Saturday 2nd May 2015 at 2.00pm
Murray’s Farm originally established by John (Black Jack) Murray in the 1850s ultimately comprised some 190 acres and stretched across the Diamond Creek valley at Eltham North from Ryans Road to Zig Zag Road. Today it is largely a residential area but with extensive parklands along the Diamond Creek and an undeveloped area around the hilltop site of the former farmhouse.
The history of this farm includes its transition from orcharding to dairying to beef cattle and ultimately to residential subdivision. The creek area includes the features now known as Murrays Wetlands and Murrays Bridge, the former farm crossing of the creek, now adapted for pedestrian and bicycle use.
For our excursion on 2nd May we intend to walk around the creek parkland and discuss the history of this farm and surrounding area. At the conclusion of the walk there will be the opportunity to drive to the location of the former Murray house for views over a large area of the farm.
This short walk is about 1.5 km in length. The excursion is expected to take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the car park of the Eltham North Reserve in Wattletree Road opposite Banks Road. (Melway ref.11 K12)
This free walk is open to the general public as well as Society members……… but numbers are limited.
Dogs are not permitted on Society excursions.
Phone number of contact on the day is 0409 021 063