Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Eltham walk to Killeavey

The next walk of the Eltham District Historical Society is a walk to "Killeavey"

“Killeavey” was the home of Sir William Irvine, Victorian and Federal Parliamentarian and Supreme Court Judge. Later it was the home of his daughter Beatrice Morrison, a significant personality in the Eltham community. The original house was destroyed by fire and its replacement has been demolished by Parks Victoria. The site sits high above the Yarra River near the south end of Reynolds Road. It contains garden remnants, including significant trees and a stone wall.

We will start our walk to “Killeavey” on 3rd September at the corner of Mt Pleasant and Reynolds Roads, Eltham (Melway Ref. 22 E7). Parking is available in Reynolds Road south of Mt Pleasant Road. This walk of about 3km will start at 2pm and take about two hours. It will be on unsealed roads and bush tracks that are mainly quite solid but with a few muddy patches, so appropriate footwear is recommended. The walk is mainly within a bushland section of the Yarra Valley Metropolitan Park where dogs are not permitted.

Doug Orford will join us on this walk and will talk about the former Orford family property in Reynolds Road.

Bring some afternoon tea for our stop at “Killeavey”. Those who would rather remain active could explore around this interesting site.

This free walk is open to Society members and the general public. Contact phone number on the day is 0409 021 063.

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