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

  • APRIL 2022 MEETING

    By Sue Ballantyne, April 2022

    Join us for our next meeting on Friday 27/05/2022 starting at 1.15pm..

    Mary Poulter at the Poulter home
    The Poulter Precinct subdivision
    Poulter Reserve Bridge 2016. Photograph by M.Smith

    Our meeting on Friday 27th May 2022 will include a presentation by GHS Secretary Peter Van Eeken on the "Poulter Reserve Precinct": The Poulter Reserve Precinct opens up the earliest days and history of Greensborough, and is bordered by the railway line (along Poulter Avenue), Main Street and the Plenty River. Today’s presentation will focus on old and new understandings on the history of the northern side of Main Street. Following Peter's talk, please join us for our annual fundraiser for the Cancer Council's "Biggest Morning Tea". Donations are welcome and a delicious afternoon tea can be enjoyed by all attending the meeting. Venue is Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough. All welcome, feel free to bring a friend.

  • TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF RESOURCE CENTRE

    By Sue Ballantyne, March 2022

    The Resource Centre is now closed for RENOVATION / EXTENSION

    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.

  • Great local reading

    By Sue Ballantyne, December 2021

    Looking for a gift with a local twist? Greensborough Historical Society has books for every reader.

    Early Days - Greensborough and St Helena $25
    As I Recall $20
    Do you recall $25

    We have 3 books available: As I Recall - a collection of stories - country to suburbia Do You Recall? - a collection of stories Volume 2 and our latest publication: Early Days - Greensborough and St Helena Books can be purchased at Briar Hill and St Helena Newsagents or by phoning Noel on 9435 4513

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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: 12/04; 14/06; 09/08; 11/10; 13/12. 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 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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