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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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School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1966 Grade 1A

Key words

greensborough state school
greensborough primary school

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1966 Grade 1A

Inscriptions & Markings

caption on second image

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - Life in the Country: Australia in the Victorian Age by Michael Cannon

Key words

australia history
australia social conditions
michael cannon
australia country life

Hard cover. 322pages, illus. Dust jacket has illustration by S.T.Gill of "Herdsmen with horses and drove of cattle"

Historical information

A text dealing with life in country areas of Australia from 1851 to 1901.

Significance

Significant to this area as Greensborough was a farming area at this time.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Classic fireplaces (advertisement)

Key words

para road greensborough

News clipping, black and colour text.

Historical information

"Classic Fireplaces and BBQ" moved to new premises in Para Road Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Magazine - Plenty 78

48 pages, text and colour and black and white images.

Historical information

1978 edition of the Montmorency High School Yearbook "Plenty". Contains articles and photographs of students and teachers. There is a fold-out sheet with Year 12 students and a separate ticket to a dance.

Significance

The Yearbook shows the people and activities associated with the school in 1978.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - Letters and social aims, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Key words

essays
ralph waldo emerson

Hardback, 267 p. + 36 p. advertisements

Historical information

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American writer. This is a compilation of his works published a few years before his death.

Inscriptions & Markings

E. K. W. Symons, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria on fly leaf. Bookseller's label "A. B. Scott, second-hand bookseller, Swanston St Melbourne"

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - View from Flodden Way Briar Hill

Key words

flodden way briar hill

Digital copy of colour photograph, taken from photographic slide.

Historical information

View from Flodden Way, looking across to the next ridge. "I remember a row of houses being burnt beyond that ridge at Diamond Creek and having ash inside our home." The Noone family lived at 1 Flodden Way from 1966 to 1969. Caption by Julie Noone 2017.

Significance

Shows the development of the area in the 1960s.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Watsonia High School 1973 Form 6B

Key words

watsonia high school

A black and white copy of a school photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows a Watsonia High School class from 1973.

Significance

Watsonia High School was a local educational facility that was closed in 1989. Greensborough Secondary College opened in 1990 which merged Watsonia High and Watsonia Technical School students together.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Watsonia High School 1970 Form 3CA

Key words

watsonia high school

A black and white copy of a school photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows a Watsonia High School class from 1970.

Significance

Watsonia High School was a local educational facility that was closed in 1989. Greensborough Secondary College opened in 1990 which merged Watsonia High and Watsonia Technical School students together.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Minutes - Greensborough Historical Society Inc. Minutes 2013. Book 1.

Key words

greensborough historical society

Typed Agenda and Minutes in blue plastic folder.

Historical information

Agenda and minutes of the Committee of Greensborough Historical Society Inc. Dated 2013. Available at Resource Centre.

Significance

Official record of the management of Greensborough Historical Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

On cover: GHS Meetings 2013.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Approach to Greensborough

Key words

greensborough
grimshaw street
post war era

Links: 00456.00458 A black and white photograph of the approach to Greensborough in the late 1940's.

Historical information

A vista of the top end of Greensborough in the late 1940's.

Significance

Shows the development of Greensborough looking from the Melbourne approach side. Features the early power lines and post and wire fences along Grimshaw Street also dirt edges of the road, early street lighting and no footpaths.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pen on back of photo: "Looking down Grimshaw St from the cutting near William St and Adeline Sts."

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1954 Grade 2

Key words

briar hill primary school
briar hill state school

Digital copy of black and white school photo

Historical information

Class photo of Briar Hill State School 1954 Grade 2

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping - Centre expansion lures big brands

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Uni Hill Factory Outlets, Bundoora, announces its expansion and new retailers.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - The Ruston Family History

Key words

peter rustin
peter ruston
alan partington

2 pages of text.

Historical information

A short history of Peter Ruston and family in the 1850s and 1860s by descendant Alan Partington.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping - Book marks creative chapter for Greenhills Students.

Key words

a great collection
greenhills primary school

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Grades 5 and 6 students at Greenhills Primary School have had their creative writing published in a book titles 'A Great Collection".

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - Brief history of the Rose, Shamrock and Thistle Hotel, Plenty Road East Preston.

Key words

rose shamrock and thistle hotel
hotels
preston

2 foolscap pages, typed.

Historical information

The history of the Rose Shamrock and Thistle Hotel dates from 1854.

Significance

Early history taken from the local council rate books.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Calendar - Banyule Community Calendar 1997

Key words

banyule city council
banyule community calendar

28 page calendar. Colour illustrations of historic places. Includes 30 page liftout of Council information.

Historical information

This community calendar is distributed to residents of the City of Banyule each year. Each year it focusses on an aspect of the local community. The 1997 calendar contains photographs of historical landmarks in the City of Banyule. Some council services are detailed in the centre liftout.

