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Stony Creek Diversion History

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Presentation to Brimbank Heritage Advisory Committee in 2014, with reduced build stages. Some details are not entirely accurate but general thrust is there, sans commentary.

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Stony Creek Diversion History

  1. 1. Stony Creek Tony Smith for City of Brimbank Heritage Advisory Committee 26 November 2014
  2. 2. Hoddle Grid c.1840
  3. 3. By 1860, the more recently buried & deleted section of Stoney Creek, through what became Sunshine, appeared on survey map
  4. 4. • Aerial mapping done across Melbourne around 1946 shows St. Albans and NE Sunshine branches join in the now Kevin Wheelahan Gardens • Same series further north shows partial watercourses but not clearly enough to bother with today • Interesting to note St. Albans branch was already straightened ~200m either side of crossing Devonshire
  5. 5. Stony Creek drains the heart of Brimbank or at least it once did Maribyrnong valley aside, Brimbank very flat sloping gently N-S without deep cut streams
  6. 6. Stony Creek drains the heart of Brimbank or at least it once did Maribyrnong valley aside, Brimbank very flat sloping gently N-S without deep cut streams “St. Albans South Drain” joins unnamed east drain forming constructed creek in park setting
  7. 7. Stony Creek drains the heart of Brimbank or at least it once did Maribyrnong valley aside, Brimbank very flat sloping gently N-S without deep cut streams “St. Albans South Drain” joins unnamed east drain forming constructed creek in park setting Confined to concrete channel south of Furlong Diverted underground into Kororoit after 1946 & 1950 floods
  8. 8. Stony Creek drains the heart of Brimbank or at least it once did Maribyrnong valley aside, Brimbank very flat sloping gently N-S without deep cut streams “St. Albans South Drain” joins unnamed east drain forming constructed creek in park setting Confined to concrete channel south of Furlong Diverted underground into Kororoit after 1946 & 1950 floods Sunshine east branch past municipal offices surfaces in Matthew Hill Reserve as boundary
  9. 9. Reference Documents • University of Melbourne 1945 Photo-map 848-b1 • Museum Victoria McKay collection floods 1946-50 • Planning Maps Online (Victorian Government) • PhotoMaps by nearmap • Some 1860 Geological Survey Maps published under the direction of Alfred R.C. Selwyn, Govt. Geologist, Dept. of Public Lands available via State Library of Victoria search • Mill Stream, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, pics from 2007 visit for Philosophy of Complexity workshop

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