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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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6038 items

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: Interior, part tiled with scaffold.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Watermarc under construction: Interior, part tiled with scaffold. The redevelopment of the Greensborough Pool into the Watermarc aquatic centre is documented in these photographs from the collection of Rosie Bray.

Significance

These photographs taken on a ‘Community Consultative Committee’ walkthrough prior to completion of Watermarc, May 18 2012.

Advertising Leaflet - 17 Dobson Road Montmorency

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Historical information

17 Dobson Road Montmorency. 4 bedroom, 2 storey home, private sale, sold March 2012 for $460,099

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Grain Store, 183 Para Road. Delivery truck.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows delivery truck at 183 Para Road when the building was used for Greensborough Grain Store.

Significance

In 2017, the Greensborough Grain Store closed its Para Road premises and now trades online.

Advertisement - Digital image - Borax Soap

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by a GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement is for Borax Soap manufactured by Lewis and Whitty in Richmond.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

Photograph - Digital Image - Thomas Black and his mobile butcher's

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

The mobile butcher's shop operated by Thomas Black in the 1930s.

Map - Greensborough Map with Rail Line Plan

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Two copies of plan

Historical information

Central Greensborough area, including railway line and some landowners. Basic map made c. 1902; annotations dated to circa 1970s

Inscriptions & Markings

Parish of Keelbundora, County of Bourke. Central Greensborough area

Photograph - Digital image - Gold escort Walhalla

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02896.03848-03854 Digital copy of black and white slide.

Historical information

Digital copy of one of 7 slides depicting photographs of police from 1858 to 1930s. This image is of a gold escort in Walhalla circa 1860.

Photograph - Red Cross Fete during World War 1, Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00072:01276 2 x A4 pages, photocopied. One of photograph and second of caption for photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows the Greensborough Ladies Auxiliary of the Red Cross during World War 1. Taken outside the Rechabite Hall during the Red Cross Fete. See caption file for names. (Newspaper Article dated 3/11/1917 about a Red Cross Bazaar [1914-1918])

Significance

Shows many of the early residents of Greensborough. An example of the social work being undertaken in the area in the early 20th century.

Photograph - Digital image - Unidentified man [possibly a Partington]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01496.01623 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of unidentified man, possibly from the Partington family. [Faye Partington verified 12/1/2017 that this IS certainly William Partington]

Significance

Charles Partington and family came to Melbourne in the 1840s and moved to Greensborough where they farmed along the Plenty River. Descendants still live in Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital Image - Henry Barclay's hand shears held by son Eric

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Henry Barclay's Hand Shears held by his son Eric in October 2106. Eric recalls his father shearing with these.

Leaflet - Historic nineteenth century Coburg

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, printed on both sides in black and white text, drawings and photographs. Folded into 5.

Historical information

A short history of 19th century Coburg, Victoria covering points of interest. Includes a map of the landmarks covered in the text.

Document and pamphlet - Not bad for an old'en; a tribute to Hazel Amos.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p. document with colour photograph; with 4 p. pamphlet with colour photograph

Historical information

Not bad for an old'en; a tribute to Hazel Amos, by Bryan Henderson; with Order of Service for her funeral, April 2018. Hazel Amos (24 November 1919 - 17 April 2018) lived in Doris Street Greensborough from 1950 until her death and was a member of the Living Faith Church Greensborough, Diamond Valley Probus Club and worker at the Brotherhood of St Laurence Opportunity Shops.

Photograph - Digital image - Looking north from the top orchard of Blackjack.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Looking north from the top orchard of Blackjack. 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.

Advertising Leaflet - 19 Cam Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 sheet, printed both sides in colour

Historical information

19 Cam Street Greensborough, 3 bedroom home, auctioned 11 August 2012, sold for $425,000

CD-ROM - Ruby Mills Photo Album

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copies of 42 p. photograph album

Historical information

Owned by Ruby Wilson nee Mills (?), includes photographs of members of the Wilson, Godber, Partington and Whatmough families, most of which were taken in the late nineteenth century, and one newspaper cutting from 1936.

Significance

Large collection of photographs of local Greensborough family members from the nineteenth century

Inscriptions & Markings

Ruby Mills, 41 Pultney St. Dandenong 3175

Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia Heights Primary School WH4935 1972 Kindergarten

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia Kindergarten in 1972.

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia Kindergarten in 1972.

Margarine container - Dixibelle table margarine

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Pale green plastic box with white plastic lid

Historical information

Dixibelle was a common brand of margarine during post-war twentieth century

Inscriptions & Markings

Dixibelle Table Margarine 1 lb. net, manufactured by Provincial Traders Pty Ltd Australia, moulded into box. Provincial Traders ceased operations on 17/10/1979 in when taken over by Henry Jones (IXL) Limited.

Advertisement - Digital image - Lane's Motors

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by a GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement for Lane's Motors in Exhibition Street Melbourne is from 1935.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1972 Grade 4C

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1972 Grade 4C

Advertising Leaflet - 25 Wanbanna Avenue Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Real Estate advertising leaflet, one card, printed in colour both sides

Historical information

25 Wanbanna Avenue Greensborough, Notice of sale of property; sold 30/05/2012 for $480,000, previously sold July 2011 for $502,000

Newspaper clipping (copy) - Golden era endures

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper article, text and colour image.

Historical information

Tom and Betty Cummings of Watsonia celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2011.

Doilies - Crochet doilies (small)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Book - Barak vs the Black Hats of Melbourne by Mick Woiwood

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Paperback book, 366 pages, black and white photographs.

Historical information

Sub-titled "The untold story of how the Black Hats destroyed Coranderrk, this is an account of the history of Coranderrk and the resistance to its closure by Wurundjeri elder, William Barak.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by the author

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia Garage C

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Watsonia Garage, early 20th century. Shows old style petrol pumps and 'grain and produce' sign. Owned and operated by R.F.Watson.

Digital photograph - Children at Greenhills

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Picture of group of children in Greenhills circa 1940.

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.

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

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1968 Grade 2B.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Census - Edward Mayger

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 x A4 pages. Printed from 1851 England Census via Ancestry.co

Historical information

1851 England Census, citation for Edward Mayger born c1830

Significance

Mayger family were pioneers of the Greensborough area

Newspaper Clipping - Carparks on the way

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

New CCTV cameras and extra parking spaces will improve safety at Watsonia Station.

Photograph - Digital image - Envelope sent by Charles to his mother

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photographs shows a small envelope addressed to Charles' mother. The envelope measures 6cm high by 10 cm wide.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Mrs S Marshall [and address]"

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill Timber Hardware Interior

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

Newspaper Clipping - Mental health professionals get set to join forces with police.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

A new program based at the Austin Hospital will see hospital staff and police at Greensborough and Heidelberg assess and treat people experiencing crisis.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1974 Grade 3A

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1974 Grade 3A

Article - Peter Killen

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Peter Killen and his service in World War 1. During the war, Peter's wife and two sons lived in Greensborough.

Program - Official Opening of the new Bundoora Post Office

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A black and white 4 page program printed on glossy paper. It features a photograph of the Bundoora Post Office in August 1973.

Historical information

This was issued in 1973 for the opening of Bundoora Post Office. See Item 492 for news article on opening.

Significance

Bundoora was a developing suburb at the time. This program records the events of the opening ceremony.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pencil markings on the rear page.

Photograph - Digital image - Dobells 2014

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00960:01700:02012:02013:02426 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Dobell's Restaurant in Greenhill Road Greensborough, owned by Steve Partington. This shop, built in the 1950s has had many tenants. It is currently the "Clay Oven" Restaurant.

Photograph (digital image) - Vera Poulter, Lesley Hills and Lorraine Poulter with Ashril Theatre in background

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Vera Poulter, Lesley Hills and Lorraine Poulter with Ashril Theatre in background c 1942

Calendar - Banyule Community Calendar 2016: Banyule's great outdoors.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

28 pages. Colour illustrations. Illustrations of local scenes and landmarks.

Historical information

This community calendar is distributed to residents of the City of Banyule each year. Each year it focusses on an aspect of the local community. The 2016 calendar contains photographs of local scenes and activities. Some council services are detailed in the back pages.

Significance

The annual report is a record of the activities and services in the Banyule City Council area.

Article - Robert Morton Tait

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Robert Morton Tait and his service in World War 1. In the post-war period, Robert and his wife lived in Alexandra Street Greensborough.

Newspaper Clipping - Banyule Pushback on punters

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

A poker machine freeze in parts of Banyule has prompted calls for reforms to be extended into gambling hot spot Greensborough.

Glass - Shire of Eltham commemorative glass

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Stemmed wine glass. Clear glass with gold embellishment.

Historical information

Shire of Eltham commemorative glass. The Shire of Eltham existed from 1856 until 1994.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Shire of Eltham" and shire crest in gold.

Certificate - Greensborough Historical Society Community Group Award 2017

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Certificate, printed in six colours on bond paper, in wooden frame

Historical information

Greensborough Historical Society was awarded a Community Group Award by Banyule City Council in 2017

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by Tom Melican, Mayor

Invitation [copy] - The Bundoora Farewell Committee 1946

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Copy of invitation.

Historical information

Copy of an invitation to the Bundoora Farewell Social Committee 'social and dance tendered to members of soldiers, sailors and airmen leaving the district on active service'. Held on 31st July 1940 at the Bundoora District Hall in honour of men joining up to fight in World War 2.

Significance

An example of community spirit during the war years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name of invitee inside.

Photograph - Digital image - Pioneer Reserve 2014 -4

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02037.02038.02039.02040.02041.02042.02043.02044 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Pioneer Reserve, Greensborough is a small park on the corner of St Helena and Diamond Creek Roads. It is adjacent to the site of Greensborough's first bridge across the Plenty River, c. 1864 - 1960s. The shelter, viewing platform, retaining wall and entrance are built from the bridge's massive bluestone arched abutments dismantled between 1974 and 1983. Photograph by Marilyn Smith 2014.

Magazine - Banyule Banner February 2015

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 pages (approx.), colour illustrations.

Historical information

The Banyule Banner is published quarterly by Banyule City Council to advertise upcoming events in the City of Banyule and to report on past events. This edition includes the Anzac Exhibition, City Plan and Many Cultures report.

Significance

A record of events within the City of Banyule.

Refrigerator magnet - Banyule BPI

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Refrigerator magnet, priinted in blue on white

Historical information

Business now operating from Level 3/1 Flintoff Street Greensborough 3088, Tel. 9433 7777

Inscriptions & Markings

"Building permits and inspections", phone number and address at 9-13 Flintoff Street

Book - The Shire of Diamond Valley Handbook 1977

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

18pages, illus (some colour), maps. Front cover photograph "Plenty Gorge".

Historical information

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

Photograph - Digital image - Unknown Local View Possibly Rosanna Road from Heidelberg or Grimshaw Street to Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00456.00458 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Possibly view of Main Road to Greensborough.

Genealogical chart - Descendents of Samuel Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

50 pages tracing the Poulter family from Samual Poulter b1660 in Suffolk England

Historical information

Traces the Poulter family from 1660 in Suffolk England.

Significance

The Poulter family is a pioneer Greensborough family with descendants still living in the area.