Glass Creek

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Glass Creek is a watercourse running through northern Boroondara. It is now almost entirely an underground creek, having been redirected through drains as residential development of the area took place.

Etymology

The creek was named after Hugh Glass, a land speculator in the early history of Melbourne, in 1844. It was originally referred to as Glass' Creek but the spelling gradually fell out of use in favour of the present-day Glass Creek.[1][2]

Geography

Settlements

The creek passes through two suburbs:

Parklands

Much of the former creek route is now open parkland:

History

In the early history of Melbourne and during the indigenous settlement of the area, Glass Creek ran at-surface through what was then bushland. William Oswin is the first recorded owner of the land where Hays Paddock and Glass Creek flows into the Yarra on a property known as Kilby Farm.[2] The first proposal to route the creek underground in its northern section was put forward by the City of Kew town clerk, W.D.Birrell, in 1943, but the project was not pursued.[2] The exact date of the rest of the creek's re-routing through the underground drainage system is unknown, but a Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works map from the 1960s shows the creek entering the present-day drain near the southern entrance of Hays Paddock.[3]

Route

The original route of Glass Creek through North Balwyn and East Kew before it was placed underground some time in the 1960s.

The original route of the creek originated near Loma Linda Grove in Greythorn, the eastern part of Balwyn North. It flowed through present-day Jacka Street and Gordon Barnard Reserves, crossed Balwyn Road, through Hislop and Macleay/Myrtle Park, through the residential areas roughly following Maylands Avenue, through Stradbroke Park near present-day Kew High School, under High Street and along the present-day Glass Creek Trail before joining up to the current course near the southern entrance to Hays Paddock. Thence it flowed north-west into the Yarra River.[4]

References

  1. Serle, Geoffrey; Nairn, Beded; Ward, Russell. Glass, Hugh (1817-1871). Melbourne University Press. Carlton: 1972.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Hays Paddock Master Plan" (PDF). City of Boroondara. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  3. Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. Municipalities of Box Hill, Camberwell, Collingwood, Hawthorn, Heidelberg, Doncaster and Templestowe, Kew & Richmond. Melbourne:1960, http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/cgi-bin/map_item.pl
  4. Collins Book Depot. Collins' Melbourne and suburban street directory. Melbourne:1936.

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