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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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Photograph - Digital Image - Woolworths Greensborough 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

The 'new look' Woolworths store in Greensborough, showing the Henry Street facade after renovations. This was formerly the Safeway store.

Photograph - Digital Image - Woolworths Greensborough 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

The 'new look' Woolworths store in Greensborough, showing the upper level carpark after renovations. This was formerly the Safeway store.

Photograph - Digital Image - Woolworths Greensborough 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

The 'new look' Woolworths store in Greensborough, showing the Henry Street façade after renovations. This was formerly the Safeway store.

Photograph - Digital Image - Woolworths Greensborough 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

The 'new look' Woolworths store in Greensborough, showing the entry to the underground carpark with new signage. This was formerly the Safeway store.

Photograph - Digital Image - Woolworths Greensborough Sign 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

The 'new look' Woolworths store in Greensborough, showing the Woolworths sign. This was formerly the Safeway store.

Photograph - Digital Image - Woolworths Greensborough 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

The 'new look' Woolworths store in Greensborough, showing the Henry Street lower level carpark exit and upper level carpark; and ramp from upper level carpark. This was formerly the Safeway store.

Photograph - Digital Image - Woolworths Greensborough 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

The 'new look' Woolworths store in Greensborough, showing the Henry Street entrance and ramp from upper level carpark. This was formerly the Safeway store.

Photograph - Digital Image - Woolworths Greensborough 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

The 'new look' Woolworths store in Greensborough, showing the Henry Street façade; Greensborough Primary School can be seen on the opposite side of Grimshaw Street. This was formerly the Safeway store.

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.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Pre-school, Ester Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

Views of Greensborough Pre-school, Ester Street Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital Image - The Practice, 16 Flintoff Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

Views of The Practice, 16 Flintoff Street Greensborough, a specialist psychology practice.

Photograph - Digital Image - Carpark behid Savers, Para Road Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

View of the carpark behind Savers Para Road Greensborough 2018.

Photograph - Digital Image - Primary Medical Centre, 9-13 Flintoff Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

Views of Primary Medical Centre, 9-13 Flintoff Street Greensborough. This building was previously Banyule Council's Greensborough offices. Banyule Council offices are now (2018) situated on the Watermarc site.

Photograph - Digital Image - Corner of Flintoff and Grimshaw Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

3 views of a fire damaged property on the corner of Flintoff and Grimshaw Street Greensborough

Photograph - Digital Image - Birds, Santon Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

Birds in birdbath, Santon Street Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital Image - Birds, Santon Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

Birds on overhead wires, Santon Street Greensborough.

Document - Miss Jean Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 p. typescript, pen and ink sketch

Historical information

Faye Fort's recollections of her great aunt Miss Jean Partington

Document - Spear Family, by Rosemary Hassett (Spear)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p. typescript

Historical information

Rosemary Hassett's recollections of her childhood in Greensborough

Document - 'Monty days': the recollections of Bill and Thelma Hutchinson, told to John Gibson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p. typescript

Historical information

Recollections of Montmorency by Bill Hutchinson, including his parents' life before he was born in 1937. Also published in GHS publication "As I recall", 2013.

Photograph

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Colour photograph

Historical information

Photograph of Annie May Partington nee Medhurst on verandah of 14-16 Carnon Street Greenhills, the house of Jessie May Scholes nee Partington

Document - Keith Wilkie

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 p. scanned images of photographs and information collected by Marilyn Smith.

Historical information

Keith Wilkie owned Keith Wilkie's Men's and Boy's Wear, 33 Were Street Montmorency (name varies), and Keith and Rose-Marie's place of residence was at 57 Greenhills Road Greensborough 1967-72

Map

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Blue print map

Historical information

Map of City of Heidelberg showing boundaries of its six wards; North Ward, covering Watsonia, Greensborough, part Bundoora,St Helena, Plenty, Yarrambat and Diamond Creek, highlighted.

Inscriptions & Markings

City of Heidelberg Scale: 1" to 1 ml. G.M.H. 2.2.62

Document - Vernon Draffin

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p. black print, col. scanned photographs

Historical information

Information and photographs of Ada and Vernon Draffin, residents at 70 Alexandra Street Greensborough 1963-1980

Bumper sticker - M. U. A. here to stay

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Bumper sticker, adhesive on backing material, printed in blue on white

Historical information

Issued by the Maritime union of Australia, in support of the wharf workers locked out by Patrick corporation, with the support of the current Federal government.

Leaflet - News from your neighbourhood: Bakewell Ward, by Mark Di Pasquale, Nov 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p. text and photographs in colour.l

Historical information

Continuation of Bakewell Ward News. Councillor Mark di Pasquale is the ward representative.

Photograph - Digital Image - Beewar Pharmacy, Beewar Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

Beewar Pharmacy, 33 Beewar Street Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital Image - Home Brewing, Beewar Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

Home Brewing, 29 Beewar Street Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital Image - Laguna Hair, Beewar Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

Laguna Hair Salon, 25 Beewar Street Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital Image - Beewar Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

Beewar Street Greensborough, taken in 2013

Photograph - Digital Image - Plantation Lane Briar Hill

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

Plantation Lane runs from Williams Street Greensborough, near Sherbourne Road, through the E J Andrew Reserve

Photograph - Digital Image - E J Andrew Reserve

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph

Historical information

The E J Andrew Reserve is situated in Railway Road Greensborough, near Sherbourne Road.

Newspaper - Diamond Valley Mirror: September 14, 1960

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4p., incomplete.

Historical information

This edition of The Diamond Valley Mirror was given to GHS as an example of local news and advertising in 1960.

Significance

An example of mid-20th century newspaper

Leaflet - Historic nineteenth century Coburg

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, printed on both sides in black and white text, drawings and photographs. Folded into 5.

Historical information

A short history of 19th century Coburg, Victoria covering points of interest. Includes a map of the landmarks covered in the text.

Magazine - Banyule Banner February 2019

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 pages (approx.), colour illustrations.

Historical information

The Banyule Banner is published bi-monthly by Banyule City Council to advertise upcoming events in the City of Banyule and to report on past events. This edition covers Graffiti, Flood management and North East Link update

Significance

A record of events within the City of Banyule.

Plan - Glengarriff Estate Montmorency

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photocopy of a real estate agent's plan of subdivision

Historical information

Plan covers 171 lots in vicinity of Montmorency Railway Station, for Private sale, controlling agents Coghill & Son, Local Agents Shallard Bros, Main Road Eltham. C/T 6068/1213512 formerly owned by George Nicholson, dentist.

Magazine - SLV News 52, Mar-August 2013

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

30 p. colour illustrations

Historical information

Dome Centenary issue. Cover photograph of workers repairing Dome roof; GHS member Rex Smith's father is one of them.

Folder - Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Folder of details of graves in Greensborough Cemetery restored by Eric Poulter from 2011 onwards, with invoices for costs and photographs from GHS archives where available.

Historical information

Record of restoration of Poulter family graves by Eric Poulter 2011-

Magazine - Banyule banner July/August 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 p. colour illustrations.

Historical information

Published bi-monthly to advertise coming events and report on council activities

Bumper sticker - I've had a Kennett of a day

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Bumper sticker, printed in black on yellow adhesive paper

Historical information

Pan Macmillan publicity item for their publication "The Secret diary of Jeffery Kennett aged 45 1/4" by Peter Blazey

Form

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Two bank withdrawal forms printed in red on white paper

Booklet - Australia Day Awards 2019: The Jagajaga Community

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 p. booklet, with single page and col. photograph

Historical information

GHS Committee Member Anne Paul received a Jagajaga Community Award for services as a volunteer on Australia Day 2019 from Jenny Macklin, Federal Member for Jagajaga. A supplementary page and colour photograph accompanies the booklet listing all recipients.

Book - Banyule thematic environmental history: final report prep. for Banyule City Council by Context

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

82 p. spiral bound colour and black and white photographs and plans

Historical information

Report on and development of heritage themes relating to forms and places in the City of Banyule area, including places associated with Aboriginal people.

Fence Posts

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 fence posts, weathered wood slabs.

Historical information

Three fence posts used along the Plenty River. Found on the Tarcoola escarpment of the Plenty River, off Tarcoola Drive Yallambie.

Significance

A remnant of the farming days along the Plenty River.

Photograph - Greensborough Football Club 1961

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Team photograph of Greensborough Football Club. Not mounted.

Historical information

Greensborough Football Club, First Eighteen, Premiers 1961, Diamond Valley League. Names supplied by Gary Partington. Back row, Left to right: Rob Wickes, not known, John Crellin, Don Bell, Ian Bryant; 2nd row from back: Jim Kill, Dick Ward, Arthur Cattach, Ern Bishop, Frank Londrigan, Trevor Partington, Graham Geer, Brian Eltham, Jack Maurer, Tom Tobin, John Ely, Ron Hall; 3rd row from back: Joh Nolan, Rob Wasley, David Wickes, Joe Murphy (Captain/Coach), Len Mullenger, Don Williams; Front row: Fred Anderson, Brian Weidlich, Peter Londrigan (mascot), Trevor Browning, Ron Reynolds.

Inscriptions & Markings

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Certificate (Digital Image) - David Medhurst, death certificate 1939

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of death certificate.

Historical information

Death certificate of David Medhurst (senior), an early resident of Greensborough. Copied with permission of descendant Gary Partington.

Drinking Straws - Deeko Flexible Coloured Straws

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Unopened packet of 40 coloured plastic drinking straws.

Historical information

In 2018, the use of plastic straws and other single use plastics was found to be detrimental to the environment. While some plastic bags were discontinued, the use of plastic straws has declined.

Significance

An example of mass-produces single use plastic drinking straws.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufacturers name printed on packaging

Advertising Leaflet - 12 Greta Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Real Estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, 6 pages folded in 3, printed in colour both sides

Historical information

12 Greta Street Greensborough. 4 bedroom home, sold December 2018, price undisclosed. Previous sales: March 2012 for $670,000 and September 2002 for $303,000.

Advertising Leaflet - 53 Airlie Road Montmorency

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Historical information

53 Airlie Road Montmorency. 4 bedroom home, sold December 2012 for $645,000. Previous sales: February 1999 for $235,000 and March 1997 for $124,000.

athletics singlet

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Green and white striped polyester athletics singlet,size 40.

Historical information

Worn by Trevor Partington c. 1965

Inscriptions & Markings

HiMark by Frank H. Haworth of Glen Iris Melbourne

Gramophone Needles - Columbia medium tone needles

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Hinged tin, lid painted in cream, brown and gold, containing 20 stainless steel needles

Historical information

These single-use gramophone needles were used for playing acetone/lacquer discs

Inscriptions & Markings

"Brilliant Columbia medium tone needles. Use each needle once only"