Greensborough Historical Society

The European settlement of Greensborough was from 1839 onward and has an abundance of history, much of which hasn’t been told. The Society’s aim is to collect, catalogue, preserve and share 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, St Helena, Lower Plenty and Bundoora.

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  • Nepean Street - Fact or Fiction?

    By Peter Simmenauer, June 2019

    GHS member Peter Simmenauer has been researching the Glengarriff Estate in Montmorency and is seeking information on this house in Nepean Street. If anyone has any information for Peter, please contact the Society via this website.

    216 Nepean Street

    NEPEAN STREET - FACT OR FICTION? A few months ago, one of my neighbours said that the house of one of their neighbours, 216 Nepean Street (formerly Arthur Street) Greensborough, was the oldest in the street, and had been owned by someone who had farmed the land. I thought this was worth investigating, and started to identify past owners by checking Certificates of Title. I knew that the land was part of Grace Park, owned by Frederick Augustus Nell, who had bought the land in 1877 from John Brown, the original Crown Grantee. (see Grace Park and the Nell Family in the GHS Collection) Working back from the current owners (since 1997), I found that part of the large (81 x 200 ft.) block had originally been purchased from Nell's Estate by Thomas Moylan on 15/6/1916, part to Arthur Marshall on 17/12/1919, and another part by Peter Grunden on 17/2/1926. Marshall had subdivided and sold a part to Frank Howard, who had sold some to Annie Veness on 17/3/1944 (she had been a landholder in the area since 1929). Now it gets more complicated. Moylan, Grunden and Veness all sold land to Harold and Mavis Waldron, a block each in 1954 and a further three blocks in 1961 (each described as part of Lot 1, LP 50685 reg. 9/10/1959). The latter blocks were consolidated on 1/5/1961 into C/T Vol. 8322 Fol. 237), on which the Waldrons were registered as joint proprietors. The block was resold in 1996 to Clarence & Margaret Roberts in 1966, to Stephen & Sharon Goodes in 1983, to Stephen & Katrina FitzPatrick in 1992 and to the current owner in 1997. The occupations of the earlier purchasers were Clerk, Electrician, Property Salesman, Traveller, Spinster and Carpenter - not a farmer among them! So, was my neighbour being imaginative? He had lived there for nearly 50 years, and seemed to know the history of the street and its residents pretty well. Given the location of the house (photograph attached), which is very probably built prior to World War 2, before the consolidation of titles, and its apparent extension to the east, it may well have been built on the central (Grunden's) section of the current block and the surrounding land used either as a small domestic farm or as part of a larger, leased group of properties before my friend came to live there. Does anyone out there know? Peter Simmenauer September 2018 References: Certificates of Title 3972/282, 5096/007, 6681/194, 8322/237, 112861/559, LP 50685 Ed. 1

  • Charles Henry Swanwick

    By World War I Project, April 2016

    Charles Henry Swanwick is listed on the Greensborough Primary School Honour Board. Greensborough Historical Society World War I Project has researched each soldier using the Australian War Memorial/National Archives Australia websites, the Digger database and newspapers via Trove. Thanks to family members who have provided information and photographs. Additional information is always welcome and can be sent to GHS via

    Charles Henry Swanwick Service No. 1819 Rank: Private Unit: Not assigned Charles was born in Kilmore in 1895, his parents were William Henry Swanwick and Martha Wellard. He was living in Nagambie and employed as a motor driver when he enlisted on 6th January 1915, aged 19 years. He gave his father who was a Senior Constable of Police as next of kin. His father gave written permission for Charles to enlist. Charles was not allocated to a unit. His military record does not say why and there is no mention of a discharge. However, as he was only 5 feet, 5 ½ inches in height he may have been rejected as too short? It wasn’t until July 1915 that the height requirement was reduced to 5 feet, 2 inches. Charles Swanwick is listed on the Greensborough Primary School Honour board.

  • GHS Book Collection

    By Peter Simmenauer, July 2018

    GREENSBOROUGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC. LIBRARY BOOKS updated 23 April 2019 Most books listed below can be borrowed by members, except those marked NFL (not for loan); periodical issues are NFL but may be viewed at the Resource Centre.

    GREENSBOROUGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC. LIBRARY BOOKS as at April 2019 Most books listed below can be borrowed, except those marked NFL; periodical issues are NFL. Local History Shelf# 1121 Alan Sartori Humour, by Alan Sartori. The Author, 1996. 916 Arthur’s Creek Mechanics’ Institute, by Bruce G. Draper. Arthur’s Creek Mechanics Institute, 2012. 937 As I Recall: a Collection of Stories – Country to Suburbia. Greensborough Historical Society 2013. 2735 Ballarat and western goldfields sketchbook, drawings by Unk White, text by John Bechervaise. Rigby, 1970. 2163/4, 67/68 Banyule Heritage Places Study: V.2 pt.2 Building Citations L-Z; v.3 Landscape citations; v.4 Heritage areas; v.5 by Allom Lovell & Assoc. with John Patrick P/L, 1999. 6096 Banyule thematic environmental history: final report, prep. for Banyule City Council by Context. The Author, 2018. 4668 Barak vs. the Black Hats of Melbourne, by Mick Woiwod. The Author, 2017. 5729 Batman’s ‘treaty’: the true story, by Jim Poulter. Red Hen, 2016 195 Beautiful Banyule: a Register of our City’s Natural Assets, by Carol Toomey. Warringal Conservation Society, 1999. 2452 Bendigo Historic Buildings, by Mike Butcher and Gill Flanders. National Trust of Australia (Vic), 1987. 1180 Bendigo, its environs: the way it was, v.3, by Ken Arnold. Crown Castleton, 2012. 2756 The Birth of Melbourne, ed. By Tim Flannery. Text, 2002. 1049 Boards Beds and Buildings: the History and Development of the Diamond Valley Community Hospital Greensborough, 1941-1971, by Donald Cordner, 1971. Diamond Valley Community Hospital, 1971. 2734 Carlton & Parkville sketchbook, drawings by Bill Beasley, text by Brian McKinlay. Rigby, 1976. 1184 Celebrating God’s Love Together: this is your life & articles from Church Life 1985-2013, comp. by Bryan Henderson. Ian Henderson, 2014. 2742 Cemeteries: our heritage, ed. By Celestina Sagazio. National Trust of Australia (Victoria), 1992. 2450 Centenary history: Church of Saint John, Sorrento. National Trust, 1972. 842 A Century of Compassion: a History of the Austin Hospital, by E. W. Gault and Alan Lucas. Macmillan, 1982. 329 The Club in the Park: an illustrated Account of Montmorency RSL Club Inc. 1946-2003, by Max Dimmack. Benchmark Pubs., 2004. 930 A Community Portrait: Lifetimes in the City of Whittlesea, by Robert Pascoe. City of Whittlesea, 2001. 5827 Copping it sweet: shared memories of Richmond. Carringbush Regional Library, 1988. 514/15 Coranderrk database, comp. by Mick Woiwood. Tarcoola Press, 2012. 644 Diamond Valley Sketchbook, drawings by Graham Hawley, text by Brian McKinlay. Rigby, 1973. 028 The Diamond Valley Story, by Dianne H. Edwards. Shire of Diamond Valley, 1979 712 Down ‘Borough and other Stories, by Kay Arthur. Barrow Creek Books and Music, 1982 5728 The Dust of the mindeye: the use of biological warfare in the conquest of Australia, by Jim Poulter. Red hen, 2016 5730 The Eight Wurrundjeri seasons in Melbourne, by Jim Poulter. Red Hen, 2015 248 Eltham District Historical Society Newsletter. 2011-` 2318 Eltham Inhabitants: for most, the serious part. Church in Community 1850-2000, by Kenneth Eric Eckersall. Eltham-Montmorency Uniting Church, 2000. 204 Eltham Shire: Historical buildings, People and Places. Words Marguerite Marshall, Photographs Ron Grant. Leader Associated Newspapers, 1983. 3017 Eureka reminiscences, ed. by Ballarat Heritage Services. Ballarat Heritage Services, 1998. 5732 Finding lanky Manton, by Jim Poulter. Red Hen, 2017 2779 Fine spirit and pluck: World War One stories from Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea, by Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Yarra Plenty Press, 2016. 198 First years at Port Phillip, by Robert Douglass Boys. Robertson & Mullens, 1935. 3053 The Future growth of Melbourne. MMBW, 1967 846 Gendarme, the police horse, by John Richardson, photography Ian Brown. Lansdowne Pr. 1971. 1080 Glimpses of the past: Mont Park, Larundel, Plenty, by Iliya Bircanin and Alex Short. The Authors, 1995. 2229 Golden days on the Caledonian diggings: the diaries of Thomas Young. Andrew Ross Museum, 2005. 893 Grave Concerns. Queenstown Cemetery, 2015- 943 Green and Growing 150 Years: Historical Snapshots of All Saints’ Anglican Church Greensborough. All Saints’ Anglican Church, 2005. 592 Greensborough and Greenhills, words by Irene Turvey, drawings by Ron Reynolds. Cypress Books, 1973. 6057 Greensborough Cemetery, ed. By Eric Poulter. The Author, 2018. 048 Greensborough Primary School No. 2062, 1878-1980, Centenary History, written by Val Carlson et al. Greensborough Primary School, 1980? 2738 Greensborough RSL Sub branch: a proud history. Greensborough RSL, 2015 2449 The Happy Hermits & Diary of a Trip to Evelyn. Mount Evelyn History Group, 2013. 1120 Harry Downie Down Under: the Poems and Thoughts of Harry Downie. The Author, 1994. 244 Heidelberg Conservation Study Pt.1: Heidelberg Historic Buildings & Areas Assessment, by Graeme Butler. City of Heidelberg, 1985. 243 Heidelberg Conservation Study Pt. 2: Historic Riverland Landscape Assessment, by Loder & Bayly Marilyn McBriar. Rev. ed. City of Heidelberg, 1987. 095 Heidelberg Historian. Heidelberg Historical Society, 2005- 027 Heidelberg Since 1836: a Pictorial History. Ed. By Cyril Cummins. Heidelberg Historical Society, 1st ed 1971 & 2nd ed. 1982. 894 The Herald Road Guide. Colourgravure Pubs., 1950s? 110 Heritage Information Pack, by Banyule City Council. Banyule City Council, 2011. 200 Historic buildings of Victoria, ed. By David Saunders. Jacaranda Pr., 1966. 2759 Historical records of Victoria v.3: The Early development of Melbourne, 1836-1839. Govt. Pr., 1984. 481 A History: the Tin Shed and Beyond. Researched and written by Shirley Hardy-Rix. Watsonia RSL Sub-branch, 1995. 645 In the Beginning There was Only the Land, by Len Kenna. Lions Club of Bundoora, 1988. 281 Insistent Voices: the story of the Diamond Valley Learning Centre, by Michele Lonsdale. Diamond Valley learning Centre, 1993. 2451 Kew’s Civic Century, by W. D. Vaughan. Kew City Council, 1960. 1182 Lemons, Lace & Apron Strings: a Family Life, by Florence Henderson (Hayes). Ian Henderson, 2011. 149 The Life and Experience of an Immigrant, by Otto Rupp. 2nd ed. Yarrambat Historical Society, 1999. 5709 Melbourne: a city of stories, by Deborah Tout-Smith. Museum Victoria, 2008 197 Melbourne: John Batman’s village, by Agnes Paton Bell. Cassell. 1965. 851 Melbourne, then & now, by Heather Chapman & Judith Stillman. Thunder Bay Pr., 2005. 4661 Monbulk: living in the Dandenongs, by Dorothy Williams. Woorilla, 1998. 2344 Montmorency: the farm on the Plenty, by Maureen Jones. A. & M. Jones, 2015. 1174 Murrundindi, a True Story, re-told by Karen Brunskill and M. G. Dell. Loranda Publishing, 2001 249 Nillumbik Custodian. Nillumbik Historical Society, 1976- 1050 Nillumbik, now and then: Eltham and beyond, by Marguerite Masrshall. the Author 2002. 2921 … the Old borough was good enough: the Greensdborough Sunday School Empire Honour Roll 1914-1918… by Bryan Henderson. The Author, 2016. 2737 Old Victorian country pubs sketchbook, drawings by Bill Beasley, text by John Bechervaise. Rigby, 1976. 