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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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6962 items

Newspaper Clipping - Footy legend assault charge

Key words

glenn archer
junior football
assault charge

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Police have charged Glenn Archer over an incident at a junior football game at the weekend.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Mrs Dick Fielding

Key words

shirley fraser
dick fielding
fielding

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 Mrs Dick Fielding. The photo was made by Yeoman Co. of Bourke Street Melbourne which operated between 1888 and 1915.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Barclay Park Greensborough plaque 1

Key words

barclay park

Links: 02058.02059.02060.02061.02377.02447 Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Plaque at Barclay Park Greensborough 2016

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Unidentified man [possibly a Partington]

Key words

partington family

Links: 01496.01623 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of unidentified man, possibly from the Partington family. [Faye Partington verified 12/1/2017 that this IS certainly William Partington]

Significance

Charles Partington and family came to Melbourne in the 1840s and moved to Greensborough where they farmed along the Plenty River. Descendants still live in Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Ruler - State Bank Ruler

Key words

state savings bank of victoria
state bank

Wooden ruler.

Historical information

State Bank [Victoria] promotional ruler.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped with State Bank [Victoria] logo.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1974 Grade 6A Robert Wells

Key words

watsonia state school
watsonia primary school

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1974 Grade 6A Robert Wells

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Cecil Jessop driving his car

Key words

luxford family
all saints anglican church greensborough
cecil jessop

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Cecil Jessop driving his car with wife Kate and Isabel Luxford holding daughter Jean, about 1926.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Advertisement - Perfect health: The Maharishi Health Education Centres

Key words

maharishi health education centres
transcendental meditation
loyola college

Black & white newspaper advertisement

Historical information

The Maharishi Health Education Centres practised Transcendental Meditation, and had an office in Bundoora on what is now the Loyola College site.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - Cyril Edwin Elliott

Key words

world war 1 project
cyril edwin elliott

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Cyril Edwin Elliott and his service in World War 1. Cyril Elliott was born in Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1973 Grade 1E

Key words

watsonia state school
watsonia primary school

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1973 Grade 1E

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - House among the trees, Greensborough

Key words

briar hill
greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

A patch of open land in Greensborough circa 1990

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newsletter - Update: Journal of the Hiedelberg School Support Centre and its schools. Vol 3 No3 October 1990.

Key words

greensborough secondary college
musical productions
once upon a mattress

13 pages, illus.

Historical information

General information on schools in the Heidelberg District. This edition includes an article on the 1990 Greensborough Secondary College production of 'Once upon a mattress'.

Significance

The significance of this article is that it describes one of the first productions of the newly formed Greensborough Secondary College.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Leaflet - Hurstbridge Line Upgrade Stage Two

Key words

hurstbridge rail rail line

Leaflet, printed in colour both sides, with Letter to Residents, printed in black and green

Historical information

Duplication of the Hurstbridge railway line between Greensborough and Eltham, and between Diamonnd Creek and Wattle Glen is the responsibility of the Level Crossing Authority, work being undertaken between mid-2019 and 2022.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital Image - Eric Barclay and Harry Arrowsmith 1944

Key words

eric barclay
barclay family
harry arrowsmith

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Henry Barclay and Harry Arrowsmith on the family property, Greensborough 1944.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Grain Store, rear Main Street

Key words

main street greensborough
greensborough grain store

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Greensborough Grain Store, rear Main Street.

Significance

This business is one of the last examples of Greensborough's rural past.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - Charles Edward Morgan

Key words

world war 1 project
charles edward morgan

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Charles Edward Morgan and his service in World War 1. Charles Morgan was born in Bundoora.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - James William Poulter

Key words

world war 1 project
james william poulter

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about James William Poulter and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - Robert Beauchamp Spencer

Key words

world war 1 project
robert beauchamp spencer

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Robert Beauchamp Spencer and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Bundoora.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Booklet - Let's lookout for Australia: protecting our way of life from a possible terrorist threat

Key words

australia national security

20 p., col. information brochure, with magnetic contact sheet and covering letter from the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard

Historical information

Information brochure written by Senator Eric Abetz, Special Minister of State regarding action to be taken if terrorist activity is suspected

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - Percy Drysdale Reid Watson

Key words

world war 1 project
percy drysdale reid watson

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Percy Drysdale Reid Watson and his service in World War 1. Percy Watson was born in Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Lower Plenty State School 1942

Key words

peter blackbourn
lower plenty primary school

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Lower Plenty Primary School 1942. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Fire damage at Greensborough Football Club scoreboard (from front)

Key words

greensborough football club
greensborough war memorial park

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Overnight on 19-20th August 2015, the Greensborough Football Club scoreboard building was set alight by vandals. The scoreboard, built in the 1950s needed to be demolished. It included umpire change rooms, scoreboard, change rooms and a storeroom containing footballs and training equipment. View from front of scoreboard.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper - 150 Years of Settlement in Victoria [The Age, Friday 16 November 1984. Victoria 1834-1984]

Key words

victoria history

Newspaper, 8 pages, text and graphics (some col.).

Historical information

A commemorative edition of The Melbourne Age to celebrate 150 years of settlement in the Colony of Victoria. Includes historical photographs and articles.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Greensborough Pool 1964

Key words

greensborough pool

Digital copy of newspaper clipping.

Historical information

Photograph of the new Greensborough Pool in 1964.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Yarra Plenty Swimming Club - Talent in the pool

Key words

yarra plenty swimming club

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A Yarra Plenty Swimming Club star has won the club's first ever gold medal after a good showing at the Tasmanian State Age, Open and Under 11 Swimming Championships held last month.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Document - Peck's Dam history

Key words

orrs park
montmorency
pecks dam

2p. typescript

Historical information

History of a parcel of land bounded by Bolton Street, Brougham Street, Main Road and Grand Boulevard purchased by Mr Orr around 1900. It may have been called Panorama Heights Estate, Montmorency Park and later, Orr's Park. Orr had a dam made, which was called Peck's dam by locals in the 1940s-1950s.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and Photograph - Greensborough Grain Store

Key words

greensborough
greensborough grain store

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Information and photos of Greensborough Grain Store, previously rear of Main Street shops, now an online business.

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

Oral History - Remembering Richard (Dick) Tooth, as told to June Hall [by the Tooth Family]

Key words

dick tooth
richard tooth

3 p., typescript

Historical information

The story of Greensborough local Richard (Dick) Tooth as told to June Hall by the Tooth family.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping - Building height set to be reduced by developers

Key words

flintoff street greensborough
banyule council
town planning

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

A proposed development at 4-6 Flintoff Street is to have its plans amended to reduce the height of the building.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Correspondence - Watsonia High School Council to Margaret Willimott, 1987.

Key words

watsonia high school
25th anniversary
margaret willimott

Letter typed on Watsonia High School letterhead

Historical information

Letter of appreciation to Mrs Willimott from D.T. Grant, Secretary of Watsonia High School Council. In appreciation of her efforts in organising the 25th anniversary celebrations [incorrectly referred to as 'centenary celebrations'].

Significance

An example of Mrs Willimott’s long association and involvement with the school

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty