Kinglake Historical Society
Remembering Wallaby Creek
A recent conversation with a Whittlesea group interested in collecting stories of Wallaby Creek reminded me that both Whittlesea and Kinglake can claim links with the history of the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW) settlement that was once located in the forest on the western side of Flowerdale Road. Wallaby Creek was part of the first system of reservoirs and aqueducts set up to supply water to the city of Melbourne. The Yan Yean Reservoir was completed in 1857 and, when an increase in the water supply was required, the Toorourrong Reservoir was added in 1885.
The Wallaby and Silvery Creeks were re-directed south through granite channels to the Toorourrong Reservoir which acted as a settling basin. The site of the contractors' camp became the headquarters for the MMBW staff who patrolled the channels and aqueducts and operated a nursery there. At any given time, several families lived there and accommodation was also provided in the large lodge for MMBW visitors. The settlement was known simply as Wallaby Creek.
Wallaby Creek Lookout