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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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6462 items

Booklet - The Eltham Rural Group: a history

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

46 p. photographs; with invitation card

Historical information

History of Eltham Rural Group, a fundraising and social society established in 1955

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Alfred Stephen Cattanach, Chemist, Watsonia

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Scanned images of two advertisements, with notes

Historical information

A. S. Cattanach owned the pharmacy at 77 Old Greensborough Road (Watsonia Road)

Newspaper clipping (Digital image) - John Miers of Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Scanned copy of newspaper advertisement, with caption

Historical information

John Miers was the proprietor of Miers' Electrical at 64 Main Street Greensborough. This advertisement was chiefly for Kriesler products

Advertisement - Newspaper Clipping - Montmorency Timber Co.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Copy of advertisement for the Montmorency Timber Co. from the Diamond Valley Mirror 14 September 1960

Historical information

Montmorency Timber Co. was a timber merchant and suppliers of home heaters based in Were Street Montmorency

Folder - Montmorency and the Nicholson family

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Loose-leaf folder containing a brief history of the Nicholson family and Dr. George Cornwall Nicholson, purchaser of land in Montmorency. Includes 9 Certificates of Title relating to the subject land and other certificates and listings relating to their residency of "Glengarriff" and activities.

Historical information

This folder contains a brief history of the Nicholson family and material about Dr. George Cornwall Nicholson, purchaser of land in Montmorency formerly owned by the Donnithorne Family. Includes 9 Certificates of Title relating to the subject land and other certificates and listings relating to their residency of "Glengarriff" and activities. It records an active professional Montmorency resident and community member, and the later subdivisions of the Glengarriff Estate

Advertisement - Newspaper Clipping - Watsonia Timber Supply

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., copies of advertisements 1955, 1956 and 1973, and colour photograph 2015

Historical information

Watsonia Timber Supply is a long-established timber merchant and general hardware supplier. The earliest advertisement here dates from 1956. The colour photograph was taken in 2015.

Photograph - Greensborough Station, 1980s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 p., colour photograph and caption by Raymond Marsh

Historical information

Photograph is of Tait train (Red Rattler) leaving Greesnsborough Station in the 1980s

Document - John Samuel White 1837 to 1926, by Marilyn Smith

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

5 p., typescript, one sepia photograph

Historical information

Life, family and career of John Samuel White (1837-1926), Greensborough resident, politician and long-time municipal councillor

Document - Greensborough District Cricket Club, Annual Meeting 1974-5

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

16 p., duplicated on foolscap, stapled, with cover printed in green

Historical information

Annual meeting of Greensborough District Cricket Club, with season statistics.

Photograph - Greensborough under 17 football team 1961

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p. photocopy of team photograph, with handwritten key to team members by Gary Partington

Historical information

Team photograph of Greensborough under 17 football team 1961, with caption by Gary Partington

Program - Were Street Theatre Movie Guide 1987

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black print on white paper, one sided.

Historical information

Program of 9 films, from Thursday 6 August to Wednesday 30 September 1987, to be screened at the Were Street Theatre. "An intimate comfortable cinema where nice people attend"

Photograph, with handwritten notes - Eric Poulter, 1945

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Brown tinted photograph, with handwritten notes on a piece of cardboard

Historical information

Photograph of Eric Poulter with a gun on display by the Australian Army near Ester Street Greensborough in 1945. Eric's 2019 notes read: "This is Eric Poulter. The war was over and the injured and prisoners of war soldiers were home first. We greeted Alf Montford home this week and the army put a display on the following weekend. This gun is just east or Ester St. Then the centre of the original football ground."

Booklet - Official opening of the new Eltham Library, 22nd May, 1994

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

8 p., black print on off white paper, photographs

Historical information

Outline of library services to the Eltham community since the early 1930s including the Heidelberg Regional Library Service, which was replaced by the newly formed Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service in 1985. This booklet was published on the occasion of the opening of the new Eltham branch library in 1991.

Photographs - Rotex Cinema Montmorency 1988

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

5 colour photographs, 2 copies of each.

Historical information

5 photographs of the Rotex Cinema, Montmorency, October 1988. The Rotex Cinema in Were Street was built in 1976 by Rotary and Apex Clubs.

Photographs - Were Street Montmorency shops. 1983-1985

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

9 colour photographs, with 2 copies of some..

Historical information

9 photographs of the Montmorency shopping strip in Were Street and petrol station corner of Rattray Road, taken between 1983 and 1985.

Photographs - Montmorency tennis courts, new pavilion. 1979

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 colour photographs.

Historical information

2 photographs of the Montmorency tennis courts and new pavilion, April 1979.

Photographs - Montmorency tennis pavilion. 1979

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 colour photographs.

Historical information

2 photographs of the Montmorency tennis pavilion, April 1979.

Photographs - Montmorency: old pavilion. Lower Plenty Oval 1979

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 colour photographs.

Historical information

2 photographs of the old pavilion at Lower Plenty Oval, Montmorency, April 1979.

Photographs - Montmorency new pavilion. No.2 Oval 1979

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 colour photographs.

Historical information

2 photographs of the new pavilion at No.2 Oval, Montmorency, April 1979.

Photograph - Tree planting Wingrove Park, Eltham South 1986

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 colour photograph.

Historical information

A photograph of a group of council workers and volunteers preparing to plant trees at Wingrove Park, Eltham South October 1986.

Photograph - Eltham Community Centre April 1979

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 colour photograph.

Historical information

A photograph of the Eltham Community Centre. The Eltham Community Reception Centre is owned and operated by Nillumbik Shire. It retains the unique character of the original iconic mudbrick building, it was refurbished in 2017.

Photograph - Trestle Bridge Eltham April 1979

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 colour photograph.

Historical information

A photograph of the railway trestle bridge at Eltham. Built in 1902, it is the only railway bridge of predominantly timber construction that is still in regular use. The bridge is listed on the Victorian Heritage Database.

Photographs - Eltham Leisure Centre site: under construction April 1979

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

6 colour photographs.

Historical information

6 photographs of the Eltham Leisure Centre under construction 1978, taken by Peter Graham, a Shire of Eltham Councillor. These photographs show the 'games hall' framework.

Photographs - Eltham Leisure Centre site: construction begins 1978

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 colour photographs.

Historical information

4 photographs of site preparation at the site for the Eltham Leisure Centre 1978, taken by Peter Graham, a Shire of Eltham Councillor. These photographs show heavy machinery preparing the site.

Photographs - Eltham Leisure Centre site, October 1978

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 colour photographs.

Historical information

4 photographs of the proposed site for the Eltham Leisure Centre 1978, taken by Peter Graham, a Shire of Eltham Councillor.

Photographs - Eltham Leisure Centre: nearing completion, May 1980

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 colour photographs.

Historical information

3 photographs of the nearly completed Eltham Leisure Centre 1980, taken by Peter Graham, a Shire of Eltham Councillor.

Photographs - Eltham Leisure Centre: opening, July 1980

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 colour photographs.

Historical information

3 photographs of the opening of Eltham Leisure Centre 1980, taken by Peter Graham, a Shire of Eltham Councillor. People in photos are not identified.

Photographs - Eltham Leisure Centre: re-development, 1991

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 colour photographs.

Historical information

3 photographs of the newly renovated Eltham Leisure Centre 1991, taken by Peter Graham, a Shire of Eltham Councillor.

Photographs - Building McDonalds Eltham, 1991

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 colour photographs.

Historical information

3 photographs of the building of McDonalds Eltham 1991, taken by Peter Graham, a Shire of Eltham Councillor. There was some opposition to the opening of this food chain in Eltham.

Photographs - Montmorency Tennis Club: opening of extensions, 1992

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 colour photographs.

Historical information

3 photographs of the opening of extensions at Montmorency Tennis Club 1992, taken by Peter Graham, a Shire of Eltham Councillor. Peter is unveiling the plaque, Geoff Bradford also in photos..