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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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6759 items

Booklet - Stories of the Olympic Village: life after the games, ed. by Rita Chiodo

Key words

olympic village
west heidelberg

38 p., black and white text and photographs

Historical information

Stories of people who lived in the Olympic Village West Heidelberg in the years between 1956 and 1999.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH Logo

Key words

watsonia high school

A colour photograph of the Watsonia High School Logo.

Historical information

A colour photograph of the Watsonia High School Logo

Significance

Watsonia High School was a local educational facility that was closed in 1989. In 1961; the new secondary schools at Banyule and Watsonia shared facilities at Banyule while Watsonia was being built. Greensborough Secondary College opened in 1990 which merged Watsonia High and Watsonia Technical School students together.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School Pool, Construction 1976. Spraying concrete 1.

Key words

watsonia high school
swimming pools greensborough
yarra swim school

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

Newspaper clippings - Bundoora Homestead to become arts precinct.

Key words

bundoora homestead
mount cooper

Collection of newspaper articles; text and black and white images.

Historical information

A collection of articles about Bundoora Homestead and Mount Cooper.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Carparks on the way

Key words

watsonia railway station

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

New CCTV cameras and extra parking spaces will improve safety at Watsonia Station.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Banyule recycling under fire from businesses

Key words

banyule city council
recycling

Newspaper clipping, black and white text.

Historical information

In 1995, Banyule City Council came under fire from businesses that wanted recycling collection.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Pioneer Reserve 2014 -8

Key words

pioneer reserve greensborough

Links: 02037.02038.02039.02040.02041.02042.02043.02044 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Pioneer Reserve, Greensborough is a small park on the corner of St Helena and Diamond Creek Roads. It is adjacent to the site of Greensborough's first bridge across the Plenty River, c. 1864 - 1960s. The shelter, viewing platform, retaining wall and entrance are built from the bridge's massive bluestone arched abutments dismantled between 1974 and 1983. Photograph by Marilyn Smith 2014.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Gemstones and Jewellery sale

Key words

greensborough
watsonia

Newspaper clipping, black and white text.

Historical information

Local Scene reports by Rosalie Bray include the Diamond Valley Gem Club, Greensborough Secondary College technology night and self defence classes at Yandell Kindergarten.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough Scouts need new tents

Key words

greensborough scout group
tents
scouts

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Dilapidated tents need to be replaced at the Greensborough Scout Group and members are calling on the community to lend a helping hand

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Leaflet - North East Link community update 04 April 2018; and, Map of proposed North East Link

Key words

north east link

1 sheet, printed in colour both sides (update) and single sided colour map and notes.

Historical information

Updates on North East Link project.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Charles and Laura Wightman

Key words

charles wightman
laura wightman
wightman family

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Picture of an older couple, Charles and Laura Wightman

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Bottle - MBCV brown beer bottle, circa 1930s

Key words

beer bottle
mbcv
world war ii
glass
spade mark

Brown glass bottle, 26 fluid ounce capacity. MBCV in small spade on shoulder, Carlton "C" on base.

Historical information

Made as bitter ale container in the 1930s to 1940s, World War 11 era.

Significance

Found near the former WW2 WAAAF base, north west of Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

MBCV (Manufacturers Bottle Company of Victoria)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - School gets rice ball rolling on fundraiser

Key words

montmorency
montmorency primary school
table for two
world food day

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Montmorency Primary School participated in Table for Two's World Food Day by making Japanese rice balls.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Railway Station

Key words

greensborough and greenhills

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This photograph of Greensborough Station 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. The Station is shown from the same angle as a sketch in the book.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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, Lower Plenty

Advertisement - Digital image - Ditchfield Real Estate, Watsonia, 1973

Key words

ditchfield real estate
lambourn road watsonia

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Ditchfield Real Estate, 2 Lambourn Road, Watsonia,1973.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1995 Whole School

Key words

briar hill primary school
briar hill state school

Digital copy of colour school photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1995 Whole School

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping - Jessie hits high note on birthday

Key words

jessie angus
jessie partington
jessie scholes
diamond valley choral society
cordner
e r cordner festival choir

Newspaper article and black and white image.

Historical information

This article celebrates the 80th birthday of Jessie Angus (nee Partington) and outlines her association with the Diamond Valley Choral Society and other choirs.

Significance

A tribute to a Greensborough identity including background information on the Choral Society.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Membership Ticket - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club, 1998

Key words

greensborough football club
membership tickets
partington family

Season ticket white cardboard with green text.

Historical information

This membership ticket belonged to a member of the Partington family. Tickets admit bearer to games. Tickets include the names of sponsors of the Greensborough Football Club and the season's fixture or draw. The "Life Member" status of the owner is stamped on the ticket.

Significance

Gary Partington is a Life Member of the football club and a GHS member. Members of the Partington family have been associated with the GFC for many years and the family were inducted into the Club's Hall of Fame in 2016.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: "Greensborough Football Club 1998" and club office bearers. Inside: Sponsor advertising, membership number "043" and "Life Member" stamped inside.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1982 Year 10B

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1982 Year 10B

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1982 Year 10B

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1974 Form 3A

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1974 Form 3A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1974 Form 3A

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

Flatiron

Key words

flatiron
irons

Small heavy black iron with strong cast handle and flat bottom.

Historical information

Iron would be heated on a stove, and used on pre-damped fabrics. In common use when electricity was not available, before electric irons were made. Also called "Sad-iron".

Inscriptions & Markings

"Silvester No. 5"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Oral History - Brooks (Brookes) by Ross Brookes

Key words

brooks family
brookes family
poulter
roberts

1 typed page.

Historical information

Ross Brooks is a descendant of the Poulter family and recounts the family connections with Greensborough.

Significance

Family connections in Greensborough are deceased.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Charles and Ellen Partington with James and Robert.

Key words

charles partington
ellen whatmough
ellen partington
partington family

Links: 01234:01240:01241 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Studio photograph of Charles and Ellen (nee Whatmough) Partington and sons James and Robert, taken on arrival in Melbourne. This photograph can be dated accurately as baby Robert died shortly after the family's arrival in Melbourne [ie Robert died on 1/2/1857].

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Advertising Leaflet - 1A Gilmour Court Greensborough

Key words

gilmour court greensborough

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour one side, black and white on reverse.

Historical information

1A Gilmour Court Greensborough, 4 bedroom brick veneer home, auctioned 21 December 2012, sold $487,501

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Station and platform early 1960s

Key words

greensborough station

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Greensborough Station and platform early 1960s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - Church History - St Katherine's Church St Helena 1858

Key words

st katherines church
st helena
anthony beale

Links: 00046.02230 3 pages. Cover with line drawing of St Katherine's Church St Helena. 2 page article on the history of the church.

Historical information

Tells the history of Major Anthony Beale, how he came to Victoria and how the area of St Helena got its name.

Significance

History of St Katherine's Church and the Beale family, pioneers of the Greensborough district in the 1840s.

Inscriptions & Markings

"To the memory of Katherine Rose - built by Major Anthony Beale"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Document, with newspaper clippings - Sergeant Peter Henry

Key words

neighbourhood watch
peter henry
victoria police

1 p. typescript, with 7 newspaper clippings from various publications

Historical information

Peter Henry joined the Police Force in 1972, spending much of his service in the Heidelberg, Thomastown, and Mill Park areas. From the early 1980s, he was responsible for setting up and coordinating many Neighbourhood Watch areas. He retired in September 2008.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Manuscript - Information re the Medhurst Whatmough and Partington families by Ivy Medhurst

Key words

medhurst family
ivy medhurst
methodist church
wesleyan church

20 page exercise book with handwritten family memoirs.

Historical information

Family memoirs of a descendant of Greensborough pioneer families. Deals mainly with the Medhurst family connection with the Methodist (Wesleyan) Church.

Significance

Explains the connection between the Medhurst family and the early history of the Wesleyan Church in Melbourne from the 1840s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title handwritten on cover: Information re the Medhurst Whatmough and Partington families by Ivy Medhurst, daughter of David and Martha.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty