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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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7370 items

Article - Donald James Creighton

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Donald James Creighton and his service in World War 1. Donald Creighton was born in Bundoora.

Cigarette lighter - Flints and Striker for Cigarette Lighter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Replacement flints and striker mechanism for a cigarette lighter in plastic container

Historical information

Replacement flints and striker for cigarette lighter, dating from 1960.

Article and Photograph - Turner's Bakery Mernda

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photographs and text sourced from social media.

Historical information

Photographs and information relating to Charles Turner, baker of Schotters Road Mernda.

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 - Watsonia High School Pool, Construction 1976. Water in the pool.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph, scanned from slide. Slide set at Item 6513.

Historical information

The swimming pool at Watsonia High School was commenced in 1976 and opened in 1977. This photo shows the completed pool filled with water.

Significance

While the school has gone, the pool remains in 2019, operating as Yarra Swim School, Liat Way Greensborough

Newspaper clipping - A temporary bridge for Main Street.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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.

CD-ROM - Robert Whatmough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

CD with green label

Historical information

A collection of 31 articles on Robert Whatmough and his orchards in Greensborough in the 19th century. Included information on the Batman Apple Tree and Whatmough apples

Significance

Details the importance of the Whatmough family and orchards in early Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Robert Whatmough written in marker pen.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1968 Form 2E

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1968 Form 2E

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1968 Form 2E

Photograph - Digital image - KFC Greensborough - renovations 2015

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The KFC building on 117 Grimshaw Street being renovated August 2015.

Strainer - Tea strainer

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Metal tea strainer. Spring loaded handle with perforated bowls to hold tea.

Historical information

Tea strainer. The spring loaded handle opens the two perforated bowls into which tea is placed for infusion in a cup. The pre-cursor to tea bags.

Newspaper Clipping - Junction gets upgrade

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white text, colour image

Historical information

Article on the upgrade of the Diamond Creek Road and Plenty River Drive intersection.

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Back after 3 1/2 years

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper clipping.

Historical information

Greensborough butcher James McDermott is back to work after 3 1/2 years, following a mystery illness.

Photograph - Digital image - St Katherine's Church St Helena: Window 5.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

St Katherine's Church St Helena dates from 1858. The Church was built by Major Anthony Beale in memory of his wife Katherine Rose Beale. This photograph shows one of the stained glass windows; dedicated to those who restored this church. The Church had been damaged by a bushfire in 1957 and was rebuilt to the original plan.

Photograph - Digital Image - Woolworths Greensborough 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

Proposed view (architect's drawing) of the 'new look' Woolworths store in Greensborough, corner Grimshaw and Henry Streets. This was formerly the Safeway store 119 Grimshaw Street.

Business card - Nannymoos Store 2017

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Business card, white card with black and white text and colour image.

Historical information

Business card for a local new and second hand furniture store, Nannymoos at 29 Beewar Street Greensborough.

Map - MMBW, Yarra 2500 / 12.20. Watsonia Railway Station and environs.

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]. 12-20, Parishes of Keelbundora 2856, Municipalities of Diamond Valley 257 and 228. Shows street names, easement sizes, lot numbers, lodged plan numbers, names of prominent features, contour values, creek or river names. Watsonia Railway Station and environs. Prominent streets: Watsonia Road, Elder Street, Morwell Avenue and Nepean Street. Includes former Watsonia Technical School and Gresswell Rehabilitation Centre sites.

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.

Business card - Pelligra Cakes 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Business card, white card with blue text and colour image.

Historical information

Business card for a local pasticceria and gelateria, Pelligra Cakes, at 71 Main Street Greensborough.

Advertisement - Digital image - P. Stubley & Son, Greensborough 1967

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for P. Stubley & Son, general produce, with two stores in Main Street Greensborough and Hurstbridge, 1967.

Significance

Part of a collection of historic advertisements from local newspapers, showing local businesses from the mid 20th century.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1976 Grade 6J.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. 1976 Grade 6J. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Photograph - Willis Vale 1906, taken from the hill

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00272:01632 Professional photograph in sepia mounted on dark green card. Shows Greensborough township in background with Willis Vale homestead in centre.

Historical information

'Willis Vale' home of the Partington family is shown in this photograph as well as the area now known as Partington's Flat. The area was owned and farmed by the Partington family from the 1870s. The derelict Willis Vale house was destroyed in 1964 when a fire originating from North Plenty Gorge - Kurrak Road - lit by two teenage boys - made its way several kilometres down to Partington's Flat Greensborough.

Significance

Photograph shows an early view of Greensborough in 1906.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: A.M.Partington Greensborough 1906.

Photograph - Digital image - All Saints Church of England, Greensborough, 1960s.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

All Saints Church of England, Greensborough, 1960s.

Photograph - Plenty River Bridge Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white enlargement of photographic image

Historical information

Early photograph of Main Street bridge over the Plenty River, taken around 1910. Quirk's Tailor shop is seen in the background and a horse and cart coming down the road. The road appears unsealed. Rampant blackberries can be seen growing around the bridge abutments.

Significance

Part of a collection of photographic enlargements of Greensborough sites.

Cup - Moustache cup

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

White china moustache cup (no saucer)

Historical information

Moustache cup owned and used by Os Abbott, Albury.

Inscriptions & Markings

Floral and gilt transfer decoration. Manufacturer's stamp on base

Folder - Immigration Records

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20-page plastic binder, blue cover. Contains photocopies of documents relating to 18th century immigration records.

Historical information

Shipping and immigration records relating to Greensborough pioneer families.

Genealogical chart - Descendants of George William Stock

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white 10 page computer generated family tree.

Historical information

Family history chart of pioneer family

Significance

History of the Stock and Blackbourn families.

Inscriptions & Markings

In pen on front page: Val Wilson

Article - The history of the Diamond Creek Medical Centre

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 x A4 pages printed from RACGP website - general practice histories.

Historical information

Details the history of Diamond Creek Medical Centre and the Cordner family's work in the area, including Greensborough and Diamond Creek.

Significance

The Cordner family were well known in the Greensborough area.

Book - Cornwall Record Office: a brief guide to sources

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Soft cover. Red writing on white cardboard. 67 pages. Some facsimile reproductions.

Historical information

A guide to resources found at the Cornwall County and Diocesan Record Office in Truro, England.

Significance

May be useful to people researching family roots in England

Inscriptions & Markings

Yarra Plenty Library

Newspaper Clipping - VicRoads to trial truck curfews

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text, colour image. Explanatory letter.

Historical information

Vic Roads will trial a truck curfew from 10pm to 6am on some Banyule roads from August 2015. A letter to residents is included.

Paper bag - Medhurst Wines, Yarra Valley

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Brown paper bag with company logo.

Historical information

This bag was obtained from Medhurst Wines, Yarra Valley, as a gift for Faye Fort, who is a descendant of the Medhurst family. The Medhurst family moved to Gruyere in the Yarra Valley in 1855. They farmed the land that is now the vineyard that bears their name. In 1898 they moved to Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Medhurst Wines Yarra Valley"

Photograph - Digital image - Poulter Avenue Reserve 2016

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Poulter Avenue Reserve Greensborough.