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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.

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Article - Reginald Emerson Sims

Key words

world war 1 project
reginald emerson sims

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Reginald Emerson Sims and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living in Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Drive to save Strathallan Golf course.

Key words

strathallan golf club
campaign to save
petition

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A campaign to save Strathallan Golf Course is gaining steam with a petition against development garnering more than 1000 signatures.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital Image - Exterior of Kell's Cottage, 2000.

Key words

kell's cottage
claude amiet
cherel sartori

Digital copy of colour photographs

Historical information

Exterior of Kell's Cottage when sold in 2000. The house was built 1917, at 112 Henry Street Greensborough by William Mitchell on the 60 acre dairy farm owned by Ethel and Walter Kell. This collection of photographs was copied by Cherel Sartori (who owned the house from 1990-2000), following a visit by Claude Amiet who lived in the house as a child in the early 20th century.

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Newspaper clipping - A temporary bridge for Main Street.

Links: 00904:00958 Photocopy of news clipping (Item 958). Text and black and white images.

Historical information

Leading up to the opening of Greensborough Plaza, traffic along Main Street was affected by the part closure due to the construction of a road bridge over the railway line.

Significance

Significant infrastructure changes in Greensborough at the time of the opening of Greensborough Plaza in 1978.

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Magazine - Watsonia High School Magazine 1963

Key words

watsonia high school

20 Pages, Blue cover, Title in black with linocut illustration. Headmaster / Principal - Mr. L.G.Miller

Historical information

Depicts events and attitudes, primarily of students as they go through their adolescent years in the early 1960's. Watsonia High School now has three levels with increasing student numbers.

Significance

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place over the year by using both photos and reports. Includes Roll Call section with names of all students.

Inscriptions & Markings

Owner's name on cover

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Magazine - Greensborough Secondary College Yearbook.1994.

Key words

greensborough college
greensborough secondary college
yearbook
horizon
school magazines

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place in 1994. Includes black and white and colour photos and reports. 36 Pages (approx), Cover is a collage of student photos and artwork.

Historical information

Each year, the college yearbook reports on the people (students and staff) and events and activities that took place that year. Previous editions of this yearbook were titles "Horizon". Note: In 1989, Watsonia High School was merged with Watsonia Technical School to become Greensborough Secondary College.

Significance

A permanent record of who attended Greensborough College - both student and teachers, includes photographs.

Inscriptions & Markings

In pen inside front cover: "Donated by Rosie Bray"

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1966 Grade 6A

Key words

greensborough state school
greensborough primary school

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1966 Grade 6A

Greensborough Historical Society,

Folder of articles - World War 1 Project

Key words

world war 1 project
greensborough historical society

Red plastic binder containing over 150 articles, printed text and images. Each article is filed in plastic pocket.

Historical information

With the centenary of World War 1, members of the Greensborough Historical Society researched the local lads who signed up to serve in the Great War. We have included Nurses from the area and those who served at Mont Park. The Greensborough and district soldiers listed in the World War I Project all had a connection with the area. Names have been taken from the Fallen Soldier’s Memorial, Greensborough Primary School Honour Board, the Greensborough District Honour Board housed at the RSL and by searching through Australian War Memorial and National Archives of Australia records. Some of our soldiers settled in and made great contributions to life in Greensborough after the War. Articles are also available on the GHS website. Descendants or relatives with further information are urged to contact the Society. Family stories and photographs would be appreciated. Suggestions for additions to the list are most welcome.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - State Library of Victoria Reading Room from above 1947.

Key words

rex smith
state library of victoria dome

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows the Reading Room of the State Library of Victoria taken from above during the removal of blackout material from the SLV Dome in 1947. GHS member Rex Smith's father worked on this project.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Fire damage at Greensborough Football Club scoreboard (close-up)

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. Close-up of damaged scoreboard.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Booklet - The First Decade

Key words

arts society
diamond valley art society
ron reynolds
diamond valley art awards
digby watson
roland schultz
maria schultz
murray pulford
jan lowe

Two tone light and dark brown cover with artists palette design on the front and sketch of Greensborough Primary Shool on rear cover

Historical information

Early in the 1970's a number of people felt the need in the Greensborough community for an Arts Society, Prominent among them were were Ron Reynolds, Digby Watson,Murray Pulford, Roland and Maria Schultz. An article appeared in the Greenhills Community News seeking those interested in participating in such a society. A meeting was held in the home of Ron Reynolds on 15th July 1970 with approx. 20 people attending.

Inscriptions & Markings

Original owner written in pencil as June Hall

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - View from Rose McLaughlin's house, Beales Road Greensborough 1937.

Key words

shirley fraser
rosalie mclaughlin
beales road

Digital copy of black and white 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 the view from Rose McLaughlin's Beales Road home in 1937.

Significance

This photograph shows the rural nature of Greensborough in the 1930s.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1975 Form 1A

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1975 Form 1A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1975 Form 1A

Greensborough Historical Society,

Letter - Letter regarding the history of Bundoora Primary School no 1915.

Key words

janefield primary school
bundoora primary school
educational department of victoria

A typed letter from the Education Department of Victoria dated 22nd April 1977.

Historical information

The letter was written in response to a request for information on the history of Janefield (later Bundoora) Primary School. It includes details of the building, staff and enrolments in the 1870s.

Significance

This letter has details of the history of the Janefield (later Bundoora) primary school and was used to establish a date for it's Centenary celebrations.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Old orchard at Partington Flat

Key words

partingtons flat
partington family

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Remnants of the Partington orchard at Greensborough on land that is now the Partingtons Flat reserve in Greensborough. Charles Partington and family came to Melbourne in the 1840s and moved to Greensborough where they farmed along the Plenty River. This dog belonged to Jessie Partington.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - St Helena Cemetery

Key words

st katherines church
rose chapel
anthony beale
katherine rose beale

Links: 00601:01216:01217:01221:01346:01732:01763:02557 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

St Katherine’s Church St Helena, entry gates with Church in background. St Katherine’s Church was built in 1856 (known as the Rose Chapel after the wife of Major Anthony Beale, Katherine Rose Beale). The Church was destroyed by fire in 1957 then restored. The Cemetery was initially the burial place of the Beale family but now approximately 200 people are buried there. [Studio: Butterworth]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Charles Frederick Marshall 1917

Key words

charles marshall
world war 1

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows Charles Marshall in Egypt, 1918

Inscriptions & Markings

"Charles Marshall. Egypt 1918"

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Victor Davies and Agnes Davies, St Helena Cemetery

Key words

st helena cemetery
victor davies
agnes davies

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The Grave of Victor Davies (died 30/05/1929) and Agnes Davies (died 25/09/1982), 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,

Photograph - Digital image - Harry Alexander

Key words

harry alexander
heidelberg golf club

Didital copy of black and white studio portrait.

Historical information

Harry Alexander was the greenkeeper at Heidelberg Golf Club. He is shown in uniform with his wife and two daughters.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Advertisement - Digital image - Marcia Models Hats

Key words

marcia models

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by a GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement for "Marcia" Models Hats is from 1935.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Bundoora: What's in a Suburb?

Key words

bundoora
mont park

1 page, text, photos and map.

Historical information

A short history of Bundoora from its earliest subdivision in 1838 to the end of the 20th century. Includes information on hospitals in the area - Larundel, Mont Park,

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Edmund James, St Helena Cemetery

Key words

st helena cemetery
james family

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Edmund James (died 24/04/1898), 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,

Photograph - Digital image - Dr Woods House corner St Helena and Diamond Creek Roads Greensborough

Key words

diamond creek road
st helena road

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

A landmark house in the Greensborough area (belonging to Dr Woods in he 1920s), situated on the corner of Diamond Creek and St Helena Roads.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - The Batman Tree 1841

Key words

batmans apple tree
apples
john batman
robert whatmough
frederick nevin flintoff
plenty river
1841

One page of text and illustration.

Historical information

Brief history of the early life of the Batman Apple Tree in Greensborough. Compiled in 2011.

Significance

This is possibly the oldest apple tree in Victoria. It was planted on the banks of the Plenty River in 1841.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of William J. Hall, Greensborough Cemetery

Key words

william j hall
greensborough cemetery

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone [damaged].

Historical information

Grave of William J. Hall (died 1883) in Plot# G7 Greensborough Cemetery. Photograph taken by Noel Withers 30/07/2009.

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. The cemetery holds approximately 250 grave sites with 350 people buried there.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - The Australian Police Forces by G. M. O'Brien

Key words

police
victoria police

268 p., illus. Hard cover.

Historical information

This book relates the history of policing in Australia from the early days of European settlement.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Railway Road Rail Bridge over Plenty River Briar Hill

Key words

railway road greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Rail bridge over Railway Road Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

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Compact Disk - Interviews with Bill Cecil, Tom Skals and Jean Luxford.

Key words

oral history
bill cecil
jean luxford
tom skals
noel withers
santon family

Links: 00474:00709:01272 1 compact disk with audio files

Historical information

Contains interviews with long time Greensborough district residents, Jean Luxford, Bill Cecil and Tom Skals. CD also contains a file of articles on the Santon family.

Significance

Oral history recordings, not transcribed.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Interviews with Tom Skals, Jean Luxford and Bill Cecil"

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - Bible: King James version. Owned by Black family.

Key words

black family
bible
shirley fraser

Blue cloth cover. King James version Bible containing Old and New Testaments.

Historical information

Owned by Shirley Fraser (nee Black)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Abacus Child Care Centre takes stand on behalf of children.

Key words

abacus child care centre
bravehearts

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Children and staff at a Greensborough child care centre support White Balloon Day. The Abacus Child Care Centre was established in 1994.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - Ships' deserters 1852-1900

Key words

deserters
gold rush
ships
australia immigration.

535 pages. Blue and white soft cover, library label on spine, covered in clear contact.

Historical information

A record of known deserters from sailing ships 1852-1900.

Significance

Useful for those undertaking family tree research.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside note in pencil "40 pages missing"

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - Agnes Helena May Ferguson

Key words

world war 1 project
agnes helena may ferguson

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Agnes Helena May Ferguson and her service in World War 1. Prior to enlistment she was working at 14 AAH (Australian Auxiliary Hospital)Macleod.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Mountainview Road Briar Hill: old house 2.

Key words

mountainview road briar hill

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Old house at 113 Mountainview Road Briar Hill.

Significance

A record of the changing face of Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Business card - Digital Image - Plenty Valley Printing Greensborough

Key words

plenty valley printing
para road greensborough

Coloured business card

Historical information

Plenty Valley Printing is a Greensborough graphic design and printing business.

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School Wa4838 1972 Grade 1D

Key words

watsonia state school
watsonia primary school

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1972 Grade 1D

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - Preserving a link with the past

Key words

batman apple tree
flintoff
plenty river
greensborough

Downloaded copy of article. Text and b&w photo.

Historical information

1937 article describing the Apple Tree on Plenty River at Greensborough, its possible origins and steps to preserve it.

Significance

Early attempts to preserve the Batman Apple Tree and alternative explanations of its origins.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Map - MMBW Plan No.481

Key words

melbourne and metropolitan board of works
mmbw
greensborough

MMBW plan, black and colour ink on beige parchment, 2 copies.

Historical information

MMBW plan of part of central Greensborough, Main Street and surrounds, from sports ovals in North to Grimshaw Street in South.

Significance

Map shows buildings and topography for the area.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Scale:160 feet to 1 inch"

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Banyule Council Taj Mahal now open for council business

Key words

banyule city council
greensborough
one flintoff

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

Banyule Council has finally moved into its flash new headquarters, dubbed the “Taj Mahal”, in Greensborough at a cost of $31 million.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Scales - Postage scales

Key words

scales
ounces
postage
mail
sec
state electricity commission
greensborough

Metal scales on timber base, 4 brass weights.

Historical information

These scales were used to weigh the outgoing mail at the SEC (State Electricity Commission) premises in Main Street Greensborough.

Significance

This item is significant as it demonstrates a by-gone method of weighing mail. It is also significant as it uses pre-metric measurements, placing its age before 1966.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each weight is inscribed with its weight - 1/2, 1, 2 and 4 ounces.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Banyule Disability permit plan

Key words

disability permit
greensborough
banyule city council

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

A disability carer was left seeing red after his mum was slugged a newly introduced fee to renew her disability parking permit.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Pioneer Children's Cemetery [from above]

Key words

pioneer childrens cemetery
plenty river
maroondah aqueduct
partington
whatmough

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

The unmarked graves of the children of two Greensborough pioneer families lie in a private cemetery on the Plenty River. Burials occurred between 1848 and 1860. This photograph is taken from above the cemetery site looking towards the Plenty River with the Maroondah Aqueduct in the background.

Significance

An important historical site in Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - Indigenous Service: a resource book for secondary schools.

Key words

world war i
indigenous australians
aborigines
torres strait islanders

66 pages, colour illustrations, fold out map. Spiral binding with fold around outer cover.

Historical information

This volume is a resource for secondary schools to investigate the wartime experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the First World War to the present.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - Greensborough

Key words

greensborough
kangaroo point
edward green
poulter
mann
chapman
magger
mayger
melbourne to sydney mail contract

2 page printed document outlining the activities and motives of Edward Bernard Green, an early owner of the area of land that became Greensborough.

Historical information

Details the history of the current Greensborough township. It also mentions the early settlement of Kangaroo Point.

Significance

Mentions early settlers such as William Poulter, James Chapman, James Mann and Edwin Willis Magger (Maygar).

Inscriptions & Markings

Pencilled words on front page.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph (Copy) - Children of Shirley and Trevor Partington

Key words

partington family
steven partington
warren partington

Copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Children of Trevor and Shirley Partington: (right to left) Warren, Steven and Sharyn.

Inscriptions & Markings

Family connections written on copy

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Home of Bill and Dot Splatt.

Key words

methodist church greensborough
grimshaw street
splatt family

Links: 00656:00691:00866:01054 Copy of Black and white photograph. Copy 2 printed Item 1054.

Historical information

From accompanying typed caption: "Home of Bill and Dot Splatt. Purchased approx 1915-1918 and stayed in the family until mid 1950s. 37 Grimshaw Street Greensborough - site of Methodist Church."

Significance

This home was demolished for the site of the 'new' Greensborough Methodist Church.

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption is typed.

Greensborough Historical Society,

DVD - DVFL 1990 B-Grade Preliminary Final. Greensborough vs Lalor

Key words

diamond valley football league
greensborough football club
lalor football club

1 DVD

Historical information

DVD of the DVFL 1990 B-Grade Preliminary Final. Greensborough vs Lalor.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - The Austin Hospital. 1882-1972; by Gwen Rogerson.

Key words

austin hospital
heidelberg
gwen rogerson

Unpublished manuscript. Typewritten, 121 pages, includes photocopied illustrations pasted into manuscript.

Historical information

This unpublished manuscript was written to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg.

Significance

This manuscript contains copies of illustrations and documents from the early days of the Austin Hospital.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Graves of 3 soldiers, 3rd Australian Machine Gun Squadron, A Troop 2.

Key words

charles marshall
world war 1

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows the graves of 3 soldiers, 3rd Australian Machine Gun Squadron, A Troop, killed at Beersheba 31st October 1917.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Graves of 3 M.G.S. boys at Beersheba 31-10-17. C. Herrits"

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Loyola College Tour Wa1810 [Advertisement]

Key words

loyola college

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Advertisement for school tours at Loyola College.

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1965 Grade 2B

Key words

greensborough state school
greensborough primary school

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1965 Grade 2B

Greensborough Historical Society,