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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,

Links: 03844:03968 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,

Links: 03844:03968 Digital copy of black and white advertisement.

Historical information

"Grandview" was the name of Mrs Drakeford's Boarding House at 57 Greenhill Road Greensborough. This advertisement is from the 1940s.

Advertisement - Digital image - Greensborough Motors

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Greensborough Motors was owned and operated by F.H.Roberts. This advertisement is from the 1960s.

Advertisement - Digital image - Watsonia Garage

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

The Watsonia Garage was located on Greensborough Road Watsonia and was a Ford dealership. This advertisement is from the 1960s.

Advertisement - Digital image - Marcia Models Hats

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by a GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement for "Marcia" Models Hats is from 1935.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

Advertisement - Digital image - Lane's Motors

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by a GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement for Lane's Motors in Exhibition Street Melbourne is from 1935.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

Advertisement - Digital image - Cortina car

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement is from the 1960s.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

Advertisement - Digital image - Hutchinson's Greensborough Hardware

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were collected from the Diamond Valley Local newspaper. Hutchinson's Greensborough Hardware was a hardware and general goods store in Main Street.

Significance

This advertisement is for a Greensborough based shop which no longer operates.

Advertisement - Digital image - Punton's Shoes

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by a GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement for Punton's Shoes is from 1935.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

Advertisement - Digital image - Melbourne Bitter

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by a GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement for Melbourne Bitter is from 1935.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

Advertisement - Digital image - Yellow Cabs

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by a GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement for Yellow Cabs is from 1935.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

Advertisement - Digital image - Greensborough & Diamond Valley Estate Agent

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were collected from the Diamond Valley Local newspaper. Greensborough & Diamond Valley Estate Agent was a Greensborough estate agency.

Significance

This advertisement is for a Greensborough based shop which no longer operates.

Advertisement - Digital image - Foard's Store

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were collected from the Diamond Valley Local newspaper. Foard's Store was a Greensborough general store in Grimshaw Street

Significance

This advertisement is for a Greensborough based shop which no longer operates.

Advertisement - Digital image - Davis Chemist Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were collected from the Diamond Valley Local newspaper. T. H. Davis was a Greensborough Chemist shop.

Significance

This advertisement is for a Greensborough based shop which no longer operates.

Advertisement - Digital image - McKay & Simmons Grocer

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were collected from the Diamond Valley Local newspaper. McKay & Simmons was grocery store in Grimshaw Street Greensborough.

Significance

This advertisement is for a Greensborough based shop which no longer operates.

Advertisement - Digital image - Bromley's Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were collected from the Diamond Valley Local newspaper. Bromley's was a Greensborough clothing store.

Significance

This advertisement is for a Greensborough based shop which no longer operates.

Advertisement - Digital image - Budget Home Builders Montmorency

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were collected from the Diamond Valley Local newspaper. Budget Home Builders Montmorency operated Old Greensborough Road Watsonia.

Significance

This advertisement is for a Greensborough based business which no longer operates.

Advertisement - Digital image - Stubley's Stores

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were collected from the Diamond Valley Local newspaper. The Stubley group of companies operated several businesses in Greensborough.

Significance

This advertisement is for a Greensborough based shop which no longer operates.

Advertisement - Digital image - Briar Hill Timber

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were collected from the Diamond Valley Local newspaper. Briar Hill Timber operated in Sherbourne Road Briar Hill.

Significance

This advertisement is for a Greensborough based shop which no longer operates.

Advertisement - Digital image - A.J and N. Gee

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were collected from the Diamond Valley Local newspaper. A.J and N. Gee operated a sports shop in Main Street Greensborough.

Significance

This advertisement is for a Greensborough based shop which no longer operates.

Advertisement - Digital image - Borax Soap

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by a GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement is for Borax Soap manufactured by Lewis and Whitty in Richmond.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

Advertisement - Digital image - Clothing and shoe advertisements

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by a GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. These advertisements for women' s shoes and clothing date from the 1940s.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

Advertisement - Digital image - Cadbury Energy Chocolate

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by a GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement is for Cadbury Energy Chocolate.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

Advertisement - Digital image - Guymer Plumbers Montmorency

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were collected from a local newspaper. Guymer Plumbers Montmorency operated from Binn Street Montmorency in the 1950s.

Significance

This advertisement is for a Greensborough based business which no longer operates.

Advertisement - Digital image - Rail notices 1950s

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were collected from a local newspaper. These are notices to variations in rail services.

Advertisement - Digital image - Henry Marks

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by a GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement is for Henry Marks, a furniture store in Elizabeth Street Melbourne, dated 1888.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

Advertisement - Digital image - Rosella soup

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by a GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement is for Rosella soup.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

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