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

  • AUGUST 2018 Meeting

    By Sue Ballantyne, July 2018

    Join us for our next meeting on Saturday August 25, 2018 at 1.15pm, Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive Greensborough.

    Yallambie seen from the south west, c1890, (Bill Bush Collection) This image taken from Yallambie Wordpress
    Jennings Yallambie brochure, from Yallambie Wordpress

    Ian McLachlan will speak about his home - Yallambie House, its history and that of the area surrounding the House. Ian has spent much time and passion in restoring Yallambie House and writes the Yallambie Wordpress site, which contains many interesting articles on the local area - A reminder to members that fees for 2018/19 were due in July and can be paid at this next meeting. 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.

  • Main Street Plaques

    By Sue Ballantyne, July 2018

    In June 2018, the Greensborough Historical Society placed 13 historical signs in Stage One of the Main Street Plaques Project.

    Plan of Plaques in Main and Grimshaw Streets Greensborough
    Plaque 1 - Huitt's Tea Rooms
    Plaque 2 - Original Greensborough Hotel
    Plaque 3 - Medhurst's Shop
    Plaque 4 - Methodist Church
    Plaque 5 - Main Street 1923
    Plaque 6 - Ashril Theatre
    Plaque 7 - Main Street Greensborough
    Plaque 8 - Commercial Bank
    Plaque 9 - Farmer's Arms Hotel
    Plaque 10 - Stubley Motors
    Plaque 11 - Marble Hall
    Plaque 12 - Quirk's Tailor and Tea Rooms
    Plaque 13 - Swimming Pool on the Plenty River

    Even before the Greensborough Historical Society was formed in 2010, GHS President Noel Withers had thought that historical plaques in Main Street and Grimshaw Street would help people be aware of and understand the history of the area. Several members worked on the “Main Street Plaques Project” over the following years and identified about 20 possible sites for inclusion in the project. Sub-committee members included Chris Foster, Jasmine Burge, Sue Ballantyne, Dennis Ward and Noel Withers. In 2015, the Society was successful in applying for a Greensborough RSL/Banyule Grant of $10,000 to implement stage one of the Main Street Plaques Project. Noel has driven the Project since then. The next few years involved meeting with business owners to gain permission to attach the plaques to their premises; designing and producing the plaques – many different ideas were discussed and the final format decided upon. In June 2018, stage one was completed when 13 plaques were installed from the corner of Grimshaw and Henry Streets, down Grimshaw and left into Main Street. The final plaque in this stage is located on the bridge over the Plenty River. Greensborough Historical Society gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Greensborough RSL and Banyule Council. Thanks must also go to Noella Jacobs of the Greensborough Chamber of Commerce for her support in liaising with local business owners. Thanks also to GHS Committee and members who have supported and encouraged Noel in the pursuit of this project. Further information on each site can be found on the GHS website. Go to the Articles tab and search for “Main Street Plaques Project”, or the name of the site in which you are interested: 1. Huitt’s Tea Rooms 2. Original Greensborough Hotel 3. Medhurst’s Shop 4. Methodist Church 5. Main Street 1923 6. Ashril Theatre 7. Main Street 8. Commercial Bank 9. Farmer’s Arms Hotel 10. Stubley Motors 11. Marble Hall 12. Quirk’s Tailor and Tea Rooms 13. Swimming Pool on the Plenty River

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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: 15/08, 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 25/08/18 Saturday 1.15pm 21/09/18 Friday 1.15 pm 27/10/18 Saturday 1.15pm 30/11/18 Friday 1.15 pm Christmas Meeting OPEN DAYS AT THE RESOURCE CENTRE 2018: Open Days for 2018: 12/08/18 (Sunday) and 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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