensborough.

Disk - McLaughlin Family Photos

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 computer disk, containing photographs of the McLaughlin family

Historical information

Photographs of the McLaughlin family, residents of Greensborough in the early 20th century.

Significance

The McLaughlin family have links with the Partington, Black, Wood and Whatmough families. Studio photos included here demonstrate this style of photography popular in the early 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

McLaughlin Photos July 2011; from Steve Whatmough

Newspaper clipping - Cars Cutting corners; and, Rat run rattles reserve.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clippings, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Motorists are using the VicRoads reserve to avoid traffic on the Greensborough Highway.

Book - Banyule thematic environmental history: final report

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

82 p., spiral bound, colour and black and white photographs and plans

Historical information

Report on and development of heritage themes relating to forms and places in the City of Banyule area, including places associated with Aboriginal people. Final report prepared for Banyule City Council by Context.

Book - William Barak: bridge builder of the Kulin.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 pages, illus. (some col.).

Historical information

This book tells the story of Barak of the Wurundjeri Clan.

Newspaper clipping - Clean up your act

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Ecologist Josh Griffiths recently found a platypus in the Plenty River and urges the community to keep the river clean.

Newspaper Clipping - Redevelopment set to boost region's economy

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping, black and white text and colour image.

Historical information

Premier Jeff Kennett opened the refurbished and extended Greensborough Plaza, which included a new Myer store..

Bottle - Centenary Port, 1889-1989: to commemorate the uniting of Freemasonry in Victoria.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Empty pottery bottle, blue glaze with gold writing. 750ml capacity.

Historical information

Commemorative Port bottle produced to commemorate the uniting of Freemasonry in Victoria 1889-1989

Significance

Commemorative item.

Genealogical Document - Jesse Middleton 1888-1947

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00440:00772 3 typed pages

Historical information

Details the life of Jesse Middleton b1888 in Lancashire England, d1947. Buried Nillumbik Cemetery Diamond Creek.

Leaflet - Greensborough 25 Scotland Avenue

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Coloured auction leaflet for 25 Scotland Avenue Greensborough

Historical information

Auction by Darren Jones real estate agent of 25 Scotland Avenue Greensborough, built circa 1860, previously the home of the John Scotland and family.

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Article - Foard's Store Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 pages, typescript, col. and black & white photographs

Historical information

This story describes the Foard family who owned a shop opposite Greensborough State School, about where the Safeway store is located.

Photograph - Greensborough State School Gr2062 1958 Grade 1E

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Greensborough Primary School 1958 Grade 1E

Historical information

A photograph of Greensborough Primary School 1958 Grade 1E

Advertising Leaflet - 4/8 Ulmara Place Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour both sides.

Historical information

4/8 Ulmara Place Greensborough. Three bedroom home, sold for $670,000 in December 2017. Previous sales: November 2009, $505,300; May 2003, $297.000, February 1994, $145,000.