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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.

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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5402 items

Advertisement - Digital image - Ampol Service Station, Greensborough, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Ampol Service Station, Corner Grimshaw and Henry Streets, 1973.

Advertisement - Digital image - Norm Storey, Montmorency, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Norm Storey Motors, 167 Para Road, Montmorency, 1973.

Pamphlet and document - Requiem mass in loving memory of mary Bonaventure (Bonnie) Dickson

Greensborough Historical Society,

8 p. order of service, co. and black & white photographs, with 3 p. obituary by Rosie Bray

Historical information

Mary Dickson 18 December 1934 - 22 March 2018

Inscriptions & Markings

"Father Stephen Reggi, supported by Father Kevin McIntosh" handwritten

Newspaper - Greensborough Festival '88

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white lift-out guide, 4 p.

Historical information

Program of events for Greensborough Festival 1988, with articles on preparation of banners and the local Boys' Brigade

Inscriptions & Markings

Published in Diiamond Valley News 4 October 1988

Book - Australia through time. 2003 {11th] ed.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Hardback, tables, col. and black and white illus.

Historical information

Entries on events in Australia from 1868 to 2002

Book - The Australian people: an encyclopedia of the nation, its people and their origins, rev. [ie. 2nd] ed., ed. by James Jupp

Greensborough Historical Society,

940 p. hardback, maps, tables, photographs

Historical information

Entries on history of immigration and settlement in Australia, and its effects on Australian society and culture.

Significance

The standard work on immigration and ethnic groups in Australia.

Advertisement - Digital image - Doug Young, Greensborough, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Doug Young - Volkswagen Specialists, 159 Para Road, Greensborough, 1973.

Advertisement - Digital image - Were Street Foodland Auction, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for the auction on 12/09/1973 of Were Street Montmorency Foodland Store.

Advertisement - Digital image - Greensborough Bulk Store, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Greensborough Bulk Store, 91 Grimshaw Street Greensborough, 1973.

Advertisement - Digital image - Greensborough quick smart services, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Greensborough Quick Smart Services, 61 Grimshaw Street Greensborough, 1973.

Advertisement - Digital image - Devonshire Nursery, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Devonshire Nursery, Devonshire Road Watsonia, 1973.

Advertisement - Digital image - Milk bar and mixed business, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Milk bar and mixed business, (prop. Annette Bliss), 75A Devonshire Road Watsonia, 1973.

Advertisement - Digital image - Cattanach pharmacy, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for A.S.Cattanach Pharmacy, 77 Watsonia Road Watsonia, 1973.

Advertisement - Digital image - Terry Dunlevey, VW Specialist, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Terry Dunlevey, Volkswagon specialist, of 5 McDowell Street Greensborough 1973.

Advertisement - Digital image - Book and Toy Nook, Bundoora, 1973

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Bundoora Book and Toy Nook, Bundoora Shopping Centre, Plenty Road, 1973.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Some catch, 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper article.

Historical information

This photograph and caption show John Schultze of the Greensborough Angling Club with a 15 pound tuna caught off Cape Woolamai.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Bridge needs bolts not nails 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper article.

Historical information

The Greensborough Gossip column in the local paper (Diamond Valley News), 1970. Includes a story about the Flintoff Street swing bridge and other local information.

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Lucky shopper, Northland 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper article.

Historical information

News article identifying the Northland Lucky Shopper, 1970.

Advertisement - Digital image - Birth notice, Ayer-Partington 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper personal notice.

Historical information

Personal notice on the birth of Justin James Ayer, 1970.

Advertisement - Digital image - National Australia Bank (NAB) Greensborough 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for National Australia Bank (NAB) Greensborough, on the opening of the new branch at 87-89 Main Street Greensborough, 1970.

Advertisement - Digital image - Greensborough Hire Service 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Greensborough Hire Service, 8 Binns Street Montmorency, 1970.

Advertisement - Digital image - Diamond Valley TV Services 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Diamond Valley TV Services, 63 Buena Vista Drive Montmorency, 1970.

Advertisement - Digital image - Gillespie and Lewis 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Gillespie and Lewis, Grimshaw Street Greensborough

Advertisement - Digital image - Ashril [Theatre] 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Ashril Theatre, screening "Camelot", Main Street Greensborough

Advertisement - Digital image - Diamond Valley Speed Shop 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Diamond Valley Speed Shop, Main Street Greensborough

Advertisement - Digital image - D.V. Motor Men 1970

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Diamond Valley Motor Men of Watsonia

Advertisement - Digital image - Gillespie and Lewis 1966

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Gillespie and Lewis of 89 Grimshaw Street Greensborough

Advertisement - Digital image - Gillespie and Lewis 1966

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Gillespie and Lewis of 89 Grimshaw Street Greensborough

Advertisement - Digital image - Watsons of Greensborough 1966

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Watsons Main Road Greensborough 1966

Advertisement - Digital image - Basil Rogers, 1966

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Basil Rogers, television and radio sales and service of 30 Main Street Greensborough 1966

Plan (Digital Image) - Greensborough Township Estate

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of plan. Has been digitally corrected from damaged original.

Historical information

Sub-division into 129 lots of land belonging to the Scotland Family, bounded by William Street, Eliza Street, James (Jessop) Street and south of Lorimer Street. Auction 1 September 1923

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Boy's plea starts a river tidy-up

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of newspaper article, black text and black and white image.

Historical information

Christopher Foster, age 11, was sick of not being able to find yabbies in the Plenty River. He wrote to a local Councillor and asked that the River be cleaned up.

Certificate (Digital Image) - Alan Partington. Victorian Football Union. Distinguished Service Award.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Certificate. Blue and red print on white paper.

Historical information

Distinguished Service Award presented to William Alan Partington issued in recognition of long and outstanding service to Australian Football.

Significance

Alan Partington was a member of the Partington family, pioneers in Greensborough.

Certificate (Digital Image) - Alan Partington. Victorian Football Union. Golden Jubilee Award.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Certificate. Blue and red print on white paper.

Historical information

Golden Jubilee Award presented to William Alan Partington issued in recognition of long and distinguished service to Australian Football.

Significance

Alan Partington was a member of the Partington family, pioneers in Greensborough.

Certificate (Digital Image) - Alan Partington. Certificate of Service.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of Certificate of Service.

Historical information

Certificate of Service for William Alan Partington issued after serving in the Victoria Police from 1933 to 1963.

Significance

Alan Partington was a member of the Partington family, pioneers in Greensborough.

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Trading Post

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

The Greensborough Trading Post, Main Street Greensborough. This shop was located near the Ashril Theatre.

Photograph - Digital Image - Bottle drive, Watsonia Scouts

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

In the days before recycling on rubbish collection days, community groups could raise money through a 'bottle drive'. These photographs show on bottle drive in Watsonia to raise money for the Watsonia Scout Hall. The location is A. K. Lines Reserve - in the background is St Mary's Church, with few houses and no freeway.

Photograph - Digital Image - Laying the foundation stone, Shire of Diamond Valley

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The laying of the foundation stone at the Shire of Diamond Valley Civic Centre by Shire President David McKenzie. Includes group photo of audience.

Photograph - Digital Image - Laying the foundation stone, Shire of Diamond Valley

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The laying of the foundation stone at the Shire of Diamond Valley Civic Centre by Shire President David McKenzie.

Photograph - Digital Image - Rosie Bray and Jillian Riley at GHS book launch

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Rosie Bray and Jillian Riley at the launch of the new Greensborough Historical Society publication "Do You Recall?" in October 2017. Both Rosie and Jillian have stories included in the book.

Photograph - Digital Image - Lesley Hooper at GHS book launch

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Lesley Hooper at the launch of the new Greensborough Historical Society publication "Do You Recall?" in October 2017. Lesley's reminiscences of growing up in Greensborough is included in the book.

Photograph - Digital Image - Gloria Stevens at GHS book launch

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Gloria Stevens at the launch of the new Greensborough Historical Society publication "Do You Recall?" in October 2017. Gloria's reminiscences of growing up in Greenhills is included in the book.

Photograph - Digital Image - GHS members and friends at GHS book launch

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Group of GHS members and friends at the launch of the new Greensborough Historical Society publication "Do You Recall?" in October 2017.

Photograph - Digital Image - Tom Melican at GHS book launch

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Mayor of Banyule, Tom Melican, launched the new Greensborough Historical Society publication "Do You Recall?" in October 2017.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1972 Form 4 Group 2

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1972 Form 4 Group 2

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School1972 Form 4 Group 2

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1973 Form 5 Group 1

Greensborough Historical Society,

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1973 Form 5 Group 1

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1973 Form 5 Group 1

Photograph - Digital Image - Young Syd Coventry

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio portrait

Historical information

A studio portrait of a young Syd Coventry.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name has been added to photo.

Photograph - Digital Image - Diamond Creek boys

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

A group of young men from Diamond Creek, including Hugh Norman Coventry, John Thomas Coventry and W.S. Laurie. Names supplied by Bruce McDowell.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some names have been added to photo.

Birthday Card (Digital Copy) - Postcard to Frank

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of postcard.

Historical information

Digital copy of postcard to Frank from Auntie Dolly and Uncle Jim. Written during Frank's convalescence.

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption and greeting handwritten on card

Birthday Card (Digital Copy) - Postcard to Frank

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of postcard.

Historical information

Digital copy of postcard to Frank from Auntie Myra. Written during Frank's convalescence.

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption and greeting handwritten on card