History & Heritage
A Million Years Of Progress
Eynesbury has a long, multilayered history. A history that’s rich in people, pride of place and a proudly independent community spirit. Firstly, the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners occupied this land for tens of thousands of years, caring for Country in the most sensitive and sustainable way. Then there’s the well-preserved pastoralist history and Eynesbury’s colourful natural history. And finally, there’s the collective history that the current residents create each day through their lives, stories and experiences.
Acknowledging Eynesbury's Traditional Owners
The history of this land goes way back way beyond what we see today. Eynesbury is situated on Aboriginal land, which the Wadawurrung People are Traditional Owners of.
Evidence of their Traditional habitation and ancient Culture can be seen throughout Eynesbury including numerous scar trees and artefacts. The grey box forest surrounding Eynesbury provided plentiful native animals for hunting and flora for harvesting.
We recognise the Wadawurrung People for their continuing cultural connection to this land and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
The spectacular Werribee gorge, which neighbours Eynesbury, was formed along a fault line in the earth’s crust.
Wadawurrung Traditional Owners occupied this land for tens of thousands of years, caring for Country in the most sensitive and sustainable way.
Simon Staughton arrives in Australia from England and quickly builds a vast property empire. He eventually controls over 102,000 acres.
Upon Simon Staughton’s death, his children divide the land holdings into four lots and Eynesbury is created.
Samuel Staughton starts building the beautiful Eynesbury homestead, which takes three years to complete. The sizeable home comes in handy as Simon and his wife Lizzie have seven children.
This was a busy year for Samuel Staughton. A fierce advocate for the local community, he’s not only elected to the Victorian parliament, he also founds the Melton footy club and is unanimously elected president. Way to go, Samuel.
The first annual Wyndham vs Eynesbury cricket match is held. We’re not sure of the score, sorry.
After donating the land for the railway line, Samuel is on hand to see Melton Station opened. No Myki required.
The first renovation of Eynesbury Homestead is completed with a billiard room and ballroom added.
An Eynesbury shearer only known by the initials CC writes ‘Click go the shears’. The song originally appears in the Bacchus Marsh Examiner.
Complimenting the extensive vegetable gardens and orchard, the ornamental lake is built at the homestead.
The Eynesbury Pastoral Company (EPC to those in the know) sells Eynesbury to John Baillieu. The polo fields, just off the main road, are still owned by the Baillieu family.
Covering over 1200 hectares, the modern Eynesbury township development is announced by a joint venture consortium. In the coming years, much planning is undertaken.
The Eynesbury golf course is opened to the public. Golfers from far and wide flock to test themselves.
Home, sweet, home! The first new home at Eynesbury is completed and the happy new residents move in. In the following years, many new homes are completed and the community rapidly grows.
Resimax Group assumes sole ownership of Eynesbury and starts writing the next chapters of Eynesbury’s history.
The Eynesbury Quarter is born. After extensive and sympathetic renovations, The Eynesbury Homestead reopens with a new eating, drinking and entertainment precinct.
From substantial infrastructure updates, a major town centre and luxury accommodation, to a world class day spa, numerous outdoor and lifestyle amenities and an expanded educational precinct, Destination Eynesbury is truly set to become the place to be in the West.
Our heritage is everywhere
There are 19 heritage listed assets dotted about Eynesbury, all of which represent the well-preserved pastoralist history of the land. Eynesbury celebrates this through their much-loved Heritage Trail which has recently been restored and revitalised.
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