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

  • March 23 2018 Meeting

    By Sue Ballantyne, March 2018

    Join us for our March meeting for a 1.15pm start on Friday 23rd March 2018 at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough.

    If you have any idea where on the line this photo was taken, please let us know!

    GHS member Peter Simmenauer will present his research on "Battle of Greensborough – the Heidelberg to Eltham railway" it's planning to construction. Did you know that the original plans by-passed Greensborough?! All welcome

  • Social Morning Tea

    By Sue Ballantyne, January 2018

    Join us for a social cuppa.

    From the Collection of Greensborough Historical Society; donated by Faye Fort

    The next Greensborough Historical Society "SOCIAL MORNING TEA" will be on Tuesday 10th April at 10am. Location will be the same as February: Greensborough Plaza, top floor near Muffin Break. This is a social occasion, not a formal meeting. All members and friends are most welcome to join us for a coffee and a chat. Bring your friends! And for your diary, other dates for 2018 are (all Tuesdays) June 12th, August 14th, October 9th, December 11th. Locations will vary and will be announced closer to the date. We look forward to meeting you. Sue Brenkovich and Dawn Bennetts

  • 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: 21/03, 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 23/03/18 Friday 1.15 pm 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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