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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Beckett Park - Balwyn

The large Beckett Park, in Balwyn, boasts one of the highest points in Metropolitan Melbourne. Formerly known as One Tree Hill, the imposing ancient round stone tower still commands views across Melbourne to distant Mt Macedon. The top of the tower is reached by a circular staircase and steel ladder.

Originally grassy woodland, Beckett Park has been lovingly restored to one of Council’s more important re-vegetation sites of indigenous species. Visitors walk through little patches of grassy woodlands similar to that which would have been there more than 100 years ago.

In the 1940s and 1950s Beckett Park was a traditional site for Empire Day bonfires. The last Bonfire was in 1988 - a small commemorative etched tablet showing this event is at ground level, near the Tower. My earliest memory of the Bonfires was in 1948, hen I was taken there by my Dad.

I visited the Park on August 13, 2013.

Click here to see all of the Photos of my visit!

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