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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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Photograph - Digital image - Harriet Emma Splatt 1

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Harriett Emma Splatt, born 1866, photograph taken 1884. Married George William Stock. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Digital image - Lindsay Black [as infant]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01218:01446 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs copied from the late Shirley Fraser (nee Black), also descendant of the McLaughlin and Whatmough family. This photograph shows Lindsay Black as an infant.

Photograph - Digital image - Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Partington's first car referred to as 'Rugby' with niece Sonya Leed watched over by Wyn and dog.

Newspaper Clipping - Banyule Subdivision tax set to bite

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Mum and dad developers face being slugged with an extra tax to subdivide their properties.

Sound Recording - Jessie: A memorial; 17/9/1911 to 26/8/1999.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Audio casette recorded on 90 minute basf tape. Paper insert gives details of recording.

Historical information

Memorial service for Mrs Jessie Angus (Jessie Partington) conducted at the Greensborough Uniting Church Wednesday 1st September 1999 at 11 am. Reverend Lyndon Broadstock Minister Mavis Ford Soloist.

Significance

Mrs Angus was a member of the Partington family, Greensborough pioneers and was well known in the area and particularly for her contributions to music at the Uniting (formerly Methodist) Church in Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital Image - Mystery mine photographs: Steam plant for crusher

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of 2 black and white photographs, two of 30 photos of mining operations.

Historical information

Steam plant for ore crusher,

Significance

.An interesting collection of photographs, the connection to Greensborough remains a mystery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photos have no markings or dates. Donor unknown.

Book - The Diamond Valley Story by Dianne H Edwards

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

191p., hard cover, illus. 5 copies. First edition has seperate index; index printed in book in 1995 reprint.

Historical information

History of the Shire of Diamond Valley from 1830-1964.

Significance

This book is significant to the history of the area. It contains many historic photographs and details of early life in Diamond Valley.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Anthony Beale, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The grave of Anthony Beale (died 24/07/1944), husband of Ida Ellen. St Helena Cemetery, Greensborough.

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 - View of Lower Greensborough from Grimshaw Street

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

View of rural Greensborough, late 19th or early 20th century.

Significance

Shows the rural nature of the Greensborough landscape at this time.

Photograph - Digital image - North end of Pope's paddock looking west to township.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

North end of Pope's paddock looking west to township of Greensborough. The Blackjack property, house and acres of fruit orchards ran down to the Plenty River off Hume Street Greensborough and was the home of the Robinson family to late 1956. The photographs were taken as slides by Frank Robinson and digitised by his son James in 2015.

Newspaper Clipping - Heavy burden for Bolton Street Eltham

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Two letters to the editor discuss traffic problems in Eltham and Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - Florrie and Ivan Cooling

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs copied from the late Shirley Fraser (nee Black), also descendant of the McLaughlin family. This photograph shows Florrie and Ivan Cooling. Ivan is in uniform (possible William Ivanhoe Cooling of Cottles Bridge).

Book - Beautiful Banyule: by Carol Toomey

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

104 pages, colour illustrations.Soft cover with treed skyline on front cover. 2 copies.

Historical information

A record of reserves and their features in the City of Banyule 1999. Full title: Beautiful Banyule: a register of out city's natural assets.

Significance

A register of Banyule's natural assets

Inscriptions & Markings

Library labels.

Photograph - Digital image - Mitchell's house

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00402:01548 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

The Mitchell house was situated in Hailes Street on land that went to the river. Part of this land is now the skate park in Yando Street off Kalparrin Lane

School Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1980 Grade 5/6.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. 1980, Grade 5/6. Student names are not identified.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club. Premiers 2015 (Reserves and Under 19s)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 04705:05277:05278 Informal group photograph of football team and support staff.

Historical information

In 2015, Greensborough Football Club were Premiers in the Seniors, Reserves and Under 19s. This photograph shows the Reserves and Under19 team after their win and was displayed at the GFC Hall of Fame in 2016.

Significance

This photograph is a record of the team - players and support staff - involved in the 1961 season.

Photograph - Digital image - Parking, Main Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Parking on Main Street, Greensborough.

Significance

Shows the changing face of the Greensborough shopping strip

Newspaper Clipping - Musical treat for shoppers

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Were Street Montmorency hosts musical groups each month in the 'Music in the Park' program. Groups mentioned are Black Cat Bone and Jack Nicholson Trio.

Plan - Valley Central Shopping Centre, Myer Loading Area

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Plan of loading dock showing pavement finishes. Colour and black ink on white paper.

Historical information

Plan for the pavement finishes at the Myer loading area at Valley Central Shopping Centre (now Greensborough Plaza) between The Circuit and Church Street.

Photograph - Digital image - Old Plenty River Swimming Pool [Greensborough]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of 3 colour photographs.

Historical information

These photographs of the old swimming pool in the Plenty River were taken in 2013 to show changes over 40 years, based on Ron Reynold’s sketches in the 1973 publication “Greensborough and Greenhills” published by Cypress Books.

Document - Digital Image - Robert Hyde. Hall of Fame Citation and Roast Tribute

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 05250:04705 Digital copy of Citation and 'roast'

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Robert Hyde as he is inducted into the Greensborough Football Club's Hall of Fame as a Member.

Significance

In 2016, the Greensborough Football Club inducted a number of their past players into the Hall of Fame. This Citation outlines the player's contribution to the Club.

Photograph - Digital image - R. W. Fell Reserve Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

R. W. Fell Reserve, 170 Grimshaw Street, Greensborough.

Oral History - Jillian Riley Remembers: the story of Greensborough Picture Theatre

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 pages text and photo.

Historical information

Jillian Riley recalls her father's Greensborough Picture Theatre "Ashril". Created in 2014.

Newspaper Clipping - A Day of sweet memories for 400: Watsonia High School WaHIGH

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping, black text.

Historical information

Account of the 25th anniversary re-union of Watsonia High School. Includes other local events as part of the "Local Scene in Watsonia with Rosalie Bray".

Magazine - Banyule Banner February 2019

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 pages (approx.), colour illustrations.

Historical information

The Banyule Banner is published bi-monthly by Banyule City Council to advertise upcoming events in the City of Banyule and to report on past events. This edition covers Graffiti, Flood management and North East Link update

Significance

A record of events within the City of Banyule.

Newspaper clipping - Not safe to station it here

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02009:02220 News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Ambulance Victoria's plans to build a new station at Trist Street Watsonia North are to be reviewed, following residents' objections.

Article and Photograph - Pinehills Estate - Williams Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photographs and text sourced from social media.

Historical information

Photographs and captions relating to the Pinehills Estate, Greensborough.

Significance

This text and photographs were copied from a Facebook site. Members are people who lived in the Greensborough area and share their reminiscences of the area with others. The site is administered by a GHS member but is not officially affiliated with the Society. Any information is the opinion of the contributor.

Photograph - Digital image - Railway Road Rail Bridge over Plenty River Briar Hill

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Rail bridge over Railway Road Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - Diamond Village Shopping Centre (Exterior 2), Watsonia, 2016

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Diamond Village Shopping Centre (Exterior), Nepean Street Watsonia.

Newspaper Clipping - Coming home to Bundoora: Fifty-Plus News November 2014

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Copy of news article, black and white text and photographs.

Historical information

"Coming Home" was a social history exhibition exploring the history of Bundoora Homestead, particularly its time as Repatriation Hospital (1920-1993). The Exhibition ran from October to December 2014.