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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

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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Manuscript - Faye (Partington) Fort's memories of the old Greensborough she remembers.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Spiral bound notebook, bright blue cover. 128 handwritten pages.

Historical information

Mrs Fort has lived in the Greensborough area all her life and is a member of the Partington family and the Whatmough family, pioneer families of the district. She has written her memories of early families in the district.

Significance

Contains information on many early families, both from Mrs Fort's memories and research into family history. The item will be transcribed into an electronic copy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside cover: Faye (Partington) Fort's memories of the old Greensborough she remembers.

Book - Making their mark: The Victorians; by Susan Priestley

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Hard cover. 382 pages, illus., maps.

Historical information

This text deals with the economic development of Victoria in the 19th and early 20th century.

Significance

Published to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the European settlement of Victoria

Photograph - Digital image - William Partington on wedding day

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

William Partington on the day of his marriage to Mary Jane Price in 1898.

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family.

Article - Briar Hill 1950s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 x A4 typed sheets. Oral history story.

Historical information

Tells the story of growing up in Briar Hill and Montmorency areas in the 1950s. Discusses local people and places. Written by Elaine Rank (nee Barnett).

Significance

A first-hand account of life in Briar Hill in the 1950s.

Photograph - Digital image - Looking south east from Pope's paddock to the railway line.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Looking south east from Pope's paddock to the railway line. 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.

Photograph - Digital image - Fishing in the Plenty River pool 1950s.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

A photograph of two girls fishing in the Plenty River pool in the 1950s. Captioned as Win and Nance - Nance is Nance Simons.

Photograph - Greensborough under 17 football team 1961

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p. photocopy of team photograph, with handwritten key to team members by Gary Partington

Historical information

Team photograph of Greensborough under 17 football team 1961, with caption by Gary Partington

Newspaper clipping - This is another challenge

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopy of newspaper clipping

Historical information

Heather McKee and her husband built their own home in Greensborough over four years; she was a 'Queen for a Day' finalist in 1956.

Newspaper Clipping - Heritage on show.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Part of Yarrambat's gold history was on display at Yarrambat Heritage Museum's open day,

Photograph - Digital image - Main Street Greensborough, looking North 2010.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

View of Main Street Greensborough near Para Road, looking North. Photograph taken by GHS member Noel Withers in 2010.

Article and Photograph - Greensborough 1958

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Information and photos of Greensborough in 1958, showing Greenmeyer Court.

Significance

This photograph and text was 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 - Dorothy Barclay's journal

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

A sample page from Dorothy Barclay's journal 1954.

Book - The Birth of Melbourne

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

392 p., black & white and col. illus. 2 copies.

Historical information

Anthology of items relating to the establishment of Melbourne.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1964 Grade 6A

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.

Book - A century of compassion: a history of the Austin Hospital; by E. W. Gault and Alan Lucas.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

378 pages, black and white illustrations. Hard cover.

Historical information

This is the official centenary history of the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg.

Significance

A detailed history of the Austin Hospital with access to many early photographs of the hospital buildings.

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough State School 1947

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopy of newspaper reports

Historical information

Newspaper reports of social activities at Greensborough State School in 1947, including the children's break-up party.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten title on page and note.

Photograph - Digital Image - 3 St Helena Road Greensborough [bedrooms and bathrooms]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of 4 colour photographs.

Historical information

Interior photographs of the house at 3 St Helena Road Greensborough (corner Diamond Creek Road), showing the bedrooms and bathroms. The house was built in 1920. These photographs are from the Ray White sales brochure 2017. The 4 bedroom property sold in December 2017 for $900,000; previous sales: April 2009, $600,000; June 1981, $36,500; June 1976, $32,500.

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: Side view showing reinforcements

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: Side view showing reinforcements. The remains of this site are between Greensborough and Janefield. A RAAF Hygiene Training Camp was located on the Plenty River, just south of the Janefield community. It was in use from 1944 to 1946. The Camp was constructed from salvaged materials. Instruction included building and maintenance of grease traps, latrines, elementary plumbing and carpentry.

Significance

Early remains of a WW2 training camp

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia Community Hall, 2016

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Watsonia Community Hall and Neighbourhood House from side, Lambourn Road Watsonia, 2016.

Photograph - Digital image - Plenty River in Flood 2017: Graffiti

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of graffiti on the Plenty River bridge, Greensborough. This flood was in December 2017.

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

Advertising Leaflet - Howard Mackey Motors Pty Ltd

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

I page advertising leaflet, lack text, blue and red images on white paper.

Historical information

Notification to customers that Howard Mackey Motors Pty Ltd are moving from Binns Street to 19 Simms Road Montmorency.

Photograph - Digital image - View of Bicton Street from Gladstone Road

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photo.

Historical information

This view of Bicton Street Greensborough, taken from Gladstone Road Briar Hill circa 1950 shows the rural nature of the suburb at this time.

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.

Advertising Leaflet - 119 Rattray Road Montmorency

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Historical information

119 Rattray Road Montmorency. 3 bedroom home, auctioned 16 October 2010, sold November 2010 for $550,000; sold February 2018 for $931,500

Corkscrew - Corkscrew key

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Brass key which pulls apart to reveal a corkscrew.

Historical information

Corkscrew in the shape of a key

Significance

From a collection held in Greensborough.

Badge - Police Blue Ribbon Foundation fundraiser

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Victoria Police 'Blue Ribbon', printed in blue and grey on white, black on reverse.

Historical information

Fundraiser for the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation.

Inscriptions & Markings

Proceeds of sale going to the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation

Photograph - Digital image - Evelyn and Duncan Black

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 Evelyn and Duncan Black. The photo was made by Yeoman Co. of Bourke Street Melbourne which operated between 1888 and 1915.

USB Flash Drive - Greensborough Football Club Hall of Fame 2016

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

I x USB Flash Drive

Historical information

In 2016, the Greensborough Football Club celebrated its long history with a Hall of Fame ceremony. This group of files includes interviews, citations for Hall of Fame inductees, newspaper clippings and photographs. The files were compiled by Bruce McDowell.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Norman G Clark"

Newspaper clipping - Death notice for John Stafford

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Single column death notice, mounted on yellow card.

Historical information

Mr Stafford was the grandfather of Shirley Fraser (Black).

Significance

This notice shows some family connections of the Black family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written above date "1967".