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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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5642 items

Advertising Leaflet - 8 Pedersen Way Montmorency

Greensborough Historical Society,

Real estate advertising leaflet, 4 p., printed in colour

Historical information

4 bedroom 2 storey home, pravtae sale, sold 31/05/2012 for $803,000

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - 1966 Macleod High School Mothers McHIGH Club [Herald Article]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white image and text.

Historical information

Short article and image about the Macleod High School Mother's Club with photographs of office bearers working in the school canteen. Date is circa 1966.

Newspaper clipping - Memory and hope at Strathalan

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and black and white images.

Historical information

Review and extracts from "Memory and Hope", an 87 page history of Strathalan Baptist Home for the aged, by Damian X. Powell, from purchase in 1906/7 of the Strathalan homestead and 15 acres of land in Macleod by the Victorian Baptist Union to 1958 when further development of the site was halted.

Newspaper Clipping - Moiz Siddiqui on track for fun run

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Moiz Siddiqui is determined to knock off a 10km run and won’t let a vision-impaired diagnosis stand in his way.

Newspaper clipping - Greensborough Police Fines - Double trouble for Driver

Greensborough Historical Society,

Small clipping, black & white print

Historical information

A delivery truck driver received separate fines for speeding and for using a mobile telephone within ten seconds in Lower Plenty.

Inscriptions & Markings

Diamond Valley Leader 19 June 2013

Newspaper Clipping - Asylum seekers open up

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A former asylum seeker who spent time in detention will speak about his experience at a special Refugee Week event in Montmorency.

School Magazine - Horizon 1999. The annual magazine of Greensborough College.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place in 1999. Includes black and white and colour photos and reports. 40 Pages (approx), Cover depicts a group photo of students.

Historical information

Each year, the college yearbook reports on the people (students and staff) and events and activities that took place that year. Note: In 1989, Watsonia High School was merged with Watsonia Technical School to become Greensborough Secondary College.

Significance

A permanent record of who attended Greensborough College - both student and teachers, includes photographs.

Inscriptions & Markings

In pen on front cover: "Donated by Rosie Bray"

Booklet - Looking after your environment

Greensborough Historical Society,

12 p. green text and line drawings on white paper.

Historical information

This booklet outlines the advantages of using native plants in the garden and lists environmental groups and council services in the Shire of Diamond Valley.

Photograph - Digital image - 10-12 Poulter Avenue [down driveway]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01339.01377.01406.01483.01488.01527.01653 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Built circa 1930s this timber house has 6 rooms and fronts Poulter Avenue Greensborough. It was for sale in 2015 and photographs were taken by a GHS member.

Significance

These older home sites are being redeveloped and photos give some idea of how Greensborough looked in the early 20th century.

Photograph - Digital image - Imperial Camel Corps 1918, another Aussie

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a cameleer with some camels, Imperial Camel Corps 1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Newsletter - Greensborough Focus: 29th February 2008.

Greensborough Historical Society,

8 page newsletter, text and images. Page 1 on College letterhead.

Historical information

News and information from Greensborough College Term 1 2008. Includes some House Swimming Sports results.

Photograph - Digital image - Eltham farm, 1935.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs owned by Dorris McLaughlin who was born in Greensborough; in 1899 to John McLaughlin and Rosalie Ellen Whatmough. The collection contains photographs of friends and relatives from the Greensborough and Eltham areas. This photograph shows a view of John McLaughlin's Eltham farm; 1935.

Newspaper clipping - A legacy awaits in the wings

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Watsonia's Darien Pullen has sculpted a new World War I memorial for Marrickville City Council.

Photograph - Digital Image - Laying the foundation stone, Shire of Diamond Valley

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The laying of the foundation stone at the Shire of Diamond Valley Civic Centre by Shire President David McKenzie.

