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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.

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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5957 items

Photograph - Digital image - Horseland Greensborough 3.

Key words

horseland greensborough
main street greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The Horseland store at 87 Main Street Greensborough was a local landmark with its model of a horse on the verandah roof. This store closed late in 2015. This view shows the footpath in front of the store.

Significance

The Horseland store was a symbol of Greensborough's past as a country town.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Minute Book - Watsonia High School: Parents and Friends Association. Minutes 1977-1984.

Key words

watsonia high school
watsonia high school parents and friends association

Foolscap minute book with brown cardboard cover; handwritten notes throughout, with various loose typed pages of reports.

Historical information

Minutes of the Parents and Friends Association at Watsonia High School from 1975-1984. Contains minutes of meetings and various reports.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Wyn and Alan Partington at Dempsey's Bar New York. Photo cover.

Key words

alan partington
wyn partington
jack dempsey

Digital copy of colour photo.

Historical information

Wyn and Alan Partington visited Jack Dempsey's Bar in New York. This set of photos depict the photograph taken with Jack Dempsey.

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1968 Grade 2B.

Key words

greensborough primary school
greensborough state school

Digital copy of black and white 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 - Exterior of Kell's Cottage, 2000.

Key words

kell's cottage
claude amiet
cherel sartori

Digital copy of colour photographs

Historical information

Exterior of Kell's Cottage when sold in 2000. The house was built 1917, at 112 Henry Street Greensborough by William Mitchell on the 60 acre dairy farm owned by Ethel and Walter Kell. This collection of photographs was copied by Cherel Sartori (who owned the house from 1990-2000), following a visit by Claude Amiet who lived in the house as a child in the early 20th century.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Plenty River bank stabilisation 2015; path along the river

Key words

plenty river
melbourne water

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

River bank stabilisation project along the Plenty River at Greensborough 2015, conducted by Melbourne Water. This photo shows the path beside the Plenty River in Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital Image - Partington and Scholes graves at St Helena Cemetery.

Key words

gordon scholes
partington family
st helena cemetery

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Graves at St Helena Cemetery, Partington family - Annie May and Jessie May Partington and Jessie's husband Gordon Scholes.

Significance

The Partingtons are a Greensborough pioneer family

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1969 Grade 6B

Key words

briar hill primary school
briar hill state school

Digital copy of black and white school photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1969 Grade 6B

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - A Ton of spirit: Australian centenarians talk with Penny Smith

Key words

biographies
oral history

183 p. illus.

Historical information

A Bicentennial Centenarians Project, comprising interviews with 50 Australian centenarians.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Award-winning app changes lives

Key words

autism
la trobe university

News clipping, black text and colour image

Historical information

An autism research centre at La Trobe University developed an app to detect whether children might be on the autism spectrum.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Report - Examining Draughtsman's Report - Watts River Aqueduct

Key words

maroondah aqueduct
watts river aqueduct
bridge
greensborough
office of titles
1897
wrought iron water pipes
plenty river
melbourne board of works

A 4 page reproduction of an Office of Titles document.

Historical information

This Field Survey was commissioned by the Melbourne Board of Works and was used to position the Maroondah Aqueduct bridge north of Greensborough at its crossing point on the Plenty River. It incorporated the use of wrought iron water pipes and therefore is of lighter construction than other similar bridges in the district. It features a traverse of the Plenty River

Significance

The Maroondah Aqueduct bridge is a significant example of late 19th century engineering.

Inscriptions & Markings

Copy of handwritten report includes maps.

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1979 Grade Prep-1.

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 in flood 1972 Flintoff Street Crossing (2)

Key words

plenty river
floods

Links: 01473.01474.01746.01747.01748.01749.01751.02246 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Plenty River in flood, circa 1972. There were two major floods in Greensborough at the time, 1972 and 1974.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Ashril's Theatre Greensborough

Key words

ashril theatre

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Ashril's Theatre operated in Main Street Greensborough in the 1950s and 1960s.

Significance

This building has been demolished.

Greensborough Historical Society,

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,

Newspaper Clipping - Lower Plenty skipper dedicates flag to Patrick

Key words

lower plenty football club
northern football league
grand final division 2
patrick cronin
patrick flynn

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

In the emotional aftermath of Lower Plenty's stunning Division 2 grand final victory on Saturday, Bears captain Patrick Flynn dedicated the club's first premiership since 2011 to former player Patrick Cronin.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Link off track: mayors

Key words

north east link
banyule city council
nillumbik council

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

The mayors of both Nillumbik and Banyule have slammed the four options for the North East Link.

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.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: View of trusses and beams.

Key words

watermarc
rosalie bray
greensborough swimming pool
swimming pools

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

View of trusses and beams. The redevelopment of the Greensborough Pool into the Watermarc aquatic centre is documented in this collection of photographs from the collection of Rosie Bray.

Significance

These photographs taken on a ‘Community Consultative Committee’ walkthrough prior to completion of Watermarc, May 18 2012.

Greensborough Historical Society,

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,

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1976 Grade 1L.

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 - Scotland House: bedroom light and ceiling rose.

Key words

john scotland
scotland avenue greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Formerly the home of Greensborough pioneer, John Scotland, this renovated home retains many original architectural elements. It was sold in December 2016.

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1974 Grade S.G.

Key words

greensborough primary school
greensborough state

Digital copy of black and white 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,

Newspaper Clipping - Forced rates capping to shoot $12.5m hole in council budget

Key words

banyule city council
council rates

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Banyule Council faces a $12.5 million black hole in its budget due to rates capping and says it is too early to know what services will be slashed.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Isabel Luxford 1920

Key words

luxford family

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Isabel Luxford in 1920 (age 23), in Clark Street Abbotsford. Photo taken by Wal Luxford.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Trading Post

Key words

greensborough trading post
main street greensborough

Links: 04963.05324 Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

The Greensborough Trading Post, 55 Main Street Greensborough. This shop was located near the Ashril Theatre.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Grimshaw Street Safeway store

Key words

grimshaw street greensborough
safeway

Links: 02490.04892 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows the original Safeway store in Grimshaw Street Greensborough. The first Woolworths store was located at the corner of Main Street and Para Road c1978. This store was not a success and may have only lasted a year, after replacing Watson's Car Sale yard which was on the site after Marble Hall was demolished in c1962, taking over the whole corner, including the replacement of Stubley Motors and the Greensborough Newsagent.

Significance

This store has been replaced by a 'new' Safeway store.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Franchise owner charged at Degani Bakery

Key words

fair work ombudsman
degani bakery and cafe greensborough

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Underpaid staff at Greensborough's Degani Bakery and Cafe will share a slice of $44,000 that has been recouped by the Fair Works ombudsman after finding out the company had shortchanged employees, The Bakery is in Greensborough Shopping Plaza Level One, 25 Main Street.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph (copy) - Mrs Cordner and grandchildren

Key words

cordner family
eldale avenue greensborough

A black and white copy of a photograph of an elderly woman and a group of children.

Historical information

The group shows Granny Cordner and her grandchildren. Mrs Cordner was the mother of Ted; Don; John and Denis.

Significance

The Cordner family were a prominent local family for most of the 20th Century. Mr Cordner senior and sons Ted and Don were local doctors.

Inscriptions & Markings

The description of the people is written in ink on the rear .

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - Heidelberg: the land and its people 1838-1900; by Donald P. Garden..

Key words

heidelberg
greensborough
donald garden

Hard cover book. 218 p., ill., maps. Slip cover has a drawing based on an early photograph of the Old England Hotel.

Historical information

This book covers the early history of Heidelberg, Victoria from its beginnings in 1838 to 1900.

Significance

There is some reference to the 'annexation' of Greensborough in 1875 and the route of the Heidelberg-Eltham railway line, 1893.

Inscriptions & Markings

Property stamps from Nunawading Public Library (cancelled from their collection)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - David Iredale

Key words

world war 1 project
david iredale

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about David Iredale and his service in World War 1. David was born in Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Leslie Cecil Maygar

Key words

leslie cecil maygar
maygar family
victoria cross

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

The Maygar family came to Greensborough circa 1841 from Somerset England. They were of Hungarian descent. They farmed along the Plenty River. Leslie Cecil Maygar VC, DSO, VD was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross. In 1901 Lieutenant Maygar was awarded the Victoria Cross for rescuing a fellow Victorian whose horse had been shot. He died at Beersheeba in Palestine in 1917.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - The First Fleet sails on, 1987

Key words

first fleet
bi-centenary 1988

Digital copy of newspaper clipping, black text and image.

Historical information

Written in 1987, this article reports on the 200th anniversary of the voyage of the First Fleet. This report is based in Tenerife on the re-enactment voyage.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Advertising Leaflet - 6 Mari Close Greensborough

Key words

mari close greensborough

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

Historical information

4 bedroom house, auctioned February 2012 for $555,000 (sold again in October 2016 for $838,000)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Nillumbik Council introduces Gambling Minimisation Policy to curb gambling

Key words

nillumbik council
gambling

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Nillumbik Council introduced a new gambling harm minimisation policy.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Basketball Hoop puts Harrison on a high at Apollo Parkways Primary AP5184

Key words

apollo parkways primary school
diamond valley basketball association

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Apollo Parkways Primary School student Harrison helped his basketball team to win in the final seconds of their match at Diamond Valley Basketball Association.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Advertisement - Digital image - Welkay Store, Greensborough 1967

Key words

main street greensborough
welkay store

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Welkay Store, a furniture shop in Main Street, Greensborough 1967. These advertisements are designed to look like a news article.

Significance

Part of a collection of historic advertisements from local newspapers, showing local businesses from the mid 20th century.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newsletter - Nillumbik Historical Society Newsletter. From May/June 1976 - (incomplete)

Key words

nillumbik historical society
shire of nillumbik

Newsletter copied on white A4 paper. Varying number of pages.

Historical information

Newsletter of the Nillumbik Historical Society (formed in 1973). Contains news items, oral histories and other material relevant to the Nillumbik area.

Significance

A record of neighbouring historical societies

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - Reginald Harold McDowell

Key words

world war 1 project
reginald harold mcdowell

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Reginald Harold McDowell and his service in World War 1. Reg McDowell was born in Greensborough and at the time of his enlistment he was living at Diamond Creek

Greensborough Historical Society,

Census - Alfred Mayger

Key words

mayger family
alfred mayger

3 x A4 pages. Citation from the 1841 England Census for Alfred Mayger, accessed via Ancestry.co. Also pages from National Burial Index detailing Mayger burials in Somerset.

Historical information

Background to the Mayger family in England

Significance

Mayger family were a pioneer family in the Greensborough area

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Turner Street from Flodden Way

Key words

flodden way briar hill

Links: 03792.03793.03794.03795.04265 Digital copy of colour photograph, taken from photographic slide.

Historical information

Looking down Turner Street from 1 Flodden Way. Unmade road and no footpath. Fields in background beyond roof tops. Cars in the driveways. 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.

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Map - 1868 Geological map of Greensborough (annotated)

Key words

greensborough - maps

Digital copy of colour map.

Historical information

This geological map from the State Library of Victoria collection has been annotated by GHS member Ian Bryant to show some local landmarks

Inscriptions & Markings

Annotations on map show locations.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Roo cull reprieve

Key words

bundoora
kangaroos
parks victoria
gresswell forest reserve

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

A recount of kangaroo numbers at Gresswell Forest Reserve will decide whether the population should be reduced.

Inscriptions & Markings

Date written on clipping

Greensborough Historical Society,

Magazine - Banyule Banner November/December 2015

Key words

banyule
banyule city council

20 pages (approx.), colour illustrations.

Historical information

The Banyule Banner is published quarterly by Banyule City Council to advertise upcoming events in the City of Banyule and to report on past events. Keywords

Significance

A record of events within the City of Banyule.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Parade College Students tackle success satire

Key words

parade college
mercy college

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Students from Parade College Bundoora and Mercy College Coburg performed the play "How to succeed in business without really trying".

Greensborough Historical Society,

Oil Can - Golden Fleece Home Lubricant

Key words

golden fleece
oil cans
household lubricant

Small metal can with blue and yellow label. Has fold down plastic nozzle for pouring oil.

Historical information

This small can held household lubricant . A list of uses is on back of label.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front label "Golden Fleece Home Lubricant"

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1976 Form 2A

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 2A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1976 Form 2A

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Shire of Diamond Plaque, Greensborough War Memorial Park, 1994.

Key words

greensborough war memorial park
shire of diamond valley

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows the Shire of Diamond Valley plaque in War Memorial Park Greensborough. The monument is 'dedicated to the honoured memory of the men and women of Diamond Valley who served their country in times of conflict.' The Shire of Diamond Valley was a local government area from 1964 to 1994.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - Around - Australia in 7 days! We've done it!

Key words

motor reliability trials
joe dunlop
car trials

5 pages, 2 photocopied pages of an article, with 3 page typed transcription

Historical information

Story of a Volkswagen and Shell Oil Company round Australia publicity drive. Drivers: Ray Christie and Joe Dunlop (Greensborough policeman). Copies from from VWA Review, 29th October 1962

Significance

Greensborough policeman, Joe Dunlop was co-driver of the Volkswagen beetle that completed 8,100 miles in seven days in 1962

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough College. Construction 2017.

Key words

greensborough college

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

These photographs show the construction of new buildings and refurbishment of existing buildings and grounds at Greensborough College, 2017.

Greensborough Historical Society,