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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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6798 items with images

Invitation - Invitation to the official opening of Greensborough Centre ... 1978

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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, from the directors of Roxham Investments to Mr and Mrs John de Man (misspelt Mann). Opening date 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.

Book - These Eagles; story of the RAAF at war

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

200p., hard cover, col plates.

Historical information

The story of the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II

Book - RAAF Log

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

200p., hard cover, col plates.

Book - Victory Roll

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

200p., hard cover, col plates.

Historical information

Royal Australian Air Force, R.A.A.F., World War II

Book - Middle East 1940-1942: a study in air power

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

237p., hard cover, plates, end maps.

Historical information

The story of the Royal Air Force in the Middle East during World War II

Book - Wing Leader by Johnnie Johnson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

320p., hard cover, illus.

Historical information

Royal Air Force, World War II

Book - The First and the Last; the German fighter force in World War II; by Adolf Galland

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

385p., hard cover, illus.

Historical information

Royal Air Force, Luftwaffe, World War II

Book - Royal Air Force Pocket Book

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

320p., hard cover, illus. Cover folds around book for protection.

Historical information

Royal Air Force

Significance

Official guide for Air Force Personnel

Book - Manual for Medical and Dental Officers of the Royal Air Force

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

446p., . hard cover, illus.

Historical information

Military Manual, Royal Air Force, Medical, Dental.

Significance

Published for the Air Ministry

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed: A M Poulton f/lt

Book - Handbook of Administration in the Royal Australian Air Force

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

62p., hard cover, loose leaf pages, bound with shoe lace.

Historical information

RAAF, World War II

Significance

Official Military Manual

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed s/l Poulton. Contains hand drawn cartoon on Officers' Mess stationery (RAAF Forest Hill)

Book - Barbed Wire: memories of Stalag 383, by M N McKibbin

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

128p., hard cover, illus.

Historical information

Tells the story of Prisoners of War at Stalag 383 during World War II.

Significance

Personal memoirs of inmates (prisoners of war) of Stalag 383.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription: "To Uncle Ame and, this book was prepared & paid for thru' army allotments whilst we were still p.o.w's, Allick.

Book - The latter days at Colditz by P R Reid

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

319p., paperback,

Historical information

Prisoners of War, Escapes, World War II, Colditz.

Book - Active Service; with Australia in the Middle East

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

129p., Illus. (some col.), maps. Hard cover.

Historical information

Tells the story of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), serving in the Middle East during World War II

Book - The Rats Remain; the Siege of Tobruk, 1941. By J S Cumpston

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

256p, hard cover, unbound, illus.

Historical information

Tells the story of the Australian Army's participation in the Siege of Tobruk, 1941. World War II.

Significance

An unbound proof copy of this book.

Inscriptions & Markings

Possibly a proof copy

Book - The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

263p., hard cover, illus.

Historical information

World War II, Prisoners of War, Escapes.

Book - Royal Army Medical Corps Training 1911

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

452p., hard cover, illus (some col.).

Historical information

Royal Army. Medical.

Significance

Military Manual

Inscriptions & Markings

Contains owner's personal notes at end of text.

Book - The Division in battle; pamphlet No 4: Armour.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

In 4 part, pages not numbered, Illus.

Historical information

Australian Army. Royal Australian Armoured Corps. Military Manual.

Inscriptions & Markings

Restricted. Contains classified Australian information.

Book - Infantry Training (4-Company Organisation) 1914

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

267p., hard cover, illus.

Historical information

Military Manual. Great Britain. World War I.

Book - Military Engineering; Volume VIII: Transportation.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

170p., illus., foldout endpapers. Soft cover.

Historical information

Military Manual. Great Britain. War Office. Title: Military Engineering, Volume VIII-Transportation. Part VI Port Operation and Maintenance. Supplement No.1- Military Stevedoring.

Book - Musketry Regulations. Part II. Rifle Ranges and Musketry Appliances. 1910.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

89p., plus illus. Hard cover.

Historical information

Title: Musketry Regulations. Part II. Rifle Ranges and Musketry Appliances. 1910. (reprinted with amendments 31st October 1914). World War I. Military Manual.

Book - Notes on Military Sanitation

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

104p., illus. Soft cover.

