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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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5266 items

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Article and Photograph - The Shop at 19 Greenhill Road Greensborough, by Margaret O'Connor and Dawn Bennetts

Key words

greenhill road greensborough
dobell family

3p., typescript and black and white and colour photographs plus one black and white photograph

Historical information

Don and Winifred Dobell built a shop at 19 Greenhill Road in the late 1950s. Various businesses operated there, and it is currently (2018) a restaurant named the Clay Oven. People in the photograph are Granny Anderson, her daughters June Thorpe and Dot Turner and Stella Slow.

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Article - Interview with Mrs Margaret O'Connor, by Dawn Bennetts

Key words

greenhill road greensborough
o'connor family

2 p., col. photograph

Historical information

Margaret O'Connor's recollections of living at 17 Greenhill Road Greensborough, where she has lived since 1954.

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Article - Latoof and Callil Pty Ltd Greensborough

Key words

latoof and callil
latoof and cahill

2 p., printed in blue and black, photographs

Historical information

A branch of the large dressmaking and childrens' clothing manufacturer Latoof and Callil was established at Main Street Greensborough in June 1946.

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Pamphlet - A Celebration of the life of Beryl Kathleen Vickers

Key words

beryl vickers
vickers family

4p. colour pamphlet (2 copies), plus 1 hymn sheet

Historical information

Order of Service for the funeral of Beryl Vickers, 21 March 1920 - 10 January 2018, held at the Living Faith Church Greensborough 17 January 2018.

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Leaflet - Boys from 7 to 13 years: join a great club! Rosanna Soccer Club Juniors

Key words

rosanna soccer club

Leaflet printed in brown, single-sided

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - My mother's times: a collection of household hints... collected... by Mary Murray

Key words

household hints

152 p., hardback book, photographs and line drawings

Historical information

Household hints and recipes from 19th and early 20th century times.

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Book - Writing and publishing local history, by Rosalie Triolo, Helen Doyle and Katya Johanson

Key words

authorship
local history

83 p., paperback, col. illus.

Historical information

Writing and publishing local history: a guide for first-time authors and historical societies, by Rosalie Triolo, Helen Doyle and Katya Johanson is a Revised edition of "Publishing History: a guide for Historical Societies".

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Newspaper Clipping - Making sure food is tipped into good use

Key words

la trobe university
two birds, one scone

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Two birds, one scone, a La Trobe University student-led initiative which helps to feed the needy is set to expand

Greensborough Historical Society,

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Newspaper Clipping - Buses on line in February

Key words

hurstbridge train line
public transport victoria
buses replace trains

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Buses will continue to replace trains on the Hurstbridge line next month.

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Newspaper Clipping - Level playing field for girls

Key words

petrie park montmorency
sports change rooms

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Female athletes will no longer need to get changed in carparks after half a million dollars was pumped into sprucing up change rooms across Diamond Valley.

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Newspaper Clipping - Gracie faces tough fight

Key words

riverside cricket club
money family

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Hard fought slogs on the cricket pitch while donning the whites for Riverside Cricket Club has been synonymous with the Money family during its 60 year association with the club

Greensborough Historical Society,

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Newspaper Clipping - Library boss quits

Key words

yarra plenty regional library
library chief executive
diane shaw

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Yarra Plenty Regional Library chief executive Diane Shaw has resigned after her leadership was called into question.

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Article - World War One digger's forgotten medal, by John Cahir, interviewed by Rosie Bray

Key words

frank cahir
thomas francis cahir
world war 1

6 pages, text with col. photographs, plus 5 colour photographs.

Historical information

Frank (Thomas Francis) Cahir enlisted in the 2nd Australian Field Ambulance on 18 August 1918, serving at Gallipoli, and was awarded a Military Medal on 27 October 1916. On 15 September 1918 he was recommended for the award of a Distinguished Conduct Medal, but through an oversight, it was never gazetted, and therefore not awarded until after a successful application for recognition resulted in the award of a Distinguished Service Medal on 18 October 2017. His son John Cahir tells the story to Rosie Bray.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - The genealogist's internet, 5th ed., by Peter Christian

Key words

genealogy
family history

430 p., paperback book, black & white illustrations

Historical information

"Essential guide to researching your family history online".

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Be swift to see rare birds

Key words

greensborough
swift parrot
maroondah pipetrack
melbourne water

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

More than 30 swift parrots have been sighted within Melbourne Water's Maroondah Pipetrack in Greensborough

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Newspaper Clipping - Idea to put a lid on burns

Key words

greensborough
greensborough secondary college
safety cookware range
cookery

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

A smart cookie secondary school student has developed a safety cookware range that prevents people from burning themselves while whipping up masterpieces in the kitchen.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Brass band to star at carols evening

Key words

diamond valley brass band
carols by candlelight

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

The Diamond Valley Brass Band will once again take centre stage at the Christmas festivities this weekend.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Towering triumph

Key words

banyule city council
montmorency
mayona road montmorency
vodafone

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

People power has spoken, and Montmorency residents are thrilled at the success of their beloved Mayona Road reserve.

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Newspaper Clipping - Home acquisition warning

Key words

north east link
government home buy up
compulsory purchase

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Homeowners are being urged by a legal expert to exercise extreme caution ahead of the State Government's bid to buy up properties for the North East Link project.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Plan

Key words

greensborough
grimshaw street greensborough
jonah britnell
john scotland

Photocopy of part of Parish plan of land north of Grimshaw Street bounded by the Plenty River.

Historical information

Part of Parish plan of land north of Grimshaw Street bounded by the Plenty River. Includes annotation signed by John Scotland and J. W. Britnell, dated Dec. 11th 1879.

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes annotation signed by John Scotland and J. W. Britnell, dated Dec. 11th 1879

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Newspaper Clipping - Clubs score cash boost

Key words

diamond valley basketball association
diamond valley force netball association

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Millions of dollars will be pumped into two Diamond Valley sporting facilities to keep up with the booming demand of the sporty shire.

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Newspaper Clipping - Homes face bulldozer

Key words

north east link
traffic
greensborough homes

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Dozens of Greensborough homes will be bulldozed to make way for Victoria's largest ever transport project - The North East Link

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Book - Royal visit 1963

Key words

royal tour of australia 1963

Paperback, 64 p. col. photographs on cover, black and white photographs. In original postal envelope, addressed to Mrs J. W. Petts, 74 Greenhills Road, Greensborough

Historical information

Souvenir book of the 1963 visit to Australia of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - The Weekly Times Pioneer cook book, ed. by Doris Van der Hagen

Key words

recipes
weekly times
cookbooks

96 p., paperback, black and white illustrations

Historical information

Recipes contributed as part of a Weekly Times pioneer recipe competition

Greensborough Historical Society,

Document - Bean there, done that: the Brown Family Bean Fourteen restoration, by Murray Parker

Key words

motor cars
brown family

4 pages, text with colour photographs

Historical information

Story of the restoration of a 1924 Bean Fourteen car owned by Walter Brown and restored to going condition by his son Len and grandson Ross of Watsonia in 2009.

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Poster - Australia's biggest morning tea: have a cuppa for cancer research

Key words

fundraising
cancer council

Colour poster

Historical information

Publicity for fundraising event organised by the Anti-cancer Council of Victoria. This "biggest morning tea' was held in Watsonia 2001.

Inscriptions & Markings

6 Walpole Crt Watsonia, Kay Wyatt, Wednesday June 6th [2001]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - Migration: stories from Banyule, curated by Lella Cariddi

Key words

immigration

122 p.paperback, col. and black and white photographs

Historical information

Fourteen stories of people who migrated to Australia, landing at Station Pier, Melbourne and settling in the Banyule area.

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Kitchenware

Key words

kitchenware

Metal soup ladle with wooden handle painted red

Inscriptions & Markings

"Skyline"

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Kitchenware

Egg whisk, metal spring around loop with wooden handle painted red

Historical information

One of many designs of egg whisk

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Leaflet - Andrew Yandell Reserve, with Greensborough Historical Society

Key words

andrew yandell reserve

4 page colour leaflet, with 4 photographic masters used for its production

Historical information

This booklet was produced for a meeting of the Greensborough Historical Society which included a guided walk through the Andrew Yandell Reserve.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper - Australia Post celebrating 200 years

Key words

australia post
postal services

16 p., text and colour photographs

Historical information

Supplement to the Herald Sun celebrating 200th anniversary of postal services in Australia.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Invitation - 2017 Banyule Community Ball

Key words

banyule city council
rosalie bray

Double sided card, colour photograph

Historical information

An invitation to the Banyule Community Ball 2017

Inscriptions & Markings

Addressed to Rosie Bray

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Booklet - Banyule City Council Services and Information [2000]

Key words

banyule
banyule city council

40 pages, black text print on yellow background

Historical information

Banyule Council distributes this annual publication to all Banyule residents each year. It contains information on services and contacts within the Banyule area.

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Advertisement - Digital image - Transfer of Land (William Duncan)

Key words

greensborough
william duncan

Digital copy of public advertisement reproduced from TROVE 1 page.

Historical information

Public advertisement on 3 March 1877 of application by William Duncan to bring a piece of land, part of Crown section 13, Parish of Nillumbik, County of Evelyn under the Transfer of Land Statute No. 9356. [This land is adjacent to St Helena Road, possibly near the Bonnie Doon Estate]

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Certificate of Title - Certificate of Title Vol. 2567 Fol. 294

Key words

greensborough
greensborough estate company limited
grimshaw street greensborough
plenty river

1 p. colour copy of title

Historical information

Title in the name of The Greensborough Estate Company Limited, 164 acres four and a half perches, being part of Crown Portion 17 Parish of Keelbundora, County of Bourke. Dated 22nd May 1895. Northern boundary Greensborough Road (now Grimshaw Street), Eastern boundary Plenty River.

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Certificate of Title - Certificate of Title Vol. 3182 Fol. 302

Key words

greensborough
grimshaw street greensborough
henry street greensborough
joseph laidlay

1 p. colour copy of Title

Historical information

Title in the name of Joseph Laidlay of Greensborough, fruitgrower, 14 acres being Lots 7, 8 and 22 on Plan of subdivision 4759, part of Crown portion 17, Parish of Keelbundora County of Bourke, dated 15th February 1907. Northern boundary Greensborough (now Grimshaw) Road, Eastern boundary Henry Street.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Booklet - Greensborough RSL Sub-branch Remembrance Day Service 2017

Key words

remembrance day 2017
greensborough rsl

Booklet, 8 pages, 2 col. illus. 2 copies

Historical information

Text of the 2017 Remembrance Day Service of the Greensborough RSL.

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Booklet - First aid

Key words

first aid

27 page booklet, red cover, black text and colour illustrations

Historical information

Smith & Nephew gave these booklets to users of their products. They were manufacturers of bandages and surgical dressings.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rubber stamp: "A. R. Cameron Pty Ltd, 154 Moray Street South Melbourne"

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Article - A Squatter's life on the Plenty River at 'Wanstead' by Anne Paul

Key words

willis family
plenty river
lower plenty
james willis
bridge inn hotel mernda

10 pages, text and colour illustrations. Abridged hard copy of item 4491.

Historical information

The Willis Diary by GHS member Anne Paul is based on A Pioneer Squatter's Life (Item158). The Willis family were early settlers at Lower Plenty, just near where the hotel and old bridge are today. Anne has reviewed and analysed this chapter from Historical Records of Victoria, Vol. 6. The Crown, the land, and the squatter, 1835-1840. She includes further information on the Willis family and photographs of the archaeological dig at the Bridge Inn Hotel Mernda in 2017.

Significance

Diary of James L Willis from 1837, portraying hardships suffered in the young colony of Victoria.

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Newspaper Clipping - 30 years on, a talent reborn

Key words

marie perryman
artists

Newspaper clipping, text and colour image

Historical information

Account of Watsonia resident Marie Perryman, prize-winning painter.

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Newspaper Clipping - People power push

Key words

watsonia

News clipping, text and black and white image.

Historical information

Watsonia residents petitioned Banyule Council to allow more involvement in proposed changes to the Watsonia shopping centre

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - Around - Australia in 7 days! We've done it!

Key words

motor reliability trials
joe dunlop
car trials

5 pages, 2 photocopied pages of an article, with 3 page typed transcription

Historical information

Story of a Volkswagen and Shell Oil Company round Australia publicity drive. Drivers: Ray Christie and Joe Dunlop (Greensborough policeman). Copies from from VWA Review, 29th October 1962

Significance

Greensborough policeman, Joe Dunlop was co-driver of the Volkswagen beetle that completed 8,100 miles in seven days in 1962

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Booklet - Shire of Eltham handbook 1990

Key words

shire of eltham
eltham

52 p., mainly black and white, photographs

Greensborough Historical Society,

Leaflet - Jellis Craig

Key words

real estate agents
jellis craig

1 page, double-sided colour leaflet

Historical information

Advertising leaflet for Jellis Craig, Real Estate.

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Booklet - "A Life well lived" - eulogy for Dick Tooth

Key words

tooth family
dick tooth
richard tooth

5 p. typescript spiral bound

Historical information

A transcript of the Eulogy for Richard (Dick) Tooth presented by his son Brian Tooth.

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Leaflet - Improving transport in the north

Key words

transportation

2 pages, colour leaflet

Historical information

Banyule City Council's statement of priorities for the improvement of transport facilities in the region, including the North East Link.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Booklet - Briar Hill State School

Key words

briar hill state school
briar hill primary school

8 p. photocopied booklet, black and white typescript

Historical information

A Guide for parents of new students at Briar Hill State School in 1968

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Newspaper Clipping - 15 Looker Road Montmorency

Key words

looker road montmorency
taffy's cafe

2 page copy of colour images from auction advertising

Historical information

Advertising for auction of Taffy's Cafe, 15 Looker Road Montmorency, 6 November 2017

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Article - A Brief history of the Shire of Diamond Valley, compiled by Irene Turvey

Key words

shire of diamond valley
diamond valley story

4 photocopied pages, text and photographs

Historical information

Compiled by Irene Turvey, this brief history of the Shire of Diamond Valley is based on "The Diamond Valley Story" by Diane Edwards (published 1979), and includes photographs from the book.

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Article - Brown's Reserve

Key words

alma brown
browns nature reserve greensborough
albion crescent greensborough

Text and photograph

Historical information

Information about Maternal Infant Welfare Nurse Alma Brown's property is now a community reserve in Albion Crescent Greensborough.

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