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

  • September 2023 Meeting

    By Sue Ballantyne, September 2023

    Join us for our AGM, to be followed by the September meeting.

    September meeting 29/09/2023 – begins with our AGM, with all Committee positions declared vacant. Please contact GHS via the info line if you are interested in joining the Committee (contact details on home page). All financial members are eligible for Committee. Following the AGM, local MP for Bundoora and Minister for Housing Colin Brooks will officially present GHS with a sign from the old Greensborough Station, a great addition to our collection. Noel will be presented with his Award of Merit by RHSV Councillor Elisabeth Jackson, who will also speak about the work of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Peter Van Eeken will present information about the people who lived along the old Greensborough Road to the river ford, prior to 1860. This talk is a precursor to the October Heritage walk on Saturday 28 October. And we will fit in afternoon tea as well! All members and friends welcome. Date 29 September 2023 at 1.15pm Venue: Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough

  • Upcoming events in October

    By Sue Ballantyne, September 2023

    October will be a busy month and we hope you will join us for as many activities as possible.

    Thursday 5 October, 10:30am to 12:30pm at Diamond Valley Library Book Launch - Walking the Kurrum Yallock (Plenty River) by Anne Paul. Books available for launch price of $20 cash only. NOTE that this needs to be booked online via Local History Month: "Walking the Plenty River" Book Launch | Yarra Plenty Regional Library - no charge but bookings are essential. Saturday 14 October, 1.00pm to 3.30pm at GHS History Resource Centre, 34A Glenauburn Road, Lower Plenty. Open Day and Official Opening of the refurbished Resource Centre. Afternoon tea provided. Thursday 26 October, 10:30am to 12:30pm at Old Lower Plenty Bridge Guided walk: Walking the Plenty River in Yallambie, led by Anne Paul. Guide books available for launch price of $20 cash only. NOTE that this needs to be booked online via Local History Month: Plenty River Walk | Yarra Plenty Regional Library - no charge but bookings are essential. Saturday 28 October, 1.15 pm start at Poulter Reserve Greensborough Heritage walk: The Poulter Precinct, led by Peter Van Eeken (note this walk was cancelled in 2022 due to heavy rain and flooding of the Plenty River). Meet at the footbridge. Following the walk, afternoon tea will be held at Greenhills Neighbourhood House at about 2.30pm.


    By Sue Ballantyne, August 2023

    The Resource Centre is open for business

    The renovations at the Resource Centre are finally complete and our first Open Day was on Sunday 13 August. The next weekend Open Day will be on Saturday 14 October 2023 from 1.00 – 3.00pm. All members and friends are welcome to come along and enjoy a cuppa in our updated premises. A formal ‘opening’ is planned for later in the year and details will be announced soon. Greensborough Historical Society thanks Banyule Council for renovating and extending our Resource Centre, and we also thank Northeast Link Community Fund for the grant that provided new furniture, storage and display boards. In the meantime, we have resumed our normal Thursday research and archiving activities from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Visitors are most welcome to pop in at anytime on Thursdays.

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Meeting Dates

Dates for 2023: 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. (We follow any current 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 2023: CHANGE TO COMMITTEE MEETING TIMES FOR 2023: Committee meeting are now scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1.30pm. In 2023 there are 2 vacancies on Committee. If you’d like to join us, please speak to a Committee member. 17/01; 21/02; 21/03; 18/04; 16/05; 20/06; 18/07; 15/08; 19/09; 17/10; 21/11. Contact Norm (0409 815 246) or other Committee members with your suggestions for activities or projects. Or contact the Society via email: Meeting dates for 2023: All held at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough, commencing at 1.15pm. Saturday 25/02/2023; Friday 31/03/2023; Saturday 29/04/2023; Friday 26/05/2023; Saturday 24/06/2023; Friday 28/07/2023; Saturday 26/08/2023; Friday 29/09/2023; Saturday 28/10/2023; Friday 24/11/2023. Check on home page for updates on speakers and activities. Note that GHS follows current COVID restrictions. SOCIAL MORNING TEAS 2023: We have changed our social morning tea/coffee gatherings to monthly (previously every second month). All on a Tuesday and we meet on the top floor of Greensborough Plaza behind the Donut shop. February 14; March 14; April 11; May 9; June 13; July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14 and December 12. Held on Tuesday morning, this is a social occasion, not a formal meeting. All members and friends are welcome. Check homepage for details prior to event. OPEN DAYS AT THE RESOURCE CENTRE 2023: Sunday 13/08/2023; Saturday 14/10/2023. Hours are 1.00pm to 3.00pm. The Resource Centre at 34A Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty (corner Para Road) is now open every Thursday (10am - 3pm). Please check the home page for updates.

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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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