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

  • Opening of Resource Centre for 2022

    By Sue Ballantyne, January 2022

    The Historical Resource Centre will return for 2022 in mid-January

    Corner Glenauburn Road and Para Road Lower Plenty

    Welcome to 2022 at the Greensborough Historical Society. We look forward to resuming activities and catching up with our members after 2 very difficult years. Please note that the Resource Centre in Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty will re-open at 10.00 am on Thursday 13th January 2022. Normal hours will resume from 13th January 2022 - 10.00am to 3.00pm each Thursday. The first social activity for 2022 will be a BBQ at War Memorial Park on Saturday January 29th. We hope to see you there. Our first Open Day for 2022 will be on Saturday 12th February from 1.00- 3.00 pm. A reminder to all members and visitors to sign in using the QR code at the door and please wear a face mask when inside the building.

  • 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

  • Social Morning Tea

    By Sue Ballantyne, November 2021

    Social Morning Tea is BACK!

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

    Join us for a Social Morning Tea or Coffee on Tuesday 7th December 2021 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 are welcome. Social Morning Teas will continue in 2022. Dates will be available on this website in January. The first morning tea for 2022 will be Tuesday February 8th at 10am. 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 19/01; 16/02; 16/03; 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 26/02/2021; Friday 25/03/2021; Saturday 23/04/2021; Friday 27/05/2021; Saturday 25/06/2021; ; Friday 22/07/2021; Saturday 27/08/2021; Friday 16/09/2021; Saturday 29/10/2021; Friday 25/11/2021. Check on home page for updates on speakers and activities. Note that GHS follows current COVID restrictions. SOCIAL MORNING TEAS 2022: Tuesdays: 08/02; 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: Saturday 12/02/2022; Sunday 10/04/2022; Saturday 11/06/2022; 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). 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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