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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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6962 items

Photograph - Digital image - Bill and Stan Blackbourn

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Bill and Stan Blackbourn with tractor. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Photograph - Digital image - Police in Victoria

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 02896.03848-03854 Digital copy of sepia slides

Historical information

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

Photograph - Digital image - Woodchop

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of a wood chop competition. [Refer to Herb Medhurst in a woodchop team photo of c1912]

Advertising Leaflet - 116 Nell Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Historical information

116 Nell Street Greensborough. Three bedroom house, sold for $745,000 in August 2018.

Newspaper Clipping - Northern will still be able to field quality line-up

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

The Northern Football League's team was announced for the Australian Football League Victorian Community Championships.

Pamphlet - Watsonia Motor Show 2015

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Coloured brochure 4 p.

Historical information

Festival organised by the Watsonia Traders Association with support from Banyule City Council, comprising live music, car show and childrens' activities

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Frederick and Kitty Durham, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The Grave of Frederick William Durham (died 17/01/1965), and Kitty Bethia Durham (died 09/07/1965), St Helena Cemetery.

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.

Report - Lower Plenty River Archaeological Survey; Fiona Weaver

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Printed on white A4 paper. Approx 92 pages (not numbered). Illus., maps.

Historical information

Archaeological survey of the Lower Plenty River undertaken in 1989-1990 by Fiona Weaver for the Board of Works.

Significance

Indigenous heritage sites along the Plenty River are examined and recommendations made for the preservation and to lessen the impact of development on these sites.

Book - World Expo 88: Australia Host Nation.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

64 pages, mainly colour images and some black text.

Historical information

This book is the official World Expo 88 souvenir and contains photographs of many destinations in Australia. World Expo 88 was held in Brisbane and was part of Australia's Bicentennial celebrations.

Article - Donald McKay

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Donald McKay and his service in World War 1. Donald and his brother attended Greensborough State School.

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1964 Grade 4A

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1964 Grade 4A. Teacher is Mr Graeme Maggs

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Victor Davies and Agnes Davies, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The Grave of Victor Davies (died 30/05/1929) and Agnes Davies (died 25/09/1982), St Helena Cemetery.

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.

Folder - Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Folder of details of invoices and photographs of graves in Greensborough Cemetery restored by Eric Poulter

Historical information

Record of restoration of Poulter family graves by Eric Poulter 2011- . with invoices for costs and photographs from GHS archives where available.

Photograph - Digital image - Dorothy Curtis, 1935.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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 is Dorothy Curtis.

Article - The Early squatters of Lower Plenty and Montmorency between 1836 to 1840, by Peter van Eeken

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4p., text and illus.

Historical information

Talk given by Peter van Eeken to a general meeting of the Greensborough Historical Society on 18 March 2016. The topic is the early squatters of Lower Plenty and Montmorency from 1836 to 1840.

Book - Remember them: a guide to Victoria's wartime heritage.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Hard cover book. 308 pages, colour illustrations. Book jacket has photo of "Cobbers", the Australian memorial at Fromelles.

Historical information

This book contains stories behind some of the names on Victorian War Memorials.Includes stories from colonial times to the present day.

Significance

The stories within this book bring to life the names contained on war memorials across Victoria.

Photograph - Digital Image - Frederich William Kroschel - war medal

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photographs

Historical information

Photograph of World War 1 medal awarded to Frederick William Kroschel. Fred was related to the Fort family.

Advertisement - Digital image - Greensborough Radio Taxis

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Greensborough Radio Taxis, of Main Street Greensborough, 1970s

Significance

Part of a collection of miscellaneous advertisements for businesses in Greensborough and surrounding areas.

Article and Photograph - Montmorency Farm 1925

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Information and photo of Montmorency farmhouse. Information from Davey family descendant Sylvia Tupper.

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.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Heights Primary School WH4935 1980 Grade 5R

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A colour photograph of Watsonia Heights Primary School 1980 Grade 5R

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia Heights Primary School 1980 Grade 5R

Jelly Mould - Vintage metal jelly mould

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Small aluminium jelly mould, fluted.

Historical information

Individual jelly mould.

Article - Caroline Elizabeth (Bessie) Gallagher

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

5 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Sister Caroline Elizabeth (Bessie) Gallagher and her service in World War 1. She worked at Mont Park in 1915.

Photograph - Approach to Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00456.00458 A black and white photograph of the approach to Greensborough in the late 1940's.

Historical information

A vista of the top end of Greensborough in the late 1940's.

Significance

Shows the development of Greensborough looking from the Melbourne approach side. Features the early power lines and post and wire fences along Grimshaw Street also dirt edges of the road, early street lighting and no footpaths.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pen on back of photo: "Looking down Grimshaw St from the cutting near William St and Adeline Sts."

Booklet - The Great War Memorials of the Heidelberg district: a pictorial selection from the collections of the Heidelberg Historical Society

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 p. booklet, black and white and colour photographs

Historical information

Photographs of War Memorials in Heidelberg, Alphington, Greensborough, Ivanhoe, Macleod, Montmorency and Templestowe, from the Heidelberg Historical Society collection

CD-ROM - Scout Pathfinder Badge 1951

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

CD-ROM, containing 30 files Adobe 12.5 x 14.2 cm Photoshop 7

Historical information

Detailed description and maps of Greensborough area, including roads and streets and natural features in 1951. Report made to satisfy requirements for award of a Scout Pathfinder badge.

Significance

Very detailed description of the Greensborough area in 1951, by Neil McPherson, Troop Leader, 6th Preston

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 Old Building Ceiling Detail.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The old brick building at Greensborough Primary School on Grimshaw Street. Built in 1879, this building is now heritage listed by the National Trust. This photograph shows ceiling detail.

Photograph - Digital image - Trevor Partington at Police Stables

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Victorian Mounted Police photographed at the Police Stables. Trevor Partington is in this photograph. He joined the mounted police in 1958. Trevor later became a detective and retired from Victoria Police in 1985.

Photograph - Digital image - Loyola Seminary 8 [Seminarians in Garden] 1934

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs of the Jesuit Seminary in Grimshaw Street Watsonia. Opened in 1934, this was a house of formation and study for the Society of Jesus. Loyola College (established 1980), now occupies the site and purchased the original building in 2002.

Membership Ticket - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club, 1964

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Season ticket, fabric covered cardboard. Cover: black with silver printing. Inside: white with green text

Historical information

This membership ticket belonged to a member of the Partington family. Tickets admit bearer to games. Tickets include the names of office-bearers of the Greensborough Football Club and the season's fixture or draw.

Significance

Gary Partington is a Life Member of the football club and a GHS member. Members of the Partington family have been associated with the GFC for many years and the family were inducted into the Club's Hall of Fame in 2016.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: "Greensborough Football Club. Season 1964". Inside: Membership number "15" stamped inside. Date over stamped in red inside.

Article - Jessie May Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Brief family notes, typed text, includes handwritten notes.

Historical information

Notes on the life of Jessie May Partington and her relationships with other members of the Partington family.