Friends of South Surrey Park  
Sunday Working Bee
25th April, 10.00-12.00




Sunday Working Bee - 25th April 10.00 - 12 noon
Our second Sunday working bee for 2021 will be weeding in the park in the area below the car park behind the shops in Riversdale Road. We will meet at the store room behind the Scout Hall.
Wear strong shoes and clothes appropriate for Melbourne autumn weather. Morning tea will be provided at the end of the mornings work.
Contact person is Ursula - 0437959013

Sunday Working Bee Report - 28th March.

It was so nice to be back running a working bee with everyone feeling confident and happy to be outdoors and working to improve the local environment. FSSP had a number of enquiries from individuals who had responded to our request for working bee members from the Boroondara Volunteer website. (This site also feeds out to SEEK and the universities). 26 attendees worked downhill from Anderson Street along the creek. The  1st Canterbury Scouts removed logs blocking the flow of water along Back Creek. Parents also moved wheelbarrows full of weeds to the collection site. Three Year 10 MLC students collected litter along the creek. Litter had become more prevalent after the recent rains.
The December 2020 works by Melbourne Water to remove sediment just upstream of the little bridge had improved the stream flow but the exposed silt was now weed infested. Councillor Lisa Hollingsworth and Dom racked piles of tradescantia so the poas and lomandras could be accessed. After a lesson in how to identify and remove weeds scouts and others enthusiastically removed weeds to hopefully encourage the poas and lomandras to thrive.
A very busy morning but I was delighted to hear that many will return next month. Looking forward to catching up on April 25, ANZAC Day.
Pam Welsford

 Tuesday Toilers

Tuesday Toilers are welcoming new workers almost every week.   On Tuesday, 13th April we had fourteen people actively engaged in spreading mulch and weeding in the area near Union Road which was badly damaged during our Covid Lockdown by mountain bike riders.   It is looking so much better now. It was great to have young Charlie working with us for the whole two hours carting mulch and weeding enthusiastically.
Back Creek as part of a larger catchment. (From Pam Welsford)
The end of 2020 saw the establishment of a Gardiners Creek steering committee with the aim of working with the local councils (Monash, Whitehorse, Stonington and Boroondara) to develop a management plan for this much-loved waterway. Gardiners creek is the only major tributary of the Yarra River without an overall management plan. Back Creek flows into Gardiners Creek at Nettleton reserve and the Friends of South Surrey Park is one of the friends groups represented on the steering committee along with other organisations. The working name for this group is KooyongKoot Alliance.
As background it was decided to research how the name of Gardiners creek came about and who was John Gardiner. Below is research I have undertaken.
John Gardiner - a pastoralist and banker.



Gardiners Creek is a significant creek running through the eastern suburbs of Melbourne from Blackburn to Hawthorn. This creek was named in memory of John Gardiner  who was born in Dublin on 5 July 1798. He was a pastoralist and banker. In 1836, on arriving at Port Phillip, Gardiner and his cousin Fletcher laid claim to 15,000 acres at the junction of  the Yarra and Kooyong Koot Creek (meaning haunt of waterfowl) i.e. much of current Hawthorn. This land was for raising the 300 cattle Joseph Howden, John Hepburn and Gardiner were to drive overland to from Sydney. These cattle were the first stock to the Port Phillip region and gave Gardiner the title of Overlander. Soon afterwards Gardiner returned to Sydney and arranged for 220 more cattle to be sent to Melbourne.
In 1837, less than two years after Batman arrived in Melbourne and before the formal laying out of Melbourne, Gardiner sailed  into Port Phillip accompanied by his wife Mary and only child Anna Maria. They lived in the first house built to the east of the Yarra River at Gardiners Creek. The plaque commemorating the first house is on Glenferrie Road outside Scotch College.

 Later that year, while searching for stray cattle, he wandered into land further up the Yarra River catchment and realised its superior grazing potential. He laid claim to 15,000 acres and established the property, Mooroolbark. He was joined at Mooroolbark by his brother David and a cousin, William Fletcher.  Another cousin, Edward Walpole, took over the operation of the Gardiners Creek run which he named Callantina.
Ultimately Gardiner was more attracted to working with those establishing Melbourne. In 1839 he sold his interest in the Gardiners Creek run and spent most of his  time at a house built on land he bought at Melbourne's first land sale, a corner lot at Elizabeth and Little Collins Streets for £22. He became the first president of a new Temperance Society, helped to found and then became a director of the Melbourne Fire and Marine Insurance Co. and was also a director of the Union Bank. His next appointment was as manager of the Port  Phillip Bank. In March 1841 Melbourne was facing a financial crisis. To raise capital the Port Phillip Bank sent him to London. While there he served on the committee which was pressuring the Secretary of State to authorise the separation of Port Phillip District from New South Wales.

in September 1842, he returned  to a financially stricken Melbourne. He resigned from the bank and lived at Mooroolbark. The discovery of gold returned the colony’s economy to prosperity; however, in 1853 Gardiner sold all his Melbourne interests and, left his family in Melbourne to retired to England at Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. In 1863 his wife Mary died and three months later he married a cousin Sarah Fletcher. John Gardiner died in November 1878.
Neville Lee, Camberwell Historical Society
Pam Welsford

In the Park this month - solanum nigrum or Blackberry Nightshade

This is a weed we have had to deal with from the very beginning of our work to re-vegetate South Surrey park.   It comes from  Europe  and is mentioned by Pliny the Elder in the first century AD. so we have a long battle ahead!
It is a common but short lived perennial shrub found in many urban areas and in the bushland in disturbed habitats.   It grows well from seed and seems to flower almost all year round with white flowers which become green berries which ripen to blackish purple.   It is a toxic plant but leaves and green berries are more poisonous than the ripe berries.
For more information click here.   This does mention places where this is eaten but as toxicity varies with individual plants and growing conditions its not advisable to try it here.

Here it is growing along the creek near the little bridge.   At the Sunday working bee large amounts of it were removed from the other side of the creek and next Tuesday, its hoped to concentrate on this patch.
Membership of Friends of South Surrey Park

You can join in the work of the group and contribute to running expenses by becoming a member.     If you would like to become a Friend of South Surrey Park you can find the application for membership form at the end of this newsletter.

Facebook and South Surrey Park website
You can see some of what is happening in the park on Facebook and South Surrey Park website.    

Work in South Surrey Park is brought to you through the efforts of the Friends of South Surrey Park, a voluntary group working with the local community, City of Boroondara and Melbourne Water.  For information about your local Park, contact any committee member below.
Pam Welsford (President) - 9830 5178  -
Ursula Povey (Vice President) - 9836 6149 -
Maggie White (Secretary) - 9888 4479 -
Lyn Read (Treasurer) - 0408377668 -
Jenine Fleming - 9830 7767 -
Peter Hannay - 9830 5493 -

Registration Number A 0032389N.
ADDRESS: ...................................................................................POSTCODE:........
PHONE (HOME).................................................(MOBILE):........................................
MEMBERSHIP $15/$30/$100: + $ DONATION:=                $...................TOTAL..............
A single subscription is $15, or $30 for a household, or $100 corporate/group. (This covers our insurance with Victorian Landcare and some expenses). It is payable to Hon Treasurer, Lyn Read, 6/136  Through Road, Vic, 3127 telephone 0408 377 668 or direct deposit to our Bendigo Bank account, BSB 633 000, A/c No 1205 19285. Remember to put your name in the ‘reference’ box so we’ll know you’ve paid.


Friends of South Surrey Park is supported by Boroondara Council and Melbourne Water


This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Friends of South Surrey Park · 26 Albion Street · Surrey Hills, Victoria 3127 · Australia

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp