SUNBURY

Sunbury is a fast growing satellite ‘city’ just north of Melbourne. Sunbury came to life with the Tullamarine Airport construction in the early 70’s. Sunbury, while being dominated with all of the big retail brands and shopping centres, the ‘town’ factor remains intact. The ‘village green’ will be a high point for any visitor.

A tiny bit of heritage exists.

Sunbury was first settled in 1836, by George Evans and William Jackson. It was Jackson and his brother, Samuel, who named the township Sunbury, after Sunbury-on-Thames, when it was established in 1857

Sunbury's connection with the history and development of Victoria is influential because of its most famous and powerful citizen, "Big" Clarke. Clarke's role as one of the biggest squatters in the colony and his power and position within the Victorian Legislative Council were critical in the early days of Victoria. "Big" Clarke as a member of the Victorian 'bunyip aristocracy' also frustrated any legislative reforms to opening the lands to small farm selections. Melbourne Punch depicted Clarke in anti-squatter cartoons, such as "The man in Possession"  In 1859, "Big" The Clarke's also had a connection to the Kelly Gang story via their police connection with Supt Hare.

The Sunbury War Memorial is located at the northern end of the village green. There are a number of aspects to the memorial.

The tribute to famous and successful cricketers is nice.

The Congregational Churches are all represented in Sunbury. The Anglican with village green backdrop is quite a nice and old building. The Catholic likewise is an old building. The United is also quite historic.

There are only three remaining ‘down town’ hotels. The ‘original’ Railway Hotel being over a100 years old.

The Sunbury Museum is a dedication by a famous Sunbury enthusiast.

If Sunbury was not visited the traveler will not have missed too much. But that said it is a pleasure to note the survival of that village green.

Heritage diary

 

 

 

  Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course