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

  • Closure of Resource Centre until 2021

    By Sue Ballantyne, October 2020

    Temporary halt to all activities at Greensborough Historical Society - we hope to be back in 2021!

    The Committee of Management of Greensborough Historical Society Inc advises all members and friends that we will temporarily cease all Society activities from Thursday 18/03/2020, due to the current health warnings. UPDATE: 06/10/2020: At the September Committee Meeting, it was decided to suspend all activities for the REMAINDER OF 2020. We hope to resume in January. Please continue to check this web page for updates. Committee continues to meet via email. Our meeting venue at Greenhills Neighbourhood House has advised they are closed until advised by the Department of Human Services. It is important that we look after our members, volunteers and visitors in these uncertain times, and we are sure you will all understand. Apologies for any inconvenience; we can be reached via email at (via the Contacts button at top of Home Page)

  • AGM September 2020

    By Sue Ballantyne, October 2020

    Results of the Greensborough Historical Society AGM elections for Committee of Management

    On September 25th 2020, Greensborough Historical Society conducted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) via email, due to current restrictions in Melbourne. Many thanks to those members who participated. Results of the election of Office Bearers and Committee are as follows: President - Noel Withers Vice President - Peter Van Eeken Treasurer - John Gibson Secretary - Norm Colvin Committee members: Sue Ballantyne, Sue Brenkovich, Dianne Fox and Anne Paul There is one vacancy on Committee, any MEMBER interested should contact Noel. VOTE OF THANKS: Prior to the AGM, Marilyn Smith advised that she would not be standing for re-election to the Committee. Marilyn has been a member of the GHS Committee for the past 7 years, which has been much appreciated by her Colleagues on the Committee, and is a valued member of the Thursday Crew. We take this opportunity to thank Marilyn for her valuable work as photographer, interviewer, researcher and collector of all things historic. Marilyn will continue her work with the Thursday Crew, and we look forward to her next batch of photographs of Greensborough district in the 21st century.

  • Social Morning Tea

    By Sue Ballantyne, December 2019

    Social Morning Tea CANCELLED until further notice

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

    Our Social Morning Teas have been cancelled due to CoVid19 restrictions. We will resume when restrictions are lifted. Check this website for updates. Sue Brenkovich and Dawn Bennetts

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Meeting Dates

Dates for 2020: The Society meets once per month. General Meetings are held on alternate Fridays ('odd' months, starting January - except for 2020 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 2020, PLEAE NOTE The History Resource Centre is closed due to CoVid restrictions. Committee meetings for 2020: Wednesday: Committee is meeting via email until further notice, Members will be advised of outcomes. 21/10, 18/11. Contact Noel or other Committee members with your suggestions for activities or projects. Meeting dates for 2020: All held at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough, commencing at 1.15pm. Check on home page for updates on speakers and activities All meetings CANCELLED until 2021 SOCIAL MORNING TEAS 2020: CANCELLED until further notice 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. OPEN DAYS AT THE RESOURCE CENTRE 2020: Open Days for 2020: CANCELLED until further notice Hours are 1.00pm to 4.00pm. The Resource Centre at Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty is normally open every Thursday (10am - 3pm), but CLOSED until further notice .

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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 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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