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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.

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Accounts - Lacy-Partington accounts

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 loose pages torn from account book

Historical information

Details the payments relating to the management of a billiard room.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten accounts

Advertisement - Ashmead, 43 Grimshaw Street

Greensborough Historical Society,

A collection of advertising relating to the sale of "Ashmead" the former home of the Cordner family in Greensborough.

Historical information

The material relates to the auction of "Ashmead" on 11th August 2012.

Significance

The house "Ashmead" was built in 1932 and was the home of the Cordner family. It is one of the better houses in Greensborough and closely resembles an English country manor. Five members of this family played for the Melbourne Football Club.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Advertisement - Lower Plenty 38, 40 & 42 Old Eltham Road

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 1 page multi coloured Real Estate advertisement.

Historical information

This advert appear in the Weekly Review on 22/08/2012.

Significance

It features the sale of 38, 40 & 42 Old Eltham Rd, Lower Plenty in 2012. Land borders Heidelberg Golf Club.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Advertisement - Montmorency Secondary College

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping colour print

Historical information

Advertisement for Montmorency Secondary College Open Day 19 April 2016

Inscriptions & Markings

The Weekly Review 6/04/2016

Advertisement - 27 McKellar Street, Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society,

Col. auction brochure, printed both sides

Historical information

Home of the late Shirley Fraser (Black), auctioned by Buckingham and Company Saturday 12 June 2012.

Inscriptions & Markings

"$485,000" written on brochure.

Advertisement - Greenhills Estate

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 2 page A3 photoccopy of a real estate advertisement.

Historical information

The advertisement was used to sell land in the Greenhills area.

Significance

The plan included details the original street lay out and names applied to them. It also has dimensions of all the blocks of land available and locations and dimensions of easements.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Advertisement - Perfect health: The Maharishi Health Education Centres

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black & white newspaper advertisement

Historical information

The Maharishi Health Education Centres practised Transcendental Meditation, and had an office in Bundoora on what is now the Loyola College site.

Advertisement - Greensborough Hotel Advertisement 1933-34

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages from a Victorian Railways travel journal. Advertisement for Greensborough Hotel 1933-34. Photocopy from original journal.

Historical information

An advertisement for Greensborough Hotel in the town of "Greensborough, picturesque township on the Plenty River, 13 miles from Melbourne."

Significance

Photograph show the "new brick building with all modern conveniences'. Greensborough in the 1930s was a popular spot for picnics and holidays.

Advertisement - Digital image - 23 Mayfield Street Greensborough,1979.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white real estate advertisement.

Historical information

This 1979 advertisement is for the sale of a house at 23 Mayfield Street Greensborough. Contains description and price of house.

Inscriptions & Markings

Date handwritten on page.

Advertisement - Digital image - Grandview Guest House

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph and notes.

Historical information

"Grandview" was the name of Mrs Drakeford's Boarding House in Greenhill Road Greensborough. This photograph shows the house in 2016. Includes notes on the history of the house.

Advertisement - Digital image - Grandview: Drakeford's Boarding House

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white advertisement.

Historical information

"Grandview" was the name of Mrs Drakeford's Boarding House in Greenhill Road Greensborough. This advertisement is from the 1940s.

Advertisement - Newspaper Clipping - 10-14 Poulter Avenue Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Advertisement for auction of property at 10-14 Poulter Avenue Greensborough

Advertisement - Newspaper Clipping - Market fun day (March 8 2015)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper advertisement, text and colour graphics.

Historical information

Advertisement for an activity in Greensborough town centre, Main Street.

Advertising Card - Step into life

Greensborough Historical Society,

Colour advertising card.

Historical information

Adverting card for Greensborough Step into Life group outdoor personal training.

Advertising Leaflet - Dobell's Cafe and Restaurant.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00960:01700:02012:02013:02426 Colour leaflet. Pink and white text on black background. Graphics.

Historical information

Dobell's is a local cafe in the Greenhill area. In 2013/14 it is owned by Steve Partington.

Significance

The Dobell's building was once a local grocer's store and has housed several other businesses over the years.

Advertising Leaflet - Electric Station Estate, Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of auction leaflet 1 p.

Historical information

Photocopy of auction leaflet for land north of Watsonia Railway Station, Saturday 19th July 1924. Auctioneer Knight & Harwood.

Advertising Leaflet - Electric Station Estate, Second Section, Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of auction leaflet 1 p.

Historical information

Photocopy of auction leaflet for sale of second section of land north of Watsonia Railway Station, Saturday 16th August 1924. Auctioneer Knight & Harwood in conjunction with C. Jessop.

Advertising Leaflet - Electric Station Estate, Second Section, Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of auction leaflet 1 p.

Historical information

Auction leaflet (copy) for sale of second section of land north of Watsonia Railway Station, Saturday 16th August 1924. Auctioneer Knight & Harwood in conjunction with C. Jessop.

Advertising Poster - Catch a carp fishing competition

Greensborough Historical Society,

Colour advertisement. Attached is business card.

Historical information

Flyer advertising the Plenty River carp cull March 2015

Aerial Photograph - Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of enlargement of 1945 aerial photograph, with 2 p. of annotations indicating locations of residents and businesses

Historical information

Aerial photograph of Greensborough showing residents and businesses in the area. Annotations by Bill Cecil.

Aerial photograph - Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Colour aerial photograph QAS 2504c run 5 3/11/86 1:15,500 by Qascophoto

Historical information

Aerial survey of Plenty Gorge Park area, including Greensborough by-pass construction and Metropolitan Ring Road reservation.

Significance

An historical view of developing Greensborough

Aerial survey - Greenhills Aerial View

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of part of 1945 aerial survey. Some streets have been marked.

Historical information

Section from the 1945 aerial survey of Greensborough, including part of Diamond Creek Road, Greenhill Road, Crest Street and Albion Crescent.

Aerial survey - Flintoff land - View from above

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photocopy of section of 1945 aerial survey of Greensborough area

Historical information

Section of the 1945 Greensborough aerial survey, focusing on the land belonging to the Flintoff family

Inscriptions & Markings

"Flintoff land to west of Diamond Creek Rd" written in pencil on back

Annual Report - Greensborough Football Club: 1966 Annual Report and financial statement

Greensborough Historical Society,

White card cover with photo of 1966 premier team. 12 pages. 2 copies.

Historical information

Report to the Annual Meeting of the Greensborough Football Club. Outlines persons involved in the club, activities for the year and includes statistics and financial statement.

Significance

A snapshot of the Greensborough Football Club in 1966.

Inscriptions & Markings

Back cover has an artist's impression of the proposed new hall and dressing rooms to be erected at the War Memorial Park in conjunction with the Park Trust and Greensborough Cricket Club.

Application - Squatters, speculators and settlers: Plenty River Cultural heritage trail.

Greensborough Historical Society,

3 copies. 60 p., ill. (some col.). Copy 1 is in an A4 3 ring binder and plastic pockets (Location Greensborough Historical Society publications shelf), copy 2 is spiral bound (Location Plenty River Cultural heritage Trail file), copy 3 has loose pages (Location GHS file)

Historical information

This application is for the restoration and preservation of listed heritage sites along the Plenty River in Greensborough and surrounding area. Although the 2011 application was not successful there is much information about the Plenty River trail in this document.

Significance

This document contains relevant information regarding the various sites along the Plenty River.

Inscriptions & Markings

Heritage Victoria application reference: 53149

Article - John Cecil Jessop: a community minded individual.

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages.

Historical information

Cecil Jessop was an important figure in the development of Greensborough. This outline of his life discusses his work as a councillor, MMBW, and Sutherland Homes.

Significance

A brief outline of an important Greensborough identity.

Article - Jessop, John Cecil (1892-1968)

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 photocopied pages, text and photograph.

Historical information

Biographical information about John Cecil Jessop, Councillor and Mayor of Heidelberg and Chairman of the MMBW. The photograph (copy) is of his time as Mayor.

Significance

A Greensborough local who worked on many community projects.

Inscriptions & Markings

On page 1:"Australian Dictionary of Biography 1940-1980", on page 2: "Diamond Valley Story by Diane Edwards"

Article - Robert William Whatmough's Apple Tree Chest

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 page of text with line drawing

Historical information

A brief history of Robert Whatmough's apple tree chest as inscribed on paper and attached to inside lid of chest.

Significance

This chest was made from the trunk of an apple tree washed down the Plenty River to Greensborough in 1878.

Article - History of Plenty River Children's Cemetery; by Anne Paul.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00373:00744:00804:00848:00875:00974 2 printed pages of text, one page map (item 848).

Historical information

The unmarked graves of the children of two Greensborough pioneer families lie in a private cemetery on the Plenty River. Burials occurred between 1848 and 1860.

Significance

The significance lies in the association with two of the pioneer families of the Greensborough district. Descendants of both families still live in the area.

Article - Diamond Valley (eMelbourne)

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages downloaded from eMelbourne site on 1/4/2012.

Historical information

A short history of the Diamond Valley and Shire of Diamond Valley from the website www.emelbourne.net.au

Article - History of Batman's Apple Tree

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 typed pages

Historical information

This is a timeline of the Apple Tree's history from c1835 to 1966. Information is taken from various printed sources.

Significance

This is possibly the oldest apple tree in Victoria. It was planted on the banks of the Plenty River in 1841.

Article - John Henry James Burrows

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Stanley Cade and his service in World War 1. Stanley Cade boarded at Mrs Marsh's house in Hailes Street Greensborough.

Article - The history of the Diamond Creek Medical Centre

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

Article - Memoirs History 1808 -1883 [extract]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00670:01015 4 pages of typed text. An extract from "Memoirs History 1808 -1883" pages 345 - 350.

Historical information

These pages are an extract from "Memoirs History 1808-1883" pages 345-350. This is John Lindsay Beale's account of the formation of the Greensborough Roads Board and Robert William Whatmough's participation on that Board.

Significance

The Whatmough and Beale families were pioneers in the Greensborough district. This primary source discusses the difficulties of finding a compromise between those living adjacent to the Plenty River and building and maintaining a roadway between Greensborough and Melbourne.

Article - Watsonia Uniting Church

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 pages of typed text with 3 photographs.

Historical information

The Watsonia Methodist Church was established in 1957. this is a brief history of the Church which later became the Watsonia Uniting Church.

Significance

Recollections of the establishment of the Church and images of the buildings.

Article - Henry Cordner (1885-1943) and Edward Rae Cordner (1887-1963)

Greensborough Historical Society,

A half page article on the Cordner brothers.

Historical information

Records some of the early history of the Cordner family including their sporting and education backgrounds. Written in 2011.

Significance

Dr Edward Rae Cordner was a prominent local identity in Greensborough. His family were involved in many local causes. The family had a close association with the University Football club and the Melbourne Football club. His son Don won the Brownlow Medal in 1946.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Article - Lionel Almond

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Lionel Almond and his service in World War 1. Lionel Almond was born in Greensborough.

Article - Thomas Brock

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Thomas Brock and his service in World War 1. At the time of Thomas Brock's enlistment, his brother Michael Brock was living in Greensborough.

Article - William Bryant

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Bryant and his service in World War 1. William Bryant was born in Bundoora.

Article - John Henry James Burrows

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John Henry James Burrows and his service in World War 1. John Henry James Burrows was born in Greensborough.

Article - George Campbell

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Campbell and his service in World War 1. At the time of George Campbell's enlistment, he was living at Greensborough

Article - John Huxley Carse

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John Huxley Carse and his service in World War 1. John Huxley Carse is buried in Greensborough Cemetery. John Carse’s father Hubert was Headmaster at Greensborough State School.

Article - Donald Stewart Chapman

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Donald Stewart Chapman and his service in World War 1. Donald Stewart Chapman was born in Greensborough.

Article - Henry Thomas Chappell

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Henry Thomas Chappell and his service in World War 1. At the time of Henry Thomas Chappell's enlistment, he was living at Greensborough.

Article - Victor Preston Coe

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Victor Preston Coe and his service in World War 1. Victor Preston Coe was a founding member of the Greensborough RSL.

Article - Michael Coghlan

Greensborough Historical Society,

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Michael Coghlan and his service in World War 1. At the time of Michael Coghlan's enlistment, he was living at Greensborough

Article - Edward Rae Cordner

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Edward Rae Cordner and his service in World War 1. Edward Rae Cordner was a local doctor who lived in Greensborough post-war.

Article - Bundoora, by Faye Fort

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00626.00807 One page of text.

Historical information

An oral history recollection by GHS member Faye Fort (nee Partington). Discusses Harold Fraser and family and other Bundoora identities.

Significance

Names early landowners in the Bundoora area.

Article - Lieutenant Edward Carse, a Greensborough boy.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Half page, typed

Historical information

A brief explanation of Lieutenant Carse's connection to Greensborough.

Significance

Hubert Edward (Ted) Carse fought against the Japanese in Singapore during World War 2.

Article - The Batman Tree 1841

Greensborough Historical Society,

One page of text and illustration.

Historical information

Brief history of the early life of the Batman Apple Tree in Greensborough. Compiled in 2011.

Significance

This is possibly the oldest apple tree in Victoria. It was planted on the banks of the Plenty River in 1841.