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


    By Sue Ballantyne, November 2022

    Our Christmas meeting on Friday 25/11/2022 will include a celebration of our Foundation President Noel Withers. We invite all members past and present to attend and thank Noel for his contribution to the history of Greensborough and surrounding areas.

    Outgoing President Noel Withers
    Merry Christmas to all members and friends

    Christmas meeting 2022 Date Friday 25th November 2022 at 1.15pm. Venue: Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough. In March 2010, Noel Withers called a public meeting to consider if it was worth forming an historical society for Greensborough and surrounding areas. The response was overwhelming and the Greensborough Historical Society Inc was born. Noel was Foundation President and continued to lead the Society until September this year when he stepped down as President. Noel now continues his work with the Society as a Committee member. Join us to celebrate Noel’s leadership with a presentation and afternoon tea at our next meeting on Friday 25 November 2022 at 1.15pm at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough. Our talk will be a presentation on ‘The Greensborough War Memorial Great Cannon’ by John Gibson All members, past and present are invited to attend this celebration. There is one more opportunity to meet - Coffee Morning at Greensborough Plaza 10am on Tuesday 13 December 2022. We wish members and friends a merry Christmas and hope to see you all in the New Year. On behalf of the Greensborough Historical Society Committee of Management


    By Sue Ballantyne, October 2022

    NOTE: DUE TO THE WET WEATHER, OUR WALK AT POULTER RESERVE HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO A DATE TO BE ADVISED IN 2023. A meeting will go ahead at Greenhills Neighbourhood House instead. Please join us at 1.15pm for a presentation by GHS President Norm Colvin "Down Memory Lane", Norm's popular look at Greensborough and surrounds from the past to the present.

    Poulter Precinct 1889, A.A.Ellis painting
    Mary Poulter c1888

    PLEASE NOTE: WALK POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER. NEW DATE TO BE ADVISED IN 2023. Our walk begins at the Poulter Reserve footbridge, length of walk is 1 km with frequent stops along the way to point out areas of historical interest. All members and friends are welcome. Our walk leader is GHS Secretary Peter Van Eeken who has done extensive research into the area. An explanatory booklet will be available to participants on the walk. Afternoon tea will be served at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive Greensborough, following the walk. Should it rain, we will have a meeting at Greenhills Neighbourhood House. Please check here on Friday or Saturday morning for any updates. A reminder that the next social morning coffee will be on Tuesday November 8, 2022. All welcome.

  • 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 8th November 2022. Venue will be the same as before - top floor of Greensborough Plaza near Donut King, starting at 10am. This is a social occasion, not a formal meeting. All members and friends are welcome. Monthly Social Morning Teas will continue in 2023 on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The remaining dates for your diary are: November 8 and December 13. Please do not visit if you are feeling unwell. Check this website for updates. Dates for 2023 will be published here in January 2023. 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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  • 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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