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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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6386 items

Photograph - Digital image - State Library of Victoria Reading Room from above 1947.

Key words

rex smith
state library of victoria dome

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows the Reading Room of the State Library of Victoria taken from above during the removal of blackout material from the SLV Dome in 1947. GHS member Rex Smith's father worked on this project.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Banyule Council Drone Law Proposals Gain Flight

Key words

banyule city council
drones

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Banyule Mayor Craig Langdon agreed to lobby for controls on the use of drones, particularly regarding privacy issues.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Old Pool Plenty River May 2014

Key words

greensborough pool
swimming pools
plenty river pool

Links: 02018.02019.02020 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Plenty River pool Greensborough. Opened in 1937, the remnants of this concrete pool can be seen today from the Main Street bridge Greensborough. Photograph by Marilyn Smith 2014.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article, and Newspaper clipping - Jenny McGuirk, by Rosie Bray; and, My meaning and purpose, by Jenny McGuirk

Key words

mcguirk family
jenny mcguirk
volunteering

3 p. typescript, col. photographs; 3 photocopied photographs, and article from Heidelberg Leader 25/9/2018

Historical information

Jenny McGuirk has been a Bundoora resident since 1971 and a prominent community worker and volunteer in a number of different fields

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Margarine container - Dixibelle table margarine

Key words

dixibelle margarine

Pale green plastic box with white plastic lid

Historical information

Dixibelle was a common brand of margarine during post-war twentieth century

Inscriptions & Markings

Dixibelle Table Margarine 1 lb. net, manufactured by Provincial Traders Pty Ltd Australia, moulded into box. Provincial Traders ceased operations on 17/10/1979 in when taken over by Henry Jones (IXL) Limited.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Advertising Leaflet - 161 Henry Street Greensborough

Key words

henry street greensborough

Real Estate advertising leaflet,1 sheet folded into 4 pages, printed in colour both sides.

Historical information

161 Henry Street Greensborough. 3 bedroom house October 2017 for $740,000. Previous sales: May 2012 for $450,000 and November 2005 for $268,000.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Advertising Leaflet - 31 Collendina Crescent Greensborough

Key words

collendina crescent greensborough

Real Estate advertising leaflet,1 sheet, printed in colour both sides

Historical information

31 Collendina Crescent Greensborough, 3 bedroom home, sold 21 January 2012 for $490,000

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Plan lays track to expand

Key words

diamond valley miniature railway

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Outlines plans to expand the Diamond Valley Miniature Railway in Eltham.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Jarrod starting a base in the US

Key words

jarrod belbin
greensborough baseball
us try outs

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Jarrod Belbin, who plays for Greensborough, said the competition was an invitation only event in which rising baseball players from across the world were invited to play in front of top college and professional scouts.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Tin - Caffe Tin

Key words

coffee tins

Round metal tin with lid. Chipped black paint, some rust.

Historical information

Tin used to store coffee.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Caffe" very feint on outside of tin.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Advertising Leaflet - 10 Hope Street Greensborough

Key words

hope street greensborough

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour both sides

Historical information

10 Hope Street Greensborough, 4 bedroom home, auctioned 10 November 2012, sold March 2013 for $540,000, resold 18 October 2014 for $662,000 after minor renovations

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

Photograph - Digital image - Chapman family gathering 2012

Key words

chapman family

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Descendants of James and Susan Chapman at a 'reunion' in Greensborough 7th April 2012. Back row (l-r) Peter Blackbourn; Brian Poulter; Peter Chapman; Steve Whatmough; Karen Hough. Front row (l-r) Joanne Blackbourn; Helen Davies (descendant of George Chapman), Val Wilson, Denise Anderson; Shannyn Hough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1970 Form 1 Mrs Ross

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1970 Form 1 Mrs Ross

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1970 Form 1 Mrs Ross

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper - The Heidelberg News and Greensborough & Diamond Creek Chronicle 1905

Key words

heidelberg
greensborough
diamond creek

Broadsheet, 4 p., folded twice

Historical information

Original copy of The Heidelberg News and Greensborough & Diamond Creek Chronicle from December 1905.

Significance

Contains local news and many advertisements

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Correspondence - Greensborough Football Club

Key words

greensborough football club
dr ted cordner
r tooth
k orr
h rolfe

An undated partially torn letter from the Greensborough Football Club.

Historical information

This is a letter to Mr H Rolfe soliciting a donation to the Greensborough Football Club.

Significance

Greensborough Football club has existed for over a century. The letterhead features the name of the President, Secretary and Assistant Secretary at the time of writing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - KFC Greensborough - renovations 2015

Key words

kfc greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The KFC building on 117 Grimshaw Street being renovated August 2015.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Margaret Gibson Blackbourn 1955

Key words

peter blackbourn
margaret gibson
margaret balckbourn

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Gold fever at school - Anna Wilson at Briar Hill Primary School

Key words

briar hill primary school
briar hill state school
anna wilson
olympic games sydney 2000

Digital copy of newspaper clipping

Historical information

Digital copy of news article reporting on Briar Hill Primary School past pupil Anna Wilson, an Olympic cyclist.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Watsonia North Ambulance site locked in

Key words

watsonia north
ambulance station
grimshaw street watsonia

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

A new site has been secured for a Watsonia North ambulance branch after the original location proposed was deemed unsuitable.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Tickets - Tattersall's War Service Funds

Key words

lotteries
tattersall's
world war ii
black family

Application form, printed in black on white paper, both sides

Historical information

Application form for lottery ticket in Tattersall's War Service Funds cash consultation. 200,000 tickets at 5/- each

Significance

A "ticket in Tatts" was one of the most popular lotteries available in Australia for many years. This "War Service Funds" sweep allocated money from its proceeds to the R.S.S.A.I.L.A. for distribution among the War Service Funds of all Australian states and New Zealand.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Breaking down stigma

Key words

breastfeeding
watsonia

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Watsonia locals have made a film on breastfeeding to be distributed on Facebook.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Bricks - Hand made bricks from Partington house (Willis Vale) Greensborough

Key words

willis vale
partington family
greensborough
alan partington

Hand made clay bricks. light red in colour. All faces are flat.. One brick is chipped.

Historical information

Bricks from "Willis Vale' home of the Partington family of Greensborough. Built in 1840, Willis Vale was owned by the Partington family from 1878 to 1947. It was a 2 storey house overlooking the Plenty River and set in 150 acres of farmland. The Partingtons moved out in 1947 and the house was vandalised shortly after. It was demolished in the 1950s.

Significance

The bricks are a link to pioneer homes and farms in the area.

Inscriptions & Markings

Accompanying note: Hand made bricks from Partington house in Greensborough. Donated by Alan Partington.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of John Huxley Carse, Greensborough Cemetery

Key words

john huxley carse
greensborough cemetery

Links: 01856:01903.01943.03493 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of John Huxley Carse (died 02/10/1926) in Plot#J15 Greensborough Cemetery.

Significance

Greensborough Cemetery was created when land was given for the cemetery by Mr William Poulter, a local settler, about 1864. The cemetery holds the graves of many early settlers in the district.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Photograph (digital image) - 1963 Macleod High School McHIGH Prefects

Key words

macleod high school
rosemary davies

Links: 02529:02537 Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Macleod High School 1963 Prefects.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names identified on back of photograph.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Proposal for lots of spots

Key words

car parking
greensborough
greensborough plaza

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Parking congestion in Greensborough could be eased, with Banyule Council determined to add 500 parking spots to the busy retail and commercial area.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1973 Form 2 Group 5

Key words

watsonia high school

Digital copy of school photograph

Historical information

A class photograph of Watsonia High School 1973 Form 2 Group 5

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital Image - Old house in Apex Way Montmorency - side

Key words

montmorency
apex way montmorency

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows the side of an old house in Apex Way Montmorency, adjacent to the Ambulance Station.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1969 Form 3CA

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1969 Form 3CA

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1969 Form 3CA

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Insistent voices: the story of the Diamond Valley Learning Centre. By Michele Lonsdale.

Key words

diamond valley learning centre
community neighbourhood house
greensborough
adult education

Paperback; 147 p., illus. Grey cover with white print, photograph of students at DVLC.

Historical information

This is the history of the Diamond Valley Learning Centre published to celebrate its first 20 years. It traces the rise of community education and the women's movement in the 1970s and '80s. Personal recollections combine with historical background.

Significance

This centre is an important landmark in the Diamond Valley and this book relates the DVLC to those who live in the area.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty