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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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6159 items

Book - 1997 Community Guide Nillumbik

Key words

nillumbik shire council
handbooks

64 pages. Cover is pale yellow with colour drawings.

Historical information

Guide to services provided by Nillumbik Shire Council. Nillumbik Shire is located 25 kilometres north-east of Melbourne and the southern boundary is the Yarra River. The south of Nillumbik is predominantly urban, with commercial centres at Eltham and Diamond Creek. The north of the municipality includes significant natural features like Kinglake National Park and Sugarloaf Reservoir

Significance

Annual guide to services in Nillumbik.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Portrait of Edward Green

Key words

edward bernard green
greensborough history

Digital copy of portrait.

Historical information

Portrait of Edward Green. In the 1840s, Edward B. Green ran the mail service between Melbourne and Sydney and owned a parcel of land on the Plenty River. He engaged a surveyor to draw up plans and lay out a township on the slopes overlooking the river, and to mark out small farm holdings on the flats. This small township named after him is now Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping (copy) - Rotavets disband

Key words

rotary club of greensborough
greensborough rotavets

Copy of newspaper article

Historical information

The Greensborough Rotavets raised money for local charities from the late 1970s to 1987 when they disbanded.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - Herbert Charles Poulter

Key words

world war 1 project
herbert charles poulter

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Herbert Charles 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, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Ruby Olive Poulter

Key words

ruby poulter
poulter family

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Ruby Olive 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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1978 Year 1E

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1978 Year 1E

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1978 Year 1E

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - Bruce Alexander Pope

Key words

world war 1 project
bruce alexander pope

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Bruce Alexander Pope and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Diamond Creek. Bruce Pope farmed in the Greensborough area post-war.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Map - Keelbundora. Counties of Bourke and Evelyn

Key words

keelbundora (parish)

Photocopy of digitised map

Historical information

Covers area bounded by Merri Creek, Yarra River, Plenty River and Crown Portions 24 to 28, with section including Maroondah Aqueduct and Darebin Creek.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - View over Greensborough from Sondemeyer's Hill

Key words

greensborough

Links: 01257.01772 Digital copy of sepia photograph.

Historical information

Early 20th century view of Greensborough showing the rural nature of the area at this time.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Booklet - Watsonia High School Profile

6 typed pages, blue cover with black and white image.

Historical information

An introduction to Year 7 includes Year 7 curriculum, pathways into subsequent years and an outline of school rules and services.

Significance

A snapshot of the Year 7 curriculum and school rules at Watsonia High School in 1986

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Jennifer Kay Beasy, St Helena Cemetery

Key words

st helena cemetery
jennifer kay beasy

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The grave of Jennifer Kay Beasy (died 25/12/1999), (nee Oakley) a descendant of the Fielding family)

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

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Thomas E Silk, Greensborough Cemetery

Key words

thomas silk
greensborough cemetery

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Thomas E. Silk (died 07/08/1924) in Plot#J7 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 of the early settlers in the district. The cemetery holds approximately 250 grave sites with 350 people buried there.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Key words

victor bonsak
mary bonsak
greensborough cemetery

Links: 01855.01931.01966 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Victor Bonsak (died 1891) and Mary Bonsak (died 1938) in Plot# N3 Greensborough Cemetery. Photograph taken by Noel Withers 2009.

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 of the early settlers in the district and an early set of records note that the cemetery holds approximately 250 grave sites and 350 people buried there.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photographs - Lions Club of Greensborough

Key words

lions club of greensborough
volunteers
social activities

Links: 00611.01400.01401.01402 A group of 5 photographs relating to the activities of the Lions Club of Greensborough in the 1969 - 1970 period.

Historical information

The Lions Club of Greensborough is an active part of the community activities in Greensborough. These photographs depict Lions Club members at a BBQ, sorting donated toys, with exchange students.

Significance

The photographs show the Lions' members engaging in the activities of the organisation.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each photograph has the subject matter described on the rear in blue biro.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - The Australian people: an encyclopedia of the nation, its people and their origins, ed. by James Jupp

Key words

immigration
australia history

940 p. hardback, maps, tables, photographs

Historical information

Entries on history of immigration and settlement in Australia, and its effects on Australian society and culture.

