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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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Newsletter - Greensborough Historical Society Newsletter. Issue 1. August 2010 -

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Text, black and white and colour photos, tables..Pagination varies. Filed in folder, with index to major articles.

Historical information

Historical articles, news and activities of Greensborough Historical Society Inc., published from August 2010 (Edition 1) - . Later issues available on Society website or from Resource Centre.

Photograph - Banyule Homestead 2011

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Set of 4 x A3 photos. Colour.

Historical information

These photos were part of an objection to the proposed development and subdivision of part of the historic Banyule Homestead property.

Significance

The Banyule Homestead dates from 1846, owned and built by Joseph Hawdon, sold in 1867 to Dr Martin. Leased to various farmers and eventually the land (274 acres) was subdivided in 1958. The Homestead presently sits on 2 1/2 acres of land.

Inscriptions & Markings

Taken from western boundary overlooking lagoon.

Planning Proposal - Diamond Valley Civic Centre and Neighbourhood Unit: Planning Proposal

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Dark brown plastic folder. 23 foolscap-size pages. Maps, Application for Permits to subdivide land in the Greensborough area.

Historical information

This document proposes the change of land use from farming and quarrying to residential. This also includes the proposal for a Civic Centre in the (then) Shire of Diamond Valley. The plans listed in the 'Schedule of Plans' on last page are missing.

Significance

Includes proposal for the Aqueduct to be converted to an underground system. Includes statistics relating to population increase.

Photograph - Margaret Gibson Blackbourn 1955

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photo of Margaret Gibson (later Blackbourn) being crowned Queen of Lower Plenty in 1955.

Historical information

The 'Queen of Lower Plenty' Pageant was held to raise money to build the Lower Plenty Oval. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sash reads: Queen of Lower Plenty 1955

Advertisement - Greensborough Hotel Advertisement 1933-34

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages from a Victorian Railways travel journal. Advertisement for Greensborough Hotel 1933-34. Photocopy from original journal.

Historical information

An advertisement for Greensborough Hotel in the town of "Greensborough, picturesque township on the Plenty River, 13 miles from Melbourne."

Significance

Photograph show the "new brick building with all modern conveniences'. Greensborough in the 1930s was a popular spot for picnics and holidays.

Map - To-day's Map of Ivanhoe - Heidelberg; including Rosanna McLeod, Watsonia Greensborough to Eltham.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Fold out map in pale blue cover. Cover dimensions: 21.5x15cm. Map is surrounded by advertising for local businesses.

Historical information

Map of the suburbs of Ivanhoe, Heidelberg, Rosanna, Macleod, Watsonia, Greensborough and Eltham. Dates to mid 1950s. An Advertiser on this map may be found in the Hurstbridge Advertiser Friday 17 December 1937, page 7: "Lyon Bros, of Eltham garage, suggest in their advertisement on the front page of this issue. that motorists should have their cars checked over by them before Christmas, so that any 5mall defects which might militate against the pleasure of the trip, might be remedied." As does "The Montsalvat Plant Farm" in The Age of Saturday 5 September 1953, page 48.

Significance

Shows early streets and open space in these areas.

Book - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1878-1980.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

84p., black and white illus., bright green card cover. 2 copies

Historical information

Published to celebrate the centenary of the Greensborough Primary School. Centenary celebrations were postponed for two years while new buildings were constructed.

Significance

Contains the history of the school as well as current (1976-79) information and photos of staff and students. Principal: Ron Lucas

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover: Alan R Ely 1-11-80

Pamphlet - Greensborough Football Club "Team of the Century"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A3 pamphlet with central fold. Printed in green on white background. Contains the names of past players and the teams chosen for the team of the century as well as 1950s and 60s and the 1980s.

Historical information

Published to 'celebrate the achievements of so many outstanding individuals' who played for the Greensborough Football Club in the 20th century.

Significance

The item lists the 'best' players of the 1950s and 60s, the best players of the 1980s and the "team of the century".

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover: Greensborough Football Club (founded 1905) "Team of the Century" Saturday 20th of July 2002

Book - Diamond Valley Football League. Annual Report. Season 1981.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Foolscap size book. 99pages, printed on one side of page only. Blue cover with white text. Includes tables and photos.

Historical information

A complete record of the DVFL season 1981, includes reports from affiliated clubs, scores from the seasons games and winners of best and fairest awards for all age groups.

Significance

This annual report covers many teams from within the Diamond Valley area. Includes junior and senior teams.

Inscriptions & Markings

With the compliments of ... Diamond Valley Football league

Book - Diamond Valley Community Hospital; Patient Information Directory

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Green cover with white text. 12 pages. Illustrations and advertisements. Black and green text on white gloss paper.

Historical information

Diamond Valley Community Hospital was first opened in 1942 (Note: a 7 bed hospital opened in 1934 known as Genista House at 23 Grimshaw Street) to serve the community of the Diamond Valley. The hospital closed in 2000.

Significance

This item gives a snapshot of hospital services at the time and includes advertisements from businesses in the surrounding area.

Inscriptions & Markings

On cover:"This directory is the property of the hospital. Please do not remove."

Program - Macleod High School Silver Jubilee Assembly

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Beige cover with black text. Single tri-fold program attached by silver string.

Historical information

A celebration of student awards 1978. Assembly program includes other jubilee functions to come in 1979.

Significance

Macleod High School Silver Jubilee celebrated 25 years since the school was founded in 1954.

Booklet - Macleod High School 1954-1979

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 page booklet. B&W photos. Cover has black and white aerial photo of Macleod area.

Historical information

Published to celebrate the silver jubilee of Macleod High School 1954-79, this booklet lists student leaders over 25 years. Photos are included from the 1950s.

Significance

Documents changes over 25 years at Macleod High School.

Inscriptions & Markings

On cover "Helen Spence"

Book - The Diamond Valley Story by Dianne H Edwards

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

191p., hard cover, illus. 5 copies. First edition has seperate index; index printed in book in 1995 reprint.

Historical information

History of the Shire of Diamond Valley from 1830-1964.

Significance

This book is significant to the history of the area. It contains many historic photographs and details of early life in Diamond Valley.

Article - Church History - St Katherine's Church St Helena 1858

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00046.02230 3 pages. Cover with line drawing of St Katherine's Church St Helena. 2 page article on the history of the church.

Historical information

Tells the history of Major Anthony Beale, how he came to Victoria and how the area of St Helena got its name.

Significance

History of St Katherine's Church and the Beale family, pioneers of the Greensborough district in the 1840s.

Inscriptions & Markings

"To the memory of Katherine Rose - built by Major Anthony Beale"

Annual Report - Greensborough Football Club: 1966 Annual Report and financial statement

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

White card cover with photo of 1966 premier team. 12 pages. 2 copies.

Historical information

Report to the Annual Meeting of the Greensborough Football Club. Outlines persons involved in the club, activities for the year and includes statistics and financial statement.

Significance

A snapshot of the Greensborough Football Club in 1966.

Inscriptions & Markings

Back cover has an artist's impression of the proposed new hall and dressing rooms to be erected at the War Memorial Park in conjunction with the Park Trust and Greensborough Cricket Club.

Constitution - Constitution: Greensborough Football Club

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Grey paper cover. 5 pages.

Historical information

1965 amended version of the Constitution of the Greensborough Football Club. Date of amendment 10/11/1965.

Significance

Outlines the 'objects' of the club and rules relating to the running of the Greensborough Football Club.

Booklet - The First Decade

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Two tone light and dark brown cover with artists palette design on the front and sketch of Greensborough Primary Shool on rear cover

Historical information

Early in the 1970's a number of people felt the need in the Greensborough community for an Arts Society, Prominent among them were were Ron Reynolds, Digby Watson,Murray Pulford, Roland and Maria Schultz. An article appeared in the Greenhills Community News seeking those interested in participating in such a society. A meeting was held in the home of Ron Reynolds on 15th July 1970 with approx. 20 people attending.

Inscriptions & Markings

Original owner written in pencil as June Hall

Cup - G.F.C. Premiers 1952

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Silver presentation cup with footed base and handle.

Historical information

Cup presented to the players in the winning team in the 1952 Australian Rules Football premiership in the Diamond Valley Football League. The winning team was Greensborough Football Club. This mug belonged to Doug Hall.

Significance

This mug is one of a limited number engraved for the premiership team.

Inscriptions & Markings

G.F.C. Premiers 1952

Cup - G.C.C. Double Wicket Championship. Runners-up 1979/80

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Pewter mug on a wood base with square pewter and wood handle

Historical information

Presented to players in the Greensborough Cricket Club who were runners-up in the Double Wicket cricket competition during the 1979-1980 season.

Significance

One of a limited number produced and engraved for this purpose. Owned by player Doug Hall.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on cup: G.C.C. Double Wicket Championship. Runners up. 1979/80. Donated by Sportsfield Bundoora. On base: Selwin Pewter.

Photograph - Greensborough Football Club Runners-Up Season 1949

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and White photograph of the Greensborough Football Team 1949. Includes name of players and support team. Mounted on brown card.

Historical information

This photograph captures the Greensborough Football Club team who were runners up in the Australian Rules Football season 1949

Significance

Shows the players and support team associated with the Greensborough Football Club in 1949

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of team: F. Smith R.Tooth W Butterworth A.Ely R.Bennett [Junior] N.Tooth J.Lawrence S.Thomson L.Hall R.Bennett [Senior] E.McDowell P.Abbott F.LeGassick D.McDowell N. Maud W.Cecil H.Richmond R. Evans A.Tozer N.Brooks J.Richards W.Ryan K.Mountford H.Wasley A Montfort A.K.Lines [President] A.Franklin [Captain] J.MacPherson [Vice Captain] J.Stubley D.Franklin J.Ely T.Bennett

Photograph - Greensborough Football Club Premiers 1952

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00054:01061 Black and White photograph of the Greensborough Football Team 1952. Includes name of players and support team. Mounted on brown card.

Historical information

A team photograph of the 1952 Australian Rules Football team from the Greensborough Football Club. Includes players and support staff.

Significance

This photograph is a record of those involved with the club in a Premiership year 1952.

Inscriptions & Markings

Greensborough Football Club. Premiers 1952. Team names: Standing at rear: H. Cockbill (Committee) J. Richards (Committee) E. Elliott (Vice President) J. Lawrence (Vice President) K. White (Committee) R. Tooth (Treasurer). Back row: L. Hall (Trainer) C. Cook (Trainer) R. Ormsby D. Wickes R. Sondemeyer D. Franklin G. Hughes A. Montfort W. Dodds H. Wasley(Goal umpire) Centre Row: W. Cecil (Secretary) R. Towler D. McDowell P. Adamson (Captain and Coach) Dr E. P. Cordner (President) F. LeGassick G. Coventry G. Driver Front Row: D. Hall E. White N. Brooks R. Sherriff E. McDowell J. Ely

Photograph - Greensborough Football Club 1958

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and White photograph of the Greensborough Football Team 1958. Includes name of players and support team. Mounted on brown card.

Historical information

A team photograph of the 1958 Australian Rules Football team from the Greensborough Football Club. Includes players and support staff.

Significance

This photograph is a record of those people involved in the Greensborough Football Club in 1958.

Inscriptions & Markings

Greensborough Football Club. Diamond Valley Football League. 1958. Team members: Back row D.Hall R.Skals D.Rogers B.McMaster-Smith R.Hall 4th Row: R.Willis C.Watson B.Coombs R.Dickson R.Danaher J.Richards 3rd Row J.Kill, goal umpire E.Bishop, trainer T.Partington H.Fraser D.Wickes R.Towler D.mcDowell G.Coventry R.Ward K.Gillespie, trainer J.Maurer, trainer 2nd row F.LeGassick D Williams F. Londrigan, capt and coach F.Anderson, vice capt P.Abbott I.Williams Front Row J.Ely, trainer T.Tobin, trainer B. Tooth, mascot J.Waites, boundary umpire, I.Smith, trainer.

Photograph - Greensborough Football Club Premiers Diamond Valley Football League 1955

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photograph of the Greensborough Football Club Australian Rules Football team, premiers in the Diamond Valley Football League in 1955. Includes players and support team. Mounted on brown card.

Historical information

A team photograph of the 1955 Australian Rules Football team from the Greensborough Football Club. Includes players and support staff.

Significance

This photograph shows all those involved with the Greensborough Football Club in the 1955 Premiership season.

Inscriptions & Markings

Greensborough Football Club. Premiers Diamond Valley Football League. Season 1955. Team members: D. Wickes, J. Richards Senior Committee, K. Orr (Assistant Secretary), K. Gillespie (Trainer), F. Marr Committee, C. Cooke (Trainer), W. Connell, Committee, R. Harris, Committee, J. Glare, Committee, A. Mitchell, J. Dudgell, Committee, H.Cockbill (Vice President), T. Hope (Vice President), D. Hall, J. Richards, D. Williams, L. Weidlich, E. McDowell, J. R. Foard (Treasurer), J. Joules Committee, R. Tooth (Honorary Secretary), H. Richmond (Vice President), P. Abbott, Dr. A. J. Stubley, G. Brasier, R. Towler, D. Bell, R. Ormsby, T. Partington, D. McDowell, I. Foard, R. Skals, A. Montfort (Committee), R. Bell (Goal Umpire), F. Hill, F. LeGassick, P. Adamson, F. Anderson (Captain and Coach), Dr. E. P. Cordner (President), D. Rogers (Vice Captain), G. Coventry, F. Green, N. Brooks, H. Arrowsmith (Boundary Umpire).

Manuscript - Faye (Partington) Fort's memories of the old Greensborough she remembers.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00058:02967 Spiral bound notebook, bright blue cover. 128 handwritten pages.

Historical information

Mrs Fort has lived in the Greensborough area all her life and is a member of the Partington family and the Whatmough family, pioneer families of the district. She has written her memories of early families in the district.

Significance

Contains information on many early families, both from Mrs Fort's memories and research into family history. The item will be transcribed into an electronic copy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside cover: Faye (Partington) Fort's memories of the old Greensborough she remembers.

Book - The Sentimentalists: a novel by Dale Collins

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

314 pages. Hardback. Black cover embossed with title.

Historical information

Thai novel was given to Alan Partington by his grandfather, David Medhurst at Christmas 1929. A review of the novel appears in News (Adelaide) Wednesday 21 December 1927, page 5.

Significance

The inscription shows the relationship between the Medhurst and Partington families.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside cover: "Grandfather (1855-1939) David Medhurst to Alan" On fly leaf: "Alan Partington. From Grandfather. Christmas 1929."

Book - Alien Blossom: a Japanese-Australian love story. By I. R. Carter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

161 pages. b&w photographs. Brown dust jacket with drawing of bamboo.

Historical information

Tells te story of the first Japanese 'war bride' to be admitted entry to Australia after World War II.

Significance

This book was owned by Ruby Fort.

Inscriptions & Markings

On fly leaf: "Ruby Fort Emily Rough"

Book - Mick Tracy: the Irish scripture reader: or The martyred Convert and the priest, a tale of facts.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

337 pages. Black and white illus. Hard cover book with red cover embossed with a tree emblem and title: "Mick Tracy The Irish Scripture Reader"

Historical information

This book was presented as a gift to Allan Partington, a member of the Greensborough Methodist Sabbath School in 1917.

Significance

Shows the attendance of children at Sunday School in the early 20th Century. Owned by Allan Partington.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate: Methodist Sabbath School Greensborough. Awarded to Allan Partington. Signed H. Mitchell, Supt. December 1917.

Book - ANZACS at War: the story of Australian and New Zealand Battles. by John Laffin

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

224p., black and white photographs, maps. Hard cover book with dust jacket. Dust jacket illustration of shadows of soldiers on green background, title in white writing.

Historical information

This books details various actions in which ANZAC troops were engaged from the Boer War to World War II

Newspaper clipping - Since the first Noel

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping. Black and white. Photograph of Mrs Jessie Angus and text.

Historical information

Describes Mrs Jessie Angus's participation in the Diamond Valley Carol Service over a period of 69 years.

Significance

Mrs Jessie Angus was a local identity in the Greensborough area. She was a member of the Partington family and involved in local activities.

Article - Origins of the name "Greensborough"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 x A4 pages downloaded from Victorian Historical Magazine (1913) Vol 3, Issue 10, pages 79-80.

Historical information

From an article on Victorian pioneers and their services to the state. This section describes the life of Mr Edward Bernard Green after whom Greensborough was named.

Significance

Gives the origins of the name Greensborough and an outline of the life of the man behind the name, E.B.Green.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover sheet: Greensborough. Origins of the name 'Greensborough". Source: Victorian Historical Magazine (1913) Vol 3, Issue 10, pages 79-80.