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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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6851 items with images

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1976 Form 1B

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 1B

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 1B

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1964 Form 1D

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of school photograph

Historical information

A class photograph of Watsonia High School 1964 Form 1D

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: Grease traps

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Five digital colour photographs.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: Grease traps. 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

Poster - Save our soils

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Colour poster printed on paper

Historical information

In February 1983, Melbourne experienced a dust storm when red soil from the Mallee blew across the state of Victoria. This poster shown the red dust rolling across Melbourne's skyline.

Sewing accessories - Sewing Kit

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Portion of card with 4 black 1 cm press studs; cotton reel 3.9 x 1.5 cm with orange thread; metal thimble 2 x 1.5 cm

Historical information

Probably used in making or repairing clothing

Photograph - Digital image - Mary Mitchell

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01031.01546 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Mary Mitchell and the Mitchell family lived in Hailes Street on a property that went to the river.

Photographs (copy) - Turner family photographs

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 photocopies of black and white photos.

Historical information

Photographs of the Turner family: Sheet 1: Charlotte Caroline Turner (1942), George Turner (29/03/1947); Sheet 2: Harold and Francis Virginia Turner (2 photos, Feb/March 1955 and December 1942), Francis Virginia Turner (nee Smith) was publican of the Greensborough Hotel; Sheet 3: Wedding of Harold Law to Dorothy Turner (group photo) at Greensborough Methodist Church (24/02/1917) and Harold and Dorothy on their wedding day.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photographs are named.

Article - Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopy of duplicated typescript. 6p.

Historical information

Compiled from information about early buildings and features of Greensborough and Hurstbridge supplied by Irene Turvey, Alan Partington, Russell Yeoman and Mrs S Ferguson and research from local histories. Compiled by J. Trewarne.

Newspaper clipping - Dream came true for young singer

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopy of one page clipping

Historical information

Miss Hilda Burley of Greensborough won a Melbourne Conservatorium vocal scholarship.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Inez and Thomas Strickland, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Inez Irene Strickland (died 13/04/2005) and Thomas Goullet Strickland (died 15/10/2013), 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 - Kell's Cottage

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph of Kell's Cottage. The house was built 1917, at 112 Henry Street Greensborough by William Mitchell on the 60 acre dairy farm owned by Ethel and Walter Kell. This collection of photographs was copied by Cherel Sartori (who owned the house from 1990-2000), following a visit by Claude Amiet who lived in the house as a child in the early 20th century.

Container - Cenovis vitamin container

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Yellow plastic container with black plastic screw top lid. Printed in red and black

Historical information

Cenovis is a brand of commonly used dietary supplements

Inscriptions & Markings

"Extra potency Cenovis vitamin family size Yeast 500 tablets" on front; Contents and Directions printed on back of container

Photograph - Digital image - Burnt out Turkish train

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a burnt out Turkish train. The location of this scene is not known..

Map - Digital Image - Eric Barclay's Grace Park map, November 2016

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white map

Historical information

Eric Barclay's Grace Park map, November 2016. Eric recalls the area around Grace Park from the late 1940s.

Newspaper clipping - Loyola College articles

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A collection of 3 articles about Loyola College, Watsonia. 2 originals, one photocopied.

Historical information

Article one (2000) is about the Loyola College Art Show; article two (1994) deals with an attempt by Diamond valley Council to protect the former Loyola seminary building from demolition; article 3 (undated-Maybe 22/10/2010) deals with the removal of cypress trees on land at Loyola College.

Significance

Articles were collected by Shirley Fraser (nee Black) whose family once owned and farmed the land on which Loyola stands. Mrs Fraser is mentioned in two of the articles.

Inscriptions & Markings

One article has "year 2000" written in pen.

Article - Percival Albert Amiet

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Percival Albert Amiet and his service in World War 1. At the time of Percival Albert Amiet's enlistment, he was living at Korumburra. Percival Amiet's next of kin was Mrs. W. Mitchell (Sister) of Greensborough.

Postcard [copy] - Salisbury Plain

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 - Fred and Albert Tanner with Miss Barrett

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph sent to Mrs Partington from J.M.Tanner.

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption on back of photo.

Trophy - Snowy - with thanks Darryl

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Silver presentation cup with handle. Has a medallion with CUB embossed on it.

Historical information

Presented to Alan (Snowy) Partington who trained Darryl Henderson in athletics. The 1975c date was supplied by Gary Partington on 13/7/2017.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved: "To Snowy, thanks, Darryl"

Advertising Leaflet - 3 St Helena Road Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 p. col. laminated brochure, with advertisement published in Diamond Valley Leader 15 November 2017

Historical information

Auction brochure and newspaper advertisement for 3 St Helena Road Greensborough, auction on 9 December 2017. Former owner: Dr. Woods

Advertisement - Digital image - 23 Mayfield Street Greensborough,1979.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white real estate advertisement.

Historical information

This 1979 advertisement is for the sale of a house at 23 Mayfield Street Greensborough. Contains description and price of house.

Inscriptions & Markings

Date handwritten on page.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1977 Year 7E

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1977 Year 7E

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1977 Year 7E

Photograph - Digital Image - Willis Vale site

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of the site of the 'Willis Vale' homestead, home of the Partington family. The derelict Willis Vale house was destroyed in 1964 when a fire originating from North Plenty Gorge - Kurrak Road - was lit by two teenage boys and made its way several kilometres down to Partington's Flat Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

"This house is where Willis Vale homestead was on Partingtons Flat"

Photograph - Digital image - Ken Franklin at Gulpa 1964.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Ken Franklin taken at Gulpa in the Riverina district of NSW. Ken is at the river with his 'catch'.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1974 Grade 6A Robert Wells

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1974 Grade 6A Robert Wells

Photograph - Digital Image - 192 Nell Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

House at 192 Nell Street Greensborough, formerly the home of the Mills/Manning family

Article - Latoof and Callil Pty Ltd Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., printed in blue and black, photographs

Historical information

A branch of the large dressmaking and childrens' clothing manufacturer Latoof and Callil was established at Main Street Greensborough in June 1946.

Book - The Western Front / Richard Holmes

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

224 p., illus. (some col.), maps. Hard cover.

Historical information

Tells the story of the Western Front during World War I.

Photograph (copy) - Leah and Charles Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01070:01237:01238:01239:01583 Copy of sepia studio photographs.

Historical information

Photographs taken circa 1856. Portraits of Leah Partington (born 1826) and her brother Charles Partington (born 1827) before Charles and his wife Ellen came to Australia in 1857. Leah had a daughter, Maria, born in 1851. Leah was 25 and unmarried. (notes by Faye Fort)

Rolling Pin - Wooden rolling pin

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Turned wooden rolling pin

Historical information

Commonly used for rolling dough in cooking