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

  • Heritage Meeting and Presentation

    By Sue Ballantyne, September 2018

    Join us for our Annual Heritage Meeting at 1.15pm on Saturday October 27, 2018 at Greenhills Neighbourhood House. This is the GHS Seniors Month activity and all members and visitors are welcome to join us. Afternoon tea provided.

    Coulstock Mill
    Who is this man, who played such an important role in the 1840’s in Greensborough?

    The History of Greensborough – Heritage Weekend (Saturday 27th October 1:15pm – 3pm) Presenter: Peter Van Eeken This meeting has been widely advertised to the public, and so as a result we may see some new faces eager to learn about our history. Either way, whether we see new or old faces there are new facts that we have gathered about some of our early pioneers. Interesting facts and stories that most will not know. Do you know the story of George Coulstock who erected one of the first buildings on the Plenty River? What were his aspirations? Where did he come from and what happened to him after he built our flour mill? What about John Brown, Henry Smythe, Frederick Flintoff and Michael McLaughlin, amongst others? Who were these men who bought the first lands on the Plenty River or settled here in those very early days? What do we really know about them? Did they have any contact with the aborigines? There are interesting stories to share, and questions that you are encouraged to ponder, bring with you and share… "Does anyone know about…, or I wish we could…." So if you are a regular attendee, give space for the new faces at our heritage meeting, and learn, ponder and share with them, new found information, or well known information, concerning the growth and development of the Greensborough district.

  • 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 final Greensborough Historical Society "SOCIAL MORNING TEA" for 2018 will be on Tuesday December 11th at 10am. Location will be the same as October: 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. And for your diary, the dates for 2019 will be published here in January. The first morning tea for 2019 will be on Tuesday February 12th at 10.00am, the location will be the same as previous morning coffee dates - Greensborough Plaza near Muffin Break, as this seems to suit most people. We look forward to meeting you. Bring your friends, all welcome! Sue Brenkovich and Dawn Bennetts

  • Greensborough Primary School 140th Anniversary

    By Sue Ballantyne, May 2018

    In 2018, Greensborough Primary School will celebrate its 140th anniversary. Save the date: Saturday 18 August, 2018.

    Colin Brooks (Member for Bundoora and Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly) and Ms Angela Morritt, Principal of GPS welcome visitors to the school.
    Finding yourself in photos or the school register was popular
    Fay Fort (nee Partington) having a bit of fun! Faye is a past pupil and member of Greensborough Historical Society. Her family have lived in the area since the 1840s.
    Mayor of Banyule, Cr Mark di Pasquale and GHS member Rosie Bray join the fun!

    Greensborough Primary School celebrates 140 Years Community Open Day and Reunion Sat 18th August, 2 – 4pm What a wonderful day! There was something for everyone - past and present students and community members. From the time the gates opened at 2.00pm until well after 4.30pm, past students were treated to a trip down memory lane. The old school building was open for tours, and the 'new' buildings were full of photos, memorabilia and old friends. The school Art Show was well worth a visit and current students entertained with short presentations. The Greensborough Historical Society was pleased to assist with historical photos and memorabilia (you may have seen our volunteers in the hall). Congratulations to the Principal, staff, students and parents who made this a great day for everyone.

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Meeting Dates

Dates for 2019 will be published in the December Newsletter and on this website during December 2018. 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: 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 27/10/18 Saturday 1.15pm Heritage Meeting 30/11/18 Friday 1.15 pm Christmas Meeting OPEN DAYS AT THE RESOURCE CENTRE 2018: Remaining Open Days for 2018: 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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