Greensborough Historical Society

The European settlement of Greensborough was from 1839 onward and has an abundance of untold history. 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. Greensborough Historical Society acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people as traditional custodians of the land and we pay respect to all Elders, past, present and emerging, who have resided in the area and been an integral part of the region’s history.

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Recent Articles

  • Annual General Meeting 2022

    By Sue Ballantyne, September 2022

    We have a busy week ahead: Tuesday 13/09/2022: Coffee morning at 10am Friday 16/09/2022: AGM at 1.15pm followed by our monthly meeting.

    We are trialing a monthly coffee morning this year - our next social get together is on Tuesday 13/09/2022, usual place - near Muffin Break on top level of Greensborough Plaza. All welcome, come along and bring a friend. On Friday 16/09/2022, GHS will hold its Annual General Meeting at 1.15pm (at Greenhills Neighbourhhood House). Annual reports will be presented and elections held for Executive and Committee positions. All positions are declared open and all financial members are welcome to nominate for Committee. A nomination form was forwarded with the notice of meeting. If you do not have a nomination form but would like to nominate, contact GHS Secretary, Peter Van Eeken and he will send you a form. All nominations must be received by this Friday 9th September. Following the AGM, Norm Colvin will entertain us with a short history of the Yan Yean Reservoir - the reasons behind its planning and construction in the 1850s. Norm's talk will be illustrated with some rarely seen historic slides. We hope all members are able to join us for our busy week.


    By Sue Ballantyne, March 2022

    The Resource Centre is now closed for RENOVATION / EXTENSION

    The old entrance
    The new entrance

    UPDATE 7th September 2022: Still waiting on the power provider to move the meter box to the exterior of the building (the box is there - just need the electricals moved) UPDATE 20th August 2022: The main construction work is complete, with painting underway this week. Fresh paint and new flooring look great! Still waiting for some electrical work to be completed by our power provider. Will advise when work is complete and we have the keys back! UPDATE 8th June 2022: Following a delay, work commenced this week. On Thursday 24th March 2022, the History Resource Centre at 34a Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty CLOSED for renovations and extension. Thanks to Banyule Council for improving our premises. We look forward to returning in a few months and welcoming our members to our new home. We will keep you updated on this page. Please note the April and June Open Days are cancelled. The Thursday researchers will meet each week at Diamond Valley Community Room. We welcome visitors.

  • Social Morning Tea

    By Sue Ballantyne, June 2022

    Social Morning Tea is being extended to a monthly event!

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

    Join us for the next Social Morning Tea or Coffee on Tuesday 9th September 2022. Venue will be the same as before - top floor of Greensborough Plaza near Muffin Break, starting at 10am. This is a social occasion, not a formal meeting. All members and friends are welcome. Social Morning Teas will continue in 2022. From July we will trial a monthly morning tea on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. These dates for your diary are: September 13, October 11, November 8 and December 13. Please do not visit if you are feeling unwell. Check this website for updates. Sue Brenkovich and Dawn Bennetts

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Meeting Dates

Dates for 2022: The Society meets once per month February to November. General Meetings are held on alternate Fridays ('odd' months) 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. (Currently numbers are limited due to COVID restrictions) 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. Committee meetings for 2022: Wednesday: Committee meeting are scheduled generally on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Members will be advised of outcomes. During COVID lockdowns, Committee will meet via email or ZOOM 20/04; 18/05; 15/06; 20/07; 17/08; 14/09; 19/10; 16/11. Contact Noel (9435 4513) or other Committee members with your suggestions for activities or projects. Meeting dates for 2022: All held at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough, commencing at 1.15pm. Saturday 23/04/2022; Friday 27/05/2022; Saturday 25/06/2022; ; Friday 22/07/2022; Saturday 27/08/2022; Friday 16/09/2022; Saturday 29/10/2022; Friday 25/11/2022. Check on home page for updates on speakers and activities. Note that GHS follows current COVID restrictions. SOCIAL MORNING TEAS 2022: July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8 and December 13. Held on Tuesday morning, this is a social occasion, not a formal meeting. All members and friends are welcome. Generally held near Muffin Break on the top level of Greensborough Plaza. Check homepage for details prior to event. OPEN DAYS AT THE RESOURCE CENTRE 2022: Sunday 10/04/2022 (CANCELLED due to renovations); Saturday 11/06/2022 (CANCELLED due to renovations); Sunday 14/08/2022; Saturday 08/10/2022. Hours are 1.00pm to 4.00pm. The Resource Centre at Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty is normally open every Thursday (10am - 3pm). Currently CLOSED due to renovations (April to June 2022) Due to COVID restrictions, numbers are limited. Visitors should contact Noel (9435 4513) to book a time.

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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

    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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