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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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7238 items with images

Hat - Medhurst Wines, Yarra Valley

Key words

medhurst family
medhurst wines yarra valley

Black polyester cotton sun hat with company logo in white stitching

Historical information

This hat was purchased at Medhurst Wines, Yarra Valley, as a gift for Faye Fort, who is a descendant of the Medhurst family. After leaving Greensborough, the Medhurst family moved to Gruyere in the Yarra Valley. They farmed the land that is now the vineyard that bears their name.

Inscriptions & Markings

Logo: "Medhurst Wines Yarra Valley"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Advertising Leaflet - 6 Mari Close Greensborough

Key words

mari close greensborough

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

Historical information

4 bedroom house, auctioned February 2012 for $555,000 (sold again in October 2016 for $838,000)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Map - City of Heidelberg, - excluding the North Ward, 1959

Key words

city of heidelberg
heidelberg - maps

Blue print map

Historical information

Map of City of Heidelberg showing municipal and ward boundaries; North Ward is excluded from this map.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Scale 20 chns to an inch. G.M.H. 27.5.59"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Magazine - Kurnaji 1969 Watsonia High School Yearbook WaHIGH

Key words

watsonia high school
yearbook
kurnaji
school magazines

48 Pages, Blue cover, Title "Kurnaji" in Black ink. Cover illustration - black ink line drawing. Headmaster / Principal - Mr. C.K. (Ken) Canty. 2 copies.

Historical information

A permanent record of who attended Watsonia High School - both student and teacher in 1969 - includes photographs Includes Roll Call section with names of all students

Significance

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place over the year by using both photos and reports.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - RSL victim of break-in.

Key words

montmorency eltham rsl
bill mckenna

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A thief broke into Montmorency Eltham RSL and stole $3000 in cash. The RSL will now improve security measures.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Jessie and Gordon Scholes

Key words

jessie partington
jessie scholes
gordon scholes

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Jessie and Gordon Scholes of Greensborough. Jessie (nee Partington) was a member of the Partington family, Greensborough pioneers. [Photo possibly taken on 8th March 1954 in acceptance of invitation to meet Queen Elizabeth]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Menu - Clay Oven [Formerly Dobell's Cafe]

Key words

clay oven restaurant
dobells

Black & white paper menu printed both sides

Historical information

Menu collected at GHS function. This restaurant was formerly Dobells.

Inscriptions & Markings

Abel 18/11/15 and others, signed by staff on front

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Heritage Walk, October 2014.

Key words

greensborough historical society
heritage day 2014

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Group of Greensborough Historical Society members and friends on the Heritage Walk through Greensborough 2014. More photos of this event can be found at the GHS Resource Centre.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper - The Heidelberg News and Greensborough & Diamond Creek Chronicle 1905

Key words

heidelberg
greensborough
diamond creek

Broadsheet, 4 p., folded twice

Historical information

Original copy of The Heidelberg News and Greensborough & Diamond Creek Chronicle from December 1905.

Significance

Contains local news and many advertisements

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph (copy) - Aqueduct over the Plenty River / photographer unknown

Key words

maroondah aqueduct
plenty river

Black and white photograph, enlarged and laminated.

Historical information

View of the Maroondah Aqueduct where it crosses the Plenty River in Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - A look at the year that was

Key words

diamond valley
diamond valley leader

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

The Diamond Valley Leader looks back over the local events that shaped 2016.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Program - A Service of dedication on the inauguration of the Shire of Diamond Valley, 2nd May 1965.

Key words

shire of diamond valley
greensborough
aka lines
commonwealth youth sunday 1965

Single fold page, white with blue text. Includes music and words for 3 hymns.

Historical information

A record of the service of dedication of the Shire of Diamond Valley held on 2/5/1965, in conjunction with a youth service of thanksgiving and dedication on Commonwealth Youth Sunday. Held at War Memorial Park Greensborough.

Significance

The Shire of Diamond Valley was a Local Government Area located about 20 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The shire covered an area of 74.38 square kilometres and existed from 1964 until 1994. This Program celebrates the inauguration of the new Shire.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Cruet set

Key words

cruet set
condiment set

Four piece cruet set, moulded glass in EPNS silver stand. Stoppers missing, one container not matching..

Historical information

Table cruets usually comprised containers for oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, mustard etc. These were probably patterned on an earlier design.

Inscriptions & Markings

ES & S, EP

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Book fans join forces

Key words

yarra plenty regional library
diamond valley library
community kids haven greensborough

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Diamond Valley Library and Community Kids Haven Greensborough have joined forces to encourage parents to attend story time at the Library.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Group will plan for Polytechnic

Key words

nmit greensborough
melbourne polytechnic greensborough

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

A working group will investigate how vocational training will be offered at the Greensborough Campus of Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT).

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1975 Grade SD2.

Key words

greensborough primary school
greensborough state school

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. 1975 Grade SD2. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping - Jessie hits high note on birthday

Key words

jessie angus
jessie partington
jessie scholes
diamond valley choral society
cordner
e r cordner festival choir

Newspaper article and black and white image.

Historical information

This article celebrates the 80th birthday of Jessie Angus (nee Partington) and outlines her association with the Diamond Valley Choral Society and other choirs.

Significance

A tribute to a Greensborough identity including background information on the Choral Society.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Happy group of over 80s at Briar Hill, 1987

Key words

briar hill senior citizens club

Digital copy of newspaper clipping, black text and image.

Historical information

Written in 1987, this article reports on the members of the Briar Hill Senior Citizens Club who are over 80 years of age and meet in the Old Army Hut at Briar Hill (that originally came from Royal Park).

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - The Future growth of Melbourne.

Key words

melbourne (victoria)
mmbw

46 p., text and col. plans

Historical information

A report to the Minister for Local Government on Melbourne's future growth and its planning administration, June 1967.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Stubley Motors

Key words

purcell stubley
stubley motors
stubley group greensborough

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Stubley Motors 1950s. The Stubley Group began in 1946 when Purcell Stubley purchased a site with petrol bowsers in Main Street from 'Snowy' Jessop. In 1948 Purcell began building the new Stubley Motors, working round the old site to keep the business operating. It was completed in 1951. The Group expanded into a Holden dealership in the 1960s.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Crepe gown with lace her choice

Key words

hill family

Digital copy of newspaper article, black text and image.

Historical information

A report on the marriage of Marilyn and John Hill. [1973] Marilyn's maiden name was Greig and she lived in Carwarp Street Macleod.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Planning Document - Subdivision Plan #1034. 50 Hume Street.

Key words

subdivision plan

Plan (2 sheets) mounted on heavy card.

Historical information

Plan of Strata Subdivision at 50 Hume Street Greensborough for 7 units.

Significance

An example of hard copy subdivision plans from the Greensborough area. Mainly from the Shire of Diamond Valley era (1964-1994).

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped and handwritten Council permissions, dates and other details.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping - Hard life lived gracefully

Key words

frasers store bundoora
robert lether fraser
lea fraser

Black & white text and photographs

Historical information

Obituary for Robert Lether (Lea) Fraser, 15/07/1901-21/01/2017, owner of the Bundoora general store and post office

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - Donald James Creighton

Key words

world war 1 project
donald james creighton

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Donald James Creighton and his service in World War 1. Donald Creighton was born in Bundoora.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Station and platform early 1960s

Key words

greensborough station

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Greensborough Station and platform early 1960s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Invitation - 2014 Banyule Mayoral Ball

Key words

banyule city council
rosie bray

Card, printed both sides in colour, with postage envelope

Historical information

Invitation to Rosie Bray to the 2014 Banyule Mayoral Community Ball, The Centre Ivanhoe, 275 Upper Heidelberg Road Ivanhoe, 3 October 2014

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Advertisement - Digital image - Roy Ricardo, Briar Hill, 1970s

Key words

roy ricardo

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Roy Ricardo, removalists, of Briar Hill, 1970s

Significance

Part of a collection of miscellaneous advertisements for businesses in Greensborough and surrounding areas.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Choir in High Demand [Greensborough Primary School Gr2062]

Key words

greensborough primary school

Newspaper clipping, black and white text and colour image.

Historical information

Greensborough Primary School choir performed on many occasions in 2005

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital Image - Doug Hall and the Pied Pipers

Key words

doug hall

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Local band "The Pied Pipers". (left to right) Ron Stott on drums, Unknown on slap bass, Reg Groves on saxophone, Doug Hall on piano.

Significance

Local band led by pianist Doug Hall.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Magazine - We dooks the dook

Key words

duke of gloucester
victoria centenary 1935
melbourne university students

64 p., col. cover

Historical information

Melbourne University Students' souvenir: an unofficial, un authentic and totally unreliable account of the visit of H. R. H. the Duke of Gloucester to Australia, and his official opening of the Victorian Centenary celebrations. [Satirical publication]

Significance

An example of 1930s student humour, with many contemporary advertisements

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty