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

  • Happy New Year 2021

    By Sue Ballantyne, January 2021

    Welcome to 2021 at Greensborough Historical Society.

    Welcome back after a very trying 2020. We all hope to return to more normal existence this year and Greensborough Historical Society is planning for an exciting year ahead. Of course all plans are reliant on what ever the current health warnings and provisions might be, so please check this page for updates before each planned activity. Please see Meeting Dates on this webpage, or refer to the last page of the December 2020 Newsletter. Thursday Crew will resume on Thursday 21/01/2021 at 10.00am to 3.00pm. We will have limited numbers due to ongoing COVID restrictions. Members and visitors (not Thursday Crew) should notify GHS via before planning a visit, or contact Noel on 9435 4513. Social Morning Tea/Coffee on Tuesday 09/02/2021 at 10.00am at Greensborough Plaza (near Muffin Break) Open Day – Saturday 13/02/2021 at History Resource Centre Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty (numbers will be limited, please book) Our first meeting for the year is on Saturday 27/02/2021. We will begin where we left off in March 2020, with a social get together to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Greensborough Historical Society. Possible Venue War Memorial Park Greensborough. Time to be advised. Please do not visit if you are feeling unwell. Victorian Government regulations regarding face masks must be followed. Everyone will need to sign in on arrival and out on departure.

  • 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 UPDATE: The vacancy on Committee has been filled by long-time GHS member Chris Foster. Welcome Chris! We look forward to working with you in 2021. 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 2021: 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 2021: Wednesday: Committee meeting are scheduled generally on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Members will be advised of outcomes. 17/02/2021, 17/03, 21/04, 19/05, 16/06, 14/07, 18/08, 15/09, 20/10, 17/11. Contact Noel (9435 4513) or other Committee members with your suggestions for activities or projects. Meeting dates for 2021: All held at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough, commencing at 1.15pm. Saturday 27/02/2021; Friday 26/03/2021; Saturday 24/04/2021; Friday 28/05/2021; Saturday 26/06/2021; Friday 30/07/2021; Saturday 28/08/2021; Friday 24/09/2021; Saturday 30/10/2021 (Heritage Meeting); Friday 26/11/2021 (Christmas Meeting). Check on home page for updates on speakers and activities. Note that GHS follows current COVID restrictions. SOCIAL MORNING TEAS 2021: Tuesdays: 09/02, 13/04, 08/06, 10/08, 12/10, 07/12. 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 2021: Saturday 13/02/2021; Sunday 11/04/2021; Saturday 12/06/2021; Sunday 08/08/2021; Saturday 09/10/2021. 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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