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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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6038 items

Article - William James Partington [cricketer]

Key words

william james partington
troy rowe

One page article, text and colour images.

Historical information

Comparison of William James Partington and his great grandson Troy Rowe, who both played cricket against England.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - View of Greensborough near Blackjack

Key words

robinson family
blackjack

Links: 02062.02063.02064.02065.02066.02067.02069.02071.02072.02073.02074.02076.02084.02085.02086.02087 Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

View of Greensborough near Blackjack. The Blackjack property, house and acres of fruit orchards ran down to the Plenty River off Hume Street Greensborough and was the home of the Robinson family to late 1956. The photographs were taken as slides by Frank Robinson and digitised by his son James in 2015.

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

School Magazine - Greensborough Secondary College GSC 92 Nell Nepean

Key words

greensborough secondary college
yearbook
school magazines

40 pages, cream cover, Title in blue ink. Contains text, graphics and class photos.

Historical information

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place over the year by using both photos and reports. Headmaster / Principal - Mr. Richard Thomson

Significance

A permanent record of who attended Greensborough Secondary College - both student and teacher in 1992 - includes photographs, articles and class photos

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1966 Fete Advertisement.

Key words

watsonia high school fair 1966

Digital copy of collage of advertising material for school fete.

Historical information

Advertising material for the Watsonia High School fete held on 19th March 1966.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Main Street outside Plaza entrance

Key words

main street greensborough
greensborough plaza

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

View of Main Street Greensborough outside the entrance to Greensborough Plaza.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photographs - Albion Crescent Greensborough

Key words

joy darling
albion crescent greensborough

Links: 00386.02245 Three photographs, copied, b&w

Historical information

Early photographs of Albion Crescent Greensborough. Photographs made prior to surfacing, curbing and guttering road. Joy Darling still living at this address at time of donation.

Inscriptions & Markings

#1: Looking east along Albion Crescent and up Peter & Joy Darling's drive One of the Darling girls (centre). #2: [Driveway of 33 Albion Crescent, one of Darling girls] #3: Looking east along Albion Crescent from driveway. [Pre-war (WW II) touring car, Joy Darling in car ?]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Document - Digital Image - Joe Murphy. Hall of Fame Citation

Key words

greensborough football club
gfc hall of fame
joe murphy

Links: 05239:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Joe Murphy as he is inducted into the Greensborough Football Club's Hall of Fame as a Legend

Significance

In 2016, the Greensborough Football Club inducted a number of their past players into the Hall of Fame. This Citation outlines the player's contribution to the Club.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Cemetery [sign]

Key words

greensborough cemetery

Digital copy of colour photograph of cemetery including sign.

Historical information

View of Greensborough Cemetery, including sign 26/07/2011. Photograph taken by Jasmin Burge.

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

Newspaper Clipping - Lap of honour for soldier on leave

Key words

greensborough
braden holmes
soldier

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A former Greensborough pool lifeguard-turned-soldier can't wait to visit his old stomping ground when he returns home from Iraq at Christmas.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Advertising Leaflet - 19 Banfield Terrace Greensborough

Key words

banfield terrace greensborough

Real Estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour both sides

Historical information

19 Banfield Terrace Greensborough, 4 bedroom, 2 storey home, sold 29 February 2012 for $790,000

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Sculli Brothers Fresh Fruit shop, Main Street Greensborough

Key words

main street greensborough
sculli family

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Sculli Brothers Fresh Fruit shop, Main Street Greensborough. The Sculli brothers opened their Greensborough fruit and vegetable business in 1960 shortly after migrating to Australia. Sculli's now operate from a store in Greensborough Plaza.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Plenty River Drive Bridge Roadworks 3.

Key words

plenty river drive
greensborough bypass

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

These photos show the duplication of the bridge over Plenty River Drive on the Greensborough Bypass, circa 1995.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital Image - Claude Amiet: group of photographs

Key words

claude amiet
louis amiet

Digital copy of 3 black and white photographs.

Historical information

Claude Amiet was the son of Louis Amiet, Headmaster of Greensborough State School from 1896 to 1916. This group of images includes a portrait, his cricket medal and blazer pocket.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription on cricket medal: "Awarded to C Amiet Best bowling average Season 1906-7"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - John Henry James Burrows

Key words

world war 1 project
john henry james burrows

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John Henry James Burrows and his service in World War 1. John Henry James Burrows was born in Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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Video Recording - Digital - Robert Hyde

Key words

greensborough football club
gfc hall of fame

Links: 05235:04705 Digital video recording. MP4. 2 min 18 sec.

Historical information

An interview with Robert Hyde about his memories of the Greensborough Football Club as he is inducted into the Club's Hall of Fame as a Member.

Significance

In 2016, the Greensborough Football Club inducted a number of their past players into the Hall of Fame. These recordings were made for the Hall of Fame Presentation.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1979 Grade 2.

Key words

greensborough primary school

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph (copy) - Prudence Partington and Maria Partington

Key words

partington
greensborough
greensborough cemetery
maria partington
prudence partington

An A4 black and white photocopy of 2 Partington sisters.

Historical information

The ladies are from the Partington family. Prudence Partington b 1858, d March 1930. Maria Partington b 1860, d January 1930. Both were unmarried. Both buried at Jessop Street Cemetery.

Significance

The Partington's were a pioneering family in the Greensborough district.

Inscriptions & Markings

The sisters' names are written in biro on the rear of the card.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Montmorency Primary School Mo4112 1975 Grade 1A

A colour photograph of Montmorency Primary School 1975, Grade 1A

Historical information

A colour photograph of Montmorency Primary School 1975, Grade 1A

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Lucky shopper, Northland 1970

Key words

northland

Digital copy of newspaper article.

Historical information

News article identifying the Northland Lucky Shopper, 1970.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - Bundoora, by Faye Fort

Key words

bundoora
fraser family
mcclean
clemments

Links: 00626.00807 One page of text.

Historical information

An oral history recollection by GHS member Faye Fort (nee Partington). Discusses Harold Fraser and family and other Bundoora identities.

Significance

Names early landowners in the Bundoora area.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Toffee tin

Key words

confectionery tins

Oval tin with coloured lid with design of young boy, dog and puppy

Historical information

Sweets tin, commonly used in mid-twentieth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: Chimney remains.

Key words

janefield

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: Chimney remains. The remains of this site are between Greensborough and Janefield. A RAAF Hygiene Training Camp was located on the Plenty River, just south of the Janefield community. It was in use from 1944 to 1946. The Camp was constructed from salvaged materials. Instruction included building and maintenance of grease traps, latrines, elementary plumbing and carpentry.

Significance

Early remains of a WW2 training camp

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

CD-ROM - Briar Hill Primary School - History

Key words

briar hill primary school
briar hill
marilyn smith

Links: 00086:00261:00868:00892 Burnt CD, Accompanies Item 086, folder of photos and information about Briar hill Primary School. BhP4341

Historical information

Information, photos and pictures of Briar Hill Primary School.

Significance

History of Briar Hill Primary School

Inscriptions & Markings

Briar Hill Primary School; research by Marilyn Smith.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Grimshaw Street development 2

Key words

grimshaw street greensborough
centrelink greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

View of development on Grimshaw Street Greensborough. This building house the Centrelink office.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Advertisement - Digital image - Henderson's Milk Bar, Greensborough, 1973.

Key words

hendersons milk bar
greensborough road greensborough

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement for Henderson's Milk Bar, 369 Greensborough Road.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Amy and Eunice Medhurst

Key words

amy christina medhurst
eunice sarah medhurst
medhurst family

Studio photograph of two young women, one standing and one seated. Sepia. Name of studio on front matt.

Historical information

Medhurst children, Amy Christina Medhurst born1888 and Eunice Sarah Medhurst born 1891.

Significance

Early 20th century portrait of children from the Medhurst family, a prominent Greensborough pioneer family

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Allan Studios 318 Smith Street Collingwood. Back: Amy Christina Medhurst 1888, Eunice Sarah Medhurst 1891.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Among world's best

Key words

leader sports star awards
jaryd clifford
mitchell iles
abbey martin

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Leader Sports Stars for 2016 are Mitchell Iles, Jaryd Clifford and Abbey Martin.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1923 Rounders Team and Grades 1-2

Key words

greensborough primary school
yandell family

Digital copy of 2 black and white school photographs.

Historical information

Class photographs of Greensborough School in the 1920s. Greensborough Rounders Team has surnames on back of original: Back Row: Fraser, Whiteway, Dorothy Yandell; Middle Row: Hood, Percal, Oakley, Weaver, Pile, Montford, Carlon; Front Row: Thomas, Clayton.

Significance

Early photographs of Greensborough Primary with some children identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Year written on front.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital Image - Buildings in Quasar Court (Larundel)

Key words

larundel hospital
quasar court bundoora

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows buildings in Quasar Court at the old Larundel Hospital site. Some buildings on this site are heritage listed on the Victorian Heritage Database. The Quasar Court buildings will be renovated into apartments.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Magazine - Watsonia High School Kurnaji Yearbook 1969

Key words

watsonia high school
yearbook
kurnaji
school magazines

48 Pages, Blue cover, Title "Kurnaji" in Black ink. Cover illustration - black ink line drawing. Headmaster / Principal - Mr. C.K. (Ken) Canty. 2 copies.

Historical information

Annual record of teaching staff, students and events that took place over the year by using both photos and reports.

Significance

A permanent record of Who attended Watsonia High School - both student and teacher in 1969 - includes photographs

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes Roll Call section with names of all students

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Advertising Leaflet - 47 Brentwick Drive Greensborough

Key words

brentwick drive greensborough

Real Estate advertising leaflet,1 sheet folded into 4 pages, printed in colour both sides.

Historical information

47 Brentwick Drive Greensborough, 4 bedroom house, sold 22/01/2018 for $920,000. Previous sales: June 1987 $35,000 and October 1986 $30,000.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - Australian Army Nursing Service 1914-1918 / by Rosie Bray

Key words

world war 1
nurses

9 p. col. & black & white illus.

Historical information

In this article GHS member, Rosie Bray discusses some of the local nurses who enlisted for service in World War 1.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Manuscript - Faye (Partington) Fort's memories of the old Greensborough she remembers.

Key words

mayger family
partington family
whatmough family
medhurst family
greensborough
pioneers

Links: 00058:02967 Spiral bound notebook, bright blue cover. 128 handwritten pages.

Historical information

Mrs Fort has lived in the Greensborough area all her life and is a member of the Partington family and the Whatmough family, pioneer families of the district. She has written her memories of early families in the district.

Significance

Contains information on many early families, both from Mrs Fort's memories and research into family history. The item will be transcribed into an electronic copy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside cover: Faye (Partington) Fort's memories of the old Greensborough she remembers.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Annie May Medhurst [as infant]

Key words

aniie may medhurst
annie may partington

Links: 01460.01528 Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Annie May Medhurst as infant. 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 later married William Partington in 1905.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - When small IS beautiful

Key words

hadchiti family
st marys primary school

Newspaper clipping, black and white text and image.

Historical information

Imaan Hadchiti and his sister Rima both have a rare condition which prevents their physical growth. They both attended St Mary's Primary School in Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Calendar - Banyule Community Calendar 2016: Banyule's great outdoors.

Key words

banyule city council
banyule community calendar

28 pages. Colour illustrations. Illustrations of local scenes and landmarks.

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 2016 calendar contains photographs of local scenes and activities. 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.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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Maps - Plenty River

Set of maps showing the Plenty River.

Historical information

These maps show the land use along the Plenty River. Both Aboriginal and white settlements are shown.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Give it a go; Bundoora Homestead.

Key words

bundoora homestead

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

The writer Daniel Paproth took a tour of Bundoora Homestead

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Oral history Collection - Bill Cecil

Key words

bill cecil
cecil family
greensborough football club
greensborough historical society
oral history

Oral history transcript by Bill Cecil, audio recording of talk presented to GHS meeting, PowerPoint of photographs.

Historical information

Bill Cecil is a member of GHS and a long time resident of Greensborough. Bill presented a lively talk to the June 2012 meeting of Greensborough Historical Society.

Significance

Bill provided details of the family run store in Greensborough and his involvement with the Greensborough Football Club.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1971 Form 2 Group 1

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Form 2 Group 1

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Form 2 Group 1

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Folder - Mayger Family

Key words

mayger family
maygar family
greensborough

20-page plastic binder, spiral bound, clear cover. Contains documents relating to the Mayger/Maygar family.

Historical information

Contents: Mayger family trees; entries from Digger database; copies of emails relating to family; copies of photographs; references to George Mayger in Melbourne directories 1874-1908; unassisted passenger list, G.Mayger; The Mayger family in Australia, compiled by Colin McKenzie.

Significance

History of the origins of this Greensborough family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collected by Greensborough Historical Society. Folder commenced 2012

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital Image - All Saints Anglican Church Greensborough. Signing the contract.

Key words

all saints anglican church greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

In 1970, All Saints' Anglican Church was rebuilt on the corner of Church and Grimshaw Streets Greensborough, replacing the timber church. This photograph shows Church officials signing the contract for the building of the new church, Taken late 1965 or early 1966.

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

Photograph - Digital image - Isabel Luxford with baby Jean, early 1920s.

Key words

luxford family

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Isabel Luxford with baby daughter Jean, early 1920s in Clark Street Abbotsford.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Advertisement - Digital image - Greensborough Bulk Store 1967

Key words

grimshaw street greensborough
greensborough bulk store

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

Advertisement in the local paper for Greensborough Bulk Store, 105 Grimshaw Street, Greensborough 1967.

Significance

Part of a collection of historic advertisements from local newspapers, showing local businesses from the mid 20th century.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1976 Grade 2T.

Key words

greensborough primary school

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1967 Grade 6B

Key words

greensborough primary school
greensborough state school

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Bundoora Cricket Club Committee 1974

Key words

bundoora cricket club

Digital copy of newspaper clipping.

Historical information

A list of executives and committee of the Bundoora Cricket Club [1974] includes several members of the Dyson family.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Digital image - Watsonia Road shopping strip 2, 2016

Key words

watsonia
watsonia road

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Watsonia Road shopping strip, Watsonia 2016. The strip is managed by the Watsonia Traders Association.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty