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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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5497 items with images

Newspaper Clipping - Brass band to star at carols evening

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

The Diamond Valley Brass Band will once again take centre stage at the Christmas festivities this weekend.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of [unknown child] Dunn, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (damaged grave)

Historical information

The Grave of [unknown child] Dunn (died 07/05/1916), 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.

Postcard [copy] - Salisbury Plain

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of postcard.

Historical information

Postcard to Vear and Hazel Roy from France: Pte Dan Donahoo, 18/21 Battalion, 6th Infantry Brigade, AIF.

Inscriptions & Markings

Personal note written on back.

Photograph - Digital Image - Dorothy, Eric and Henry Barclay at wedding 1947

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Dorothy, Eric and Henry Barclay at a family wedding 1947.

Photograph - Digital image - Bundoora Primary School No.1915 (old building) 1

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02021.02022.02023.02024.02025.02026.02027 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Bundoora Primary School No.1915 was constructed in 1877 of brick on a bluestone base with an iron roof and small porch. The school consisted of a single room with the dimensions 30 feet by 18 feet. It was a small rural school and in use for over 100 years. Today it sits abandoned at the intersection of Plenty Road and the Metropolitan Ring Road. The School has a Victorian Heritage Overlay (no H062) Photograph by Marilyn Smith 2014.

Newspaper Clipping - Outcry as Banyule Councillors go for max rise in pay

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Banyule councillors have come under fire for a proposed pay increase which will see the mayor receive an additional $18,000 a year.

Invitation [copy] - The Bundoora Farewell Committee 1946

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of invitation.

Historical information

Copy of an invitation to the Bundoora Farewell Social Committee 'social and dance tendered to members of soldiers, sailors and airmen leaving the district on active service'. Held on 31st July 1940 at the Bundoora District Hall in honour of men joining up to fight in World War 2.

Significance

An example of community spirit during the war years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name of invitee inside.

Advertising Leaflet - 12 Warwick Road Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

12 Warwick Road Greensborough: 3 bedroom home, private sale, sold November 2012 for $590,000, and later in April 2016 for $691,000

Photograph - Digital image - Two bints (Arab women)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph. Image was reconstructed from damaged original.

Historical information

Photograph of two Arab women, captioned 'Two bints'.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Two bints"

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1966 Fete Advertisement.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of collage of advertising material for school fete.

Historical information

Advertising material for the Watsonia High School fete held on 19th March 1966.

Document - Bell's Cottage [Happy Hollow]: Victorian Heritage database report

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 p. typescript, one black & white photograph

Historical information

In 1997, Bell's Cottage at Happy Hollow Farm was included in the Nillumbik Heritage Overlay HO59.

Significance

The cottage was built by Robert Whatmough and associated with the pioneering orchardists Frederick and Theodore Flintoff and William Verner. It is technically significant for its wattle and daub construction, vertical slabs and bark roof. It was destroyed by fire in 2003.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough: Methodist Church at 37 Grimshaw Street

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The Methodist Church moved from Main Street to this location in Grimshaw Street in the 1970s. It is now named the Living Faith Church.

Photograph - Digital image - Jack Partington and stepson Alan.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph of Jack Partington and stepson Alan.When Jack returned from the second world war, he married Vivien Clarkson who already had two children, Joan and Alan.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1977 Year 7D

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1977 Year 7D

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1977 Year 7D

Photograph - Digital image - House, Poulter Avenue Greensborough 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of 62 Poulter Avenue Greensborough.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1966 Form 1D

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1966 Form 1D

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1966 Form 1D

Book - Sacred Songs and Solos: compiled by Ira D Sankey.

Greensborough Historical Society,

182p., soft cover.

Historical information

Small volume of 888 sacred songs and hymns.

Significance

Used by Mollie Hamilton at Macleod Sunday School. Dates unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed inside front cover "Mollie Hamilton Watsonia Macleod Sunday School"

Book - Westgarthtown: a history and guide

Greensborough Historical Society,

Revised and enlarged edition. 44 p., illus. (some col.)

Historical information

A short history of Westgarthtown (Thomastown Historic Precinct)

Photograph - Digital image - Church at Mataria - the Virgin's Tree

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a view of the Virgin's Tree in Mataria, near Cairo.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Virgin's Tree Matarich"

Newspaper Clipping - Diamond Valley - Honour in the basket

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Dedication and selfless service recognised in Queens Birthday honours. David Caple of Eltham: an AM for his services to workplace health and safety; Avis Scullin of Eltham: an OAM for her services to basketball; an, Professor Vernon Marshall of Ivanhoe: an AO for services to medicine.

Article - St Helena and Anthony Beale

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 x A4 pages downloaded from Victorian Historical Magazine (1952) Vol 24, Issue 96, pages 140-141.

Historical information

The article was published after a visit by the Victorian Historical Society to St Helena.

Significance

Information about the Beale family and their connection to St Helena

Inscriptions & Markings

Victorian Historical Magazine (1952) Vol 24, Issue 96, pages 140-141. This is the transcript of a paper read by Mr A T Latham. The title is St.Helena and the subject is Anthony Beale and his connection with Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Eva and William Owen, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Eva Christina Owen (died 02/10/1969) and William Richard Owen (died 13/06/1972), 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 - Janefield Precinct: Looking towards the future - new residential development.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: Looking towards the future - new residential development. 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 - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1975 Form 6A

Greensborough Historical Society,

A black and white copy of a school photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows a Watsonia High School class from 1975.

Significance

Watsonia High School was a local educational facility that was closed in 1989. Greensborough Secondary College opened in 1990 which merged Watsonia High and Watsonia Technical School students together.

Article - Hutchinson Caravan Dolly

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00778:01066:01067:01068:01069:02521 A 6 page document featuring many colour photographs and reproductions of period advertising on the Hutchinson Caravan Dolly.

Historical information

The Hutchinson Caravan Dolly was a device for stopping the rear of a towing vehicle from being drawn down by the weight of the caravan and having a detrimental effect on the steering of the vehicle and vision of the driver.

Significance

The Hutchinson Caravan Dolly was adapted from a towing dolly used for cars with damaged wheels and manufactured in Greensborough in the 1950's and 1960's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Constitution - Constitution: Greensborough Football Club

Greensborough Historical Society,

Grey paper cover. 5 pages.

Historical information

1965 amended version of the Constitution of the Greensborough Football Club. Date of amendment 10/11/1965.

Significance

Outlines the 'objects' of the club and rules relating to the running of the Greensborough Football Club.

Article - Australian Army Nursing Service 1914-1918 / by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

9 p. col. & black & white illus.

Historical information

In this article GHS member, Rosie Bray discusses some of the local nurses who enlisted for service in World War 1.

Newspaper Clipping - Food Truck park plan

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

A food truck park would be added to a drive through café if Banyule Council gives it the green light.

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1994 Grade Prep and 1

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour school photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1994 Grade Prep and 1

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1973 Grade 3B

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1973 Grade 3B

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Swimming Pool 1

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The old Greensborough Swimming Pool.

Significance

This Pool was demolished to make way for the Watermarc complex.

Photograph - Digital image - Tom Lane's pharmacy, 1970.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photo

Historical information

This photograph of Tom Lane's pharmacy in Main Street Greensborough was taken circa 1970. This pharmacy and its owner were well known in Greensborough and surrounding areas. Although no longer a pharmacy, this building remains.

Photograph - Digital image - Marshall family [female relatives]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows several of the Marshall relatives, unidentified females, early 1930s

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Photograph - Digital image - Mont Park: Central Block [internal rooms]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of 5 colour photographs

Historical information

Mont Park: Central Block - room interiors. Part of a collection of photographs of the original buildings at the Mont Park Hospital site.

Advertising Leaflet - 20 Plenty River Drive Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

20 Plenty River Drive Greensborough. Three bedroom home, sold for $830,000 in December 2017. Previous sales: January 1980, $15,250.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1966 Fete Cheque for the School

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper article advertising school fete.

Historical information

Newspaper article discussing results of the Watsonia High School fete held on 19th March 1966.

Newspaper Clipping - Bundoora mother caught up in road horror

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A Bundoora mother is lucky to be alive after her car was hit by a stolen car driven by a teen bandit as he fled police and sped on to the wrong side of a highway into oncoming traffic.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1964 Grade 4B

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1964 Grade 4B. The teacher is Max McEvoy.

Oral History - The adventured of the Brown brothers on the playing fields of Greensborough by Val Wilson (nee Rolfs)

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 typed pages.

Historical information

Val Wilson (nee Rolfs) recounts the problems faced by the Brown brothers in their quest to play cricket for Greensborough Cricket Club in the late 1800s.

Significance

This story is supported by articles in the Evelyn Observer.

Leaflet - Treachery to the constitution is abroad in the land!

Greensborough Historical Society,

Leaflet 4 p. printed in black on white paper

Historical information

Brochure issued by the Institute of Public Affairs prior to the 1949 Australian federal election criticising the Labor government policy of bank nationalisation.

Significance

The Australian Labor Party's bank nationalisation policy was strenuously opposed by conservative parties and organisations, and probably was a significant factor in its loss of the 1949 federal election.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Carr Brown, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01900.01932.01967 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone [damaged]

Historical information

Grave of Carr Brown (died 26/07/1910) in Plot# I17 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 of the early settlers in the district.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1963 Grade 1A

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1963 Grade 1A

Photograph - Digital image - Poulter Avenue Reserve 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Poulter Avenue Reserve Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - Jessie and Gordon Scholes with Tom Vickers, Plenty River

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Jessie Scholes (nee Partington), Gordon Scholes and Tom Vickers at the Plenty River.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1966 Form 2B

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1966 Form 2B

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1966 Form 2B

Electric jug - Hecla Electric Jug

Greensborough Historical Society,

Ceramic electric jug, 24o volt, pale yellow cream, skirted design, with sliding Bakelite lid and double element

Historical information

Hecla electric jug, owned by Colvin family of Greensborough

Inscriptions & Markings

Hecla Australia (on lid), [Model] J9, NPA Ps90

Jelly Mould - Vintage metal jelly mould

Greensborough Historical Society,

Small aluminium jelly mould, fluted.

Historical information

Individual jelly mould.

Newspaper Clipping - Keeping watch on crime

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Police in Banyule are going digital with the launch of their new Facebook page - Eyewatch.

Advertising Leaflet - 221 Plenty River Drive Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

221 Plenty River Drive Greensborough. Three bedroom house, sold for $649,950 in July 2017.

Postcards - Eltham District Historical Society postcards

Greensborough Historical Society,

Three black & white postcards

Historical information

1. Watson's Hotel, cnr. Pitt Street and Main Road Eltham c. 1902. 2. Main Road Hurstbridge. 3. Railway workers celebrate the first steam train to Hurstbridge 1912