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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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Invitation - Invitation to the official opening of Greensborough Centre ... 1978

Key words

greensborough plaza

Invitation on cream paper. Cover has copy of 1889 painting of the Village of Greensborough

Historical information

Invitation to the official opening of Greensborough Centre, from the directors of Roxham Investments to Mr and Mrs John de Man (misspelt Mann). Opening date Monday November 13th 1978.

Inscriptions & Markings

Invitation to the official opening of Greensborough Centre from the directors of Roxham Investments to Mr and Mrs J De Man (misspelt Mann). Opening date Monday November 13th 1978.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - These Eagles; story of the RAAF at war

Key words

world war ii
raaf
royal australian air force

200p., hard cover, col plates.

Historical information

The story of the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - RAAF Log

Key words

world war ii
raaf
royal australian air force

200p., hard cover, col plates.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Victory Roll

Key words

royal australian air force
r.a.a.f.
world war ii

200p., hard cover, col plates.

Historical information

Royal Australian Air Force, R.A.A.F., World War II

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Middle East 1940-1942: a study in air power

Key words

royal air force
world war ii
middle east

237p., hard cover, plates, end maps.

Historical information

The story of the Royal Air Force in the Middle East during World War II

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Wing Leader by Johnnie Johnson

Key words

world war ii
royal air force
memoirs

320p., hard cover, illus.

Historical information

Royal Air Force, World War II

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - The First and the Last; the German fighter force in World War II; by Adolf Galland

Key words

world war ii
royal air force
luftwaffe

385p., hard cover, illus.

Historical information

Royal Air Force, Luftwaffe, World War II

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Royal Air Force Pocket Book

Key words

world war ii
military manuals
royal air force

320p., hard cover, illus. Cover folds around book for protection.

Historical information

Royal Air Force

Significance

Official guide for Air Force Personnel

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Manual for Medical and Dental Officers of the Royal Air Force

Key words

world war ii
military manuals
military medicine
military dental
royal air force

446p., . hard cover, illus.

Historical information

Military Manual, Royal Air Force, Medical, Dental.

Significance

Published for the Air Ministry

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed: A M Poulton f/lt

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Handbook of Administration in the Royal Australian Air Force

Key words

world war ii
raaf
royal australian air force
military manuals

62p., hard cover, loose leaf pages, bound with shoe lace.

Historical information

RAAF, World War II

Significance

Official Military Manual

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed s/l Poulton. Contains hand drawn cartoon on Officers' Mess stationery (RAAF Forest Hill)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Barbed Wire: memories of Stalag 383, by M N McKibbin

Key words

prisoners of war
world war ii
stalag 383.

128p., hard cover, illus.

Historical information

Tells the story of Prisoners of War at Stalag 383 during World War II.

Significance

Personal memoirs of inmates (prisoners of war) of Stalag 383.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription: "To Uncle Ame and, this book was prepared & paid for thru' army allotments whilst we were still p.o.w's, Allick.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - The latter days at Colditz by P R Reid

Key words

prisoners of war
escapes
world war ii
colditz.

319p., paperback,

Historical information

Prisoners of War, Escapes, World War II, Colditz.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Active Service; with Australia in the Middle East

Key words

australian imperial force
australian army
middle east
world war ii

129p., Illus. (some col.), maps. Hard cover.

Historical information

Tells the story of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), serving in the Middle East during World War II

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - The Rats Remain; the Siege of Tobruk, 1941. By J S Cumpston

Key words

siege of tobruk
1941. world war ii
australian army.

256p, hard cover, unbound, illus.

Historical information

Tells the story of the Australian Army's participation in the Siege of Tobruk, 1941. World War II.

Significance

An unbound proof copy of this book.

Inscriptions & Markings

Possibly a proof copy

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill

Key words

world war ii
prisoners of war
escapes
paul brickhill

263p., hard cover, illus.

Historical information

World War II, Prisoners of War, Escapes.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Royal Army Medical Corps Training 1911

Key words

royal army
military manuals
military hygiene
sanitation

452p., hard cover, illus (some col.).

Historical information

Royal Army. Medical.

Significance

Military Manual

Inscriptions & Markings

Contains owner's personal notes at end of text.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - The Division in battle; pamphlet No 4: Armour.

Key words

world war i
military manuals
military equiupment
armour

In 4 part, pages not numbered, Illus.

Historical information

Australian Army. Royal Australian Armoured Corps. Military Manual.

Inscriptions & Markings

Restricted. Contains classified Australian information.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Infantry Training (4-Company Organisation) 1914

Key words

world war i
military manuals
infantry

267p., hard cover, illus.

Historical information

Military Manual. Great Britain. World War I.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Military Engineering; Volume VIII: Transportation.

Key words

world war i
military manuals
military engineering
transportation

170p., illus., foldout endpapers. Soft cover.

Historical information

Military Manual. Great Britain. War Office. Title: Military Engineering, Volume VIII-Transportation. Part VI Port Operation and Maintenance. Supplement No.1- Military Stevedoring.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Musketry Regulations. Part II. Rifle Ranges and Musketry Appliances. 1910.

Key words

world war i
muskets
rifles
military manuals.

89p., plus illus. Hard cover.

Historical information

Title: Musketry Regulations. Part II. Rifle Ranges and Musketry Appliances. 1910. (reprinted with amendments 31st October 1914). World War I. Military Manual.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Notes on Military Sanitation

Key words

st johns ambulane brigade
military manuals
military hygiene
sanitation

104p., illus. Soft cover.

Historical information

Military Manual. Military Hygiene and Sanitation.

Significance

Notes from a 5 part course for military personnel and St John's Ambulance Brigade volunteers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Notes on Military Sanitation by Lt-Col H P G Elkington. St John's Ambulance Association.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Manual of Field Engineering 1911.

Key words

world war i
military manuals
military engineering

131p., plus 64 plates

Historical information

Military Manual. Military Engineering.

Significance

Reprinted 1914.

Inscriptions & Markings

Official Copy. General Staff, War Office.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photographs and Disk - Family photos of Chapman and Stock families

Key words

peter blackbourn
chapman family
stock family lower plenty

Compact Disk. Contains 95 images of Chapman, Stock, Blackbourn and Barnett families dating from late 19th century through the 20th century. Also printed copies of photographs.

Historical information

A collection of photos of the Chapman and Stock families of Greensborough and Lower Plenty.

Significance

Photos and letters have been digitised by Peter Blackbourn as part of his family history research.

Inscriptions & Markings

G'borough photos from Chapman + Stock families

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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Oral History Transcript - Myrtle Barnett 19/2/1996

Key words

lower plenty
montmorency
myrtle barnett

Links: 00024:00741 Transcript of Oral History. Myrtle Barnett (1915- ), fostered daughter of Caroline and Ferdinand Barnett of Lower Plenty. Interviewed by Peter Blackbourn on 19th Feb 1996. Copy 2: Item 741.

Historical information

Oral history. Myrtle Barnett ( 1915- ) fostered daughter of Caroline & Ferdinand Barnett; Lower Plenty. 19 Feb 1996.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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Oral History Transcript - John Finn, interviewed 1995

Key words

finn family
stock family
marble hall
flintoff street
para road

Transcript of oral history, told by John Finn on 26th September 1995. Interviewed by Peter Blackbourn. One A4 page.

Historical information

John Finn 1909-1999. Eliza Jane Finn (Stock) 1889-1980. Thomas William Finn. Marble Hall, Greensborough.

Significance

Connects the Finn and Stock families and relates their life in Greensborough in the early 20th century.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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Oral History Transcript - Jean Huggett (Barnett) and Eadie Barnett (Alexander)

Key words

lower plenty
rosanna golf club
barnett family
chapman family

Oral History of Jean Huggett (Barnett) 1913-2004; and, Eadie Barnett(Alexander) 1914-200. Interviewed and compiled by Peter Blackbourn.

Historical information

Lower Plenty. Rosanna Golf Club. Barnett family.

Significance

Stories of childhood in the Greensborough area

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Heidelberg since 1836: a pictorial History. Text by Cyril Cummins

Key words

heidelberg
heidelberg historial society

A history of Heidelberg compiled to mark the centenary of Heidelberg being granted 'shire' status in 1871. Covers the period 1836-1970. 5 copies. (copy 5 is not for loan and filed in FileCab:Heidelberg - this copy was the property of Frances Sheppard, Secretary to the Town Clerk and includes other memorabilia)

Historical information

A history of white settlement of the Heidelberg area. Contains historic photos and description of the growth of the area.

Significance

Produced by the Heidelberg Historical Society with financial assistance from the City of Heidelberg.

Inscriptions & Markings

Elsa Jones [and address] 1971

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Sacred Songs and Solos: compiled by Ira D Sankey.

Key words

sacred songs
macleod sunday school
watsonia
mollie hamilton

182p., soft cover.

Historical information

Small volume of 888 sacred songs and hymns.

Significance

Used by Mollie Hamilton at Macleod Sunday School. Dates unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed inside front cover "Mollie Hamilton Watsonia Macleod Sunday School"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Oral History Transcript - Life at Willis Vale

Key words

willis vale
faye fort
sarah price
plenty river
greensborough
partington family
whatmough family
william james partington
annie may partington
gary partington
cordner family
methodist church

Links: 00030:00447:01637 3 page History of the Partington Family's life at 'Willis Vale' homestead in Greensborough during the early 20th Century. Includes b&w photos.

Historical information

The Partington family farmed the property known as Willis Vale in the early 20th century. In this article Faye Fort (nee Partington) recalls life in Greensborough.

Significance

Historical reference to the property 'Willis Vale' and its eventual destruction. Describes family relationships within the Partington family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes Partington family photos

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Disk - McLaughlin Family Photos

Key words

mclaughlin family
wood family
whatmough family
greensborough
black family
partington family

1 computer disk, containing photographs of the McLaughlin family

Historical information

Photographs of the McLaughlin family, residents of Greensborough in the early 20th century.

Significance

The McLaughlin family have links with the Partington, Black, Wood and Whatmough families. Studio photos included here demonstrate this style of photography popular in the early 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

McLaughlin Photos July 2011; from Steve Whatmough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty