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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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5904 items with images

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Beatrice A Chapple and, Grave of David E. Wheeler Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01858.01935

Historical information

Grave of Beatrice A Chapple (died 14/07/1922) in Plot# G15 Greensborough Cemetery. Grave of David E. Wheeler (died 05/10/1926) in Plot# G14 Greensborough Cemetery. These graves are adjacent. [Caption by Bruce McDowell: Beatrice Alice Chapple was the daughter of William & Susan McDowell (nee Poulter) - Susan Poulter was the daughter of William & Susan Poulter (nee Chapman)]

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.

Photograph - Digital Image - Montmorency Ambulance Station, rear of building

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows the rear of the Montmorency Ambulance Station in Apex Way, shortly before being demolished in 2017 to build a new Ambulance station.

Oral History - Evans family move to Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 typed pages.

Historical information

June Hall (nee Evans) recounts the building of the house at 11 Anama Street and the Evans family's move to Greensborough in 1947.

Significance

A personal story of building in Greensborough in the post war period.

Folder of Documents - Plenty River Heritage sites / Anne Paul.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Ble plastic flder containing a large number of documents and images.

Historical information

This collection of correspondence, articles and photographs was collected by GHS member Anne Paul in support of Heritage overlays for the Pioneer Children's Graves, Batman Apple Tree and Maroondah Aqueduct.

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough’s Cat Protection Society Finding Families for Felines

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Greensborough’s Cat Protection Society, established in 1947, called on local animal lovers to house stray cats while the Society prepares for a much needed renovation.

Newspaper Clipping - 1200 babies at 5/- each.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Copy of page from newspaper.

Historical information

This article publicises a suggestion to raise money for Diamond Valley Community Hospital by asking the parents of children born at the hospital to make a donation each year on the child's birthday.

Significance

An example of the community involvement in the local hospital.

Pamphlet - Myer Store News March 1954

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 page newsletter from the Myer store in Melbourne. Cover illustration shows the Bourke Street store decked out to welcome the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on their first visit to Melbourne.

Historical information

Shows the excitement of the Royal Visit in 1954. This was Queen Elizabeth II's first visit to Australia since ascending the throne.

Significance

An example of the importance of Royalty to Australians at this time.

Photograph - Digital image - Alfred Hospital Nurse Training Certificate

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Nursing certificate awarded to Rachel Auchterlonie on 14 August 1889. The original certificate is in a folder and in excellent condition.

Photographs - Group of unidentified people: Stewart & Co photography

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Four studio portraits.

Historical information

A group of 4 photographs, person not identified, taken circa 1900. From the Partington collection.

Newspaper Clipping - Concerned youth helps to preserve Anzac carvings

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A Watsonia schoolboy expressed his concern over the state of some of the carvings in Greensborough War Memorial Park. The chainsaw carvings were completed by artist Leigh Conkie over 10 years ago. A Banyule Council spokesman said inspections and maintenance were ongoing.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Francis Nodin, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Francis Nodin (died 19/04/1956), 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.

Photograph - Digital image - Old swimming pool in Plenty River at Greensborough 2015.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Old swimming pool in the Plenty River in Greensborough, built of concrete in the 1930s, it was a popular spot for the locals. A River bank stabilisation project along the Plenty River at Greensborough was conducted by Melbourne Water in 2015.

Correspondence - Letter - Letter re Private James William Poulter.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages. Copy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission information regarding the burial place of Private James William Poulter and copy of a letter from his mother.

Historical information

Copy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission information regarding the burial place of Private James William Poulter (died 1918, buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery; Gouy; Aisne; France) and copy of a letter from his mother giving details of her knowledge of the burial.

Significance

Information about the Poulter family, Greensborough pioneers.

Booklet - Funeral service for Trevor Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00723:00784 16 pages, includes death certificate, eulogy and newspaper clippings. In clear plastic folder.

Historical information

A record of the funeral service of Trevor Partington, a well known Greensborough identity.

Significance

Relates to descendents of the Partington family, Greensborough pioneers.

Newspaper Clipping - Once again, Were St will be where art is at

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A showcase of the best artists and their work in the Diamond Valley area will go on display in Montmorency this month.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough: Ashmead

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Ashmead was the home of the Cordner family and is located in Grimshaw Street Greensborough. In this photo the roofline of the house can be seen behind the heritage listed hedge.

Newspaper Clipping - Art inspired by water

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article, black text.

Historical information

Notice of an exhibition at the Greensborough Gallery, organised by the Diamond Valley Arts Society and located in the old Greensborough Primary School on Grimshaw Street.

Program - Official Opening of the new Bundoora Post Office

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A black and white 4 page program printed on glossy paper. It features a photograph of the Bundoora Post Office in August 1973.

Historical information

This was issued in 1973 for the opening of Bundoora Post Office. See Item 492 for news article on opening.

Significance

Bundoora was a developing suburb at the time. This program records the events of the opening ceremony.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pencil markings on the rear page.

Document, with newspaper clippings - Sergeant Peter Henry

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 p. typescript, with 7 newspaper clippings from various publications

Historical information

Peter Henry joined the Police Force in 1972, spending much of his service in the Heidelberg, Thomastown, and Mill Park areas. From the early 1980s, he was responsible for setting up and coordinating many Neighbourhood Watch areas. He retired in September 2008.

Oral History - Richards - Angland Family, by Ida Brown as told to June Hall.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 typed pages.

Historical information

Ida Brown relates the story of her family, through good and bad times. From her grandfather's arrival in Australia (john Henry Richards) to her time at Greensborough Primary School.

Significance

A primary source recollection of Greensborough pioneer families.

Plaque (Digital Image) - Briar Hill Primary School Peter Davey Memorial Library plaque

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour school photo

Historical information

Photo of Briar Hill State School Peter Davey Memorial Library plaque, 1955

Photograph (Copy) - William James Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00550.01610.01624 A black and white copy of a photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows William Partington in a cricket batting pose. Note on back of photo states that William was captain of the cricket team.

Significance

This was taken after Greensborough Cricket Club had played a game against a visiting English cricket team.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written notes on the rear of the picture.

Certificate (framed) - Shirley Fraser - Honorary Life Governor of Royal Children's Hospital [Melbourne].

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Coloured certificate in gilt wooden frame, under glass. Has the crest of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Melbourne.

Historical information

Certificate awarded to Shirley Fraser (nee Black) in 1973 for her fundraising efforts for the Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital.

Significance

This certificate is an example of Mrs Fraser's contribution to the wider community.

Inscriptions & Markings

"This is to certify that Mrs Shirley Margaret Fraser is an Honorary Life Governor of Royal Children's Hospital. 18th October 1973.

Booklet - Heidelberg 1937

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00283:00327:00328 36 pages plus cover, black and white illustrations. Cover has illustration of Heidelberg Town Hall in Ivanhoe. Original item.

Historical information

1937 booklet to commemorate the official opening of the City of Heidelberg Civic Centre - Town Hall and Municipal Offices.

Significance

A snapshot of the Heidelberg area in 1937, includes photos of local homes and civic amenities.

Advertisement - Digital image - State Savings Bank of Victoria, 1964

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for the State Savings Bank of Victoria, congratulating the Shire of Diamond Valley on behalf of its branches, 84 Main Street, Greensborough and Watsonia Road, Watsonia and agents, 1964

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1965 Form 1D

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1965 Form 1D and caption by Dawn Bennetts (nee Petts)

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1965 Form 1D and handwritten caption by Dawn Petts.

Photograph - Digital image - Unknown group of soldiers

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Unidentified group of soldiers, World War I. 6th from the left maybe John Cecil Jessop.

Photograph - Digital image - Charles Frederick Marshall 1917

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows Charles Marshall in uniform, captioned "May 2nd 1917. Charles F Marshall. 8th Light Horse Seymour"

Inscriptions & Markings

"May 2nd 1917. Charles F Marshall. 8th Light Horse Seymour"

Book - The Second World War in map and story, ed. by Neville Smith

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

63 p., black & white photographs, col. maps.

Historical information

Series of articles first published in the "Argus" from 1941 to 1945, dealing with events and campaigns in World War 2.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH Form 4CG

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1969 Form 4CG

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1969 Form 4CG

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)

Pipe - Clog Pipe

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Small carved wooden pipe in shape of clog. Hardwood bowl with Bakelite stem.

Historical information

Small carved wooden pipe in shape of clog.

Significance

From a collection held in Greensborough.

Book - Banyule Heritage Places Study. Vol. 3: Landscape Citations

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

127 pages, colour illus., maps. Spiral binding.

Historical information

This volume (3) of the Banyule Heritage Places Study: Landscape Citations deals significant vegetation and landscapes within the City of Banyule.

Advertisement - Digital image - Kathies Footwear, Watsonia, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Kathie's Footwear, 41 Watsonia Road, Watsonia,1973.

Bottle - MBCV brown beer bottle, circa 1930s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Brown glass bottle, 26 fluid ounce capacity. MBCV in small spade on shoulder, Carlton "C" on base.

Historical information

Made as bitter ale container in the 1930s to 1940s, World War 11 era.

Significance

Found near the former WW2 WAAAF base, north west of Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

MBCV (Manufacturers Bottle Company of Victoria)

Newspaper clipping - Since the first Noel

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping. Black and white. Photograph of Mrs Jessie Angus and text.

Historical information

Describes Mrs Jessie Angus's participation in the Diamond Valley Carol Service over a period of 69 years.

Significance

Mrs Jessie Angus was a local identity in the Greensborough area. She was a member of the Partington family and involved in local activities.

Photograph - Digital image - Jessie and Gordon Scholes

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Jessie and Gordon Scholes of Greensborough. Jessie (nee Partington) was a member of the Partington family, Greensborough pioneers. [Photo possibly taken on 8th March 1954 in acceptance of invitation to meet Queen Elizabeth]

Photograph - Digital Image - All Saints Anglican Church Greensborough. New Church interior 1970.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour and black and white 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 the interior of the new church soon after completion in 1970.

Hat - Watsonia High School Uniform - Hat

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Straw appearance girl's hat with Silicone Finish. Maroon ribbon band.

Historical information

Uniforms were mandatory for all students. In the 1970s an exemption was granted for 6th Form students, partly to assist with school expenditure given this was their last year of High School.

Significance

This hat is part of a small collection of Watsonia High School memorabilia.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1972 Form 3 Group 8

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1972 Form 3 Group 8

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School1972 Form 2 Group 8

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of James Chapman and Susan Chapman at Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01857.01904.01934 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of James Chapman (died 15/03/1875) and Susan Chapman (died 17/03/1895) in Plot#H6 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

Map - John Batman's 1835 Treaty Trail on the Plenty River

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Large laminated map, including land subdivisions and street names.

Historical information

Map of the Plenty River through Greensborough and surrounding areas, annotated with historic places. Prepared by Dennis Ward, this map shows places of interest with historic markers for a proposed Heritage Trail along the Plenty. This was a joint project of Dennis Ward, Rotary Greensborough and Nillumbik Historical Society.

Significance

This map shows many places of interest along the Plenty River.

Doilies - Crochet doilies (large)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 cotton doilies (small ornamental mat), cream crochet cotton.

Historical information

3 Cotton doilies, possibly hand made in the 1950s for domestic use. Doilies like this were used to protect furniture from scratches and for ornamental use. These doilies are crocheted using fine cotton thread in a nine-point leaf design within a circle.

Article - Memoirs History 1808 -1883 [extract]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00670:01015 4 pages of typed text. An extract from "Memoirs History 1808 -1883" pages 345 - 350.

Historical information

These pages are an extract from "Memoirs History 1808-1883" pages 345-350. This is John Lindsay Beale's account of the formation of the Greensborough Roads Board and Robert William Whatmough's participation on that Board.

Significance

The Whatmough and Beale families were pioneers in the Greensborough district. This primary source discusses the difficulties of finding a compromise between those living adjacent to the Plenty River and building and maintaining a roadway between Greensborough and Melbourne.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Heights Primary School WH4935 1967 Grade 1D

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A colour photograph of school class group

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia Heights Primary School 1967 Grade 1D

Newspaper Clipping - Historic Montmorency Footy Club scores half century

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Montmorency Junior Football Club celebrates its 50th year anniversary.

Newspaper Clipping - 60th Wedding Anniversary for Joan and Noel Davies - Love endures

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Greensborough couple Joan and Noel Davies celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

Document - Last will and testament of Charles Partington 1903

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photocopy of the will of Charles Partington 1903. Black and white. Handwritten. Copied on to A4 paper.

Historical information

Charles Partington and his family were pioneer farmers in the Greensborough area.

Significance

This document lists the children of Charles Partington.

Article - A Trip of a life time, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 p. typescript, col. photographs

Historical information

Account of Rosie's trip to the British War Cemetery at Sidon, Lebanon to visit her father's grave, and further travels in Lebanon and Syria in 2002