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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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5664 items with images

Photograph - Digital image - Horse bathing

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a horse bathing or exercising in shallow water.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1971 Form 3 Group 1

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Form 3 Group 1

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Form 3 Group 1

Article - Cordner, George Denis Pruen (1924-1990), by Gillian M. Hibbins

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of article made 04/04/2017, 1 page.

Historical information

Denis Cordner was born at Diamond Creek in 1924. He described himself as 'an industrial chemist and spare-time footballer'.

Significance

The Cordner family were Greensborough locals, several being local doctors.

Inscriptions & Markings

Originally published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 17, Melbourne University Press, 2007

Handbook - Watsonia High School - Teachers/Staff Handbook-Manual 1986

Greensborough Historical Society,

In-school produced A4 Size booklet containing sections on: School Policy; Roles & Responsibilities of the Principal, Staff, School Council and Committees; other information relevant to working as a teacher.

Historical information

Staff handbook outlining procedures and expectations of staff.

Significance

An annual publication, updated as regulations change. This gives a snapshot of Watsonia High School in 1986.

Newspaper clipping - Local Scene

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photocopy of two Local Scene columns from the Diamond Valley Leader newspaper written by GHS member Rosalie Bray.

Historical information

A pair of articles published by our local newspaper detailing local events.

Significance

Articles were written by Greensborough Historical Society Member Rosalie Bray.

Tickets - House Raffle - Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen & Women [1948]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Small raffle ticket, printed in red on white paper one side only

Historical information

Ticket for House Raffle 1/-: 1st prize Brick house; 2nd prize Suite furniture; 3rd prize Wireless set. Drawn Melbourne Stadium 9 pm. 31/1/1948.

Census - Alfred Mayger

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 x A4 pages. Citation from the 1841 England Census for Alfred Mayger, accessed via Ancestry.co. Also pages from National Burial Index detailing Mayger burials in Somerset.

Historical information

Background to the Mayger family in England

Significance

Mayger family were a pioneer family in the Greensborough area

Newsletter - Eltham District Historical Society Newsletter No. 201 November 2011

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newsletter copied on white A4 paper. Varying number of pages.

Historical information

Newsletter of the Eltham District Historical Society. Contains news items, oral histories and other material relevant to the Eltham area. Incomplete run from..

Significance

A record of neighbouring historical societies

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1921 Grade 3 and 4.

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. Grades 3 and 4, 1921.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Secondary College Gr8750 Buildings 1.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

These photographs show the exterior of existing buildings at Greensborough College.

Book and CD - Coranderrk Database: compiled by Mick Woiwod

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00514:00515 Paperback. 242 pages, illus. Includes CD-Rom "Coranderrk database compiled by Mick Woiwod.

Historical information

Coranderrk was an Aboriginal station near Healesville (1863-1924). This book is a chronological outline of public records relating to Coranderrk Station. Full text is included for some records and provenance is given for each entry.

Significance

As the 150th anniversary of the founding of Coranderrk station (2013) approaches, detailed information such as this will be valuable to researchers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by compiler.

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

Newspaper Clipping - Old pipe bridge has history, by Marguerite Marshall

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article, black and white text and photograph.

Historical information

The aqueduct siphon bridge over the Plenty River, opened in 1891, was part of the pipeline bringing water from the service reservoir at Healesville, prior to the construction of the Maroondah Reservoir.

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia Community Hall, 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Watsonia Community Hall and Neighbourhood House from side, Lambourn Road Watsonia, 2016.

Newspaper clipping - Link with the past

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 2 page photocopy of a newspaper article on the history of Whatmough Park by Helen Gillman.

Historical information

Outlines the family history of the Whatmough and Partington families and how they came to be in Greensborough. Part 1 of a series written by Helen Gillman from interviews with Alan Partington.

Significance

Partington and Whatmough are well known pioneer families in Greensborough. Both have major sporting grounds named after them.

Inscriptions & Markings

A biro written number on the second page.

Newspaper Clipping - Everything's calm at Bundoora at the moment.

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

This report on the Bundoora RSL Lawn Bowls team discusses the start to the 2015-16 season.

Badge - Victoria Police patch

Greensborough Historical Society,

Victoria Police uniform clothing patch

Historical information

Patch from a Victoria Police uniform

Booklet - Banyule Volunteer Awards 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

40 pages, colour illus.

Historical information

This volume lists the nominees for the 2016 Banyule Volunteer Awards. Includes information on the volunteers' work in the community. Other award nominees covered include Young Volunteer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Volunteer, Multicultural Community Volunteer, Community Volunteer, Good Neighbour and Citizen of the Year.

Sticker - Digital Image - I love Greensborough, 1990

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital image of advertising sticker. White card with red heart and black text.

Historical information

Digital image of sticker (possibly a "bumper sticker") Greensborough, 1990s.

Significance

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

Book - Diamond Valley Community Hospital; Patient Information Directory

Greensborough Historical Society,

Green cover with white text. 12 pages. Illustrations and advertisements. Black and green text on white gloss paper.

Historical information

Diamond Valley Community Hospital was first opened in 1942 (Note: a 7 bed hospital opened in 1934 known as Genista House at 23 Grimshaw Street) to serve the community of the Diamond Valley. The hospital closed in 2000.

Significance

This item gives a snapshot of hospital services at the time and includes advertisements from businesses in the surrounding area.

Inscriptions & Markings

On cover:"This directory is the property of the hospital. Please do not remove."

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Humphrey and Mary Peers, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Humphrey Peers (died 10/06/1868) and Mary Peers (died 21/09/1924), 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 - Loyola 4 [Dining Hall] 1934.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Dining Hall 1934. Part of a collection of photographs of the Jesuit Seminary in Grimshaw Street Watsonia. Opened in 1934, this was a house of formation and study for the Society of Jesus. Loyola College (established 1980), now occupies the site and purchased the original building in 2002.

Significance

Copies of official photographs taken to record the opening of Loyola in 1934.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 Old Building Internal Door.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The old brick building at Greensborough Primary School on Grimshaw Street. Built in 1879, this building is now heritage listed by the National Trust. This photograph shows an internal door.

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough Bypass Go-ahead by Helen Gillman

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of article on page 1 of Diamond Valley News, 28 February1984.

Historical information

Construction of the Greensborough Bypass from Watsonia Road to the Civic Drive intersection with Diamond Creek Road was approved by the State government.

Newspaper Clipping - Chance for girls to try athletics.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of article, black and white text and photos.

Historical information

The Diamond Valley Women's Amateur Athletic Club is seeking new members through this article. The club was formed in the early 1970s and is affiliated with the men's athletics club. President of the women's club was Rhonda Hill.

Photograph - Digital image - James Robert Whatmough 1897.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs copied from the late Shirley Fraser (nee Black), also descendant of the McLaughlin and Whatmough family. This photograph shows James Robert Whatmough in 1897.

Newspaper Clipping - Get set for Grease lightning

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text and colour image

Historical information

Year 7 and 8 students at Concord School performed "Grease" in June 2016.

Oral History - Hyde Family by Norm Hyde

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 typed pages.

Historical information

Norm Hyde recounts his married life with his wife Pat and family in Greensborough from 1964. Includes his involvement with local sporting clubs.

Significance

A primary source recollection of Greensborough in the mid to late 20th century.

Photograph - Digital image - Trevor Partington and mounted Police at MCG

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Trevor Partington and mounted Police at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the MCC International Cricket Centenary celebrations 1963.

Advertising Leaflet - 56 St Helena Road Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

56 St Helena Road Greensborough, 3 bedroom home, sold September 2012 for $480,000; sold in August 2013 by Ray White Greensborough for $485,000

Newspaper Clipping - Conversations - Greensborough Ring Road

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Letters to the editor of Diamond Valley Leader covering graffiti in Eltham and traffic around the Metropolitan Ring Road.

Photograph - Digital image - William Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01496.01623 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Studio portrait of a young William Partington.

School Magazine - Greensborough College 2002

Greensborough Historical Society,

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place in 2002. Includes black and white and colour photos and reports. 68 pages.

Historical information

Each year, the college yearbook reports on the people (students and staff) and events and activities that took place that year. Note: In 1989, Watsonia High School was merged with Watsonia Technical School to become Greensborough Secondary College. Previous editions of this yearbook were called 'Horizon'.

Significance

A permanent record of who attended Greensborough College - both student and teachers, includes photographs

Inscriptions & Markings

In pen inside front cover: "Donated by Rosie Bray"

Advertising Leaflet - 4/5 Doon Court Briar Hill

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

4/5 Doon Court Briar Hill. 3 bedroom 2 storey home, for auction 6 October 2012, sold 10 December 2012 for $651,000

Photograph - Digital image - Stock Finn Family 1908

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Stock Finn Family 1908. (left to right) Jane Stock, William Thomas Finn, Mary Stock. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Book - Shire of Eltham Handbook 1991

Greensborough Historical Society,

60 pages, Illus. Printed on beige paper. Front cover has a copy of the painting "Brougham Street Bridge" by Hilary Jackman.

Historical information

The Shire of Eltham was a Local Government Area located about 25 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The shire covered an area of 277.13 square kilometres and existed from 1856 until 1994.

Significance

Annual guide to services in Shire of Eltham

Photograph - Digital image - Trevor Partington's funeral 2002

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Trevor Partington was a well known Greensborough identity. He excelled in many sports and was in the police. He died in 2002. This photograph shows mourners comforting his father Alan Partington at Trevor's funeral.

Map - Map of Greensborough early to mid 1950s

Greensborough Historical Society,

Sketch map, black on white paper. letter of explanation.

Historical information

Map of Main and Grimshaw Streets Greensborough by U.M. Woods. Properties shown are drawn from memory and represent the town in the early to late 1950s.

Photograph - Digital image - New pipeline replacing Watts Reservoir aqueduct

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of new aqueduct pipe near Plenty River Greensborough.

Invitation - Invitation to the official opening of Greensborough Centre from the directors of Roxham Investments to Mr and Mrs John de Man (misspelt Mann). Opening date Monday November 13th 1978.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Invitation on cream paper. Cover has copy of 1889 painting of the Village of Greensborough

Historical information

Invitation to the official opening of Greensborough Centre, Monday November 13th 1978.

Inscriptions & Markings

Invitation to the official opening of Greensborough Centre from the directors of Roxham Investments to Mr and Mrs J De Man (misspelt Mann). Opening date Monday November 13th 1978.

Article - Brief history of the Rose, Shamrock and Thistle Hotel, Plenty Road East Preston.

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 foolscap pages, typed.

Historical information

The history of the Rose Shamrock and Thistle Hotel dates from 1854.

Significance

Early history taken from the local council rate books.

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

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Henry Vivian Wingrove (died 22/05/1865, aged 12 months) and Isabella Margaret Wingrove (died 24/06/1867, aged 15 months), 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.

Manuscript - Reflections of Clarence Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photocopy of a 7 page hand written manuscript by Clarence Medhurst.

Historical information

This lists the family history and recollections of the Medhurst family in Greensborough. Clarence Medhurst born was born in 1883 and died, aged 84, in 1967.

Significance

Medhursts were a pioneering family in Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue biro words and pencil figures on front page.

Photograph - Digital image - Annie May Medhurst 4

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Annie May Medhurst. Born 1884, Annie was the daughter of David Medhurst (1855-1939) and wife Martha Ruston Medhurst (1860-1943).who moved to Greensborough around 1898 and ran a store in Grimshaw Street. Annie May married William Partington in 1905 - this photo was taken on their wedding day.

Newspaper Clipping - $10,000 to help prevent disorders in behaviour.

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Kalparrin Early Childhood Intervention Program received $10,000 from the Commonwealth Bank Community Grants Program to develop a program for children at risk of developing behaviour problems.

Newspaper Clipping - Guard our forests: It takes ten trees to make a home

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping downloaded from Trove. 4 pages.

Historical information

Written during the housing boom of the 1950s, this article "It takes ten trees to make a home" discusses where the timber came from. It mentions the Briar Hill Timber and Trading Co. who supplied owner-builders of timber homes. A second article "Packaged house up in 10 hours" discusses pre-fabricated homes.

Pamphlet - Australian War Memorial Guide

Greensborough Historical Society,

20p., col. & black and white illus.

Historical information

A guide to the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Folder - Davey Family

Greensborough Historical Society,

A4 spiral bound folder containing family history stories of the Davey family of Briar Hill and Montmorency.

Historical information

Family history stories of the Davey family of Montmorency and Briar Hill. Written in 1965.

Significance

Stories are told by members of the family and contain personal recollections and anecdotes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Advertisement - Digital image - Welkay Store, Greensborough 1967

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Welkay Store, a furniture shop at 100 Main Street, Greensborough 1967.

Significance

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

Pipe - Terracotta drain pipe (section)

Greensborough Historical Society,

30 cm length of drain pipe. Terracotta. Orange colour with fragments of white rock.

Historical information

Circa 1920-1940, this length of pipe was found in a Greensborough property near the site of a former outbuilding.

Significance

An example of pipes no longer in use. Note small Internal diameter (4.5 cm).