Sunday, March 12, 2017
As you can see from google maps, there is not too much to say about this reserve. At the time of our visit a school student was walking through it - observable use, so rare in internal reserves, is worth mentioning.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
The local history of Montmorency, once again quoting Yeoman, tells us that Kirwana Grove was originally called Hogan Avenue, and that it was changed to avoid confusion with nearby Hoban Avenue; Edmond Hogan was a Victorian (Labor) Premier from mid-1927 to most of 1928, and from the very end of 1929 to 1932. This reserve can be seen on google maps here.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Though I have long been aware of the group of internal reserves at Montmorency, I have to say that one of the most intriguing things about them has been the lack of information available. Whereas there are many similar groupings around Australia and elsewhere in the world, it is remarkable how little publicity exists for what was apparently called the Panorama (or Panorama Heights) Estate, designed by the surveying firm Woodcock and McCormack commissioned by the land developer John Quinn & Co.
The estate was, it would seem, pegged out in 1929-30 and there is a small amount of discussion in the (very local) press over whether it would be a wooden or brick area – that is, whether local government would insist that housing be made from the latter, or accede to construction with the former. Wooden housing is, of course, cheaper and the estate may have sold more quickly with such relaxed building rules, but on the other hand, brick attracted a wealthier class of people. The recent history of Montmorency (Maureen Jones’ Montmorency: the farm on the Plenty, 2015), quoting local historian Russell Yeoman, tells us that ‘the sale of the land and house building proceeded very slowly and much vacant land remained in the 70s.’ (p. 141).
Beyond this, there is relatively little to say about the Panorama Estate, or for that matter its designers. Woodcock and McCormack were not known as innovative ‘town planning’ surveyors, although the firm was responsible for one rather delightful design – a ‘flower petal’ (or teardrop?) shaped park in the southern Melbourne suburb of Rosebud.
It is worth noting that some – not all – of the internal reserves provided herein were designed around land too steep to build on. Just to clarify, there seems to be no explanation or rhetoric surrounding their rationale.
You can see this reserve on google maps here.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
I will write in greater detail what little I know about these internal reserves in the Melbourne suburb of Montmorency in coming days. In the meantime, you can view this reserve on google maps here and observe these pictures of one of them - which has one unusual feature, that one of its entryways adjoins a small shopping centre. The naming of Olympic Avenue is of course a relic of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
You may recall I have previously discussed this site but it was only very recently that I was able to visit it, once again with the redoubtable Victoria Kolankiewicz. As mentioned on that 25 February 2013 post (four years ago today!) that particular post is hands down the most popular spot on this blog, for reasons I can't fathom but am happy to take on board. A visit was surely appropriate.
This is looking east from the quarry at the base of the hill. I would not go so far as to say the Lookout Reserve was absolutely at the top of this peak but it was somewhere up there. As you can see from Google Maps there is no Lookout Reserve anymore and also there is a track within the prohibited area.
The original flyer, which I have located yet again, says: 'The Vendor is dedicating to the Public the Look-out Reserve, in the centre of Hillside Estate, 700ft. above sea level, for use as a Recreation Reserve and Look Out. All the Blocks are high and command far reaching views.' As mentioned in the previous post, the 50 'Beautifully Situated and Wooded Blocks' were auctioned on Saturday 13 December 1913.
Victoria has tracked the demise of the estate to the voracious Kerr's (then CSR) Quarry over time - some selected images:
One more thing that needs to be noted: the Camberwell and Hawthorn Advertiser of 28 August 1915 p. 7 mentions that surveyors Muntz and Muntz re-submitted the plan for what was described as 'G. Sweet's Hillside estate' because the earlier plan had not complied with Ferntree Gully council's drainage requirements.