Heritage Walk: Along the Diamond Creek – 7 July, 2018

Saturday, 7th July, 2018 at 2.00pm – Please note this excursion is CANCELLED due to bad weather. To be rescheduled at a later date.

The Diamond Creek is a major feature of the open space spine that runs through the centre of Eltham. From the time of the first European settlement of the area most of the land along the creek valley was private property extending to the centre of the creek. Over many years land has been purchased by the Council and the State Government to create a continuous open space system along at least one side of the creek, from central Eltham to the Yarra River. The area contains many places of historic interest.

Fabbro’s original home when they first moved to Eltham in Ely Street, c.1992 (from the collection of Eltham District Historical Society)

Our July excursion will comprise a walk along the creek path from central Eltham to Fabbro fields finishing at Ely Street. This is about 2 km one way and should take about 2 hours including plenty of time to stop and talk. There will be a return walk without much commentary but those who wish to can catch a bus back from the corner of Main Road and Dalton Street. A particular point of discussion along the way will be the historic railway trestle bridge as to its history and its future given the proposal to duplicate this section of the railway.

This walk on Saturday 7th July will start at 2pm near the scout hall at the southern end of Youth Road (Melway ref 21 J 5).

This excursion is free and is open to the general public as well as Society members.

Please note that dogs are not permitted on Society excursions.

The phone number for contact on the day is 0409 021 063.

3 thoughts on “Heritage Walk: Along the Diamond Creek – 7 July, 2018”

  1. My wife and I were the ladybug remnant in the Fabbro cottage before it was demolished as part of the new housing development.
    This photo is in the era we lived there. My big armchair in the verandah….
    Not sure on the 1992 date as this photo does not have my veggie garden or Picket fence.
    My understanding is this was the original West Family Homestead. Fabbro’s moved this cottage about 40-50 metres up the paddock on a horse and dray so they could build their villa house on the original cottage site. During the move a room fell off. We rebuilt that room while we rented the cottage….
    I’m writing a book about all this (and more). Yarns from Maurie Fabbro…


  2. Hi everyone – unfortunately due to the inclement weather predicted over the next few days and Saturday in particular; high chance of showers/rain and high winds, this heritage excursion along the Diamond Creek is now cancelled. We will look at rescheduling the event for a time later in the year when the weather is more suitable.


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