Old Emerald Road Fallen Giants

MEMOIR Emerald Messenger, January 2020 ALONG OLD EMERALD ROAD – FALLEN GIANTS Recent wild weather has brought sad news of lost homes and lost lives, road blockages and narrow escapes as trees fall in the Dandenongs. The tallest trees in the world once grew here....

Old Emerald Road Meeting the First People

MEMOIR Emerald Messenger, December 2019 ALONG OLD EMERALD ROAD – MEETING THE FIRST PEOPLE OLD EMERALD ROAD – MEETING THE FIRST PEOPLE Many aboriginal artefacts were found at Butterfield Reserve, others on the Emerald, Sassafras, Menzies and Woori Yallock Creeks...

Old Emerald Road A Fishy Rescue

MEMOIR Printed in Emerald Messenger, November 2019 ALONG OLD EMERALD ROAD – A FISHY RESCUE Parrots wait in the trees around the back door as we return from early training at the Pony Club. The sound of seed on the bird feeder sets Libby’s excited tail wagging for her...

Living Down Old Emerald Road

HISTORY Emerald Messenger, October 2019 LIVING DOWN OLD EMERALD ROAD Not gold, but the desperate Depression of the 1890s led to the foundation of the villages of the Dandenongs. Surveyors were still marking out ten acre blocks in the forest when the father of Monbulk...

Old Emerald Road Listening Post

HISTORY Emerald Messenger, September 2019 ALONG ‘OLD EMERALD’ ROAD – A LISTENING POST When the August Messenger reported tree planting planned for Butterfield Reserve and the presence there of the Helmeted Honeyeater, my mind returned to the past and my listening...