Significance

The annual report is a record of the activities and services in the Banyule City Council area.

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1977 Grade 5J.

Key words

greensborough primary school

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Plenty River Greensborough, May 2014 -9

Key words

plenty river

Links: 02045.02046.02047.02048.02049.02050.02051.02052.02053.02054 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

The Plenty River flows south from Mt Disappointment before meeting with the Yarra River at Rosanna. Early settlement in Greensborough was based around the Plenty River. These images were taken in the Greensborough area by Marilyn Smith May 2014.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Eltham, 1935.

Key words

dorris mclaughlin
eltham

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs owned by Dorris McLaughlin who was born in Greensborough, in 1899 to John McLaughlin and Rosalie Ellen Whatmough. The collection contains photographs of friends and relatives from the Greensborough and Eltham areas. This photograph shows a view of Eltham in 1935.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital Image - Alan Partington 1933

Key words

alan partington

Links: 01203.01525 Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph of Alan Partington taken in 1933.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Martha Anne Beale and Halliburton Beale, St Helena Cemetery

Key words

st helena cemetery
martha anne beale
halliburton beale

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The grave of Martha Anne Beale (died 09/01/1892) and Halliburton Beale (died 14/03/1892) , St Helena Cemetery, Greensborough.

Significance

St Helena Cemetery was originally the burial place of the Beale family and friends. The first burials took place in the 1850s. There are now over 200 burials.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Trial to judge the need for road to reopen

Key words

montmorency
reichelt avenue montmorency
buena vista drive montmornecy

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Banyule Council will consider reopening an area near Reichelt Avenue and Buena Vista Drive Montmorency

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Photograph (digital image) - 1962 Macleod High School McHIGH Form 5

Key words

macleod high school

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Macleod High School. Student names are identified on back of photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names identified on back of photograph.

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DVD - The Inner Circle Railway Line

Key words

melbourne rail network
transportation
railways

1 x DVD in black case. DVD of approx 43 minutes.

Historical information

The Inner Circle was a steam era suburban railway line (later electrified) in Melbourne, Australia. It served the inner-northern suburbs of Parkville, Carlton North, Fitzroy North, and Fitzroy and later expanded to outer suburbs. It opened in 1888. In this video, the viewer is taken on a train journey around the Melbourne rail network and also looks at the stations and lines that have since closed.

Significance

Original footage of Melbourne's railways.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Loyola College Staff Photograph 1995.

Key words

loyola college
john kennedy

Colour photograph of staff members with names beneath photo.

Historical information

Staff photograph 1995 Loyola College Bundoora. Principal John Kennedy.

Significance

A record of the staff at Loyola College in 1995.

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Photograph - Digital image - House in Greensborough

Key words

peter blackbourn

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Unidentified house in Greensborough [Probably the Finn House on the Corner of Flintoff and Para Roads]. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Genealogical Document - Descendants of Henry Head

Key words

head family
stock
mcdowell
black family

3 pages of text

Historical information

List of the descendants of Henry Head, including members of the Stock and McDowell families.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Tools made easy to use

Key words

geoff bearns
solve disability services

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Greensborough local Geoff Bearns remodels tools for use by people with disabilities in conjunction with Solve Disability Services.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Greeting Card - Ashmead House

Key words

ashmead house
cordner family
greensborough houses
greeting cards
maria barbaro

Links: 00432:00844:02157 A small greeting card featuring a painting of Ashmead, the home of Dr Cordner on the corner of Grimshaw and Eldale Streets Greensborough. There is also an envelope included.

Historical information

Ashmead House was the home and surgery of the Cordner family during the 20th century. Original artwork by Maria Barbaro.

Significance

The Cordners were the Greensborough doctors for several generations. This card is part of a series of well known Greensborough homes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ink stamp on rear cover states "Original Artwork by Maria Barbaro" www.mariabarbaro.com

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping - Pioneers planted the seeds of history, by Marguerite Marshall

Key words

batman apple tree

Black & white photocopy of newspaper article

Historical information

Article about the origins of what is thought to be the Batman Apple Tree

Inscriptions & Markings

From Diamond Valley News 29 September 1981 p. 4

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Grimshaw Street development 1

Key words

centrelink greensborough
grimshaw street greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

View of development on Grimshaw Street Greensborough. This building houses the Centrelink office.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Latoof Main Street Greensborough

Key words

latoof and cahill
peter blackbourn
audrey blackbourn
peggy barnett

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Workers at Latoof Clothing Factory, Main Street, Greensborough, which later moved to Lambourn Road Watsonia. (Left to right) Unknown, Peggy Barnett, Audrey Blackbourn, unknown. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - 3rd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron transport

Key words

charles marshall
world war 1

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

3rd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron transport at Medzel

Inscriptions & Markings

"3rd Brigade MGS transport at Medzel"

Greensborough Historical Society,

Oral History - Picnics in Greensborough by Val Wilson (nee Rolfs)

Key words

val wilson
val rolfs
greensborough
picnics

2 typed pages includes photographs.

Historical information

Val Wilson recounts her memories of the popularity of Greensborough as a picnic destination and recalls some of the antics of local children.

Significance

A primary source recollection of Greensborough in the mid-20th century.

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Book - Digital Image - GFC - 90 seasons, by Bruce McDowell

Key words

bruce mcdowell
greensborough football club

Digital book, 73 pages, text and illustrations.

Historical information

From its earliest beginning in 1893, Bruce McDowell traces the history of the Greensborough Football Club through 90 seasons.

Significance

Traces the history of the local football club, mentioning many pioneer families associated with the Club.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Main Street looking east, 2010.

Key words

main street greensborough
para road

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

View of Main Street Greensborough, near Para Road, looking East. Photograph taken by GHS member Noel Withers, 2010.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - Bendigo Its Environs - the Way it Was. Vol 3 / by Ken Arnold.

Key words

bendigo

399 pages, illus. Hard cover.

Historical information

A brief history of the areas of Strathfieldsaye, Junortoun, Longlea, Axedale, Kimbolton, Redesdale, Lyal, Myrtle Creek, Axe Creek, Eppalock, Emu Creek, Sedgwick, Mandurang, Mandurang South and Diamond Hill.

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Photograph - Trevor Partington

Key words

trevor partington
midland sprint 1961

Copies of two black and white photographs.

Historical information

In these photos, Trevor Partington participates in sprint races, including the Midland Sprint 1961.

Significance

Trevor Partington was a member of the Partington family and an accomplished sportsman in many sports.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - Kew's civic century

Key words

kew

208 p., illus.

Historical information

A history of Kew compiled to celebrate the century since proclamation as a municipality in 1860.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - Robert Whatmough, pioneering Victorian horticulturalist

Key words

robert whatmough

178 p., illus. (some col.), paperback.

Historical information

Robert Whatmough (1815-1887) emigrated to Australia in 1840 and became a prominent horticulturalist in Greensborough. This book written by descendant Jacinta Crealy outlines the life and times of Robert Whatmough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: World War 2 era admin toilet block.

Key words

janefield

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: World War 2 era admin toilet block. The remains of this site are between Greensborough and Janefield. A RAAF Hygiene Training Camp was located on the Plenty River, just south of the Janefield community. It was in use from 1944 to 1946. The Camp was constructed from salvaged materials. Instruction included building and maintenance of grease traps, latrines, elementary plumbing and carpentry.

Significance

Early remains of a WW2 training camp

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - Our Royal Guests

Key words

queen elizabeth 2
house of windsor
duke of edinburgh
royal tour of australia 1954

Hard cover, Illus. (some colour).

Historical information

Published in 1952, before the death of King George this book tells the family story of the Windsors in anticipation of the first Royal Visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to Australia.

Significance

Due to the King's death, the anticipated Royal Visit was postponed until 1954.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital Image - Samuel Rich injury notification letter, 1917

Key words

samuel rich
world war 1

Digital copy of black and white photograph Link: 3972-3998

Historical information

Private Samuel Rich. Notification of wounding to next of kin 1917, following an injured arm.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of James Chapman and Susan Chapman at Greensborough Cemetery

Key words

james chapman
susan chapman
greensborough cemetery

Links: 01857.01904.01934 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of James Chapman (died 1875) and Susan Chapman (died 1895) in Plot#H6 Greensborough Cemetery. Photograph taken by Noel Withers 2009.

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 of the early settlers in the district. The cemetery holds approximately 250 grave sites with 350 people buried there.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Australian troops in camp

Key words

charles marshall
world war 1

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Australian troops in camp

Greensborough Historical Society,

Memoirs - The Diary of John Spence

Key words

john spence
jessie spence
mary spence
sailing ship arabia
immigration

An 11 page computer printed stapled document. It is double side printed in A4.

Historical information

This document outlines a 3 month sea journey from England to Australia in 1859 on the sailing ship "Arabia".

Significance

John Spence and his wife Jessie were pioneers of Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of British soldier

Key words

charles marshall
world war 1

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows the grave of a British ('Tommy') soldier in Gaza.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Tommy grave Gaza"

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Hero up for an award

Key words

ahmed hassan
pride of australia awards
youth activating youth

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Ahmed Hassan of Bundoora was nominated for a Pride of Australia Award for his work with disadvantaged youth.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Barclay Park Greensborough sign 2

Key words

barclay park greensborough

Links: 02058.02059.02060.02061.02377.02447 Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Close up of sign at Barclay Park Greensborough 2016

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Partington's Flat: footbridge over the River.

Key words

partingtons flat
plenty river trail
plenty river

Digital copy of colour photographs

Historical information

Partington's Flat. This photo shows the footbridge over the river on the Plenty River Trail.

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