Newspaper Clipping - Walk's glowing message

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

The annual "Light the Night Walk" took place at Anthony Beale Reserve on October 7th, 2016.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1907 Arbour Day

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00975:01281:01282:01283 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of adults attending the celebrations at Greensborough Primary School, Arbour Day 1907. On Arbour Day individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Arbour Day has been observed in Australia since 1889.

Photograph - Snow in Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Copy of photograph depicting 3 women in snow.

Historical information

In 1952 it snowed in Greensborough. In this photo local women, Soph Coffey, Mil Parsons and Jess Scholes are having fun in the snow.

Significance

A photographic record of a rare snow fall in Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: 1952. Snow in Greensborough. Soph Coffey, Mil Parsons, Jess Scholes.

Newspaper clipping - Watsonia Heights joins orange lace campaign

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Players from Watsonia Heights Junior Football Club will wear orange laces in support of the anti-violence movement 'Step Back Think'

Advertisement - Digital image - National Australia Bank (NAB) Greensborough 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for National Australia Bank (NAB) Greensborough, on the opening of the new branch at 87-89 Main Street Greensborough, 1970.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Gold fever at school - Anna Wilson at Briar Hill Primary School

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper clipping

Historical information

Digital copy of news article reporting on Briar Hill Primary School past pupil Anna Wilson, an Olympic cyclist.

Photograph - Digital image - Ruins along the way

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows ruins (location not known)

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photograph

Photograph (Framed) - Greensborough in December 1978

Greensborough Historical Society,

Panorama photograph in timber frame. One of three in series.

Historical information

Photograph three in a series of three panoramic photographs of Greensborough before and after the construction of Greensborough Plaza at the end of the 1970s. Shows the changing landscape of Greensborough from rural to suburban township.

Significance

These photographs clearly show the change in the street scape of Greensborough from the Hailes Street/Circuit side of town

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled in red on front of frame 'Greensborough December 1978'

Photograph - Digital image - Church at Mataria. Fresco 2.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a fresco from a Church in Mataria, near Cairo. This fresco depicts the Virgin Mary resting on the bank of the Nile.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Virgin Mary resting on the bank of the Nile"

Photograph - Digital image - Harriett Walker Stock

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Harriet Walker Stock, came from England 1861, first to Lower Plenty then to Greensborough. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn. [Nearly 100 advertisements for W. Bear at 145 Smith Street may be found for years 1882-1883]

Photograph - Digital image - Tom Partington

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Tom Partington, born 1868. Lived and worked at Willis Vale on the farm and orchards. Married at age 34.

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 - Barnett family at 122 Main Road Lower Plenty.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

The Barnett family at 122 Main Road Lower Plenty. (Left to right, standing: Mick, Bill, Elsie, Ivy, Amile,Les,(Kneeling) Marg Barnett, Margaret Blackbourn, Margaret Barnett, Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Digital Image - Old house in Apex Way Montmorency - front

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows the front of an old house in Apex Way Montmorency, adjacent to the Ambulance Station.

Article - Clarence Alexander Watson

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Clarence Alexander Watson and his service in World War 1. Clarence Watson was born in Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1918

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Greensborough Primary School in 1918. Shows school building and students gathered outside. There is page nominating those in the photo.

Significance

An early photograph of Greensborough Primary.

Photograph - Digital image - Franklin family home

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01055.02475.02476.02477.02478.02480.02481.02484 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of the Franklin family home.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1976 Form 6A

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 6A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 6A

Photograph - Digital image - Graves of Elizabeth Aldridge and Samuel Poulter, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01854.01899.01964.01965 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Elizabeth Aldridge (died 1864). daughter of Samuel Poulter and Susan Haylock. Plot# C10, and Samuel Poulter (died 23/05/1910 on headstone) in Plot# C9 Greensborough Cemetery.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Lions Club members [5 men]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00611.01400.01401.01402 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photographs of the Greensborough Lions Club activities in the 1960s came from the estate of Shirley Fraser (nee Black).

Newspaper clipping - A temporary bridge for Main Street.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00904:00958 Photocopy of news clipping (Item 958). Text and black and white images.

Historical information

Leading up to the opening of Greensborough Plaza, traffic along Main Street was affected by the part closure due to the construction of a road bridge over the railway line.

Significance

Significant infrastructure changes in Greensborough at the time of the opening of Greensborough Plaza in 1978.

Genealogical Document - Poulter Genealogy

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 pages. Downloaded from internet site.

Historical information

Information about Susannah Forge (nee Poulter), daughter of Samuel Poulter and Susan Haylock. Includes an article from the Wangaratta Chronicle Feb 13 1901, relating the bushfire at Mrs Forge's property.

Photograph - Digital image - Ladies group

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of unidentified ladies, possibly on a picnic. From the Yandell collection.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1972 Form 3 Group 8

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1972 Form 3 Group 8

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School1972 Form 2 Group 8

Photograph - Digital image - 3rd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron transport

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

3rd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron transport at Medzel

Inscriptions & Markings

"3rd Brigade MGS transport at Medzel"

Genealogical Document - The Beale Family

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages

Historical information

Document lists the descendants of Anthony Beale and Katherine Rose Young.

Photograph - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 Photograph Frame

Greensborough Historical Society,

9 col. photographs of Briar Hill primary School in glazed frame and display mount

Historical information

Photographs taken or copied by M. Smith in 2011, framed for the school's 90th anniversary in 2017

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of William Haylock Poulter and Mary Alice Poulter, and their children Ruby O. Poulter and James W. Poulter, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01877.01923.01952 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of William Haylock Poulter (died 1934), Mary Alice Poulter (died 28/06/1936), Ruby Olive Poulter (died 31/05/1917) and James William Poulter (killed in action France 04/10/1918) in Plot# A5/A6 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 early settlers in the district.

Advertising Leaflet - 2 Glenwood Drive Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Historical information

2 Glenwood Drive Greensborough, 4 bedroom 2 storey home for private sale, sold June 2013 for $496,000

Photograph - Digital image - Wedding photograph

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white 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 an unknown bride and groom.

Photograph - David and Martha (Ruston) Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white studio portrait, man standing holding a small piece of paper, woman seated. Open book on small table at her right hand.

Historical information

David Medhurst (1855-1939) and wife Martha Ruston Medhurst (1860-1943). This studio portrait (date unknown) shows them as a middle aged couple.

Significance

Pioneer family of Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: 'Mr and Mrs Medhurst who did much to help Greensborough. Mrs Medhurst born in Greensboro'. Also later additions of dates of birth and death and connections with descendants.

Photograph - Digital image - View of Greensborough near Blackjack

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02062.02063.02064.02065.02066.02067.02069.02071.02072.02073.02074.02076.02084.02085.02086.02087 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

View of Greensborough near 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.

Map - Greensborough Map with Rail Line Plan

Greensborough Historical Society,

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 - Prominent buildings

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows prominent buildings, location unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Book - Nation with nation: the story of Olympic Village, Heidelberg, Olympic Games - Melbourne 1956, by Geoffrey Ballard

Greensborough Historical Society,

184 p., black and white text and photographs

Historical information

The story of the Olympic Village Heidelberg during the Olympic Games 1956.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by the author

Folder - Poulter Family

Greensborough Historical Society,

20-page plastic binder, spiral bound, clear cover. Contains documents relating to the Poulter family.

Historical information

Contents: Poulter family tree; Digger records for Poulter family; Death Certificate Violet Poulter (nee Staines); family tree of Samuel Poulter and Dianna Johnston; Obituary William Poulter; Family group record William Poulter and Mary Frost; Death Certificate George Henry Staines Poulter 1949; Death certificate Elizabeth Poulter (nee Bathgate) 1989; Australian Army record of George Henry Staines Poulter; Newspaper article "True bloods of our shire"1992.

Significance

History of the origins of this Greensborough family.

Advertisement - Decorator Tiles and Blinds, Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Decorator Tiles and Blinds, Main Street, Greensborough