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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Recent Articles

  • ANZAC Meeting

    By Sue Ballantyne, April 2018

    Join us for our annual ANZAC Meeting on Saturday 28th April commencing at 1.15pm, Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough.

    At this meeting, GHS Treasurer John Gibson will present: ‘Ern’s War - The service of Ernest Augustus Garrott in the Great War’. The tale of a Tailor who joined the AIF and became … a Tailor. Thanks to John for his research into the ordinary lives of our extra-ordinary ANZACs. Lest we forget.

  • Open Day and BBQ

    By Sue Ballantyne, April 2018

    A successful Open Day and Sausage Sizzle on April 15th 2018 at 34 Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty.

    BBQ 2017

    On Sunday 15th April 2018, despite the threat of rain, we were joined by members and friends for a BBQ and Open Day. There were both new and familiar faces among those gathered at the GHS Resource Centre in Glenauburn Road. Yummy sausages, well cooked by Vice-President Peter Van Eeken and Treasurer John Gibson. With cake to follow, what more could we ask?

  • Heritage Meeting and Book Launch

    By Sue Ballantyne, October 2017

    Our annual Heritage Meeting took place on Saturday 28th October at Greenhills Neighbourhood House.

    What an exciting day we had! Our Heritage Day started with a guided walk through the Yandell Reserve. Society President Noel Withers led the walk, pointing out areas of interest. Thanks to the Banyule Council Bush Crew for their input into the planning of the walk. Many guests were in attendance for the launch of Greensborough Historical Society's new book "Do You Recall?". This collection of stories in the oral history tradition was launched by Banyule Mayor, Tom Melican, who spoke of the importance of recording such memories for future generations. Contributors to "Do You Recall?" were each presented with a copy of the book. The formal presentations were followed by a delicious afternoon tea. Reunions and reminiscences were shared well into the afternoon and a pleasant day was had by all. Thank you to all Society members who "brought a plate" and helped with the setting up and clearing at the end of a very successful day. Copies of "Do You Recall?" can be purchased through the "ITEMS FOR SALE" link at the top of this page.

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Meeting Dates

The Society meets once per month. General Meetings are held on alternate Fridays ('odd' months, starting January - except for 2018 due to Australia Day holiday) and the informal forums are held on the alternate Saturday ('even' months, starting February) at Greenhills Neighbourhood Centre: 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 2018, Thursdays will resume on January 18th. Committee meetings for 2018: Wednesday: 18/04, 16/05, 20/06, 18/07, 15/08, 19/09, 17/10, 21/11. Contact Noel or other Committee members with your suggestions for activities or projects. Meeting dates for 2018: All held at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough. Check here for updates on speakers and activities 28/04/18 Saturday 1.15pm ANZAC Meeting 25/05/18 Friday 1.15 pm 30/06/18 Saturday 1.15pm 27/07/18 Friday 1.15 pm 25/08/18 Saturday 1.15pm 21/09/18 Friday 1.15 pm 27/10/18 Saturday 1.15pm 30/11/18 Friday 1.15 pm Christmas Meeting OPEN DAYS AT THE RESOURCE CENTRE 2018: Open Days for 2018: 15/04/18 (Sunday Open Day and BBQ at 12 noon), 09/06/18 (Saturday), 12/08/18 (Sunday) and 13/10/18 (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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Membership Information

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 districts 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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Request For Help

  • 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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