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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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6386 items

Birthday Card (Digital Copy) - To Frank from grandparent

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of birthday card.

Historical information

Digital copy of birthday card inscribed "To Frank from his Nana".

Inscriptions & Markings

"To my dear little grandson wishing him a happy birthday from his Nana"

Map - MMBW, Yarra 2500 / 16.24. Northern Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

MMBW Map in 1:2500 [scale] series. Cream parchment with green tape reinforcing on edges and punched holes on left edge.

Historical information

Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. Yarra 2500 [base map] 16-24. Northern Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen. Parishes of Nillumbik 3310 and Greensborough 2724. Municipalities of Diamond Valley 257 and Eltham 238. Prominent streets include: Hurstbridge Road, and Reynolds Road. Includes Wattle Glen Station.

Photograph - Digital image - Annie May Partington with cows.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Annie May Partington (nee Medhurst) with cows from the dairy at Willis Vale. Annie and Will ran about 30 cows and this photo is taken just up the rise from the cow sheds.

Map - Pioneer children's graves precinct

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00373:00744:00804:00848:00875:00974 Printed coloured copy of map of Plenty River area

Historical information

Map showing the location and surrounds of Pioneer Children's Cemetery on the Plenty River in Greensborough. Children from pioneer families are buried here.

Significance

Official government planning map for the Pioneer Children's Graves Precinct.

Membership Ticket - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club, 1981

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Season ticket white cardboard with green text.

Historical information

This membership ticket belonged to a member of the Partington family. Tickets admit bearer to games. Tickets include the names of office-bearers of the Greensborough Football Club and the season's fixture or draw. The "Life Member" status of the owner is stamped on the ticket.

Significance

Gary Partington is a Life Member of the football club and a GHS member. Members of the Partington family have been associated with the GFC for many years and the family were inducted into the Club's Hall of Fame in 2016.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: "Greensborough Football Club 1981". Inside: Membership number "038" and "Life Member" stamped inside.

Photograph - Digital image - Horse bathing

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a horse bathing or exercising in shallow water.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Pool 2

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02014.02015 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

The old Greensborough Pool behind Main Street shops, now the site of Watermarc.

Map - A Guide to the Western Front

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Double sided col. maps, with notes of battles, military leaders, cemeteries and other features of World War 1 Western Front.

Historical information

Notes of battles, military leaders, cemeteries and other features of World War 1 Western Front.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Lucky shopper, Northland 1970

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper article.

Historical information

News article identifying the Northland Lucky Shopper, 1970.

Booklet - Souvenir : Heidelberg Old and New 1860-1933

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopy of booklet. 32 pages, black and white illustrations.

Historical information

Originally written in 1933 for the 'Shire of Heidelberg Relief Organisation' this booklet gives a brief history of some areas within the municipality, including St Helena and Greensborough. A list of some pioneers is included. Contains advertisements from local businesses.

Significance

A snapshot of the Heidelberg municipality in the 1930s.

Manuscript - Information re the Medhurst Whatmough and Partington families by Ivy Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 page exercise book with handwritten family memoirs.

Historical information

Family memoirs of a descendant of Greensborough pioneer families. Deals mainly with the Medhurst family connection with the Methodist (Wesleyan) Church.

Significance

Explains the connection between the Medhurst family and the early history of the Wesleyan Church in Melbourne from the 1840s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title handwritten on cover: Information re the Medhurst Whatmough and Partington families by Ivy Medhurst, daughter of David and Martha.

Photograph - Digital Image - GHS Barbeque at War Memorial Park, March 2017

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital photographs of GHS members War Memorial Park.

Historical information

Photograph of a Greensborough Historical Society social barbeque held at War Memorial Park Greensborough on 31/03/2017.

Book - 1998 Community Guide Nillumbik

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

72 pages. Cover has white background and some 3-D artwork.

Historical information

Guide to services provided by Nillumbik Shire Council. Nillumbik Shire is located 25 kilometres north-east of Melbourne and the southern boundary is the Yarra River. The south of Nillumbik is predominantly urban, with commercial centres at Eltham and Diamond Creek. The north of the municipality includes significant natural features like Kinglake National Park and Sugarloaf Reservoir

Significance

Annual guide to services in Nillumbik

School Magazine - Retrospective. Greensborough College Yearbook '06.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

100 pages, black cover, Title "'06 The Retrospective" in grey and blue ink. Contains text, graphics and class photos. Cover illustration includes collage of photographs.

Historical information

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place over the year by using both photos and reports. Headmaster / Principal - Mr. John Conway

Significance

A permanent record of who attended Greensborough College - both student and teacher in 2006 - includes photographs, articles and class photos.

Document - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1970 High School Certificate Exam Timetable

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital image of High School Certificate Exam Timetable from 1970

Historical information

A copy of the 1970 Higher School Certificate Examination Timetable.

Book - Men from the river bends: soldiers from Cobram and District who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-1918, by Stephen Brooks and Maree Hogan.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Pamphlet, 44 p., col. illus.

Historical information

Biographical information about soldiers from the Cobram District who died in World War 1 produced by the Cobram Historical Society and Cobram RSL.

Article - World War One digger's forgotten medal, by John Cahir, interviewed by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

6 pages, text with col. photographs, plus 5 colour photographs.

Historical information

Frank (Thomas Francis) Cahir enlisted in the 2nd Australian Field Ambulance on 18 August 1918, serving at Gallipoli, and was awarded a Military Medal on 27 October 1916. On 15 September 1918 he was recommended for the award of a Distinguished Conduct Medal, but through an oversight, it was never gazetted, and therefore not awarded until after a successful application for recognition resulted in the award of a Distinguished Service Medal on 18 October 2017. His son John Cahir tells the story to Rosie Bray.

Book - Depressions: 1890s, 1930s: a social history, by Christopher Baker

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Paperback, 92 p. illus.

Historical information

This secondary school textbook looks at life in Australia during the depressions of the 1890s and 1930s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed Faye Fort on title page.

Newspaper Clipping - Historic Montmorency Footy Club scores half century

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Montmorency Junior Football Club celebrates its 50th year anniversary.

Newspaper Clipping - Phone Tower Failure - A Towering triumph

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

People power has spoken, and Montmorency residents are thrilled at the success of their beloved Mayona Road reserve.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1970 Form 1 Mrs Ross

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1970 Form 1 Mrs Ross

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1970 Form 1 Mrs Ross

Advertising Leaflet - 12 Margaret Avenue Montmorency

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Historical information

12 Margaret Avenue Montmorency. 4 bedroom home, Alistair Knox mudbrick and timber, on 1150 sq m., auctioned 23 February 2013, sold for $775,000

Advertising Leaflet - 4/8 Ulmara Place Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Historical information

4/8 Ulmara Place Greensborough. Three bedroom home, sold for $670,000 in December 2017. Previous sales: November 2009, $505,300; May 2003, $297.000, February 1994, $145,000.

Photograph - Digital image - Port Said Zoo

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a giraffe at the zoo at Port Said.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Zoo Port Said "

Collar - Floral embroidery for collar

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Net collar section with pink floral embroidery.

Historical information

Small piece of hand embroidery possibly for collar.

Article - George Campbell

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Campbell and his service in World War 1. At the time of George Campbell's enlistment, he was living at Greensborough

Newspaper Clipping - HeartKids gets boys pumped up for school

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image

Historical information

Two students from Montmorency South Primary School, Lucas and Zeke, both had open heart surgery soon after birth. Their parents were supported by HeartKids Australia.

Photograph - Digital image - Graves of 3 soldiers, 3rd Australian Machine Gun Squadron, A Troop 1.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows the graves of 3 soldiers, 3rd Australian Machine Gun Squadron, A Troop, killed at Beersheba 31st October 1917.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Graves of 3 of the Third Machine Gun boys A Troop"

Photograph - Digital image - Australian troops in camp

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Australian troops in camp.

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough Plaza - 40 Years Young

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05832.05867 Special wrap-around news paper, 4 page, black text and colour images.

Historical information

If you need more reasons to indulge in some retail therapy then Greensborough Plaza has 40 of them. Celebrating the 40 year anniversary of the opening of Greensborough Plaza. Includes a chronological history of the Plaza.