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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

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 - Briar Hill Timber Site [25 Sherbourne Road Briar Hill]

Key words

greensborough and greenhills
briar hill timber
sherbourne road briar hill
ron reynolds

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This photograph of the Briar Hill Timber site was taken in 2013 to show changes over 40 years, based on Ron Reynold’s sketches in the 1973 publication “Greensborough and Greenhills” published by Cypress Books. All that remains of the original site is the chimney.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Unveiling of new plaque at the Pioneer Children's Cemetery, April 2016.

Key words

greensborough historical society
pioneer childrens cemetery
steve whatmough
rotary club of greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

On 02/04/2016, Greensborough Rotary and Greensborough Hstorical Society members gathered to unveil an updated plaque at the Pioneer Children's Cemetery on the Plenty River. These photos show the new plaque and Steve Whatmough viewing the plaque. Steve is a descendant of the Whatmough family whose children, with their cousins the Partingtons, were buried in this place. More photos of this event can be found at the GHS Resource Centre.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - 39 McDowell Street Greensborough

Key words

houses in greensborough
mcdowell street greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Part of a set of photographs showing some of the older homes in Greensborough. This is 39 McDowell Street Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1983 Year 10A

Key words

watsonia high school

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1983 Year 10A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1983 Year 10A

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Blue Lake 2.

Key words

yellow gum park
blue lake
plenty gorge park

Digital copy of colour photographs

Historical information

Blue Lake is in Yellow Gum Park in the Plenty Gorge, north of Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Document - Briar Hill as I knew it: the memories of Ray Hooper

Key words

briar hill
ray hooper
oral history

3p. typescript

Historical information

Reminiscences about people and places in Briar Hill, written by the late Ray Hooper.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Light Horse horse lines

Key words

charles marshall
world war 1

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows rows of horses from the Light Horse in desert camp.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photo.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Diamond Village Shopping Centre Trees, Watsonia, 2016

Key words

diamond village shopping centre
watsonia

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Diamond Village Shopping Centre, Nepean Street Watsonia.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and Photograph - Greensborough Station

Key words

greensborough station

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

3 Photos of Greensborough Station, taken 1975, 1982 and 1950s.

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

Book - The Nullarbor story, by Basil Fuller

Key words

south australia
nullarbor

Hardback, 165 p., black and white photographs, col. dust jacket.

Historical information

The history of development of the Nullarbor and the author's personal journey across this area of Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

"C. G. Aitken"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Advertisement - Digital image - Briar Hill Motors

Key words

briar hill motors

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Briar Hill Motors, of Briar Hill 1970s

Significance

Part of a collection of miscellaneous advertisements for businesses in Greensborough and surrounding areas.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Autograph Books - Autograph books of Shirley Fraser (nee Black)

Key words

autograph books
shirley fraser
shirley black
bundoora

2 autograph books, one with black cover, one with simulated leather cover. Coloured pages.

Historical information

Autograph books were popular in the 1950s and these contain a variety of signatures and messages from friends of Shirley Fraser (nee Black). A list of autographs contained in these books is available at the Society

Significance

The Blacks were a pioneering Bundoora family and these books are a memento of Miss Black's friends and acquaintances.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Shirley Black - Hillboro' Park Grimshaw Street Bundoora" inside front cover and autographs throughout.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Program Helps to make a Connection

Key words

social isolation
greensborough plaza

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

A new initiative designed to tackle increasing social isolation, loneliness and disconnection - and the resulting impacts these can have on community members - was launched at Greensborough Plaza in November 2018.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Program - Watsonia High School: Presentation Day 1972.

Key words

watsonia high school

23 foolscap pages, a carbon copy of the typed presentation day program.

Historical information

This carbon copy of the 1972 Presentation Day program for Watsonia High School includes the names of students who achieved in academic and sporting fields. Principal: Mr Canty.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Folder - Partington family history: compiled by Noel Withers from the Alan Partington collection

Key words

partington family
alan partington
noel-withers

20-page plastic binder, spiral bound, clear cover. Contains documents relating to the Partington family

Historical information

Contents: Partington Family history: from Lancashire to the unknown; family tree [with corrections]; copies of photographs; obituary of Trevor Partington 2002.

Significance

History of the origins of this Greensborough pioneer family. (2 files)

Inscriptions & Markings

Collected by Greensborough Historical Society. Folder commenced 2012.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1975 Grade 2R.

Key words

greensborough primary school
greensborough state school

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. 1975 Grade 2R. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Grimshaw Street Estate Agents

Key words

grimshaw street greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

View of real estate precinct, Grimshaw Street Greensborough. Buckingham Real Estate 104 Grimshaw Street.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 WW1 Honor Board

Key words

greensborough primary school
greensborough state school
world war 1

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The old brick building at Greensborough Primary School on Grimshaw Street. Built in 1879, this building is now heritage listed by the National Trust. This photograph shows the "Greensborough State School 2062 Honor Board" for the Great War 1914-1918.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Botany Book by Robert William Whatmough

Key words

robert whatmough
steve whatmough
nancy whatmough
greensborough
willis vale
orchards
horticulture

208 pages; spiral binding, clear cover. Original handwritten notes on right side of each page, transcription on left.

Historical information

Copy of original "Botany Book' handwritten by Robert Whatmough in the mid 1800s, accompanied by transcription by Nancy Whatmough. The current edition was put together by Steve Whatmough and published in 2008.

Significance

An example of early horticultural notes. Robert Whatmough was an early Greensborough district orchardist. After arriving in Melbourne in 1841, Robert was Melbourne's first lamplighter in Bourke and Collins Streets. He worked as an orchardist from 1942 to 1887, growing and developing fruit varieties at his 'Willis Vale' orchard. He was an inaugural member of the "Victorian Horticultural Improvement Society' and exhibited 33 varieties of fruit at the1875 Victorian Intercolonial Exhibition..

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062

Key words

greensborough primary school
grimshaw street greensborough

Digital copy of colour photographs.

Historical information

Photographs of Greensborough Primary School No.2062 from Grimshaw Street, and view up Grimshaw Street toward Main Street, before Greensborough Plaza was built.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - Greenhills State School no.4893 (1962-1964): by Dawn Bennetts - GH4893

Key words

greenhills primary school
greenhills state school
dawn bennetts
dawn petts

2 pages of typed text. Copy 2 (3 Pages) amended with photographs and map of school.

Historical information

Greenhills Primary School celebrated its 50 year anniversary and reunion in 2012. In this story, pupil Dawn Bennetts (nee Petts) recalls early memories of the school.

Significance

Recalls early days at Greenhills Primary School. There appears to be few records surviving from the early days.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - In the beginning

Key words

greensborough football club
diamond valley football association
heidelberg district football association
panton hill football association
rex smith

Black & white document of 9 pages

Historical information

About Greensborough Football Club

Significance

Early history of club and lists of notable players and achievements.

Inscriptions & Markings

In pen on front page: Rex Smith

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Lower Plenty River concept plan: prescription document

Key words

plenty river
melbourne water

Book, mainly black and white print, colour photographs and plans, 66 pages. 2 copies

Historical information

Draft concept plan prepared. by Brett Cheatley, Malcolm Warren and Ian Womersley, Parks and Waterways Planning Division, Melbourne Water. Includes management areas and key strategies for the lower Plenty River.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and Photograph - John Lee Grimshaw 1833-1918

Key words

john lee grimshaw
grimshaw family

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Information and photos about the John Lee Grimshaw, son of Aaron Grimshaw. Includes a copy of his obituary from Trove.

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

Business card - Hair Lounge "Addicted to Style"

Key words

hairdressers

Printed both sides in black on white cardboard

Historical information

Hair Lounge is a hairdresser at 9/11 Mountain View Road Briar Hill

Significance

Part of a collection relating to local businesses.

Inscriptions & Markings

Address, telephone no. and space for appointments

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - View over Greensborough to Plenty River Drive bridge

Key words

plenty river drive
greensborough bypass

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

View over trees to the Greensborough By-pass bridge over Plenty River Drive.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Builder escapes ban

Key words

diamond creek
rangeview estate

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

A Building practitioner who defied orders and is under investigation by the Victorian Building Authority is still allowed to practice, infuriating home owners in Diamond Creek's Rangeview Estate.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Painting - Digital Image - Tom Lane Pharmacy, by Alan Sartori

Key words

alan sartori
tom lane pharmacy
main street greensborough

Digital image of a painting of a Greensborough landmark.

Historical information

Photograph of painting by Alan Sartori of the Tom Lane Pharmacy, a Greensborough landmark.

Significance

Alan Sartori was a local Greensborough artist who captured many images of the local area.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School Pool, Construction 1976. Spraying concrete 2.

Key words

watsonia high school
swimming pools greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph, scanned from slide. Slide set at Item 6513.

Historical information

The swimming pool at Watsonia High School was commenced in 1976 and opened in 1977. This photo shows spraying concrete onto the pool floor.

Significance

While the school has gone, the pool remains in 2019, operating as Yarra Swim School, Liat Way Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Genealogical document - John James Jeffery

Key words

john james jeffrey
poultry farm
nepean street
greensborough
arthur street greensborough.

2 x A4 pages.Family history of John James Jeffery,

Historical information

Details the life and family history of John James Jeffery, his English roots and his time in Greensborough as a poultry farmer. Prepared by his son John Jefferey in 2008.

Significance

Gives the origin of Jeffery Court, (off Nepean St).

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty