Thursday, March 04, 2010

Eltham Heritage Walk

Eltham & District Historical Society will continue their successful program of heritage walks by providing a variety of walks in different locations around Eltham and nearby areas. The first walk for 2010 will be on Saturday 6th March starting at 2pm. The starting point is the corner of Lavender Park Road and Kent Hughes Road, Eltham South (Melway Ref. 22 A9). Roadside parking is available in Kent Hughes Road. The distance is about 3.5 km and it will take about 2 hours. It includes a track along the Yarra River that is a bit rough in places and a short steep climb in Sweeneys Lane. The track through parkland adjoining the river is quite scenic and there are extensive views of the Yarra Valley from the ridge above.

Thomas Sweeney was the first land purchaser from the Crown in the Eltham area in 1840. The family went on to become long term residents, and played a prominent role in Eltham’s early history. Most of this walk passes through Sweeney property and we pass the Sweeney homestead which remains on a small part of the original farm. Other locations of interest include Griffith Park and Petty’s Orchard across the river in Templestowe.

Bring whatever you need to eat and drink and we will stop along the way for afternoon tea. Perhaps at Sweenys Flat. There is no charge for this walk which is open to the public as well as Society members. The contact number on the day is 0409 021 063. Ring Russell on that number if you need transport and to check for possible postponement if the weather is to be 30 degrees or hotter.

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