Blackburn and Its Lake
by Marc Fiddian

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Blackburn and Its Lake - by Marc Fiddian
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Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: BookPOD (2023)
ISBN: 9780645871746
Trim size: 210 x 148 mm
Melbourne made extraordinary headway during the 1850s after the separation of the Port Phillip District from New South Wales in 1850 and the injection of much wealth into the economy through the widespread gold rushes of the decade. Public buildings, such as the State Library, the University of Melbourne and the Treasury buildings, were erected in the 1850s and an influx of settlers from far and wide set the scene for a booming city.

At Anderson’s Creek, near Warrandyte, gold was discovered in 1851 although it was low-key compared with the massive rushes to the hinterland where gold was found in abundance. Settlement of the eastern area of Melbourne was slower the farther one travelled from the city centre. As the number of Europeans grew, the number of Aborigines declined. It’s understood that the Wurundjeri people held corroborees at what is now Parkside St, off Central Rd, Blackburn. During the 1850s much Crown land was sold in the district and on August 6, 1857 the Nunawading Road Board was proclaimed. Those who selected land had the onerous task of clearing it to make room for some form of housing and an area to make a living growing fruit, farming or perhaps setting up a dairy.

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