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

  • September 2018 Meeting

    By Sue Ballantyne, October 2018

    Join us for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 1.15pm on Friday 21st September 2018 at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive Greensborough. To be followed by the monthly meeting with guest speaker, GHS member Bryan Henderson.

    GHS AGM 2018
    "The Old Borough was good enough" by Bryan Henderson

    Annual General Meeting: Reports on the past year by President (Noel Withers), Treasurer (John Gibson) and Archivist Sue Ballantyne) Election of Office Bearers and Committee for 2018/19. All positions are declared vacant, so if you are a current financial member and wish to nominate yourself or someone else for a position Norm Colvin our current Secretary is awaiting your response. Members will have received a nomination form via email, which must be returned to the Secretary by 14th September (7 days prior to the AGM). Email General Meeting (to follow AGM) GHS member Bryan Henderson will speak about his research into the World War I soldiers remembered on the Greensborough Sunday School Empire Honour Board, the basis of his book "The Old Borough was good enough". This is a fitting conclusion to the centenary of World War I. Bryan's book can be viewed at the Resource Centre, along with the GHS World War I Project. All welcome!

  • Greensborough Primary School 140th Anniversary

    By Sue Ballantyne, May 2018

    In 2018, Greensborough Primary School will celebrate its 140th anniversary. Save the date: Saturday 18 August, 2018.

    Colin Brooks (Member for Bundoora and Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly) and Ms Angela Morritt, Principal of GPS welcome visitors to the school.
    Finding yourself in photos or the school register was popular
    Fay Fort (nee Partington) having a bit of fun! Faye is a past pupil and member of Greensborough Historical Society. Her family have lived in the area since the 1840s.
    Mayor of Banyule, Cr Mark di Pasquale and GHS member Rosie Bray join the fun!

    Greensborough Primary School celebrates 140 Years Community Open Day and Reunion Sat 18th August, 2 – 4pm What a wonderful day! There was something for everyone - past and present students and community members. From the time the gates opened at 2.00pm until well after 4.30pm, past students were treated to a trip down memory lane. The old school building was open for tours, and the 'new' buildings were full of photos, memorabilia and old friends. The school Art Show was well worth a visit and current students entertained with short presentations. The Greensborough Historical Society was pleased to assist with historical photos and memorabilia (you may have seen our volunteers in the hall). Congratulations to the Principal, staff, students and parents who made this a great day for everyone.

  • Support for Pick My Project

    By Sue Ballantyne, August 2018

    The Greensborough Historical Society supports the "Walking Tour and History of Mont Park and Larundel" Pick My Project

    Project details from the Pick My Project website
    Project details from the Pick My Project website

    Pick My Project is a community grants initiative, with $30 million available to fund local projects. These project ideas can make your community an even better place to live. Pick My Project is a Victorian State Government initiative. You can vote for up to 3 Pick My Project applications in your local area at the website: This "Pick My Project" application was made by the Springthorpe Body Corporate. More details available on the Pick My Project website. Walking Tour and History about Mont Park and Larundel Implement a History Trail with downloadable maps and interpretive signage By preserving the knowledge and history of our buildings and environment, from first peoples to the present time, future generations will learn about our past. We are using stories, oral histories, photographs and sound bites to document these changes in an easily accessible on-line format. Currently we have 426 participants accessing our Facebook. As well, over 600 members of the wider community have taken part in La Trobe University and independent tours around the heritage buildings, describing the operation of Mont Park and Larundel hospitals from 1910 to 1999, as well as the modern-day repurposing of the buildings. By encouraging the community to interact with the website and the tours, they will learn about the past, including the history and improvements in Mental Health management, as well as indigenous culture, plants and wildlife, (in particular numerous birds). By including "then and now" photographs on the website and on Facebook the changes over time are recorded and will continue to be documented. Our website is almost completed and will be released shortly to the general public. Accessibility for the local community will also be enhanced by signage and Walking History and Tour downloadable maps from the website.

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Meeting Dates

The Society meets once per month. General Meetings are held on alternate Fridays ('odd' months, starting January - except for 2018 due to Australia Day holiday) and the informal forums are held on the alternate Saturday ('even' months, starting February) at Greenhills Neighbourhood Centre: 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 2018, Thursdays will resume on January 18th. Committee meetings for 2018: Wednesday: 19/09, 17/10, 21/11. Contact Noel or other Committee members with your suggestions for activities or projects. Meeting dates for 2018: All held at Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive, Greensborough. Check here for updates on speakers and activities 21/09/18 Friday 1.15 pm 27/10/18 Saturday 1.15pm Heritage Meeting 30/11/18 Friday 1.15 pm Christmas Meeting OPEN DAYS AT THE RESOURCE CENTRE 2018: Remaining Open Days for 2018: 13/10/18 (Saturday). Hours are 1.00pm to 4.00pm. The Resource Centre at Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty is open every Thursday (10am - 3pm) .

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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 districts 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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