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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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5284 items

Newspaper clipping - Fruit historic to the core

Key words

batman apple tree
greensborough
kevin patterson
frederick flintoff
plenty river

Photocopy of news clipping from "The Sun" 29/7/1988

Historical information

Local historian Kevin Patterson discusses the origins of the "Batman" apple tree on the banks of the Plenty River.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in black pen "The Sun" 29/7/1988.

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Newspaper clipping - Centre calls for cost relief

Key words

kalparrin
disabled childrens care
hydrotherapy

A 2 page newspaper clipping with 3 coloured photographs showing a mother swimming with her child.

Historical information

The article is about the Kalparrin Early Childhood Intervention program which provides therapy sessions, support and carer information for children and families in Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Banyule.

Significance

Kalparrin is a major provider of care for disabled children in the local district.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia High School 1963 Form 2A

Key words

watsonia high school

A photograph of Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1963 Form 2A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1963 Form 2A

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - "Anzac Coves": Postcard 1918

Key words

luxford family
cecil jessop
anzac coves revue
world war 1

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

The "Anzac Coves" was a revue created by Frank Crossley during the First World War. This postcard dated 14 June 1918, shows Cecil Jessop top left, Wallace Luxford top right.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Calendar - Diamond Valley Community Support Inc. Annual Report 2010-2011. Calendar. 2012.

Key words

diamond valley community support

28 pages. Colour illustrations. Annual report in calendar format. Illustrations of flowers and plants.

Historical information

The annual report of Diamond Valley Community Support Inc. is presented in a calendar format. In this 2012 edition the calendar is illustrated with photographs of native flowers and plants.

Significance

The annual report is a record of the activities and services of Diamond Valley Community Support Inc.

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Article - Arthur James Spencer

Key words

world war 1 project
arthur james spencer

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Arthur James Spencer and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at North Melbourne; the Spencer family later moved to Bundoora.

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Article - Joshua Henry Robinson

Key words

world war 1 project
joshua henry robinson

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Joshua Henry Robinson and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was working at Mont Park

Greensborough Historical Society,

newspaper clipping - Scouting runs in the Parr family.

Key words

scouting
watsonia venturers
queens scout
parr family

A photocopy of a newspaper article on a scouting family.

Historical information

The story is about a brother and sister who have each been invested as Queen's Scouts.

Significance

The Parr family were residents of Watsonia when this award was archived.

Inscriptions & Markings

Biro writings above and below the article.

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Pamphlet - Caring for your wartime memorabilia: a guide to preserving your family's heritage items.

Key words

conservation of materials

34 p. spiral bound illus.

Historical information

Basic information on conservation of memorabilia and historical documents, especially military items.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Streetscape: corner Diamond Creek and St Helena Roads [Greensborough]

Key words

greensborough and greenhills

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

This photograph of the corner Diamond Creek and St Helena Roads 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 house on the corner is the subject of one sketch in the book.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Centre celebrates 40 years of education.

Key words

diamond valley learning centre
dvlc
lobbs tea rooms

Text and colour image.

Historical information

Diamond valley Learning Centre (DVLC) first opened in 1973 to support local women. It now runs a range of courses for all ages.

Significance

DVLC celebrated 40 years in 2013. It is an important Greensborough community centre.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Australian troops in Damascus

Key words

charles marshall
world war 1

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Straight Street Damascus.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Damascus. The end of the street called Straight. The gate where St Paul escaped"

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - CEO named to steer North East Link Project

Key words

north east link
metropolitan ring road
duncan elliott

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

An engineer with decades of experience will be appointed chief executive of the new specialist North East Link Authority.

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Photograph - Digital image - A Naval cadet named Hector

Key words

charles marshall
world war 1

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph of a naval cadet named Hector.

Inscriptions & Markings

"from Hector"

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Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Secondary College Gr8750 Buildings 3.

Key words

greensborough college

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

These photographs show the exterior of existing buildings and grounds at Greensborough College.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Window - Shire of Diamond Valley

Key words

shire of diamond valley

Clear glass door insert. Etched with insignia of Shire of Diamond Valley.

Historical information

This glass door insert is one of a pair previously inserted into the entrance doors to the Shire of Diamond Valley offices in Greensborough. The Shire of Diamond Valley was a Local Government Area located about 20 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The shire covered an area of 74.38 square kilometres and existed from 30/09/1964 until 1994. After the local government mergers of 1994, the Shire of Diamond Valley offices were used by the Nillumbik Council.

Significance

This etched glass is a reminder of the Shire of Diamond Valley. As a large piece of glass it is fragile and could have easily been lost or broken when the Diamond Valley offices changed ownership.

Inscriptions & Markings

Glass is etched with the coat of arms of the Shire of Diamond Valley surrounded by inscription 'Shire of Diamond Valley. Proclaimed 1964'.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - Ancestors of Eric Alexander Whatmough

Key words

whatmough family
eric alexander whatmough

62 pages, b&w photographs. A4 printout of "Ancestors of Eric Alexander Whatmough" Clear plastic front cover and black card back cover.

Historical information

Lists 5 generations of ancestors from Eric Alexander Whatmough

Significance

A significant family history with links to Greensborough district in the 1800s, particularly in the 2nd to 5th generations.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some annotations of persons living in Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Willis Vale

Key words

willis vale
partington family
robert whatmough
maygar family

Links: 01608:01631 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

House built by Edward Maygar, Robert Whatmough lived there mid 19th century and later sold to Partington family. It was located on the Plenty River at Partington's Flat Greensborough. The derelict Willis Vale house was destroyed c1966 when a fire originating from North Plenty Gorge - Kurrak Road - was lit by two teenage boys and made its way several kilometres down to Partington's Flat Greensborough. This photo was taken after the Partington's moved house in 1947 across the river where Alan built their new Alwyn house that had access to electricity.

Significance

A pioneer home in Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping - Greenhills: by name and appearance.

Key words

greenhillls
andrew yandall reserve
a k lines
cecil jessop
partington
sutherland homes
st helena

A photocopy of a newspaper article on the history of Greenhills.

Historical information

The article was written by Rosalind Resigh as part of a series on the origins and history of local communities.

Significance

Gives the historical details of Greenhills and adjoining areas of Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1967 Grade 2B

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,

Photograph - Digital image - Loyola courtyard 2012.

Key words

loyola college

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Loyola courtyard 2012. Part of a collection of photographs of Loyola College, Grimshaw Street Watsonia, established 1980 on the site of the Loyola Seminary. The College purchased the original building in 2002. These photographs of the original building and grounds were taken by GHS member Jazz Burge in June 2012.

Greensborough Historical Society,

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1979 Grade 5.

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,

Photograph - Digital image - Uncle Bill's kids, 1935

Key words

mcdowell family
coventry family

1p., sepia photograph and notes

Historical information

Members of the Coventry and McDowell family, with some family relationships in the notes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names and relationships of the nine subjects

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Grimshaw Street Estate Agents

Key words

grimshaw street greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

View of real estate precinct, Grimshaw Street Greensborough. Buckingham Real Estate 104 Grimshaw Street.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Briar Hill Timber Hardware Interior

Key words

briar hill timber and hardware

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Briar Hill Timber and Hardware was situated in Sherbourne Road Briar Hill. These photographs were taken by Frank Solomon shortly before the business closed.

Significance

This business and its predecessor Briar Hill Timber was a landmark in the area.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping - Jess's lifelong passion.

Links: 00164:00165:01151 Newspaper article and black and white image.

Historical information

This article celebrates the music of Jessie Angus (nee Partington) and outlines her association with the Diamond Valley Choir and other choirs.

Significance

A tribute to a Greensborough identity including background information on the Choir and her family, Greensborough pioneers.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Grimshaw Street development 3

Key words

grimshaw street greensborough
centrelink greensborough

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Property development in Grimshaw Street Greensborough. This building houses the Centrelink office.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper - The Heidelberg News and Greensborough & Diamond Creek Chronicle 1905

Key words

heidelberg
greensborough
diamond creek

Broadsheet, 4 p., folded twice

Historical information

Original copy of The Heidelberg News and Greensborough & Diamond Creek Chronicle from December 1905.

Significance

Contains local news and many advertisements

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - Historic Buildings of Victoria

Key words

melbourne architecture
victoria architecture
historic buildings victoria
national trust of australia
victoria

278 pages, black and white illustrations. Hard cover. Dust jacket has illustration of interior of the Library of the Supreme Court

Historical information

A listing of National Trust listed buildings from around Victoria in 1966. Each entry has a photograph and caption with some history of the building. Arranged by region.

Significance

The development of architectural style in Victoria.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Article - Origins of the name "Greensborough"

Key words

edward bernard green
greensborough
origins of name

2 x A4 pages downloaded from Victorian Historical Magazine (1913) Vol 3, Issue 10, pages 79-80.

Historical information

From an article on Victorian pioneers and their services to the state. This section describes the life of Mr Edward Bernard Green after whom Greensborough was named.

Significance

Gives the origins of the name Greensborough and an outline of the life of the man behind the name, E.B.Green.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover sheet: Greensborough. Origins of the name 'Greensborough". Source: Victorian Historical Magazine (1913) Vol 3, Issue 10, pages 79-80.

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Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1972 Form 5F

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1972 Form 5F

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1972 Form 5F

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Document - Digital Image - Arthur Dobson. Hall of Fame Citation

Key words

greensborough football club
gfc hall of fame
arthur franklin

Digital copy of Citation and photographs Link:5248:4705

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Arthur Dobson as he is inducted into the Greensborough Football 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. This Citation outlines the player's contribution to the Club.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Ruler - Scale rule for map reading

Key words

map reading
scale ruler

Small plastic rule, cream colour with black markings.

Historical information

Small rule to measure distance when reading a scale map. Measurements in yards or meters.

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Photograph - Greensborough Hotel

Key words

rank family
william rank

Sepia photograph mounted on brown board. Some damage to photo and mount.

Historical information

Photograph of group outside the original Greensborough Hotel situated in Church Street Greensborough. The man in the rear right holding a child has been identified as William Rank. The Rank family came from Heidelberg and it was common practice to drive horse and carriage to Greensborough for a gathering or picnic.

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Newspaper Clipping - Tom Vickers remembers the days of playing footy in Main Street.

Key words

tom vickers
cordner family
main street greensborough

Photocopy of a news article, black and white text and image.

Historical information

Greensborough chemist Tom Vickers recall the early days after he came to Greensborough 1941 - playing football in the Main Street, working closely with Doctor Cordner and delivering prescriptions to Hurstbridge via train.

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Newspaper Clipping - Trial for man after teen's pub fight death

Key words

patrick cronin

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

The man charged with killing teen Patrick Cronin has been ordered to stand trial. Andrew William Lee, 33, last Wednesday formally pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

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Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: Basalt remains

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: Basalt 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,

Greeting Card - Bluestone House [corner Church Lane and Hailes Street]

Key words

greensborough houses
greeting cards
maria barbaro
hailes street

Links: 00356:00449:00546:00743:01259 A small greeting card featuring a painting of a bluestone house, corner of Church Lane and Hailes Street Greensborough. There is also an envelope included.

Historical information

An original bluestone cottage from Greensborough’s early days. Original artwork by Maria Barbaro.

Significance

This card is part of a series of well known Greensborough homes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ink stamp on rear cover states "Original Artwork by Maria Barbaro" www.mariabarbaro.com

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Magazine - Valley Views. October1991. October/November 1994.

Key words

shire of diamond valley
greensborough
valley views
diamond valley

Two editions of Valley Views. 1991 edition is 8 pages in broadsheet format (40 x 29cm), black and white illustrations. 1994 edition is 12 pages, colour illustrations, A4 (30 x 21 cm).

Historical information

Valley Views was the newsletter of the Shire of Diamond Valley. The Shire of Diamond Valley was a Local Government Area located about 20 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The shire covered an area of 74.38 square kilometres and existed from 1964 until 1994.

Significance

1994 edition commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Shire of Diamond Valley, in the final year before the Victorian state government amalgamated local government areas.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Minute Book - Watsonia High School: Parents and Friends Association. Minutes 1966-1974.

Key words

watsonia high school
watsonia high school parents and friends association

Foolscap minute book with blue cardboard cover; handwritten notes throughout, with various loose typed pages of reports.

Historical information

Minutes of the Parents and Friends Association at Watsonia High School from 1966-1974. Contains minutes of meetings and various reports.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book - A very long war: the families who waited / by Margaret Reeson.

Key words

world war 2
new guinea in world war 2

Paperback. 200 pages, black and white illustrations.

Historical information

This book tells the story of families of men missing in the New Guinea islands during World War 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Owner's name inside front cover.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital Image - All Saints Anglican Church Greensborough. Laying foundation stone 1960s

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 the official laying of the Foundation Stone in the late 1960s

Greensborough Historical Society,

Correspondence - Letter - Copy of letter from John Chadwick

Key words

partington family
john chadwick
charles partington

Copy of letter in 2 parts.

Historical information

Letter to Charles Partington from nephew John Chadwick, son of Hannah (nee Partington) and James Chadwick (married Sept 5 1832)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of D. G. Highgate; Elaine; Bradley and Leonie Highgate. St Helena Cemetery

Key words

st helena cemetery
highgate family

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of D. G. Highgate (ex Royal Australian Regiment) (died 28/03/2003), Elaine Valerie Highgate (died 25/04/2002), Bradley John Highgate (died 04/01/1956) and Leonie Elaine Highgate (died 04/01/1956), 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.

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Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Giles Poulter, Greensborough Cemetery

Key words

giles john poulter
greensborough cemetery

Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Giles John Poulter (died 15/12/1926) in Plot# G3 Greensborough Cemetery (new headstone). Post 2012 descendants of some pioneer families have been replacing damaged headstones.

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 early settlers in the district.

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Advertisement - Digital image - Cortina car

Key words

cortina

Digital copy of newspaper advertisement.

Historical information

These advertisements were found in a suitcase donated by GHS member. The case contained newspapers and other items. This advertisement is from the 1960s.

Significance

Although the advertisement not Greensborough based, it came from a local home. [Stubley's Car Sales were operating at this time]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper Clipping - Got It Covered

Key words

briar hill primary school
leader local grant
sun shelter

A 2 page multi coloured newspaper article from Diamond Valley Leader.

Historical information

The article is about the Briar Hill Primary school receiving a grant of $2,470 from the Leader Local Grants scheme.

Significance

Briar Hill primary school has used the money to build a steel shade arbour to protect the students from the sun.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Greensborough Historical Society,

Photograph - Digital image - Keith Luxford in backyard circa 1950

Key words

luxford family
cordner family
splatt family
stopford family
amiet family

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Keith Luxford in backyard about 1950 with Cordner home right rear, Splatt home centre, Stopford home at left and Amiet property rear left

Greensborough Historical Society,

Folder of documents - Grace Park and the Nell Family

Key words

grace park
nell family
greensborough

Links: 02731:04682 One folder, containing seven Certificates of Title, one Death Record for Frederick Augustus Nell, 1908 and a historical summary, with a list of sources

Historical information

Illustrates the process of acquisition and subdivision of the Grace Park area of Greensborough to 1982, with a short history of Frederick Augustus Nell and his family. A complete set of these documents is available at the GH Resource Centre.

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Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: Looking toward grave area from camp.

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: Looking toward grave area from camp. 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,