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

  • AN UPDATE ON THE RESOURCE CENTRE

    By Sue Ballantyne, January 2023

    The end is in sight - we think!

    New front entrance
    The extended computer room
    The main meeting room

    A working bee has tidied the overgrown garden and we hope to replant around April. On Wednesday January 4, 2023, we took our furniture and resources out of storage. Thanks once again to Luke from Legacy Removals for moving us out of storage. We are not getting overly excited, because the electricity meter has not yet been moved to its new location, so everything is stacked in one or two rooms until the work is complete. Many thanks to those who have helped with gardening and cleaning. However, we are being positive and will soon purchase some new furniture, storage and display boards courtesy of a grant from NELP (North East Link Program). We are grateful for this support. Watch this space for future announcements of opening hours and a celebration of our refurbished premises.

  • 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

    SOCIAL MORNING TEAS 2023: We have changed our social morning tea/coffee gatherings to monthly (previously every second month). All on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and we meet on the top floor of Greensborough Plaza behind Donut King. Dats for your diary: February 14; March 14; April 11; May 9; June 13; July 11, August 8, September 11, October 10, November 14 and December 12. Held on Tuesday morning at 10am, this is a social occasion, not a formal meeting. All members and friends are welcome. Please do not visit if you are feeling unwell. Check this website for updates. Sue Brenkovich and Dawn Bennetts

  • 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 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: Saturday 11/02/2023 (planned but relies on renovation work being completed); Sunday 16/04/2023; Saturday 10/06/2023; Sunday 13/08/2023; Saturday 14/10/2023. Hours are 1.00pm to 4.00pm. The Resource Centre at 34A Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty (corner Para Road) is normally open every Thursday (10am - 3pm). We hope to resume this early in 2023 as soon as renovations are complete and the site is safe for visitors. 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 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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