Significance

The standard work on immigration and ethnic groups in Australia.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - Lionel Almond

Key words

world war 1 project
lionel almond

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Lionel Almond and his service in World War 1. Lionel Almond was born in Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping - Lend a hand this season to the needy

Key words

greensborough plaza
diamond valley foodshare inc
food bag appeal greensborough

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Greensborough Plaza launches its annual Food Bag Appeal in conjunction with Diamond Valley Foodshare in the lead up to Christmas 2014.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Folder of Documents - Formation of Greensborough Secondary College 1989.

Key words

greensborough college
amalgamation
watsonia high school
watsonia technical school

Manilla folder with black binding tape on folded edge containing 4 documents printed on A4 paper.

Historical information

In 1989 Greensborough Secondary College was formed from the amalgamation of Watsonia High School and Watsonia Technical School. These documents include the reorganisation proposal, minutes of the Local Planning Committee meeting held on 5th May 1988 and staff responsibility lists from 1988 and 1989.

Significance

These documents indicate the changes occurring at the time of amalgamation including the responsibilities of staff.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in texta pen on front cover: "1989 Formation of Greensboro' [sic] Secondary College. Watsonia H.S., Watsonia Tech School"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Main Street Road and Rail Bridge job to cost $254,000, 1974

Key words

main street greensborough
greensborough station
rail bridge greensborough

Digital copy of newspaper clipping, black text.

Historical information

Proposed reconstruction of the road-over-rail bridge in Main Street Greensborough was expected to cost $254,000 in 1974.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Call to protect homes from slithery intruders after snake sightings

Key words

banyule
nillumbik
snakes

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

An unusually hot spring has seen snakes out to bask in the sun in Nillumbik and Banyule backyards.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough College Students On the rebound

Key words

greensborough college

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Students at Greensborough College are jumping for joy after their school's multimillion-dollar upgrade was unveiled.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clippings - Collection of news articles on Greensborough War Memorial Park.

Key words

greensborough war memorial park
war memorial trust

6 photocopied pages.

Historical information

Collection of news articles from 1964-1967 on Greensborough War Memorial Park and the eventual dissolution of the War Memorial Trust.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH Debutante Ball

Photograph of Watsonia High School Debutante Ball

Historical information

Photograph of Watsonia High School Debutante Ball

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photographs - GHS Heritage Day 2016

Key words

greensborough historical society
heritage day 2016

10 color photographs.

Historical information

Photographs of the annual Greensborough Historical Society Heritage Day, 29th October 2016. Show members and visitors at the barbeque lunch.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each photo captioned on back.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Greensborough Station's - Graham Osborne Ticket Officer - Idea for station blossoms.

Key words

greensborough station
graham osborne

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Graham Osborne, ticket officer at Greensborough Station has planted a garden between the track and Poulter Avenue.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Banyule Council Campaign over Budget Shortfall

Key words

banyule city council

News clipping, black text.

Historical information

Banyule Mayor Craig Langdon dismisses concerns that $12.5 million will be cut from council services.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia Road unit development , 2016

Key words

watsonia
watsonia road

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Unit development in Watsonia Road, Watsonia 2016.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Business card - Diamond Valley Plaster Products

Key words

business cards
plaster

Business card, printed in blue and red on white

Historical information

Moved from 191 Para Road Greensborough to current address 20 Sherbourne Road in 2013.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brett Rooff, Assistant manager

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Gramophone Needles - His Master's Voice Gramophone needles in tin.

Key words

his masters voice
styluses (audio)
gramophone needles

Metal box containing brass gramophone needles

Historical information

Gramophone needles (stylus) used in gramophones which played 78 rpm shellac records. Tin has the His Masters Voice dog on lid.

Inscriptions & Markings

"His Master's Voice" Loud tone English gramophone needles, manufactured for the Gramophone Company Limited, Sydney N. S. W.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Advertising Poster - Catch a carp fishing competition

Key words

aussie angler
plenty river

Colour advertisement. Attached is business card.

Historical information

Flyer advertising the Plenty River carp cull March 2015

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty