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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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6260 items with images

Newspaper Clipping - Art is a tribute to Renee

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 04031:04063 News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

The St John of God (Accord) Churinga centre hosted an art show for artists with disabilities.

Photograph - Digital image - Plenty Tennis 1935

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of a function at Plenty Tennis Club 1935. Myrtle McLaughlin is on far right. Part of a collection of photographs owned by Myrtle McLaughlin who was born in Greensborough to John McLaughlin and Rosalie Ellen Whatmough.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Geoffrey Heddle, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Geoffrey Bruce Heddle (died 15/09/2004), 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.

Article - Frederick James Wood

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frederick James Wood and his service in World War 1. Fred Wood lived in Macleod.

Membership Ticket - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club, 1952

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Season ticket, cardboard. Cover: dark green with silver printing. Inside: white with green text

Historical information

This membership ticket belonged to John Ely. 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 lifetime member of the football club and a GHS member. The Ely tickets were given to the late Trevor Partington when John Ely left the area and have been passed to Gary.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: "Greensborough Football Club. Season 1952". Inside: Membership number "62" stamped inside.

Book - The Second World War in map and story, Vol. 5, ed. by Neville Smith

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

50 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.

School Magazine - Renaissance 1990: Greensborough Secondary College. Yearbook.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Pages not numbered, blue cover, Title "Renaissance 1990" in blue ink. Contains text, graphics and class photos. Cover illustration includes “New VCE”. 3 copies.

Historical information

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place over the year by using both photos and reports. Headmaster / Principal - Mr. Dick Thomson. Edited by Margaret Willimott.

Significance

This is the first yearbook after the amalgamation of Watsonia High and Watsonia Tech to form Greensborough Secondary College.

Inscriptions & Markings

Copy 827 has label on back cover with name of owner.

Pipe - Clay pipe with head

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Replica Clay pipe depicting the head of Southern Slave. No maker's marks.

Historical information

Clay pipe, replica depicting the head of Southern Slave. Original pipes given to bidders at the time of slave sales in America. This replica made middle to late 20th century.

Significance

From a collection held in Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Made in England stamped on stem.

Newspaper clipping - Death notice for Mrs Cordner 2009.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 p. photocopy of Tributes & celebrations, The Age, 16 December 2009

Historical information

Death notice of Elizabeth Anne Cordner nee Baillieu, wife of Ted Cordner.

Greeting Card - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1915

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A sepia toned stiffened card folded in the centre with a sketch of the Greensborough Primary School, No. 2062.

Historical information

A greeting card printed in 1980, illustration by J. Lowe.

Significance

Greensborough Primary school was established in 1878.

Inscriptions & Markings

The number 21 in red marker pen on the back.

Newspaper clipping - Labour picnic.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page printed both sides. Article downoaded from Trove (National Library of Australia)

Historical information

Greensborough has been a popular place for picnics This article describes the first annual Labour picnic organised by the women's committee of the Victorian branch of the Australian Labour Party in 1925. A highlight of the day was a trek to the Batman Apple Tree in Bosch's orchard.

Significance

This picnic was held at Mr Bosch's orchard and visited the "Batman" apple tree.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Flintoff Swing Bridge needs bolts not nails 1970

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper article.

Historical information

The Greensborough Gossip column in the local paper (Diamond Valley News), 1970. Includes a story about the Flintoff Street swing bridge and other local information.

Labels - Lanchoo Tea Labels

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black white and green packaging from loose tea.

Historical information

The Lan-choo Tea Company offered 'prizes' to users who collected 36 of these labels. Lan-choo Tea was first advertised in 1953. These Lan-choo Tea labels @73c were probably in use in the early 1970s (following introduction of decimal currency in Australia on 14/3/1966).

Newspaper Clipping - Drive to save Strathallan Golf course.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A campaign to save Strathallan Golf Course is gaining steam with a petition against development garnering more than 1000 signatures.

Newspaper clipping - Francophile Ron Reynolds has conquered his personal mountain

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00592:00794 A half page article with 3 coloured photographs.

Historical information

The article is about an art exhibition at The Light Factory Gallery featuring the Cezanne inspired works of Ron Reynolds. The exhibition was entitled " Cezanne's Mountain Revisited."

Significance

Ron Reynolds is a prominent local identity. In 1973 he drew the illustrations for the book Greensborough and Greenhills.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photograph - Digital image - Mary Stock

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Mary Stock, born Greensborough 1892. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Article - Alfred Leslie Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Alfred Leslie Poulter and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at North Richmond, he was related to the Poulter family of Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - Youth on billycart in Flintoff Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

A young man on his billycart, Greensborough circa 1976.

Newspaper clipping - Valley honours pioneer Selina Sutherland.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A brief newspaper article featuring a colour photograph.

Historical information

The article is about Selina Sutherland being added to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Significance

Selina Sutherland founded the Sutherland Homes for Orphaned and Neglected Children in 1908. However, she had been active in this work since 1888 and in 1894 had opened the Victorian Neglected Childrens' Aid Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Signature - W. A. Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One sheet of paper with name and signature stamps.

Historical information

This stamp was used by W.A. (Alan) Partington on correspondence.

Newspaper Clipping - Banyule Youth Services - Greensborough Skate Park fun for holidays

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A free skateboarding event was held at Greensborough Skate Park.

Commemorative Plate - Wading Pool Greensborough glass dish

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph laid on glass dish, cut glass edge.

Historical information

Plates such as this were a souvenir of a trip or holiday. Greensborough was a popular picnic destination in the mid 20th Century and this style of souvenir would have been a popular purchase. The Greensborough pool in the Plenty River was opened in the 1930s, so the plate was manufactured after this.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Wading Pool Greensborough" overlaid on photograph. Price written on back "2/9"

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Hill Climb

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01005:02010 Digital copy of black and white photographs.

Historical information

Two photographs of the Greensborough Hill Climb 1945.

Photograph - Digital Image - All Saints Anglican Church Greensborough. Old Church interior 1960s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour 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 various views of the interior of the old Church in the 1960s.

Photograph - Digital image - Alan Partington and Teresa Marsh.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This image shows Alan Partington and Teresa Marsh on a log across the Plenty River at Greensborough. The log was the quickest access to Greensborough township from the Partington home at Willis Vale.

Advertisement - Digital image - Grandview: Drakeford's Boarding House

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 03844:03968 Digital copy of black and white advertisement.

Historical information

"Grandview" was the name of Mrs Drakeford's Boarding House at 57 Greenhill Road Greensborough. This advertisement is from the 1940s.

Aerial Photograph - Greensborough aerial with property overlay

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Two photocopied enlargements with property overlay markings

Historical information

Enlargements of section of 1945 aerial survey photographs of central Greensborough, with property overlay boundaries and some street numbers by Noel Withers

Inscriptions & Markings

Street names and some property numbers. Overlays by Noel Withers.

Photograph - Digital image - Camel transport at Marsaid

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows camel transport at Marsaid

Inscriptions & Markings

"Camel transport at Marsaid"

Newspaper clipping - Clients will benefit from $8m training centre revamp.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Discusses the opening of the new facilities at St John of God Accord in Diamond Creek Road Greensborough. The centre will provide training and education for people with disabilities.

Inscriptions & Markings

DV Leader and date written on page

Photographs - Macleod High School 1950s and 60s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 photographs of Macleod High School students.

Historical information

Student photographs, Macleod High School 1950s and 60s. Photographs capture former Macleod High students, school buildings and grounds.

Significance

A record of some students of Macleod High in the 1950s and 1960s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Captions on back of each photo.