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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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7370 items

Newspaper Clipping - Sherriff may avoid a record

Key words

banyule city council
councillors
dean sherriff

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A former Banyule councillor and three other political allies of federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten who allegedly vandalized election material may avoid a criminal record.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Pamphlet - Banyule Youth Summit: 2018 report

Key words

banyule youth summit

4 p. printed in colour

Historical information

The Summit was held at the Heidelberg Golf Club on 15 May 2018, facilitated by Banyule Youth Services and with the participation of the Victorian State government and Banyule City Council

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Ruins of Church, Biroth

Key words

charles marshall
world war 1

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows ruins of Church in Biroth.

Inscriptions & Markings

No caption on this photograph

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Sculli Brother: photo on shop wall

Key words

sculli family

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The Sculli family came to Melbourne in the 1950s and in 1960 opened a fruit shop in Main Street Greensborough. This photo shows the Sculli family in their original shop. In 2016, they are operating a fruit shop in Greensborough Plaza.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Pamphlet - Noise and air quality: ESS Study Update

Key words

north east link

6 p., col. photographs

Historical information

Part of the Environmental Effects Statement for the North East Link planning approval process. This volume covers noise and air quality.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital Image - Washing on line, Egypt 1916

Key words

samuel rich
world war 1
egypt

Links: 03972-03987 Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Street scene - washing on line, Egypt 1916. Taken by Private Samuel Rich in 1916.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Eva and William Owen, St Helena Cemetery

Key words

st helena cemetery
owen family

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Eva Christina Owen (died 02/10/1969) and William Richard Owen (died 13/06/1972), St Helena Cemetery.

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 - Diamond Village Shopping Centre (Exterior 3), Watsonia, 2016

Key words

diamond village shopping centre
watsonia

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Diamond Village Shopping Centre (Exterior), Nepean Street Watsonia.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Watsonia Neighbourhood house - Seeing a way past abuse

Key words

domestic violence
watsonia neighbourhood house

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Domestic violence will be the topic of conversation at Watsonia Neighbourhood house next month

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital Image - Tin boats on dam at Greenhills

Key words

greenhills
dawn petts

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph of children in a tin boat on a dam in Greenhills

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Lest We Forget: Greensborough War Memorial Park

Key words

greensborough war memorial park
world war 1 armistace
bill telfer

News article 2 pages, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Vietnam veteran Bill Telfer will be among those paying their respects at the Greensborough War Memorial Park this Sunday to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Advertising Leaflet - 12 Barry Street Watsonia

Key words

barry street watsonia

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour.

Historical information

12 Barry Street Watsonia, 3 bedroom home. Auctioned 19/05/2018 for $740,000. Previous sale May 1995 for $100,000.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Secondary College Gr8750 Drinking Fountains.

Key words

greensborough college

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows the older drinking fountains at Greensborough College.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and Photograph - Greensborough Hill Climb

Key words

greensborough hill climb 1945
bill halliburton

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Information and photos about the Greensborough Hill Climb included a copy of the 1945 aerial survey showing the track.

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

Newspaper Clipping - Dome a part of history

Key words

diamond creek
community centre
clarrie stone

News article 2 pages, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Looking back at how Diamond Creek evolved.

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

Book - The tin shed and beyond; a history. Watsonia RSL Sub-branch.

Key words

watsonia rsl sub branch
returned services league of australia
watsonia

Paperback book, 148 p., illus, Black cover with illustration of RSL building.

Historical information

A history of the people and events that shaped the Watsonia RSL Sub-branch, from 1952 to 1993. Published in 1995.

Significance

Includes a full history of the development of the Watsonia RSL.

Inscriptions & Markings

On first page "Shirley Fraser-Balck. See page 10"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Shop keeps charm in move

Key words

hailes street greensborough
scissormans
johns barber shop
john goral

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Scissorman's Men's Hairdressing moved to 4 Hailes Street East and is now called John's Barber Shop.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - William Charles Bigmore

Key words

world war 1 project
william charles bigmore

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Charles Bigmore and his service in World War 1. At the time of William Charles Bigmore's enlistment, he was living in Kent Town, S. A.

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

Photograph - Digital image - Rose McLaughlin and others - bridge over Plenty River 1935.

Key words

myrtle mclaughlin
rosalie mclaughlin
frank oxley

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Rose McLaughlin, Frank Oxley (Cousin of John McLaughlin) Myrtle McLaughlin - Bridge over Plenty River 1935. John McLaughlin and Rosalie Ellen Whatmough came to Greensborough in 1840 from Belfast. These photographs from the collection of Myrtle McLaughlin show friends and relatives from the Greensborough and Plenty area.

Significance

This photograph shows some of the primitive conditions in the area.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Digital Image - AACC Handbook No.3: Sample pages

Key words

australian army
rations
cooking
drum pug oven
meat cuts

Digital copy of sample pages from a book

Historical information

Sample pages from "AACC Handbook No.3: Recipes and general hints on preparation of Army rations in SWPA". An example of a war time handbook issued to Australian Military Forces, and has a 'restricted' warning printed on cover. These sample pages include cuts of beef, mutton and pork, and a cross-section of a drum pug oven.

Significance

An example of a war time 'how-to' book.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Trevor Partington at bowls

Key words

trevor partington
greensborough bowling club

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Trevor Partington (far left) and friends at Bowling Club. Trevor (1936-2002) was a keen sportsman, playing over 300 games of football for Greensborough, cricket, athletics, wood chopping and bowling.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Tree fall at station halts trains

Key words

montmorency station
tree collapse

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

A tree collapsed across the platform of Montmorency station and onto a train on Tuesday night last week, forcing the Hurstbridge line to come to a standstill for up to three hours.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Membership Ticket - Digital Image - Greensborough Football Club, 1950

Key words

greensborough football club
membership tickets
partington family
ely family

Season ticket, cardboard. Cover: dark green with silver printing. Inside: white with green text

Historical information

This membership ticket belonged to John Ely. Tickets admit bearer to games. Tickets include the names of office-bearers of the Greensborough Football Club and the season's fixture or draw.

Significance

Gary Partington is a lifetime member of the football club and a GHS member. The Ely tickets were given to the late Trevor Partington when John Ely left the area and have been passed to Gary.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: "Greensborough Football Club. Season 1950". Inside: "Alan John Ely" in blue pen. Membership number "58" stamped inside.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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Newspaper - Heidelberg News: Special Edition August 27, 1997. 100 years of news.

Key words

heidelberg
diamond valley news
greensborough

Newspaper, 40 pages, text and some sepia images.

Historical information

A special edition of the Diamond Valley News and Heidelberger issued in 1997 to commemorate 100 years of news reporting in the area. Includes historical photographs of the area and some articles about the history.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Document - Interview with John Davidson Romeril, by Peter Simmenauer

Key words

oral history
briar hill
greensborough
romeril family

4 p. typescript

Historical information

John Romeril was born in Briar Hill and recounts his memories of living there during the Depression. When he married, he built a house in Santon Street Greensborough where he lived until 1974.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photographs and Postcard - Franklin Family

Key words

franklin family
greensborough railway station

Links: 01055.02475.02476.02477.02478.02480.02481.02484 13 black and white photographs, one col. post card, signed by Jean Franklin.

Historical information

Photographs of many members of the Franklin Family in the 1940s, with early photographs of Franklin family home and Greensborough Railway Station.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photographs are captioned with family names.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia Railway Station 1975

Key words

watsonia station
hurstbridge rail line

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Watsonia rail line being moved below road level mid 1970s. This photograph shows work on the cutting and beginning of station. Watsonia Station was opened in 1977 when the rail line was lowered to remove level crossings and duplicate the line between Macleod and Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Partington Family - Four generations

Key words

partington family
david medhurst

Digital copy of black and white photograph. Links: 01524.02494

Historical information

Four generations of the Partington family: Alan Partington, David Medhurst, Annie May Medhurst Partington and infant Elinor Partington

Significance

Four generations of a Greensborough pioneer family.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty