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

  • Resource Centre Re-opens on Thursday

    By Sue Ballantyne, October 2018

    The Historical Resource Centre at Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty will re-open on Thursday 11th October. We have a new ceiling in the main room and the outside of the building is freshly painted. Our Open Day on Saturday 13th October will go ahead as advertised. Thanks for your patience and we hope to see you soon.

  • 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.

  • Support for Pick My Project

    By Sue Ballantyne, August 2018

    The Greensborough Historical Society supports the "Walking Tour and History of Mont Park and Larundel" Pick My Project

    Project details from the Pick My Project website
    Project details from the Pick My Project website

    Pick My Project is a community grants initiative, with $30 million available to fund local projects. These project ideas can make your community an even better place to live. Pick My Project is a Victorian State Government initiative. You can vote for up to 3 Pick My Project applications in your local area at the website: This "Pick My Project" application was made by the Springthorpe Body Corporate. More details available on the Pick My Project website. Walking Tour and History about Mont Park and Larundel Implement a History Trail with downloadable maps and interpretive signage By preserving the knowledge and history of our buildings and environment, from first peoples to the present time, future generations will learn about our past. We are using stories, oral histories, photographs and sound bites to document these changes in an easily accessible on-line format. Currently we have 426 participants accessing our Facebook. As well, over 600 members of the wider community have taken part in La Trobe University and independent tours around the heritage buildings, describing the operation of Mont Park and Larundel hospitals from 1910 to 1999, as well as the modern-day repurposing of the buildings. By encouraging the community to interact with the website and the tours, they will learn about the past, including the history and improvements in Mental Health management, as well as indigenous culture, plants and wildlife, (in particular numerous birds). By including "then and now" photographs on the website and on Facebook the changes over time are recorded and will continue to be documented. Our website is almost completed and will be released shortly to the general public. Accessibility for the local community will also be enhanced by signage and Walking History and Tour downloadable maps from the website.

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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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