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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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6102 items

Map - MMBW, Yarra 2500 / 12.22. Watsonia North.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

MMBW Map in 1:2500 [scale] series. Cream parchment with green tape reinforcing on edges and punched holes on left edge.

Historical information

Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. Yarra 2500 [base map]. 12-22, Parishes of Keelbundora 2856, Municipalities of Whittlesea 239 and Diamond Valley 257. Shows street names, easement sizes, lot numbers, lodged plan numbers, names of prominent features, contour values, creek or river names. Watsonia Railway Station and environs. Prominent streets: Edmund Rice Parade and Macorna Street. Includes Christian Brothers Edmund Rice College and Janefield Special School sites and "proposed future freeway" (now Metropolitan Ring Road).

Map - MMBW, Yarra 2500 / 12.19. Watsonia, Simpson Army Barracks.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

MMBW Map in 1:2500 [scale] series. Cream parchment with green tape reinforcing on edges and punched holes on left edge.

Historical information

Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. Yarra 2500 [base map]. 12-19, Parish of Keelbundora 2856, Municipalities of Diamond Valley 257 and 228. Shows street names, easement sizes, lot numbers, lodged plan numbers, names of prominent features, contour values, creek or river names. Watsonia Barracks (Simpson Army Barracks) and environs. Prominent streets: Yallambie Road, Greensborough Road, and Strathallan Road.

Map - MMBW, Yarra 2500 / 12.20. Watsonia Railway Station and environs.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

MMBW Map in 1:2500 [scale] series. Cream parchment with green tape reinforcing on edges and punched holes on left edge.

Historical information

Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. Yarra 2500 [base map]. 12-20, Parishes of Keelbundora 2856, Municipalities of Diamond Valley 257 and 228. Shows street names, easement sizes, lot numbers, lodged plan numbers, names of prominent features, contour values, creek or river names. Watsonia Railway Station and environs. Prominent streets: Watsonia Road, Elder Street, Morwell Avenue and Nepean Street. Includes former Watsonia Technical School and Gresswell Rehabilitation Centre sites.

Map - MMBW, Yarra 2500 / 13.21. Central Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

MMBW Map in 1:2500 [scale] series. Cream parchment with green tape reinforcing on edges and punched holes on left edge.

Historical information

Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. Yarra 2500 [base map]. 13-21, Parishes of Keelbundora 2856 and Nillumbik 3310, Municipality of Diamond Valley 257. Shows street names, easement sizes, lot numbers, lodged plan numbers, names of prominent features, contour values, creek or river names. Central Greensborough. Prominent streets: Main Street, Para Road, St Helena Road and Diamond Creek Road.

Map - MMBW, 1:2500 Series. City of Banyule. Master overlay.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Laminated map, with overlay of MMBW map grid.

Historical information

This master overlay is the key to the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works maps: MMBW, 1:2500 Series. The overlay was made by the City of Banyule using the Melways base plan (Edition 23, 1994-95). This overlay can be used to position maps in this series.

Newspaper Clipping - Cancer Relay has moment inthe Sun

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

It's all about slip-slop-slap in Greensborough for a group Guinness World Record attempt at the most people to apply suncream.

Newspaper Clipping - New hub in a league of its own

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

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Ten thousand people a week are expected to flock to a new $150 million sports park in Bundoora

Newspaper Clipping - Lock it or risk losing it

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

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A Watsonia couple say they feel violated after crooks broke into their car and stole personal information.

Newspaper Clipping - Charging ahead with new stations

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

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Greensborough Plaza is getting even greener with the addition of four news electric car charging stations at the centre.

Newspaper Clipping - Club vandals cop a spray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

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Vandals are continuing to target Partingtons Flat and Olympic Park in Heidelberg West.

Newspaper Clipping - New hotspot for snakes

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

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Greensborough has slithered its way into first place as the snake capital in Melbourne's northeast.

Newspaper Clipping - Cameras catch rare thong theft

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

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A sneaky fox with a penchant for footwear was caught on camera stealing a priceless pair of thongs from the front deck of a Watsonia home.

Newspaper Clipping - Black Saturday: 10 years on

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

With Victoria about to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the worst disaster in the state's history, the former emergency services chief is urging people to come together.

Newspaper Clipping - Road project fast-tracked

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Stage 1 of Yan Year Rd's $131.2 million upgrade is on track to be completed by its mid 2019 deadline.

Photograph - Digital Image - Woolworths Greensborough 2018

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

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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 119 Grimshaw Street.

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

Views of Greensborough Pre-school, 17 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. [284 Para Road]

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

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3 views of a fire damaged property at 4 Flintoff 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.

Article - 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

Article - 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, growing up in the Spear family

Article - '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 and Thelma Hutchinson, including Bill's parents' life before he was born in 1937. Also published in GHS publication "As I recall", 2013.

Photograph - Annie May Partington (nee Medhurst)

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 collection - Keith Wilkie

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 p. scanned 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 - City of Heidelberg, 1962

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Blue print map

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Article - 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 Federal government of the time.

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.

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 for the Glengarriff Estate 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 of SLV News. Cover photograph of workers repairing Dome roof; GHS member Rex Smith's father is one of them.