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Greensborough Historical Society 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
34 Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty Victoria (map)
phone
+61 9439 5454
Contact

Opening Hours

Each Thursday 10:00am to 3:00pm NOTE: Reopened for 2016 on 14th January 2016. Saturday afternoon once a month. See website for dates.

Entry Fee

No charge; membership fees available on website

Location

34 Glenauburn Road 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.

Trudy 8 July 2015 9:35 AM

I have a vintage glass dish which contains a photo of the old bluestone bridge titled "wading pool Greensborough" I would like to donate to the Greensborough Historical Society. Please call 0414 323 936 to arrange collection. Thank you.

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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5518 items

Photograph - Digital image - Anna Flintoff 1855

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of a portrait of Anna Flintoff dated circa 1855. The Flintoff family came to Greensborough circa 1841. They owned, farmed and leased land north of the present Civic Drive.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1977 Grade Prep C.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Book - Shire of Diamond Valley Handbook 1987

Greensborough Historical Society,

32 pages, col illus., maps. Cover illustration of aerial view of Greensborough shopping area and environs.

Historical information

Guide to services provided by Shire of Diamond Valley. 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.

Significance

Annual guide to services in Shire of Diamond Valley

Newspaper clipping - Students take a ride back in time.

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photocopy of a newspaper article on activities at Watsonia Heights Primary school.

Historical information

Watsonia Heights Primary school is a local education facility. Article written by Rosalie Bray.

Significance

Features a photograph of two students wearing period clothing on horse back. The article also lists school activities from the period.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some biro writing at bottom of page.

Photograph - Digital image - Camel transport at Marsaid

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows camel transport at Marsaid

Inscriptions & Markings

"Camel transport at Marsaid"

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill Timber Hardware Interior

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Briar Hill Timber and Hardware was situated in Sherbourne Road Briar Hill. These photographs were taken by Frank Solomon shortly before the business closed and depict a small hardware business.

Significance

This business and its predecessor Briar Hill Timber was a landmark in the area.

Article - Walter David Starling

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Walter David Starling and his service in World War 1. Walter Starling was born in Diamond Creek. .

Article - The Batman Tree: a brief history

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 pages of text and illustrations.

Historical information

A compilation of information on the Batman Apple Tree collected and written by Noel Withers.

Significance

This is possibly the oldest apple tree in Victoria. It was planted on the banks of the Plenty River in 1841.

Newspaper Clipping - Diamond Valley Race is on to end cancer

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

The Diamond Valley Relay for Life is on the starting block and set to race in the fight against cancer. In 2017 they expect over 1000 participants and hope to raise $170,000.

Newspaper clipping - Batman can stay - elder, by John Masanauskas

Greensborough Historical Society,

Small newspaper clipping, black and white text.

Historical information

Ian Hunter, an aboriginal elder, has criticised a proposal by Darebin Council to replace the name Batman Park with that of an aboriginal man.

Oral History - I loved Greensborough by Val Wilson (nee Rolfs)

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages.

Historical information

Val Wilson (nee Rolfs) recounts stories of her childhood growing up in rural Greensborough. In this story Val tells of a little girl who thought she could ice skate on a pond behind Grimshaw Street.

Significance

A primary source recollection of Greensborough in the mid-20th century.

Photograph - Ivy Medhurst (1896-1972)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00190:00369:00806 Black and white studio portrait of young woman in dark dress.

Historical information

Daughter of David and Martha Medhurst.

Significance

A member of the Medhurst family, Greensborough pioneers

Inscriptions & Markings

In pan on back: Ivy Medhurst, Born 1896-1972, age 76. Daughter of David and Martha Medhurst

Minutes - Greensborough Historical Society Inc. Minutes 2013. Book 1.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Typed Agenda and Minutes in blue plastic folder.

Historical information

Agenda and minutes of the Committee of Greensborough Historical Society Inc. Dated 2013. Available at Resource Centre.

Significance

Official record of the management of Greensborough Historical Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

On cover: GHS Meetings 2013.

Photograph - Bundoora Hall

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00621.01399 A black and white photograph of Bundoora Hall.

Historical information

Picture was taken just after the completion of the hall, located on the south eastern corner of Grimshaw Street and Plenty Road

Significance

The original Bundoora hall was constructed by local people.

Inscriptions & Markings

A description of the picture written on the back in blue biro.

Photograph - Digital image - Development of pig farm to residential blocks, 4.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

A view of the redevelopment of the pig farm in Weidlich Road Greensborough, owned by Werner Hanusch. The land was used as a pig farm and quarry from 1954 and this photo shows early stages of the land being subdivided into the Evelyn Way estate. This project of fifty, one double storey, dwellings was commenced on 2/8/2009 and completed on 6/2/2011.

Significance

An example of the changing land use in Greensborough, from farming to residential.

School Magazine - Plenty 78

Greensborough Historical Society,

48 pages, text and colour and black and white images.

Historical information

1978 edition of the Montmorency High School Yearbook "Plenty". Contains articles and photographs of students and teachers. There is a fold-out sheet with Year 12 students and a separate ticket to a dance.

Significance

The Yearbook shows the people and activities associated with the school in 1978.

Newspaper Clipping - Forced rates capping to shoot $12.5m hole in council budget

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Banyule Council faces a $12.5 million black hole in its budget due to rates capping and says it is too early to know what services will be slashed.

Newspaper Clipping - Diamond Valley - Nine of Best Gymnasts put to the test and Netball award for Volunteers.

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 News article, 1 pages, black text.

Historical information

Nine gymnasts from Diamond Valley will represent Victoria in the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships. A new award recognises contribution of netball volunteers.

Newspaper clipping - Royal visits 1950s

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 newspaper articles from the 1950s, black and white photographs with captions.

Historical information

5 newspaper articles from the 1950s, reporting on Queen Elizabeth's visits to Commonwealth countries, including Sierra Leone, Fiji and Suva

Significance

An example of the interest in the royal family to Australians at this time.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1982 Prep C

Greensborough Historical Society,

Colour photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1982 Prep C

Photograph - Digital image - Portrait of Edward Green

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of portrait.

Historical information

Portrait of Edward Green. In the 1840s, Edward B. Green ran the mail service between Melbourne and Sydney and owned a parcel of land on the Plenty River. He engaged a surveyor to draw up plans and lay out a township on the slopes overlooking the river, and to mark out small farm holdings on the flats. This small township named after him is now Greensborough.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1972 Grade 6C

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1972 Grade 6C

Photograph - Digital image - Ivy Barnett

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Ivy Barnett 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.

Newspaper Clipping - Watsonia (2 articles)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clippings, one original, one a photocoopy.

Historical information

Did you know Watsonia? and What's in a suburb? Watsonia. Each article gives some background history of Watsonia. Mentions some landmarks in the area.

Significance

Basic history of the Watsonia area.

Photograph - Digital image - Loyola [rear of main building] 1934.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs of the Jesuit Seminary in Grimshaw Street Watsonia. Opened in 1934, this was a house of formation and study for the Society of Jesus. Loyola College (established 1980), now occupies the site and purchased the original building in 2002.

Advertisement - Digital image - Gillespie and Lewis 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Gillespie and Lewis, Grimshaw Street Greensborough

Photograph - Methodist Church Main Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of colour photograph of red brick church, mounted on yellow card and laminated.

Historical information

The Greensborough Methodist Church stood in Main Street Greensborough and was central to the social life of the suburb in the early 20th century. This original site is now part of the Greensborough Plaza shopping complex. The Church moved to the new building in Grimshaw Street circa 1970s.

Significance

This photograph shows the red brick church, now demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption: 'Methodist Church, Main Street Greensborough. Now the site of Greensborough Plaza'

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Alice Glew and William Glew, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01865.01941 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Alice Glew (died 12/07/1933) and William Glew (died 20/04/1935) in Plot# A11 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 - Author shares his treks

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Briar Hill author Graham Patterson discusses his latest book "Coastal Guide to nature and history II: Mornington Peninsula, Western Port bay, Phillip Island and French Island".

Significance

Local author

Inscriptions & Markings

Date in pen.

Newspaper Clipping - Weatherboard wonder raises bar in Vermont Parade Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A renovated weatherboard house in Vermont Parade Greensborough sold for over $1.1 million.

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1966 Fete Scottish Pipe Band

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph and news clipping to support.

Historical information

Scottish Pipe Band at Watsonia High School Fete 19th March 1966, and news clipping listing this and other activities on the day.

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1965 Teacher Duties List

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1965 Teacher Duties list

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1965 Teacher Duties list

Newspaper clipping - Centre of attraction

Greensborough Historical Society,

A large article featuring 6 coloured photographs.

Historical information

This article was written in anticipation of the opening of the Watermarc aquatic centre in Greensborough.

Significance

The Watermarc aquatic centre is on the site the former Greensborough Swimming Pool in the heart of Greensborough. This article highlights it's many features.

Inscriptions & Markings

Biro written date

Book - Gallipoli: untold stories from war correspondent Charles Bean and frontline Anzacs by Jonathan King and Michael Bowers

Greensborough Historical Society,

324p., illus., maps.

Historical information

Stories from C. E. W. Bean and photographs from Phillip Schuter.

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1992 Netball Team

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour school team photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1992 Netball Team

Newspaper Clipping - Watsonia Tennis Club - Easter celebrations with a pennant

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Watsonia Tennis Club won the mixed grand final in the Heidelberg and District Tennis Association.

Newspaper Clipping - St Mary's just hold on in a thriller

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Report on Greensborough based St Mary's Football Club's start to the 2016 season in Northern Football League Division 3.

Photograph - Digital image - Bill Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

William (Bill) Poulter, a member of the Poulter family of Greensborough.

Significance

Greensborough pioneer family

Photographs - Winter in Banyule Festival 30 August 2011

Greensborough Historical Society,

Printed copy of 4 digital colour photographs.

Historical information

On August 30 2011, members of th Greensborough Historical Society manned an information stall and display at the Winter in Banyule Festival at Greensborough Plaza. These photos depict members and family during the set up of the display.

Significance

Behind the scenes photos of display. This was also the first public sale of issue 1 of the Greensborough postcards.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of subjects handwritten on print

Program - Watsonia High School WaHIGH Fourth Annual Speech Night 1964

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 pages, text.

Historical information

The program for Watsonia High School's fourth annual Speech Night, held at Heidelberg Town Hall on Monday 7th December 1964. Lists students who received academic awards and Headmaster's Report for the year.

Inscriptions & Markings

Owner's name on cover.

Book - Tracing your Irish ancestors, 3rd ed. John Grenham

Greensborough Historical Society,

526p., maps.

Historical information

Hints on tracing Irish ancestors.

Newspaper Clipping - Diamond Valley Foodshare Grant Feeds Generosity

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Diamond Valley Foodshare received a grant from Watsonia RSL and Banyule Council to buy a refrigerated van to transport food donations to its base in Henry Street Greensborough.

Newspaper Clipping - Book records growth of local RSL, by Natalie Town

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white clipping; text with photograph

Historical information

A history of the Watsonia RSL sub-branch was launched in 1995.

Artiicle - Bundoora Park Estate Company

Greensborough Historical Society,

5 p. of transcripts of five newspaper articles

Historical information

Bundoora Park Estate Company Limited was one of the many land development speculative companies operating in the Greensborough area in the 1890s.

Doilies - Crochet doilies (small)

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 cotton doilies (small ornamental mat), cream crochet cotton.

Historical information

3 Cotton doilies, possibly hand made in the 1950s for domestic use. Doilies like this were used to protect furniture from scratches and for ornamental use. These doilies are crocheted using fine cotton thread in a nine-point leaf design within a circle.

Certificate (Framed) - Veteran Partnering Hospital (Diamond Valley Mercy Hospital)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Blue and white certificate with black text in black frame.

Historical information

The Diamond Valley Community Hospital was established in 1942 in Grimshaw Street Greensborough. Due to financial circumstances, the hospital closed in 2000. During this time, the Hospital was involved in many community activities and partnerships.

Significance

As the Diamond Valley Community Hospital is now closed, this collection records some of the activities involved.

Inscriptions & Markings

Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs Veteran Partnering Hospital. This is to certify that the Repatriation Commission, through the Department of Veterans' Affairs has contracted Diamond Valley Mercy Hospital as a Veteran Partnering Provider for the Provision of Health Services to Veterans in Victoria. ... This agreement is valid for the period to 31 October 2003.

Newspaper Clipping - Sherbourne Primary School BH5013 Students 'Footwork switches on brains'

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Sherbourne Primary School encourages healthy living and participated in National Walk Safely to School Day.

Photograph - Digital image - Sculli Brothers Fresh Fruit shop, Main Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Sculli Brothers Fresh Fruit shop, Main Street Greensborough. Sculli's now operate from a store in Greensborough Plaza.

Greetings Card - Apollo Parkways Primary School

Greensborough Historical Society,

A blue and gold outer side, with a hand written message inside in green ink.

Historical information

This was created to thank Noel Withers for informing the students of some aspects of local history.

Significance

Records the local history presentation by GHS President Noel Withers at Apollo Parkways Primary School in October 2010.

Inscriptions & Markings

Message and 4 signatures in green ink and another signature in black ink.

Article - Preserving a link with the past

Greensborough Historical Society,

Downloaded copy of article. Text and b&w photo.

Historical information

1937 article describing the Apple Tree on Plenty River at Greensborough, its possible origins and steps to preserve it.

Significance

Early attempts to preserve the Batman Apple Tree and alternative explanations of its origins.