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

  • February 2020 Meeting

    By Sue Ballantyne, February 2020

    Meetings for 2020 commence on Saturday 29th February at 1.15pm. Venue: Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive Greensborough.

    Bronze Age Society Image:

    Join us on Saturday 29th February 2020 for our first meeting in this our 10th year! Our speaker will be GHS Treasurer John Gibson, always entertaining. As a change from our usual fare, John will delve deeper into history and provide an overview of the Fall of the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean over 3,000 years ago. Please join us at Greenhills Neighbourhood House on Saturday 29th February 2020 at 1.15pm. All welcome, bring your friends.

  • Welcome to 2020

    By Sue Ballantyne, January 2020

    Greensborough Historical Society has resumed for 2020

    The Historical Resource Centre at Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty re-opened for business at 10.00am on Thursday 16th January 2020. We will be open each Thursday 10.00am - 3.00pm from then. Our first OPEN DAY for 2020 will take place on Saturday 8th February from 1.00 to 4.00pm. All welcome. If you are looking for local or family history, volunteers will be available to assist. Or simply join us for a cuppa and a chat. Our first formal meeting for 2020 will take place on Saturday February 29 at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive. Start time 1.15pm. GHS Treasurer John Gibson will be the speaker. Further details in February.

  • Social Morning Tea

    By Sue Ballantyne, December 2019

    Join us for a social cuppa.

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

    Our next Social Morning Tea is on Tuesday February 11th 2020 at Greensborough Plaza, top floor, near Muffin Break. 10am start. A reminder that this is not a formal meeting, but a social get-together for a chat and coffee. We look forward to meeting you. Bring your friends, all welcome! For your Diary - coming dates for Social Morning Teas, all Tuesdays: 14th April, 9th June, 11th August, 13th October, 8th December. Sue Brenkovich and Dawn Bennetts

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Meeting Dates

Dates for 2020: The Society meets once per month. General Meetings are held on alternate Fridays ('odd' months, starting January - except for 2020 due to Australia Day holiday) and the informal forums are held on the alternate Saturday ('even' months, starting February) at Greenhills Neighbourhood House: 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 2020, Thursdays will resume on January 16th. Committee meetings for 2020: Wednesday: 15/01, 19/02, 18/03, 15/04, 20/05, 17/06, 15/07, 19/08, 16/09, 21/10, 18/11. Contact Noel or other Committee members with your suggestions for activities or projects. Meeting dates for 2020: All held at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough, commencing at 1.15pm. Check on home page for updates on speakers and activities 29/02/20 Saturday 1.15pm 27/03/20 Friday 1.15pm 18/04/20 Saturday 1.15pm ANZAC Day meeting brought forward to avoid clash with public holiday 29/05/20 Friday 1.15 pm 27/06/20 Saturday 1.15pm 31/07/20 Friday 1.15pm 29/08/20 Saturday 1.15pm 18/09/20 Friday 1.15pm - AGM (moved to avoid Grand Final Eve public holiday) 31/10/20 Saturday 1.15pm Heritage Meeting - Check home page in October for details. 27/11/20 Friday 1.15 pm Christmas Meeting SOCIAL MORNING TEAS 2020: Held on Tuesday morning, this is a social occasion, not a formal meeting. All members and guests are welcome. Generally held near Muffin Break on the top level of Greensborough Plaza. NOTE: There will be an extra Social Morning Tea on January 14th 2020 at 10am, to be followed by a walk around the Homefront statues at War Memorial Park at 12noon. Tuesday 11/02, 14/04, 09/06, 11/08, 13/10, 08/12. OPEN DAYS AT THE RESOURCE CENTRE 2020: Open Days for 2020: 08/02/2020 (Saturday), (No Open Day in April due to the number of public holidays), 13/06/2020 (Saturday), 09/08/20 (Sunday) and 10/10/20 (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 district's 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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