Duck Point on Blackburn Lake, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Duck Point on Blackburn Lake, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Duck Point on Blackburn Lake, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Part of the Blackburn Lake Sanctuary. The Lake itself was formed by the damming of Gardiner's Creek in 1889 to enhance land values in the area, and to provide water for orchards. The company that developed the area also built a jetty and cafe, with row boats for hire. Visitors came from Melbourne on a steam train. A model township was planned, but the housing plans did not work out, though parts of the original layout remain.

Australian artist Frederick McCubbin painted some of his best known paintings, including "Down on his Luck" and "The Bush Burial", in the area. In 1909 the Adult Deaf Society purchased the lake and about 30 hectares of land and established a home for deaf people. They built a home there and established a flower farm, which grew vegetables as well as flowers, for sale at the Victoria Markets.

The lake area was also used during WW1 for recuperation for wounded soldiers.

Beginning in 1938, when the Blackburn Progress Association wanted to acquire the land for a public reserve, there has been a steady progress in protecting the area and making it a sanctuary. A total of 25.8 hectares now make up the sanctuary.

It is indeed a very pleasant place to be and to relax. Walking tracks, picturesque bridges, bush, lake, barbecues, visitor centre...

The picture shows a four wheel drive wheelchair on Duck Point.

December 2016

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