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

  • 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

    The last Greensborough Historical Society "SOCIAL MORNING TEA" for 2019 will be on Tuesday December 10th at 10am. Location will be the same: 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. A SPECIAL addition to our calendar will be a Social Morning Tea on January 14th 2020. If you are looking for something to do in January, join us at Greensborough Plaza, top floor, near Muffin Break. 10am start. Hope to see you there. And a reminder that there is no monthly meeting in January. Meetings will resume on Saturday February 29th at Greenhills Neighbourhood House. We look forward to meeting you. Bring your friends, all welcome! Sue Brenkovich and Dawn Bennetts

  • Seasons Greetings

    By Sue Ballantyne, December 2019

    Greensborough Historical Society and its members will have a well-earned rest over the coming weeks.

    We hope you are on the "nice" list

    The Historical Resource Centre at Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty will close at 12.00 midday on Thursday 12th December 2019 and re-open for business at 10.00am on Thursday 16th January 2020. And will be open each Thursday 10.00am-3.00pm from then. Over the break, you can still contact us via this website. See Contact Us. A SPECIAL addition to our calendar will be a Social Morning Tea on January 14th 2020. If you are looking for something to do in January, join us at Greensborough Plaza, top floor, near Muffin Break. 10am start. Hope to see you there. And a reminder that there is no monthly meeting in January. Our first formal meeting for 2020 will take place on Saturday February 29 at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive. Start time 1.15pm. We wish all our members and friends a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

  • Charles Henry Swanwick

    By World War I Project, April 2016

    Charles Henry Swanwick is listed on the Greensborough Primary School Honour Board. Greensborough Historical Society World War I Project has researched each soldier using the Australian War Memorial/National Archives Australia websites, the Digger database and newspapers via Trove. Thanks to family members who have provided information and photographs. Additional information is always welcome and can be sent to GHS via info@greensboroughhistorical.org.au

    Charles Henry Swanwick Service No. 1819 Rank: Private Unit: Not assigned Charles was born in Kilmore in 1895, his parents were William Henry Swanwick and Martha Wellard. He was living in Nagambie and employed as a motor driver when he enlisted on 6th January 1915, aged 19 years. He gave his father who was a Senior Constable of Police as next of kin. His father gave written permission for Charles to enlist. Charles was not allocated to a unit. His military record does not say why and there is no mention of a discharge. However, as he was only 5 feet, 5 ½ inches in height he may have been rejected as too short? It wasn’t until July 1915 that the height requirement was reduced to 5 feet, 2 inches. Charles Swanwick is listed on the Greensborough Primary School Honour board.

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Meeting Dates

Dates for 2019: The Society meets once per month. General Meetings are held on alternate Fridays ('odd' months, starting January - except for 2019 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 2019, Thursdays will resume on January 17th. Committee meetings for 2019: Wednesday: 17/07, 14/08, 18/09, 16/10, 20/11. Contact Noel or other Committee members with your suggestions for activities or projects. Meeting dates for 2019: All held at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough, commencing at 1.15pm. Check on home page for updates on speakers and activities 26/07/19 Friday 1.15pm 31/08/19 Saturday 1.15pm 20/09/19 Friday 1.15pm - AGM (moved to avoid Grand Final Eve public holiday) 26/10/19 Saturday 1.15pm Heritage Meeting (other activities will take place in the morning) Check home page in October for details. 29/11/19 Friday 1.15 pm Christmas Meeting SOCIAL MORNING TEAS 2019: 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. Tuesday 13/08, 08/10, 10/12. OPEN DAYS AT THE RESOURCE CENTRE 2019: Open Days for 2019: 11/08/19 (Sunday) and 12/10/19 (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 info@greensboroughhistorical.org.au If you are interested in sharing your story through an oral history interview, please contact the Society. info@greensboroughhistorical.org.au We look forward to hearing from you.

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