146 Our First 50 Years, 1955-2005. St. Mary’s Parish Greensborough, 2005? 2231 Paradise lost: on and around the Great Moorool, by Mick Woiwood. Tarcoola Press, 2015. 646 The Plenty: a Centenary History of the Whittlesea Shire, by J. W. Payne. Lowden Pub. Co., 1975 097 Plenty News and Views. Plenty Historical Society, 2010- 2165 Plenty River Subcatchment Local Action Program, developed by the Plenty River Subcatchment Working Group. Yarra Care, 1999. 1122 Plenty River Waterway Management Activity Plan, prep. For Melbourne Water by Thompson Berrill Landscape Design Pty Ltd, 2000. Thompson Berrill, 2000. 2328 The Plenty Valley corridor: the archaeological survey of aboriginal sites, by Isabel Ellender. Victorian Archaeological Survey, 1989. 2745 The Quiet hills, by J. W. Payne. n.d. 5727 Sharing heritage in Kulin country, by Jim Poulter. Red Hen, 2011 1149 The Silver Poplar, by Edmond Smith. Ark House Pr., 2009. 2448 Talking Trams, present, past and future, by Jan-Werner Hente. Bendigo Trust, 1973. 2757 Templestowe: a folk history, by Hazel Poulter. Ed. By Jim Poulter. Jim Poulter, 1985. 635 The Third Fleet Convicts: an alphabetical listing of names, giving place and date of conviction, length of sentence and ship of transportation, by R. J. Ryan. Horwitz Grahame, 1983. 481 The Tin shed and beyond. Watsonia RSL Sub-branch, 1995. 091 The Tower of Remembrance and War Memorial Park on Garden Hill at Kangaroo Ground, Victoria, 1919-2010. Eltham District Historical Society Inc., 2010? 196 Victorian Historical Journal. Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 2009- 5800 The Victorian readers, Books 1-8. Ministry of Education, Victoria, 1928-1930, 1989 reprint. 103 The Victorians: Arriving, by Richard Broome. Fairfax, Syme & Weldon Assoc., 1984.\ 104 The Victorians: Settling, by Tony Dingle. Fairfax, Syme & Weldon Assoc., 1984. 105 The Victorians: Making their mark, by Susan Priestley. Fairfax, Syme & Weldon, 1984. 6054 Vital connections: Melbourne and its Board of Works 1891-1991, by Tony Dingle and Carolyn Rasmussen. McPhee Gribble, 1991 2746 Walter Withers: the forgotten manuscripts, comp. by Andrew Mackenzie. Mannagum Press, 1987. 481 Watsonia RSL Sub-Branch, a History: the Tin Shed and Beyond. Watsonia RSL Sub-branch, 1995. 330 We Will Remember Them: an illustrated history of Eltham RSL Sub-Branch Inc., 1919-2001, by Max Dimmack. Benchmark Pubs., 2002. 1014 Westgarthtown: a History & Guide. Friends of Westgarthtown 2004. 099 Whittlesea Historical Society Newsletter. 2005- 2293 William Barak: Bridge Builder of the Kulin. Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, 2006. 1181 Wrath of the Myndie [based on The Last Cry], by Mick Woiwod. The Author?, 2014. 4871 Writing and publishing local history: a guide for first-time authors and historical societies, by Rosalie Triolo, Helen Doyle and Katya Johanson. RHSV, 2017. Australian History 404 1788: the brutal truth of the First Fleet, by David Hill. Heinemann, 2008. 2748 The 2000 Olympic Torch relay pin album.`Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, 2000. 4665 Australia: a cultural history, 2nd ed. by John Rickard. Longman, 1996. 5530 Australia through time. Random House Australia, 2003. 102 The Australian legend, by Russel Ward. Illus ed, Oxford U. P., 1978. 5531 The Australian people, an encyclopedia. Ed. by James Jupp. Cambridge UP, 2001 2754 Australian prime ministers, ed. By Michelle Grattan. New Holland, 2000. 111/112 Australians: our lives through time, ed. By Libby Tudball. 2 v. Rigby, 1988. 153 Australia’s yesterdays: a look at our recent past. 2nd ed. Reader’s Digest , 1974. 108 Before the invasion: aboriginal life to 1788, by Colin Bourke, Colin Johnson and Isobel White. Oxford U. P., 1980. 2749 The Complete blokes & sheds, incl. Stories from the shed, by Mark Thomson. Angus & Robertson, 2002. 634 A Desperate set of villains: the convicts of the Marquis Cornwallis, Ireland to Botany Bay 1796, by Barbara Hall. The Author, 2003. 234 Ghost towns of Australia, by George Farwell. Rev. ie 2nd} ed. Rigby, 1976. 235 A Girl at government house: an English girl’s reminiscences, ed. By Helen Vellacott. First pub. 1932. Viking O’Neil, 1988. 2149 The Great Jubilee book: the story of the Australian nation in pictures, by Julian Feldmann. Colorgravure, 1951. 2755 The Great treasury of Australian folklore: two centuries of tales, epics, ballads, myths & legends, comp. by A. K. Macdougall. Rev. [i.e. 2nd] ed. Five Mile Press, 2002. 4670 Hellbent for the Pole, by Geoffrey Lee Martin. Allen & Unwin, 2007. 2923 Inside History Australia & New Zealand. 2012 – (Incomplete) 106 Life in the cities, by Michael Cannon. (Australia in the Victorian Age: 3). Currey O’Neil, 1983. 107 Life in the country, by Michael Cannon. (Australia in the Victorian Age: 2). Currey O’Neil, 1983. 850 Made in Australia: a sourcebook of all things Australian. Editor: Alexandra Towle. Heinemann, 1986. 4879 My mother’s times: a collection of household hints… in the early 1900s, collected by Mary Murray. Mallon Publishing, 1998. 4667 The Nullarbor story, by Basil Fuller. Rigby, 1970. 125 Our Royal guests. Colorgravure, 1952? 3016 Our side of the country: the story of Victoria, by Geoffrey Blainey. Methuen Haynes, 1984. 2753 Out of the wilderness: the return of Labor, by C. J. Lloyd & G. S. Reid. Cassell Australia, 1974. 2912 Placenames Australia. 2012- (Incomplete) 2750 The Politics of Australian democracy: fundamentals in dispute, by Hugh V. Emy. 2nd ed. Macmillan, 1978. 124 The Royal tour of Australia in pictures. Colorgravure, 1953? 763 A Switch in time: restoring respect to Australian politics. Victorian Women’s Trust, 2012. 2744 A Ton of spirit: Australian centenarians talk with Penny Smith. Allen & Unwin, 1990. 4669 Virtuosity: inside the heads of 100 prominent Australians. New Hobsons Press, 1997. 3018 Where the dead men lie: tales of graves, pioneers and old bush pubs, by Bruce Simpson and Ian Tinney. ABC Books, 2003. 909 You Can’t Forget Things Like That: Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants Oral History Project. National Library of Australia, 201-? Military History 4671 1914: The Race to the sea. Grolier, 1997. 4672 1916: The Year of attrition. Grolier, 1997/ 009 Active Service: with Australia in the Middle East. Australian War Memorial, 1941. 061 Alien Blossom: a Japanese-Australian Love story, by I. R. Carter. Lansdowne Press, 1965. 060 Anzacs at War: the Story of Australian and New Zealand Battles, by John Laffin. Abelard-Schuman, 1965. 3027 The Australian victories in France in 1918, by John Monash. Black Inc. 2015. [First pub. 1920] 011 Barbed wire: memories of Stalag 383, by M. N. McKibbin, illus. by A. G. Dallimore. Staples Press, 1947. 1179 Boy Soldiers of the Great War, by Richard van Emden. Headline, 2005. 1176 Bush Heroes: a People, a Place, a Legend, by Susan Welborn. Original Title: Lords of Death. Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2002. 1175 Casualty Figures: How Five Men Survived the First World War, by Michele Barrett. Verso, 2007. 2785 Details enclosed, by Ivan Chapman. Panther, 1959. 006 The Division in Battle: Armour. Australian Army, 1965. 2787 Escape to freedom, by T. C. F. Prittie and W. Earle Edwards. Arrow, 195-? 2784 An Escaper’s log, by Duncan Grinnell-Milne. Panther, 1956. 2800 The Escaping club, by A. J. Evans. Panther, 1957. 017 The First and the Last: the German Fighter Force in World War II, by Adolf Galland. Readers Book Club, 1956. 152 Gallipoli, by Alan Moorehead. Four Square Books, 1963. 3025 Gallipoli: untold stories from war correspondent Charles Bean and front-line Anzacs, comp. by Jonathan King and Michael Bowers. Random House Australia, 2008. 209 Gallipoli and the Anzacs. A resource for secondary schools. Text and two DVDs. Australia. Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs, 2010. 012 The Great Escape, by Paul Brickhill. Faber, 1951. 2460 The Great War, by Les Carlyon. Macmillan, 2006. 5744 The Great War: memorials of the Heidelberg district. Heidelberg Historical Society, 2018. 016 Handbook of Administration in the Royal Australian Air Force. R.A.A.F. 1941. 1178 The Hell They Called High Wood: the Somme 1916, by Terry Norman. First pub. 1984. Leo Cooper, 2003. 865/900 Indigenous Service: investigating the wartime experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the First World War to the Present. A resource for primary [and] secondary schools. Text and two DVDs. Australia. Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs/ Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, 2013. 2 vols. 003 Infantry Training (4-Company Organization), by General Staff, War Office. HMSO, 1914 208 Investigating Gallipoli. A resource for primary schools. Text and two DVDs. Australia. Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs, 2010. 013 The Latter Days at Colditz, by P. R. Reid. Rev. ed. Pan Books, 1955. 015 Manual for Medical and Dental Officers of the Royal Air Force. 3rd ed. HMSO, 1938. 004 Manual of Field Engineering, 1911, by General Staff, War Office. HMSO, repr. 1914. 2928 Men from the river bends: soldiers from Cobram… by Stephen Brooks and Maree Hogan. Cobram Barooga RSL Sub Branch, 2010c. 019 Middle East 1940-1942: a study in air power, by Philip Guedalla. Hodder & Stoughton, 1944. 005 Military Engineering. Vol. VIII Transportation, Pt. VI Port operating and maintenance, Supplement No.1 Military stevedoring. War Office, 1949. 002 Musketry Regulations, Pt.II: Rifle Ranges and Musketry Appliances, 1910. HMSO, Repr. 1914. 2783 The Naked island, by Russell Braddon. Pan, 1955. 2743 The names on the Mornington Honour Roll 1914-1918: who were they? By Val Wilson. Mornington and District Historical Society, 2015. 007 Notes on Military Sanitation, by Lt. Col. H. P. G. Elkington. St. John Ambulance Association, n.d. 148 Official History of Australia in the War 0f 1914-18, by C. E. W. Bean. 12 vols. Angus & Robertson, 1938. NFL 2223 Our Liverpool Boys. Liverpool City Council, n.d. 2782 The Password is courage, by John Castle. Corgi, 1956. 021 RAAF Log. Prep. By R.A.A.F. Directorate of Public Relations. Australian War Memorial, 1943. 010 The Rats remain: Tobruk Siege 1941, by John Cumpston. Grayflower productions 1966. 2780 Reach for the sky: the story of Douglas Bader. Fontana, 1957. 994 Remember them: a guide to Victoria’s wartime heritage, written and photographed by Garrie Hutchinson. Hardie Grant Books, 2009. 4666 A River to cross, by Arthur Pike. Indra Pub., 2001. 014 Royal Air Force Pocket Book. 3rd ed. Air Ministry, 1937 008 Royal Army Medical Corps Training 1911, by War Office. HMSO, 1911. 3026 Sacred places: war memorials in the Australian landscape, by K. S. Inglis, assisted by Jan Brazier. Miegunyah Press, 1999. 5710-13 The Second World War in Map and Story, ed. by Neville Smith. Argus Atlas, 1941-1943. Vols. 1, 3-5 3024 Soldier boy: the true story of Jim Martin, the youngest Anzac, by Anthony Hill. Penguin, 2001. 020 These Eagles: story of the R.A.A.F at war. Prep. By R.A.A.F. Directorate of Public Relations. Australian War Memorial, 1942. 2365 Trentham at War: Boer War, World War 1, World War 2, by Ina Betrand and Jan Robertson. Trentham & District Historical Society Inc., 2012. 1173 Valuing our veterans: Gathering Australia’s War Memories. Australia. Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs, 2000? 2138 A Very Long War: the Families who waited., by Margaret Reeson. Melbourne U.P., 2000. 5828 Victoria and the Great War. Special edition of the La Trobe Journal, No. 96, September 2015. 3022 The Vietnam years: from the jungle to the Australian suburbs, by Michael Caulfield. Hachette, 2007. 022 Victory Roll: the Royal Australian Air Force in its Sixth Year of War. Prep. By the R.A.A.F. Directorate of Public Relations. Australian War Memorial, 1945. 4669 Virtuosity: inside the heads of 100 prominent Australians. New Hobsons Press, 1997. 2758 The War diaries of Weary Dunlop: Java and the Burma-Thailand Railway 1942-1945. Nelson, 1986. 210 War memorials of Victoria: a pictorial record, comp. by Max Parsons and Syd Trigellis-Smith. RSL Victorian Branch, 1994. 1177 The Western Front, by Richard Holmes. BBC, 1999. 2781 The White rabbit, by Bruce Marshall. Pan, 1954. 2786 Wind in the wires, by Duncan Grinnell-Milne. Panther, 1957. 018 Wing Leader, by ‘Johnnie’ Johnson. Reprint Society, 1958. 3023 World War I, by Cindy Dowling. Exisle, 2001. Family History 2925 1881 British Census and National Index. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1999. 6394 Australian Family Tree Connections. 23 issues between August 2000 - May 2015 4775 Caring for your wartime memorabilia. Commonwealth Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs, 2001. 2729 Cemeteries in Australia: a register of transcripts, ed. by Faye M. Young. Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations, 1985. 145 Cornwall Record Office: a brief guide to sources. 2nd. Ed. 1985 2929 Family and local history sources in the Sydney area, comp. and ed. By Jennie Fairs. Meadley Family History Services, 1995. 2968 Family history for beginners and beyond, ed. By Eunice Fletcher. Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra, 2004. 236 Family memories, a guide to reminiscing, by Bob Price. Rev. ed. State Library of NSW Press, 1992. 398 Federation of Family History Societies information leaflet. FFHS, 2000? 2923 Finding your Irish ancestors, by Brian Mitchell. Clearfield, 2001. 2924 First steps in family history, guided by Eve McLaughlin. 5th ed. Countryside Books, 2002. 199 Fourth Fleet families of Australia, comp. and ed. by C. J. Smee. The Editor, 1992. 2915 Genealogical research directory, ed. by Keith A. Johnson & Malcolm R. Sainty. The Editors, 1999-2003, 2006. 4870 Genealogist’s internet, by Peter Christian. 5th ed. Bloomsbury, 2012. 2926 The Genealogist’s question and answer book, by Marcia Yannizze Melnyk. Betterway Books, 2002. 2931 Haynes internet genealogy manual, by Kyle MacRae. Haynes Publishing, 2005. 2932 Help! My ancestors Irish and I’m stuck!!!! By Janet Reakes. Australia’s Immigration and Family History Centre, 1997. 2927 How to find shipping and immigration records in Australia, by Cora Num. 4th ed. The Author, 2000. 2930 How to trace your military ancestors in Australia & New Zealand, by R. H. Montague. Hale & Iremonger, 1989. 4753 Irish ancestry: a beginner’s guide. 3rd ed., by Bill Davis. Federation of Family History Societies, 2001. 2922 Meet your ancestors, by Diane Marelli. How to books, 2003. 2736 Pre-1841 censuses & population listings, by Colin R. Chapman. Lochin Publishing, 1990. 144 Ships’ deserters 1852-1900, by Jim Melton. The Editor, n.d. 635 The Third Fleet convicts, by R. J. Ryan. Horwitz Grahame, 1983 2790 Tracing your family history in Australia: a guide to sources, by Nick Vine Hall. Scriptorium Family History Centre, 1994. 3015 Tracing your Irish ancestors: the complete guide, by John Grenham. 3rd ed. Genealogical Publishing, 2006. 2920 Tracing your past, by Lesley Silvester and Mike Murray. Time Trackers, 2002. 2934 Your Swedish roots, by Per Clemensson & Kjell Andersson. Ancestry Publishing, 2004.

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Meeting Dates

Dates for 2019: The Society meets once per month. General Meetings are held on alternate Fridays ('odd' months, starting January - except for 2019 due to Australia Day holiday) and the informal forums are held on the alternate Saturday ('even' months, starting February) at Greenhills Neighbourhood House: Community Drive, off St Helena Road. Meetings begin at 1.15pm. Any changes to the venue, dates or times will posted on this site so please check regularly before the meeting date. All members and visitors are most welcome to attend these informative and friendly meetings. The History Resource Centre is open on Thursdays between 10:00am and 3:00pm., and on selected weekends at corner of Glenauburn and Para Road, Lower Plenty 3093. In 2019, Thursdays will resume on January 17th. Committee meetings for 2019: Wednesday: 17/07, 14/08, 18/09, 16/10, 20/11. Contact Noel or other Committee members with your suggestions for activities or projects. Meeting dates for 2019: All held at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough, commencing at 1.15pm. Check on home page for updates on speakers and activities 26/07/19 Friday 1.15pm 31/08/19 Saturday 1.15pm 20/09/19 Friday 1.15pm - AGM (moved to avoid Grand Final Eve public holiday) 26/10/19 Saturday 1.15pm Heritage Meeting (other activities will take place in the morning) Check home page in October for details. 29/11/19 Friday 1.15 pm Christmas Meeting SOCIAL MORNING TEAS 2019: Held on Tuesday morning, this is a social occasion, not a formal meeting. All members and guests are welcome. Generally held near Muffin Break on the top level of Greensborough Plaza. Tuesday 13/08, 08/10, 10/12. OPEN DAYS AT THE RESOURCE CENTRE 2019: Open Days for 2019: 11/08/19 (Sunday) and 12/10/19 (Saturday). Hours are 1.00pm to 4.00pm. The Resource Centre at Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty is open every Thursday (10am - 3pm) .

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The Greensborough Historical Society always welcomes new members and visitors to its meetings and functions. If your interests are historical, heritage or family history, you are welcome to join us. Membership is another valued contribution to help the Society record the district's history and heritage and we hope you will join with us to contribute your time, knowledge and skills in the many activities and projects the Society undertakes and promotes.

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  • Local Information and Photos

    Huitt's Tearooms, now the site of Safeway Greensborough
    Main Street Greensborough

    Here at Greensborough Historical Society we are always looking for information and photos of the area in days gone by. If you or your family lived in Greensborough, Watsonia, Macleod, Montmorency, Lower Plenty or Bundoora, we'd love to hear from you! We can scan photos and return the originals to you, or you could email digital photos to If you are interested in sharing your story through an oral history interview, please contact the Society. We look forward to hearing from you.

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