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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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7261 items with images

Book - Arriving: The Victorians. By Richard Broome

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Hard cover. 258 pages, illus (some colour), end maps.

Historical information

This volume deals with the life of immigrants to Victoria over 150 years.

Significance

Part 1 of a 3-part series to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Victoria

Article - James William Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about James William Poulter and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - Mountainview Road Briar Hill: old house 1.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Old house on Mountainview Road Briar Hill.

Significance

A record of the changing face of Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill Timber 2

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Briar Hill Timber was situated on Sherbourne Road Briar Hill and operated as a timber yard for many decades from he 1950s. These photographs were taken by Frank Solomon and depict the business just prior to its closure in 2014.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1979 Year 12

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1979 Year 12

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1979 Year 12

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Watsonia High School's first prefects 1967: Watsonia High School WaHIGH

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper clipping, Black and white text and image.

Historical information

A newspaper clipping about Watsonia High School's first Prefects. The photograph shows Cr Les Swaby with the Prefects. They are named as; Margaret McCauley, Judy Andrews, Geoff O'Laughlin, Gloria Jeffrey, Allison Davies, Pam Reid, Alan McDermid, Wendy Simpson, Barry parker and Ken Ewing.

Newspaper clipping - A Life Worth Celebrating

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A multi coloured 1 page newspaper article.

Historical information

The item was written about Margaret Woiwod who passed away on August 1 2012.

Significance

Margaret Woiwod was a prominent community minded person who lived in Bend of Isles for 25 years and later in Eltham North.

Inscriptions & Markings

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Photograph - Digital image - Australian troops on board ship

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Australian troops on board ship.

Article and Photograph - Adeline Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Adeline Street Greensborough when the road was being sealed in the 1960s

Significance

This photograph and text was copied from a Facebook site. Members are people who lived in the Greensborough area and share their reminiscences of the area with others. The site is administered by a GHS member but is not officially affiliated with the Society. Any information is the opinion of the contributor.

Newspaper Clipping - Making sure food is tipped into good use

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Two birds, one scone, a La Trobe University student-led initiative which helps to feed the needy is set to expand.

Document - Launch of One Flintoff Project

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2p. black and white text plus photographs

Historical information

Launch of the three level project "One Flintoff" to accommodate 320 council staff from Ivanhoe, Rosanna and Greensborough. The offices will be over the Watermarc complex.

Card - Air Mail Letter card

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Printed in blue on white paper, two gummed edges to seal envelope when folded. "Postage paid 1d."

Historical information

An example of an Air Mail Letter Card (cost 1 penny), used for cheap mail over long distances.

Receipt - St Katherine's Church Cemetery.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Receipt for purchase of grave.

Historical information

Receipt for purchase of grave at St Katherine's Church Cemetery by Hazel Black in 1967/

Inscriptions & Markings

Name of purchaser written in black ink.

Article - Charles Edward Morgan

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Charles Edward Morgan and his service in World War 1. Charles Morgan was born in Bundoora.

Booklet - Remembering my grandparents: a hot Australian summer, by Atis Lejins.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

22 p. text and black & white photographs

Historical information

Story of Atis Lejins' family emigration to Australia, life in Greensborough and his return to Latvia.

Inscriptions & Markings

"To GHS with warm greetings from Latvia!. Atis Lejins, Riga. 20.03.2017"

Photograph - Digital image - Church at Mataria. Fresco 3.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a fresco from a Church in Mataria, near Cairo. This fresco depicts Joseph. Mary and infant Jesus fleeing to Egypt to escape Herod.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Going out of Egypt"

Advertisement - Digital image - D.V. Motor Men 1970

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Diamond Valley Motor Men of Watsonia

Advertising Leaflet - 37 Hailes Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Historical information

37 Hailes Street Greensborough, 3 bedroom home, auctioned 17 November 2012 for $640,000

Photograph - Digital image - Blackbourn family 1936

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Black bourn family 1936 (left to right) Audrey, John and Margaret Blackbourn with mother Jean; taken at 122 Main Road Lower Plenty. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Business card - Diamond Village Hot Bread & Cake Shop 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Business card, white card with red and brown text on yellow background.

Historical information

Business card for a local bakery, Diamond Village Hot Bread & Cake Shop, at 78 Nepean Street Watsonia.

Newsletter - Banyule - Age in Focus

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

12 pages, colour photographs

Historical information

Produced by Aged Services at Banyule Council, this newsletter contains items relevant to Senior citizens

Advertisement - Digital Image - AMP 1985

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of advertisement from booklet.

Historical information

Advertisement for AMP (Australian Mutual Provident Society) of Greensborough Shopping Centre, representative Peter Phillips. Copied from a Diamond Valley Football League football record from 1985. I

Genealogical Document - The Iredales of Greensborough by Noel Withers.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 typed pages.

Historical information

The origins of the Iredale family are traced from Huddersfield in Yorkshire to the arrival of James Iredale in Greensborough (circa 1858).

Significance

An outline of the life and origins of a pioneer Greensborough family.

Receipts - Transactions with Greensborough Traders 1970s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Collection of 6 sales receipts. Printed and handwritten paper.

Historical information

Receipts for household items, dated 1970-1980. Stores were in Main or Grimshaw Streets Greensborough.

Significance

These are significant as they show the costs of goods in the 1970s. The stores pre-date the Greensborough Plaza shopping centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten details of purchases and costs.

Photograph - Digital Image - Tom Vickers with Stan and Jessie Angus

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Tom Vickers with Stan and Jessie Angus, dressed in costume.

Significance

Tom Vickers was a prominent member of the community and a local pharmacist.

Photograph - Digital image - Plenty River in flood 1972 Flintoff Street Crossing (2)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01473.01474.01746.01747.01748.01749.01751.02246 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Plenty River in flood, circa 1972. There were two major floods in Greensborough at the time, 1972 and 1974.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Samuel Payne and Mary Payne, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01873.01914.01978 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Samuel Payne (died 30/09/1892) and Mary Payne (died 22/09/1926) in Plot# G12 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. The cemetery holds approximately 250 grave sites with 350 people buried there.

Newspaper Clipping - It will be paw some

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 2 pages, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Christmas will be different this year at Greensborough Plaza with the furry members of your family getting the chance to have their pictures taken with Santa.

Advertisement - Digital Image - Tozer Motors 1954

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of advertisement from booklet.

Historical information

Advertisement for Tozer Motors of Tara (?) Road Montmorency. Copied from a booklet produced by Greensborough Primary School [Gr2062] in 1954, entries are sponsors of the publication.

Newspaper Clipping - Tarah's flying high thanks to love of birds

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Tarah Cox's unorthodox love of magpies may have helped her win multiple awards in a national art prize.