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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Boys Farm Heritage Trail - Lysterfield Park

Boys Farm was a large farm set up by the Church of England in 1930, in the Lysterfield Hills, 40 km east of Melbourne.

It was designed to train unemployed young men during the depression years, and operated until 1936.

It was taken over in 1936 by the Government when the Lysterfield Reservoir was built nearby to supply water to the Mornington Peninsula.

In 1975, the Reservoir was decommissioned, and was converted into a recreational lake. The surrounding land became part of the Lysterfield Lake State Park.

An interesting Heritage Walk takes visitors through the former Boys Farm site, with interpretative signs explaining the various relics which remain - pumps, wells and foundations.

I visited the site on May 1, 2007, as part of a 6 km circuit walk.

The forest which comprises a large part of the Park is mainly regrowth, as the entire area was originally cleared for timber in the 1830s, prior to its development for large farms and grazing properties. Some fences remain.

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