Historical information

Military Manual. Military Hygiene and Sanitation.

Significance

Notes from a 5 part course for military personnel and St John's Ambulance Brigade volunteers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Notes on Military Sanitation by Lt-Col H P G Elkington. St John's Ambulance Association.

Book - Manual of Field Engineering 1911.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

131p., plus 64 plates

Historical information

Military Manual. Military Engineering.

Significance

Reprinted 1914.

Inscriptions & Markings

Official Copy. General Staff, War Office.

Photographs and Disk - Family photos of Chapman and Stock families

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Compact Disk. Contains 95 images of Chapman, Stock, Blackbourn and Barnett families dating from late 19th century through the 20th century. Also printed copies of photographs.

Historical information

A collection of photos of the Chapman and Stock families of Greensborough and Lower Plenty.

Significance

Photos and letters have been digitised by Peter Blackbourn as part of his family history research.

Inscriptions & Markings

G'borough photos from Chapman + Stock families

Book - Heidelberg since 1836: a pictorial History. Text by Cyril Cummins

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A history of Heidelberg compiled to mark the centenary of Heidelberg being granted 'shire' status in 1871. Covers the period 1836-1970. 5 copies. (copy 5 is not for loan and filed in FileCab:Heidelberg - this copy was the property of Frances Sheppard, Secretary to the Town Clerk and includes other memorabilia)

Historical information

A history of white settlement of the Heidelberg area. Contains historic photos and description of the growth of the area.

Significance

Produced by the Heidelberg Historical Society with financial assistance from the City of Heidelberg.

Inscriptions & Markings

Elsa Jones [and address] 1971

Book - Sacred Songs and Solos: compiled by Ira D Sankey.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

182p., soft cover.

Historical information

Small volume of 888 sacred songs and hymns.

Significance

Used by Mollie Hamilton at Macleod Sunday School. Dates unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed inside front cover "Mollie Hamilton Watsonia Macleod Sunday School"

Oral History Transcript - Life at Willis Vale

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00030:00447:01637 3 page History of the Partington Family's life at 'Willis Vale' homestead in Greensborough during the early 20th Century. Includes b&w photos.

Historical information

The Partington family farmed the property known as Willis Vale in the early 20th century. In this article Faye Fort (nee Partington) recalls life in Greensborough.

Significance

Historical reference to the property 'Willis Vale' and its eventual destruction. Describes family relationships within the Partington family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes Partington family photos

Disk - McLaughlin Family Photos

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 computer disk, containing photographs of the McLaughlin family

Historical information

Photographs of the McLaughlin family, residents of Greensborough in the early 20th century.

Significance

The McLaughlin family have links with the Partington, Black, Wood and Whatmough families. Studio photos included here demonstrate this style of photography popular in the early 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

McLaughlin Photos July 2011; from Steve Whatmough

Newsletter - Greensborough Historical Society Newsletter. Issue 1. August 2010 -

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Text, black and white and colour photos, tables..Pagination varies. Filed in folder, with index to major articles.

Historical information

Historical articles, news and activities of Greensborough Historical Society Inc., published from August 2010 (Edition 1) - . Later issues available on Society website or from Resource Centre.

Photograph - Banyule Homestead 2011

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Set of 4 x A3 photos. Colour.

Historical information

These photos were part of an objection to the proposed development and subdivision of part of the historic Banyule Homestead property.

Significance

The Banyule Homestead dates from 1846, owned and built by Joseph Hawdon, sold in 1867 to Dr Martin. Leased to various farmers and eventually the land (274 acres) was subdivided in 1958. The Homestead presently sits on 2 1/2 acres of land.

Inscriptions & Markings

Taken from western boundary overlooking lagoon.

Planning Proposal - Diamond Valley Civic Centre and Neighbourhood Unit: Planning Proposal

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Dark brown plastic folder. 23 foolscap-size pages. Maps, Application for Permits to subdivide land in the Greensborough area.

Historical information

This document proposes the change of land use from farming and quarrying to residential. This also includes the proposal for a Civic Centre in the (then) Shire of Diamond Valley. The plans listed in the 'Schedule of Plans' on last page are missing.

Significance

Includes proposal for the Aqueduct to be converted to an underground system. Includes statistics relating to population increase.