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

  • Visit by Jenny Macklin, Federal Member for Jagajaga

    By Sue Ballantyne, May 2018

    Jenny Macklin will officially 'switch on' the Society's new air conditioning.

    On Thursday May 17 2018 at 10am, Jenny Macklin, Federal Member for Jagajaga will officially 'switch on' the Society's new air conditioning units. These units were purchased with the assistance of a grant from the Stronger Communities Programme from the Australian Government. Applicants initially apply to their local federal MP (for us, Jenny Macklin) who assesses the application and invites successful groups to apply to the Stronger Communities Programme. The Programme provides 50% of the total cost of the project. Thanks to GHS Committee member Anne Paul for taking the lead in the application process and to GHS President Noel Withers for organising the purchase and installation of the units. GHS members, especially the "Thursday Crew" volunteers look forward to a more comfortable meeting place, warmer in winter and cooler in summer. All members and friends are invited to join us at 10am for morning tea at the Resource Centre, 34 Glenauburn Road, Lower Plenty.

  • MAY 2018 Meeting

    By Sue Ballantyne, May 2018

    Join us for our next meeting on Friday May 25, 2018 at 1.15pm, Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive Greensborough.

    Our guest speaker will be Nick Cree. Nick's talk "Voyages to Nowhere" will be about the journeys of his family's yacht, Gulnare, sailing from England from 1906-1938, after which she was laid up during World War 2. The talk is based on family journals of the time. All welcome!

  • 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.

    Greensborough Primary School celebrates 140 Years Community Open Day Sat 18th August, 2 – 4pm Past students & community members welcome On the day, there will be opportunities to take tours of the school, view photos from the past 140 years, catch up with old friends for a chat and a cuppa and visit the school Art Show. We will also be digging up the old time capsule!

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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: 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 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: 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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