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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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Photograph - Digital Image - Cherry Street Macleod - Avenue of Honour

Key words

macleod avenue of honour
cherry street macleod

Digital copy of 3 colour photographs.

Historical information

Photographs of the Avenue of Honour in Cherry Street Macleod. Established in 1919 as a memorial to service men and women who gave their lives in World War 1, the Avenue is a single row of sugar gums, the former Mont Park hospital grounds are adjacent. These photographs show the plaque.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - The Partington family

Key words

alan partington
wyn partington
elinor partington

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Trevor, Wyn, Faye and Alan Partington.

Significance

A pioneer Greensborough family

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Booklet - The Great War Memorials of the Heidelberg district: a pictorial selection from the collections of the Heidelberg Historical Society

Key words

world war 1
war memorials

20 p. booklet, black and white and colour photographs

Historical information

Photographs of War Memorials in Heidelberg, Alphington, Greensborough, Ivanhoe, Macleod, Montmorency and Templestowe, from the Heidelberg Historical Society collection

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Booklet - Digital Image - Diamond Valley Multiple Birth Association. 30th Anniversary Dinner Program

Key words

diamond valley multiple birth association

15 pages, blue text. Digital copy.

Historical information

A short history of the Diamond Valley Multiple Birth Association on the occasion of its 30th Anniversary Dinner, includes menu and program.

Significance

The Diamond Valley Multiple Births Association was a self-help group for parents of multiple births.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping - On the move for health

Key words

watermarc
let's move for a better world challenge

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Watermarc members are again involved in the 'Let's move for a better world' challenge.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Bedouins thrashing corn at Sudd

Key words

charles marshall
world war 1

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows Bedouins thrashing corn at Sudd

Inscriptions & Markings

"Bedouins thrashing corn at Sudd"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - The buses can't get through to school

Key words

watsonia high school
nepean street
henry street

1 page photocopy of news clipping.

Historical information

The Principal of Watsonia High, Mr Miller, and Parent's Association Secretary, Mrs Solum, discuss th problems of unmade roads in the Watsonia High area.

Significance

Written in 1962, this article shows the problems associated with new housing developments and lack of amenities.

Inscriptions & Markings

In pen under title:"Zosky 1962"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Madge and Lily Partington

Key words

madge partington
lilian colston
lilian partington

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Sisters Madge (1919-1980) and Lily (b1921-2011) Partington, daughters of Ben Partington and Nellie Willoughby.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Vide McLaughlin [as infant]

Key words

shirley fraser
vide mclaughlin

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs copied from the late Shirley Fraser (nee Black), also descendant of the McLaughlin and Whatmough family. This photograph shows Vide McLaughlin as an infant.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital Image - Marsh family

Key words

marsh family

Links: 00356:00449:00546:00743:01259 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Marsh family.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1971 Form 4CE

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 1971 Form 4CE

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, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Anthony Beale, St Helena Cemetery

Key words

anthony beale
st helena cemetery

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The grave of Anthony Beale (died 24/07/1944), husband of Ida Ellen. 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, Lower Plenty

Advertisement - Digital image - BP Seventy-two Service Station, Watsonia, 1973

Key words

bp seventy two service station
watsonia road watsonia
grace street watsonia

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for BP Seventy-two Service Station, Corner 63 Watsonia Road and Grace Street Watsonia, 1973.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Australia: a cultural history, by John Rickard

Key words

australia history

Paperback, 317 p,. black and white photographs. 2nd edition.

Historical information

Cultural history of Australia, covering aboriginal society and white society to 1988.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - A Teaching Resource / issued by State College of Victoria - Bendigo.

Key words

primary education
primary curriculum

Soft cover book with light orange cover; 239 pages.

Historical information

A collection of articles for those studying Primary Education. Includes philosophy of teaching and learning and curriculum outlines.

Significance

An historical record of teaching in the 1970s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Owner's name on front cover.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Tunnel vision revealed

Key words

banyule
north east link
victorias largest tunnel

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Victoria's largest underground two-way tunnel could be built in Banyule if initial designs for the North East Link go ahead.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Loyola Seminary 3 [front facade] 1934

Key words

loyola seminary watsonia
loyola college

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs of the Jesuit Seminary in Grimshaw Street Watsonia. Opened in 1934, this was a house of formation and study for the Society of Jesus. Loyola College (established 1980), now occupies the site and purchased the original building in 2002.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Map - MMBW, Yarra 2500 / 13.19. Lower Plenty, Montmorency, Yallambie.

Key words

mmbw
melbourne and metropolitan board of works
shire of diamond valley
montmorency - maps
yallambie - maps
lower plenty - maps

MMBW Map in 1:2500 [scale] series. Cream parchment with green tape reinforcing on edges and punched holes on left edge.

Historical information

Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. Yarra 2500 [base map] 13-19. Lower Plenty, Montmorency, Yallambie. Parishes of Keelbundora 2856 and Nillumbik 3310. Municipalities of Heidelberg 228, Diamond Valley 257 and Eltham 238. Prominent streets include: Elder Street, Para Road, and Main Road Lower Plenty. Includes Watsonia Army Barracks.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School badge - Prefect's pocket, Watsonia High School.

Key words

watsonia high school
prefects pocket

Maroon woollen pocket with stitched school crest and motto.

Historical information

This is a 'new' pocket, unused. Embroidered pockets were sewn onto school uniform as a sign of student seniority and responsibility

Significance

An unused pocket from Watsonia High School.

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes "Prefect" in embroidery.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - William Henry Thomas

Key words

world war 1 project
william henry thomas

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Henry Thomas and his service in World War 1. William Henry Thomas lived in Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Cafe operator caught out

Key words

degani bakery and cafe greensborough
sajid amin
underpaying workers

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

The operator of a Greensborough cafe, Degani, has been hit with a $140,000 fine after paying workers as little as $12 an hour.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - Greensborough by Alan Partington.

Key words

alan partington
greensborough

Copy of 3 typed pages

Historical information

Written as a foreword to the History of Greensborough, Alan Partington describes his family's connection to the area.

Significance

Alan Partington was the fifth generation of his family to live in Greensborough. Family members still live in the area in 2014.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Photograph - Digital Image - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1992 Staff

Key words

briar hill primary school
briar hill state school

Digital copy of colour school staff photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1992 Staff

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Program - Digital Image - Fell Reserve opening 1971

Key words

r w fell reserve
shire of diamond valley
grimshaw street greensborough

Digital copy of program

Historical information

Program for the opening of the Fell Reserve on 26/03/1971. Named after Councillor R.W. Fell, MLA, for services rendered as a Central Riding councillor of the Shire of Diamond Valley. The Fell Reserve is located at 170 Grimshaw Street Greensborough. The playground at Fell Reserve is to be renovated in 2020.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and Photograph - Lower Plenty Bridge

Key words

lower plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

2 Photographs of the area around the Lower Plenty Bridge, 1906 and 2014.

Significance

This photograph and text was copied from a Facebook site. Members are people who lived in the Greensborough area and share their reminiscences of the area with others. The site is administered by a GHS member but is not officially affiliated with the Society. Any information is the opinion of the contributor.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Ticket - Digital Image - Train ticket: Greensborough to Watsonia, Child, 1974

Key words

train tickets
watsonia railway station
greensborough station

Digital image of train ticket. Pink with black text.

Historical information

Digital image of "Greensborough to Watsonia" child's train ticket, single journey, November 1974.

Significance

Part of a collection of miscellaneous historical images with a connection to the local area.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Gets in his Kick; Watsonia High School WaHIGH

Key words

watsonia high school

Digital copy of newspaper clipping

Historical information

A newspaper clipping about Watsonia High School's football team maintaining their unbeaten record.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Drinking Straws - Deeko Flexible Coloured Straws

Key words

drinking straws
single use plastics

Unopened packet of 40 coloured plastic drinking straws.

Historical information

In 2018, the use of plastic straws and other single use plastics was found to be detrimental to the environment. While some plastic bags were discontinued, the use of plastic straws has declined.

Significance

An example of mass-produces single use plastic drinking straws.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufacturers name printed on packaging

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Australian troops at St George's Mosque

Key words

charles marshall
world war 1

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Church of Saint George, Lud.

Inscriptions & Markings

"St George's mosque at Lud"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - John Henry Wailes

Key words

world war 1 project
john henry wailes

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John Henry Wailes and his service in World War 1. John Wailes was born in Yan Yean.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty