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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.

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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5400 items

Newspaper Clipping - Family histories document tales of epic adventure

Key words

diamond valley library
yarra plenty regional library
multicultural arts victoria

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Diamond Valley Library displayed stories and memorabilia from migrant families in the area.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Parking, Main Street Greensborough

Key words

main street greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Parking on Main Street, Greensborough.

Significance

Shows the changing face of the Greensborough shopping strip

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Photograph - Digital image - Swimming pool, Plenty River 1952.

Key words

greensborough swimming pool
plenty river swimming pool

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

A group of children enjoy a swim in the Plenty River pool Greensborough in 1952. Opened in 1937, the remnants of this pool can be seen today. (Gary Partington is the boy in the centre).

Significance

The remnants of this concrete pool can still be seen today.

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Article - John Thomas Coventry

Key words

world war 1 project
john thomas coventry

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John Thomas Coventry and his service in World War 1. At the time of John Thomas Coventry's enlistment, he was living at Diamond Creek. He and his brothers are commemorated on the Greensborough State School Honor Board.

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Article - George Henry Poulter

Key words

world war 1 project
george henry poulter

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Henry Poulter and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Richmond Victoria, he was related to the Poulter family of Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - Henry Green

Key words

world war 1 project
henry green

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Henry Green and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, Henry was living at Grace Park Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

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).

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Postcard - Digital image - Birthday card

Key words

birthday cards
postcards

Digital image only of postcard with colour illustrations and silk fringe on bottom edge.

Historical information

Small birthday greeting card sent to an unknown member of the Partington family.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Syd Poulter

Key words

syd poulter
poulter family

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Syd Poulter. a descendant of William Poulter and his wife Mary, who arrived in Victoria in 1849 and settled in Greensborough in 1853.

Significance

Greensborough pioneer family

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Photograph - Digital Image - Dorothy and Eric Barclay at the Show

Key words

eric barclay
barclay family

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Eric Barclay and his mother Dorothy at the Melbourne Show 1949.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Bail for accused firebug

Key words

firebug
greensborough

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

A youth accused of igniting multiple fires, damaging train carriages and stealing from department stores across Melbourne's north-east has been bailed.

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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.

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Calendar - Banyule Community Calendar 2014: Sporting Heroes.

Key words

banyule city council
banyule community calendar

28 pages. Colour illustrations. Illustrations of local sporting clubs in action.

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 2014 calendar contains action photographs of local sporting activities and teams. Some council services are detailed in the back pages.

Significance

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

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Photograph - Digital image - St Katherine's Church [St Helena]

Links: 00601:01216:01217:01221:01346:01732:01763:02557) Digital copy of colour photographs.

Historical information

These photographs of St Katherine's Anglican Church St Helena were 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.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - Shire of Eltham Handbook 1991

Key words

eltham
shire of eltham
handbooks

60 pages, Illus. Printed on beige paper. Front cover has a copy of the painting "Brougham Street Bridge" by Hilary Jackman.

Historical information

The Shire of Eltham was a Local Government Area located about 25 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The shire covered an area of 277.13 square kilometres and existed from 1856 until 1994.

Significance

Annual guide to services in Shire of Eltham

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Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Victor and Mary Bonsak, Greensborough Cemetery

Key words

victor bonsak
mary bonsak

Links: 01855.01931.01966 Digital copy of colour photograph of Greensborough Cemetery

Historical information

Grave of Victor Bonsak (died 11/04/1891) and Mary Bonsak (b1878 died 24/03/1938) in Plot# N3 Greensborough Cemetery. Johann George Bonzak arrived at Port Phillip on December 19th 1849, from Germany. Mary Bonzak, of German birth, applied for a Certificate of Naturalization in Eltham on 13th April 1905. She had 10 children (4 boys and 6 daughters) . Her sister (maybe) Sarah Jane Bonsak (1881-1978) married George Arthur Iredale in 1908. A Bonzak Family lived near the Partington Family of Willis Vale.

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 early settlers in the district.

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Photograph - Digital image - Lindsay Black [as infant]

Key words

shirley fraser
lindsay black.

Links: 01218:01446 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 Lindsay Black as an infant.

Greensborough Historical Society,

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

Key words

australia social conditions
australia city life
michael cannon

Hard cover. 320pages, illus. Dust jacket has a detail from S.T. Gill's "General view of Sydney"

Historical information

An Australian history text describing social conditions in the major Australian cities of the 19th century.

Significance

Outlines conditions in cities in the 19th century. Compares with "Life in the country".

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Oral History - E.H.(Mick) Evans: VX10125

Key words

mick evans
june hall
tobruk
world war 2

2 typed pages

Historical information

This story was written by June Hall, daughter of Mick Evans, information taken from tapes recorded before his death.

Significance

First published on GHS website.

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Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Cemetery [view 4] 2014

Key words

greensborough cemetery

Links: 01986.01987.01988.01989.01990 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

View of Greensborough Cemetery, 28th May 2014. Photography by Marilyn Smith.

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 early settlers in the district.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Pamphlet - Breath of Life

Key words

ampol
life saving
mouth to mouth resuscitation
black family

Folded card; white with black text and drawings.

Historical information

Small card issued at Ampol petrol stations 1961-62 in order to teach basic mouth to mouth resuscitation.

Significance

1.5 million cards issued in 1961-62 as a community service.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Think Tank for trammy

Key words

bruce whalley
think thank - abc
greensborough

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

The life of Melbourne's happiest tram driver Bruce Whalley got even happier last year when the dapper bow-tie wearing bon vivant was invited to be on the ABC's latest quiz show, Think Tank.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - Walter David Starling

Key words

world war 1 project
walter david starling

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Walter David Starling and his service in World War 1. Walter Starling was born in Diamond Creek. .

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - On the Plenty River bank near Railway Road Briar Hill

Key words

railway road greensborough
plenty river

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

On the Plenty River bank near Railway Road Greensborough

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Book - Greensborough Inter Church Council: by Rosie Bray

Key words

greensborough inter church council
new life centre
greensborough anglican church
greensborough church of christ
saint marys catholic church
saint thomas catholic church
lutheran church greensborough
watsonia macleod uniting church greensborough uniting church

33 pages, colour and black and white illustrations. Includes copies of memorabilia from the Inter Church Council and newspaper articles..

Historical information

The Greensborough Inter Church Council was formed in 1989 as an ecumenical group with a strong Christ based mission statement. This book documents the Council until 2003.

Significance

Detailed information about the people and church communities involved in the Greensborough Inter Church Council, written by Rosie Bray, committee member.

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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,

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

Key words

st helena cemetery
anthony harper beale

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The grave of Anthony Harper Beale (died 12/02/1951), son of Anthony and Ida Ellen Beale. 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.

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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,

Photograph - Digital Image - Wedding of Faye Partington and Eric Fort 1957

Key words

partington family
faye fort (nee partington)
eric fort

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

The marriage of Faye Partington to Eric Fort at the Greensborough Methodist Church; Main Street; 1957. Faye and Eric Fort leave the Church with flower girl Karin Anderson.

Significance

One of a series of Partington wedding photographs taken at the old Methodist Church.

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Article - Diamond Valley Community Hospital / by Gemma Sprague and Rosalie Bray.

Key words

diamond valley community hospital
dvch
gemma sprague
rosalie bray
as i recall

3 pages, text and images.

Historical information

A short history of Diamond Valley Community Hospital from the perspective of former nurse and patient Gemma Sprague.

Significance

DVCH was Greensborough and district's local community hospital during the 20th century. Story first published in "As I Recall" in 2013.

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Photograph - Digital image - Annie May Medhurst 2

Key words

annie may medhurst
annie may partington

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Annie May Medhurst. Born 1884, Annie was the daughter of David Medhurst (1855-1939) and wife Martha Ruston Medhurst (1860-1943).who moved to Greensborough around 1898 and ran a store in Grimshaw Street. Annie May married William Partington in 1905.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - The Weekly Times Wild Nature Book

Key words

weekly times
weekly times wild nature series
birds
animals

90 plates. Colour. Cardboard cover.

Historical information

A weekly supplement to the Weekly Times newspaper, these plates each depict a bird or animal. There is a brief written description of each accompanied by a reproduction of a watercolour painting.

Significance

A complete set of supplements, in original binding.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written inside front cover: 'Lindsay McKellar Black 1932-1934'

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Electrics behind Barry Street fire blaze

Key words

barry street watsonia

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

An electric fault caused a house fire in Barry Street Watsonia.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - William John Thompson

Key words

world war 1 project
william john thompson

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William John Thompson and his service in World War 1. William Thompson lived in Montmorency in the inter-war period.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - 'Humbled' at recognition

Key words

mark chetcuti
victoria police
greensborough police
banyule council

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Sergeant Mark Chetcuti received the Clyde James Smith Memorial Police Leadership Award for his policing work in the community. Sergeant Mark Chetcuti is based at the Greensborough Police Station.

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Photograph - Digital Image - Doug Hall and the "Pied Pipers"

Key words

doug hall

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Local band "The Pied Pipers". (left to right) Ron Stott on drums, Unknown on slap bass, Reg Groves on saxophone, Doug Hall on piano.

Significance

Local band led by pianist Doug Hall.

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Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1966 Form 1D

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1966 Form 1D

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1966 Form 1D

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Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1987 Year 11 Secretarial

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1987 Year 11 Secretarial

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1987 Year 11 Secretarial

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Photograph - Digital image - House, Poulter Avenue Greensborough 2016

Key words

poulter avenue greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of 62 Poulter Avenue Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Loyola: foundation stone 2012.

Key words

loyola seminary watsonia
loyola college

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Loyola Foundation stone (photographed in 2012). Latin inscription. Foundation stone for seminary laid in 1932. Part of a collection of photographs of Loyola College, The College was officially blessed and opened on 16/12/1934 with 8,000 people present. Grimshaw Street Watsonia, established 1980 on the site of the Loyola Seminary. The College purchased the original building in 2002. These photographs of the original building and grounds were taken by GHS member Jazz Burge in June 2012.

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Newspaper Clipping - Making room for cash

Key words

greensborough
garage sale trail

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

The "Garage Sale Trail" took place on 24th October 2015 with the opportunity for buyers to map out the sales in their area.

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Painting (Framed) - Oldstead Farmhouse by Doug Hall

Key words

doug hall
oldstead farm
oldstead road greensborough

Links: 03003:03047:04914 Oil painting of a house, in timber frame.

Historical information

Oldstead Farmhouse, painted by Greensborough artist, the late Doug Hall. Oldstead Farm was in the area around the present Oldstead Road Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of painting "Oldstead Farm, Doug Hall"

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Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Reginald E Sims, Greensborough Cemetery

Key words

reginald emerson sims
greensborough cemetery

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Memorial to Reginald E Sims (killed in action France 10/08/1918, buried at Proyart France) in Plot# O4 or O5 Greensborough Cemetery

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 early settlers in the district.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - A short history of Watsonia High School.

Key words

watsonia high school

One page timeline

Historical information

Brief history of Watsonia High School outlining developments from 1961 to 1989 when Greensborough Secondary College was formed from the amalgamation of Watsonia High and Watsonia Technical School.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Marcello hits a high note

Key words

watsonia
marcello damico
italian pensioners federation of victoria

News article 1 page, black text and colour image.

Historical information

One day, Watsonia musician and artist Marcello D'Amico decided to spend a few weeks volunteering with the Italian Pensioners' Federation of Victoria.

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Photograph - Greensborough Hotel

Key words

rank family
william rank

Sepia photograph mounted on brown board. Some damage to photo and mount.

Historical information

Photograph of group outside the original Greensborough Hotel situated in Church Street Greensborough. The man in the rear right holding a child has been identified as William Rank. The Rank family came from Heidelberg and it was common practice to drive horse and carriage to Greensborough for a gathering or picnic.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Tireless Erik delivers for 25 years

Key words

yallambie
meals on wheels

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Yallambie's Erik Pool is retiring after a quarter of a century of delivering tens of thousands of meals to the community.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1977 Year 10E

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1977 Year 10E

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1977 Year 10E

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - All unite in celebration: Church marks centenary

Key words

montmornecy uniting church

News clipping with text and colour image.

Historical information

Montmorency Uniting Church celebrated its centenary in August 2014. The Church building was designed by Alistair Knox and its stained glass window was hand crafted by parishioners.

Inscriptions & Markings

In pen: DV Leader 20/8/2014

Greensborough Historical Society,

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.

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