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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

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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Business card - Bank of Melbourne Greensborough Branch 2017

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Business card, white card with blue text.

Historical information

Business card for a local bank, Bank of Melbourne Greensborough branch, at 15-23 Main Street, Greensborough. Peter Petropoulos, Branch Manager.

Newspaper Clipping - Methodist Sunday School Anniversary 1930

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 p. text, news clipping from Trove

Historical information

Article on the 72nd anniversary of the Greensborough Methodist Sunday School, 1930

Newspaper Clipping - Open all directions

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Lower Plenty Road is now open and drivers can travel along the road without being stopped by boom gates.

Magazine - Banyule Banner September/October 2015

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 pages (approx.), colour illustrations.

Historical information

The Banyule Banner is published quarterly by Banyule City Council to advertise upcoming events in the City of Banyule and to report on past events.

Significance

A record of events within the City of Banyule.

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - A cut above in paying tribute

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of news article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A new group of chainsaw sculptures was installed in Greensborough's War Memorial Park in time for ANZAC Day 2018. The 8 sculptures are part of Banyule Council's "Homefront" project.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Hotel [group]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Group of unknown men outside the original Greensborough Hotel. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn; a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn. [There are unconfirmed suspicions that the top right is Ted Foley and the front right is Jack Stock]

School Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1987 Year 12 VCE

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1987 Year 12 VCE

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1987 Year 12 VCE

Bottle - Worcestershire sauce bottle

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Brown glass bottle, two piece mould.

Historical information

Brown glass bottle used to hold Worcestershire sauce. Rigid plastic lid and label are missing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Letters "AGM" on base.

Photograph - Digital image - Scotland House: Kitchen

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Formerly the home of Greensborough pioneer, John Scotland, this renovated home retains many original architectural elements. It was sold in December 2016.

Photograph - Greensborough Tennis Club, 1960s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photograph of two men at tennis club.

Historical information

From caption on back: Photograph of Robert (Bob) Maurer (left) and Barry Keith Taylor, now dec. (right). Greensborough Tennis Club near Plenty River mid 1960s. Barry's parents lived behind the Commercial Bank of Australia in Main Street; Greensborough. He attended Ivanhoe Grammar early 1960s. Very good tennis player.

Significance

Original photograph of Greensborough Tennis Club players 1960s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption on back of photo.

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough Methodist Sunday School 1930

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 p. transcript of original article, downloaded from Trove.

Historical information

Article on the seventy-second anniversary of the Greensborough Methodist Sunday School, established in 1838 by Aaron Britnell, and an account of the Christmas celebration associated with the anniversary

Inscriptions & Markings

The Advertiser Hurstbridge 26th December 1930

Photograph - Digital image - Coastal scene

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photographs depicts a coastal scene, location unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Photograph - Digital Image - Labor get together Poulter Avenue 1975/76

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photographs

Historical information

A group of Labor supporters enjoy a get together at Poulter Avenue Reserve in Greensborough, 1975 or 1976. Photos are not named.

Photograph - Digital image - First dwelling in the One Evelyn Way development

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

First home built on the One Evelyn Way development in Greensborough This site was previously a pig farm and there were some environmental concerns as this site was developed.

Photograph - Digital image - Arab women2

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Arab women.

Advertisement - Digital image - Greensbro Beauty Shoppe and Lionel Dempsey Gent's Hairdresser, 1964

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Greensbro Beauty Shoppe and Lionel Dempsey Gent's Hairdresser, 70 Main Street, Greensborough 1964

Map - Heidelberg: Historic River Landscape Assessment. Historical maps. Map E 1901-1934 "A Time of projects and improvements"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white sketch map on white paper

Historical information

Geographical area of around 35 sq. kilometres marked with physical features such as major roads, railways (new extension to Eltham), rivers and properties, also housing sub-divisions and community facilities such as hospitals, parks and sporting reserves and indications of new small scale industries such as dairying. Bounded by Shire of Diamond Valley to the North, Darebin Creek to the West and Plenty River to the East.

Booklet - The First Years 2010-2016: Greensborough Historical Society Inc

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

24 pages, text and colour illustrations. Printed and bound in white plastic folder.

Historical information

The story of the first years of operation of the Greensborough Historical Society Inc, 2010-2016. Written by GHS member Rosie Bray from published Committee and meeting minutes and Society newsletters. The Society was founded in 2010.

Membership Ticket - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club, 1964

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Season ticket, fabric covered cardboard. Cover: black with silver printing. Inside: white with green text

Historical information

This membership ticket belonged to a member of the Partington family. Tickets admit bearer to games. Tickets include the names of office-bearers of the Greensborough Football Club and the season's fixture or draw.

Significance

Gary Partington is a Life Member of the football club and a GHS member. Members of the Partington family have been associated with the GFC for many years and the family were inducted into the Club's Hall of Fame in 2016.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: "Greensborough Football Club. Season 1964". Inside: Membership number "15" stamped inside. Date over stamped in red inside.

Magazine - Banyule Banner July/August 2017

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 pages (approx.), colour illustrations. 2 copies.

Historical information

The Banyule Banner is published bi-monthly by Banyule City Council to advertise upcoming events in the City of Banyule and to report on past events. This edition covers the arts and culture in Banyule and Budget and Council Plans.

Significance

A record of events within the City of Banyule.

Genealogical document - Mayger

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

5 x pages, typed.

Historical information

Outlines some research findings regarding George John Mayger, William John Mayger and Sarah Mayger. Includes references found in various publications including Melbourne directories.

Significance

The Mayger family were pioneers in the Greensborough area.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1978 Grade 4C.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062, 1978 Grade 4C. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1965 Grade 1B

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1965 Grade 1B

Photograph - Digital image - Ellis Cottage, May 2016: Farm Implement Display

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

In May 2016, the Nillumbik Historical Society invited Greensborough Historical Society to visit its historical centre at Ellis Cottage in Diamond Creek. Ellis Cottage was built in 1865 and is made of local uncut stone. The cottage is a typical farmers residence of this period. The stone construction is unique in this district as most construction is weatherboard. This photo shows a farm implement display in the Historical Centre.

Newspaper Clipping - It’s military precision

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Montmorency aerospace manufacturer Lovitt Technologies has received global recognition as one of the world’s top performing suppliers..

Photograph - Digital image - St Katherine's Church St Helena: Window 5.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

St Katherine's Church St Helena dates from 1858. The Church was built by Major Anthony Beale in memory of his wife Katherine Rose Beale. This photograph shows one of the stained glass windows; dedicated to those who restored this church. The Church had been damaged by a bushfire in 1957 and was rebuilt to the original plan.

Newspaper Clipping - Our warring hill tribes, by Jane Sullivan

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping

Historical information

Article on Eltham and its council; particularly the clashes in the 1970s, between "conservatives" and "progressives".

Photograph - Digital image - The Luxfords sailing to Australia 1919

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Wallace and Isabel Luxford (3rd and 4th from right) heading to Australia on the ship Port Napier 23rd December 1919. The ship carried returning servicemen and their wives. It berthed in Melbourne in February 1920.

Article - David Iredale

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about David Iredale and his service in World War 1. David was born in Greensborough.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1967 Form 3A

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1967 Form 3A and caption by Dawn Bennetts (nee Petts)

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1967 Form 3A and handwritten caption by Dawn Petts.