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Welcome to the Eynesbury Heritage Trail, which celebrates and interprets the heritage of

this unique property. Numerous points-of-interest and natural features can be found along

our two interconnected trails: 1. The red Homestead Trail (2km long) and 2. the green

Forest Trail (3km long). Look out for the signs which explain the features in this brochure.


history

Eynesbury Station was originally part of a much larger pastoral run of over 70,000

acres known as Exford which was owned by Simon Staughton. Before his death in

1863, Staughton divided Exford into four properties for his sons. Samuel Thomas

Staughton acquired the section we now call Eynesbury.

Construction of the Homestead began in 1872 and then in 1885 was extended to

include the bluestone Staff Quarters and Stables, creating a clearly defined hierarchy

of purpose-built buildings. Guests were welcomed into the formal rooms and

landscape at the front, far away from the bustling action at the rear.

As part of the redevelopment of Eynesbury, archaeological digs were carried out in

and around these key buildings, uncovering many important artefacts which provide

an insight into the lives of the residents of the day. These include buttons, bottles,

pins, writing implements and shoes.


Grey box Forest

Prior to settlement, the Melton region and surrounds was extensively covered in

Eucalypt woodlands. Grey Box grows much slower than other Eucalypt, and so

Eynesbury’s forest which covers some 268 hectares and is one of the best intact

groupings of the species still in Victoria, is highly significant.

Environmental Care

• Please enjoy our heritage experience but remain on the marked trails.

• All native plants and animals are protected: some wildlife including kangaroos

and snakes inhabit the trails. Please avoid touching them.

• As bins are NOT provided, please take all rubbish with you.

• Camping, fires and domestic animals such as dogs are prohibited.

Precautions

• It is recommended that you carry a mobile phone and bottled drinking water.


Homestead Trail

FOREST Trail

1

Homestead Gardens

The gardens which surround the Homestead

on three sides are an important feature of the

formal landscape of the property and to this day

contain rare plantings including the Pyramid

Tree or Norfolk Hibiscus (Laguniara patersonia),

Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis)

and Fiddlewood (Citharexylum sp.).

2 Ha-Ha Wall

The concept of the Ha-Ha wall originated in

England in the 17th century, as a way to visually

connect the gardens to the natural environment

beyond, by allowing extended green views

over a low wall. Eynesbury’s wall, one the only

genuine examples left today in Victoria, was

made from locally quarried bluestone.

3 Myer Houses

Developed in response to the post World War II

housing crisis, these prefabricated homes were

sold at the Myer Emporium and could be quickly

erected in just 15 days. The two homes built at

Eynesbury shortly after the Ballieu family bought

the property in 1947, were actually constructed

at the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation.

4 Timber Header Tank

The Eynesbury header tank was built around the

same time as the Homestead in the 1870’s and is

regarded as an unusual example of a rural water

supply system. Its role is not to collect rainwater

but rather to use gravity to build enough

pressure in order to supply domestic water to a

series of smaller tanks stored at ground level.

5 Butcher’s Shed

During the time that Eynesbury was a full time

pastoral property, on-site butchering was

common practice. Farms such as this, with a fully

occupied residence and a full staff of domestic

servants and station hands to feed were selfsufficient.

Freshly butchered meat was taken to

the meat and smoke house in readiness for meal

time at the residence.

6 Rural Buildings

Eynesbury is home to a variety of rural buildings

dating from as early as the 1840’s right up until

to the 1990’s. The Raised Barn, the Silos and

Dairy Building are significant examples of the

different types used on site during everyday

operations of the property. The Raised Barn was

elevated to protect the grain stocks from attack

by rodents.

7 Meat and Smoke Houses

In the days before modern refrigeration, the

Meat House was an integral farm outbuilding.

Storing meat in an open-sided meat house

has advantages over an underground cellar

which is more suited to longer term provisions.

Here at Eynesbury, they are strategically

located between the Butcher’s Shed and the

Homestead kitchen.

8 Stables

The bluestone Stables (now the Golf Pro Shop)

were built during the period from c. 1870 to

1885. The close proximity to the Homestead

reflects the integral role horses played on

the property. Today, the original bush pole

framework remains intact and the original floor

structure is viewable through the glass floor

panels.

4

Eynesbury Second

Shearing Complex

Shearer’s

Quarters

2

Original

Manager’s

House

FOREST TRAIL

START

1

Ornamental Lake

This lake was intended to be both a landscape

design feature and to serve utilitarian purposes.

The glistening lake with stone and reed islands,

a short walk from the Homestead, provides

an aesthetic contrast against the pastoral

landscape, especially when viewed from a

distance away from the Homestead.

2 Shearer’s Quarters

During Eynesbury’s heyday as a rural station,

about 16,000 crossbred sheep and lambs

were shorn annually. The travelling shearers

were accommodated in these quarters which

comprise a dormitory, dining room, kitchen and

other small rooms. In the mid 1880’s, shearers

could earn £3 to £4 per week, about 8 times

what a shepherd earned.

3 Drop Slab Stables Hut

It is believed that prior to the construction of

the main Homestead, an out-station existed in

the 1860’s where the Drop Slab Stables Hut is

located, as Eynesbury was then part of a much

larger run called Exford. The permanent nature

of the hut and the evidence of other artefacts

from that period, supports the theory that a

settlement existed here.

4 Second Shearing Complex

In 1930, Eynesbury was sold by the Staughton

family to the Eynesbury Pastoral Company,

which operated a second shearing complex

on the western edge of the Grey Box

Woodland likely to have been built before

1947. The Shearer’s Quarters contain a baker’s

oven and a second fireplace presumably used

for cooking.

5 Bluestone Cottage

This cottage, still used as a home until 2006,

was built in 1860 and pre-dates the main

Homestead. It was originally a two room

residence constructed with rough bluestone

walls, but in 1880 two extra rooms and a hallway

were added. Further renovations in 1950 saw

the addition of the front verandah.

3 Drop Slab Hut

1

Ornamental

Lake

Bluestone

Cottage

5

Sales

Centre

Eynesbury Road

9

Staff Quarters

The Eynesbury Staff Quarters were built

around 1885 when the Homestead additions

were undertaken. The building, aside from

accommodating servants working in the

Homestead, also housed the dairy where fresh

milk was churned into butter and cream daily

using a small hand-operated churn.

Stables

Staff

Quarters 9

8

6

Rural Building

Types

10 Eynesbury Homestead

The magnificent bluestone Homestead was

built in the 1870’s by Samuel Staughton. It was

constructed in two phases: Firstly a doublestorey

bluestone residence designed in the

Georgian style, which remains today as the

central section of the building; and secondly

the extension wings built in 1885 to include the

dining, service and billiard rooms.

HOMESTEAD

TRAIL START

1

Ha Ha Wall

2

Homestead

Gardens

10

7

Meat & Smoke

Houses

Brick

Water

Tank

4

Timber

Header Tank

5

Butcher’s

Shed

Farm Workers

Building

3

Myer

Houses


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morE inFormation

Eynesbury Administration

(03) 9971 0407

Guided Groups and School Groups

welcome (minimum of 6 people)

Melton & District Historical Society Inc

(03) 9747 3333

www.meltonhistoricalsociety.org.au

Shire of Melton

(03) 9747 7200

www.melton.vic.gov.au

Eynesbury Land and Homes Sales

1300 396 372

www.eynesbury.com.au

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