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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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7050 items with images

Game - Strategy: a game of skill.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Board game in cardboard box. Includes game board, sheet of "Rules" and 29 playing 'pieces' [5 missing]

Historical information

Strategy is a board game involving army divisions, battleships and aircraft. The tactical object of the game is to steadily reduce your opponent's forces until you have numerical advantage.

Significance

An Australian-made game possibly published during or just after World War 2.

Advertising Leaflet - 3 Karee Court Greensborough; and, 14 Natimuk Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Colour page from real estate magazine, printed both sides.

Historical information

Advertising for 3 Karee Court Greensborough, 3 bedroom house, sold October 2018 for $759,000; previous sale: July 2018 $541,000; and, 14 Natimuk Street Greensborough 3 bedroom house, sold 10/11/2018 for $803,000.

Photograph - Digital image - Jessie at Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Jessie Partington was born at Willis Vale in 1911 and worked around the farm; when older she and her sisters had to deliver milk around the area from the farm dairy. Jessie attended Greensborough Primary School and from age 4 had piano and singing lessons. She had a beautiful voice, singing in church and choirs.

Significance

This photograph shows the house 'Willis Vale'

Advertisement - Digital image - Welkay Store, Greensborough 1967

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Welkay Store, a furniture shop in Main Street, Greensborough 1967. These advertisements are designed to look like a news article.

Significance

Part of a collection of historic advertisements from local newspapers, showing local businesses from the mid 20th century.

Book - Eltham inhabitants: for most, the serious part: Church in community 1850-2000 / by Kenneth Eric Eckersall.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

175 p., illus. Paperback.

Historical information

This book tells the story of the Eltham Uniting Church from 1850-2000 and its place in the Eltham community.

Plan - Parish Plan Map of Land North of Grimshaw Street

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopy of part of Parish plan of land north of Grimshaw Street bounded by the Plenty River.

Historical information

Part of Parish plan of land north of Grimshaw Street bounded by the Plenty River. Includes annotation signed by John Scotland and J. W. Britnell, dated Dec. 11th 1879.

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes annotation signed by John Scotland and J. W. Britnell, dated Dec. 11th 1879

Advertisement - Digital Image - Frank Clark Mens and Boys Wear 1969

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of advertisement from booklet.

Historical information

Advertisement for Frank Clark Mens and Boys Wear of Watsonia Road Watsonia. Copied from a Diamond Valley Football League football record from 1968.

Photograph - Digital Image - Train at Greensborough Railway Station 1960s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of a train approaching Greensborough Railway Station in the late 1960s. Note the foot crossing under the train, prior to the overpass.

Article, Journal - Diamond Valley opens new library

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Newspaper - Yarra Valley Historical: Vol.1. Issue 4.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper, 32 pages, illus.

Historical information

A history of settlement of the Wandin Yalloak district from 1866, includes pioneer families and events. A publication of the Mont de Lancey Historical Home and Museum in Wandin.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Early History of Wandin Yalloak & District" on cover.

Certificate - Vaccination Certificate: William Alan Partington 1909.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Copy of Vaccination Certificate.

Historical information

This certified the 'successful vaccination' of William Alan Partington, aged 4 months on 4th May 1909.

Significance

An example of early documentation of public vaccination program.

Inscriptions & Markings

Details completed by hand and signed by Doctor.

Article - Watsonia [some memories] by John Kellow.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia Barracks 1986

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of one page of a newsletter

Historical information

In 1986, Watsonia Barracks was renamed Simpson Barracks after Major General Colin Simpson. The photograph is of a Leopard Tank, and advertises an Army display at Simpson Barracks.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1992 Grade 4 T

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour school photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1992 Grade 4 T

Book - Royal Army Medical Corps Training 1911

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

452p., hard cover, illus (some col.).

Historical information

Royal Army. Medical.

Significance

Military Manual

Inscriptions & Markings

Contains owner's personal notes at end of text.

Postage Stamps - Digital Image - Olympic Games 1984: First Day Cover

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital image of first day cover and stamps, colour.

Historical information

Digital image of Australian postage stamps, First Day Cover, stamped at Greensborough. Commemorates 1984 Olympic Games.

Significance

Part of a collection of miscellaneous historical images.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Olympic Games 1984. First Day Cover" Franked: "25 JUL 1984 Greensborough"

School Photograph - Digital Image - Montmorency High School Mo8068 1976 Form 1B

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour school photograph.

Historical information

A colour photograph of Montmorency High School 1976, Form 1B

Significance

Montmorency High School was opened in 1969 and is now known as Montmorency Secondary College.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1977 Grade 1M

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Colour photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1977 Grade 1M

Bottle - Cream bottle

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Clear glass imperial half pint cream bottle (foil cap type)

Historical information

Commonly used container until waxed cartons or plastic bottles came into use

Inscriptions & Markings

Imperial half pint, maker's manufacture numbers moulded

Photograph - Digital Image - Woolworths Greensborough 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

The 'new look' Woolworths store in Greensborough, showing the Henry Street façade; Greensborough Primary School can be seen on the opposite side of Grimshaw Street. This was formerly the Safeway store.

Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1983 Year 8-9 GR

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1983 Year 8-9 GR

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1983 Year 8-9 GR

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Francis, Henry and Bessie Wingrove, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Francis William Wingrove (died 28/05/1892), Henry Vivian Wingrove (died December 1855) and Bessie Wingrove (died 1955), 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 - Watsonia Road shopping strip 2, 2016

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Watsonia Road shopping strip, Watsonia 2016. The strip is managed by the Watsonia Traders Association.

Book - Nurses & midwives in Australian history: a guide to historical sources, by Noeline Kyle, R. Lynette Russell and Jennifer Blundell

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

76 p., stapled, printed in black & white, colour photographs

Historical information

Contains a bibliography and list of collecting organisations. A resource book on the subject of Australian nurses and midwives.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1987 Year 11F

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1987 Year 11F

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1987 Year 11F

Newspaper Clipping - Clifton Pugh and Prue Acton, by Jane Freeman

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Text and col. photograph

Historical information

Relationship between Clifton Pugh and Prue Acton based on their common interest in painting. Clifton Pugh lived at 'Dunmoochin' on the Cottles Bridge-Strathewen Road between Hurstbridge and Arthur's Creek.

Photograph - Digital image - Two girls

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Studio photograph of two young girls, identity unknown. [Maybe Dorris and Myrtle McLaughlin]

Match Container - Digital Image - Biba for Hair matchbook, 1980s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital image of paper matchbook.

Historical information

Digital image of a Biba for Hair matchbook, circa 1980, used for advertising. Biba was a hair salon located in Greensborough Plaza.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

"Biba for Hair … Greensborough Shopping Centre"

Book - Life of Field Marshal His Grace the Duke of Wellington, by Andrew R. Bonar

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

384 p. + advertisements, frontis. Gold and black embossed design on light brown cover

Historical information

The life story of Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1769 – 1852, a leading military and political figure of 19th-century Britain. He defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Significance

Good example of embossed book cover

Inscriptions & Markings

Wm. Chapple, Ballarat 1884 on fly leaf, bookseller's stamp "F. & A. Symons"

Photograph - Digital Image - All Saints Anglican Church Greensborough. Framework 1967

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

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 building works underway with framework in place and the old Church on the right. Taken in 1967.