Whitehorse City Council

Heritage Week

A Walk in the Park - Gardens and Green Spaces

Take a break from the hectic pace of life and join us for a week of events that celebrate our stunning green spaces. Discover the rich history of the abundant parks and leafy gardens in our municipality as part of Whitehorse City Council’s annual Heritage Week.

There will be more than 15 events on offer during the week, with something to delight everyone from the most serious history buff right through to our littlest garden fans. Events include guided walks through Wattle Park, Bellbird Dell Reserve and Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, a tour of Box Hill Cemetery, as well as talks on the Vermont Garden Club and discovering your family history.

Below are some of the highlights of the week or download the full brochure for more information.

Download the pdf icon Heritage Week 2018 Brochure (1.10MB) for more information.

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The Heritage Week 2018 program includes:

Cootamundra Walk

Celebrating 40 years!
When: Thursday 13 September, 10am–12noon
Where: Near Bell Street - between Pope Road and Francis Street, Blackburn
Cost: Free
Bookings essential: 9262 6555

Take a guided tour of this important green space. Discover the scale and significance of Cootamundra Walk’s conservation, one of the last remnants of bushland in Whitehorse.

Box Hill Public Art Trail

When: Thursday 13 September, 10.30am
Where: Box Hill Town Hall Portico, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Cost: Free
Bookings essential: 9262 6555

Take a wonderful walking tour of the public art treasures in downtown Box Hill. View the original ‘White Horse’, marvel at the scale of ‘The Performers’ and delight in the street art in Birds’ Lane.

Box Hill Town Hall Tour

When: Friday 14 September, 10am
Where: Box Hill Town Hall Foyer, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Cost: Gold coin donation to the Field Naturalist Club of Victoria
Bookings essential: 9262 6555

Take a tour of the iconic Box Hill Town Hall and head down memory lane to when horticultural shows were a regular event in the stately Main Hall. Be transported back to the days when Council meetings were held in the Chambers and take a seat in the Mayor’s chair. Presentation and morning tea included.

From Garden to Table

When: Friday 14 September, 1pm–3pm
Where: Horticultural Centre, 82 Jolimont Road, Forest Hill
Cost: Free
Bookings essential: 9262 6555

The Nunawading Community Garden was the first community garden in Australia, and remains an important communal green space.
Volunteers will lead a guided walk through this wonderful garden and share stories of its creation and development.

Blooming Lovely!

When: Saturday 15 September, 10am–4pm
Where: Box Hill Town Hall – Lower Hall
Cost: Gold coin donation to the Box Hill Historical Society Inc.

Enjoy this stunning recreation of the Box Hill Horticultural Society’s old style garden shows, which were a treasured event in days gone by. Floral arrangements, heirloom vegetables and historic exhibits will be on display. There will also be stalls by various gardening groups and speakers on a variety of gardening subjects.

Schwerkolt Cottage Heritage Family Day

When: Sunday 16 September, 11am–4pm
Where: Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum Complex, Deep Creek Road, Mitcham
Cost: Free
Further information: 9873 4946
(Whitehorse Historical Society Inc.)

Join us at Schwerkolt Cottage for a day of fun and laughter. Free activities include pony rides, face painting, an animal farm, balloon artistry, Meccano and electric train displays and oldfashioned games on the Cottage lawn.

Enjoy the music of Brumbies Bush Band, Devonshire tea and cake stall, coffee and a sausage sizzle. Wander through the cottage, museum and orchard display shed or take a guided tour.

Wonderful craft and trade demonstrations include knitting, lace-making, spinning, weaving, Chinese brush painting, woodturning and blacksmithing.

‘A Pockett Full of Gardens’

Box Hill Historical Society – General Meeting
When: Sunday 16 September, 2pm–4pm
Where: 1st Floor, Meeting Room 1, Box Hill Library, 1040 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Cost: Gold coin donation (Bookings not required)
Speaker: William Orange

An insightful presentation on Mr Orange’s great-grandfather, Thomas Pockett OBE, who was a landscaper, designer of municipal gardens and internationally acknowledged chrysanthemum propagator.

Wattle Park Historical Walk

When: Monday 17 September, 10am–12noon
Where: Wattle Park Chalet, 1012 Riversdale Road, Surrey Hills
Cost: $20 towards Box Hill Historical Society Inc.
Bookings essential: 9262 6555
(phone bookings attract a $4 fee)

Explore the landscape around Wattle Park. Learn how the surrounding land has evolved since pre-European settlement to the gorgeous parkland oasis it is today.

Box Hill Cemetery Tour:

Plantsmen and gardeners all – lives inspired by the outdoors
When: Monday 17 September, 2pm
Where: Box Hill Cemetery, Middleborough Road, Box Hill
Please meet at the roundabout on Second Avenue inside the Cemetery grounds
Cost: $20
Bookings essential, limited numbers: 9262 6555.
(phone bookings attract $4 fee).

Conducted by members of the Box Hill and Surrey Hills Historical Societies, this tour will visit graves of individuals associated with notable parks, gardens and open spaces. Wheelchair accessible.

The Bellbird Dell Reserve

From then to now
When: Tuesday 18 September, 10am–12noon
Where: Bellbird Dell Reserve, George Road Entrance, Vermont South
Cost: Free
Bookings essential: 9262 6555

Enjoy a guided walk through Bellbird Dell Reserve and discover its transformation from pre-settlement to today. View an informative display on the history of the local area and see the results of extensive tree planting and landscaping over the park’s 40 year history.

Surrey Hills Historical Society

General Meeting
When: Tuesday 18 September, 8pm
Where: Maitland Room, Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Cottage, 1 Bedford Avenue, Surrey Hills
Cost: $4.50 includes supper
Speaker: Dr Celestina Sagazio, Historian and Manager of Cultural Heritage, Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

Learn about the history, heritage value and conservation of cemetery plantings.

Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

Walk Down Memory Lane
When: Wednesday 19 September, 10am–11.30am
Where: Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Visitor Centre, Central Road, Blackburn
Cost: Free
Bookings essential: 9262 6555

Step back in time to when the surrounding parkland was abundant with wildflowers and native birds and picnic crowds would gather for a day’s outing of rowing and entertainment.

Light refreshments provided.

Is anybody (still) home?

When: Wednesday 19 September, 2pm–3pm
Where: Nunawading Library,
379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
Cost: Free
Bookings essential: 9872 8600 or www.wml.vic.gov.au

Through photos and other media explore creatures and plants that are still residing in our municipality’s beautiful parklands.

Growing the Family Tree

When: Wednesday 19 September, 7.15pm–9pm
Where: Family History Connections, 1/41 Railway Road, Blackburn
Cost: Free
Bookings essential: 9877 3789 or info@familyhistoryconnections.org.au

Do you have an Edna Walling or Capability Brown in your family tree? Get expert help to start your research or take your existing research to new levels. Offering an extensive library with incredible resources as well as friendly and knowledgeable volunteer library assistants.

Vermont Garden Club

Help is at Hand
When: Thursday 20 September, 10am–12noon
Where: Vermont South Library, Pavey Place, Vermont South
Cost: Free
Bookings Essential: 9872 8650 or www.wml.vic.gov.au

Learn about the Vermont Garden Club’s 80 year history, from its humble beginnings as the local Scouts Carrot Club to today’s fully fledged garden club. They will also talk about indigenous plants and attracting wildlife.

Sweeping Landscapes

The Streeton Legacy
When: Thursday 2 August to Saturday 15 September
Tuesdays to Fridays 10am–4pm
Saturdays 12noon–4pm
Where: Whitehorse Artspace, Box Hill Town Hall,
1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Cost: Free

Sir Arthur Streeton was of Australia’s best known and most influential landscape painters and a key member of the Box Hill Artists’ Camp – Australia’s first Impressionist group. Two sweeping landscapes by Streeton will be shown alongside significant landscapes from the Whitehorse Art Collection. Posthumously printed works by Arthur Streeton will be displayed for the first time in Melbourne, courtesy Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop.


Image Credits
1. Cootamundra Walk,1994 – Image courtesy Cootamundra Walk Advisory Committee
2. Cootamundra Walk, current – Image courtesy Cootamundra Walk Advisory Committee
3. Box Hill Horticultural Society Show 1954–1955 – Image courtesy Box Hill Historical Society Inc.
4. Thomas Pockett with Chrysanthemums, Malvern Road, c 1900 – Image courtesy William Orange
5. Bellbird Dell Reserve, then and now – Image courtesy Bellbird Dell Reserve Advisory Committee
6. Dr Celestina Sagazio – Image courtesy Surrey Hills Historical Society Inc.
7. Vermont Scouts n.d. – Image courtesy Whitehorse Historical Society Inc.
8. Arthur Streeton, Wheat Sheaves (detail) c. 1912 © Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop and City of
Whitehorse Art Collection