Local Waterways

Chapter 30

Published Dec, 2003

This obscure fishing book is one of the most reprinted books in English and is a pleasurable read that shows an awareness of the environment centuries ahead of its time. The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton, about the sport of angling, angle being an old word for hook, was first published in 1653 by Richard Marriot in London
This obscure fishing book is one of the most reprinted books in English and is a pleasurable read that shows an awareness of the environment centuries ahead of its time. The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton, about the sport of angling, angle being an old word for hook, was first published in 1653 by Richard Marriot in London

…the beautiful valleys now before us, entirely sheltered by the high hills, are clothed with undergrowth of a rich green colour, many of the glades through which winds the creek being exceedingly wild and picturesque…

Work is currently being undertaken to protect and improve the condition of local streams. The following items provide a glimpse into the past along some of our waterways.

Fernvale

A feature of the valleys of the Arthurs, Running and Deep Creeks in the early years of settlement was the profusion of ferns along the sheltered banks of the streams and in moist gullies. Pierre (Pirrie) Brennan who selected land along the Running Creek to the north of Charles Draper called his property ‘Fernvale’.

A visitor to the ‘Charnwood’ orchards, writing in the Weekly Times of 8 February 1872, reported that on reaching Arthurs Creek, ‘The beautiful valleys now before us, entirely sheltered by the high hills, are clothed with undergrowth of a rich green colour, many of the glades through which winds the creek being exceedingly wild and picturesque. The more sheltered nooks are thickly overgrown with ferns in splendid variety, including several beautiful Lycopediums, also ferns Adiantum formosum, A. hispidulum, A. assimile, and others; Pteris umbrosa, Lomaria Patersoni, and L. lanceolata being particularly beautiful. These and a number of parasitic species of plants are here in rich profusion, completely covering the roots and stems of trees, the beauty of the vegetation being sufficient to make a horticulturist, much more a botanist, smile with delight and be glad.’ The plant groups referred to include club-moss (lycopodiums), maidenhair-fern (adiantum), brake (pteris) and water-fern (lomaria or blechnum).

A Local Izaak Walton

Izaak Walton wrote of the pleasures of fishing in open country in The Compleat Angler published in England in 1653. The following article was published under the heading ‘Strathewen’ in The Advertiser (Late Evelyn Observer) at Hurstbridge on Friday, May 21, 1926.

‘Mr. John Murdie, an enthusiastic angler, has been anxious to stock the local creeks with fish. He had arranged with the secretary of the Ballarat Fish Acclimatisation Society to supply him with some 400 brown trout yearling fish, which arrived here in good condition on Wednesday last. It is to be hoped that the initiative displayed by Mr. Murdie in his venture will be met with the success such a public-spirited action deserves.’

The Murdie brothers (John and George) had a property on Peter’s Creek, a tributary of the Arthurs Creek, near Bowden’s Spur. Their first attempt to plant an orchard was thwarted by the wallabies. They eventually established a small orchard after erecting a netting fence to keep the wallabies out.

Water-fern (lomaria or blechnum).  Photo credit Kew Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England
Water-fern (lomaria or blechnum). Photo credit Kew Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England
Pruning at George Apted's 'Meadvale' orchard, Nutfield
Pruning at George Apted's 'Meadvale' orchard, Nutfield
A feature of the valleys of the Arthurs, Running and Deep Creeks in the early years of settlement was the profusion of ferns along the sheltered banks of the streams and in moist gullies.  Photo credit Wade Ashley at Dygiphy
A feature of the valleys of the Arthurs, Running and Deep Creeks in the early years of settlement was the profusion of ferns along the sheltered banks of the streams and in moist gullies. Photo credit Wade Ashley at Dygiphy
Early settlers included Pierce Brennan who, in about 1867, selected land along the Running Creek to the north of William Murphy and Charles Draper’s ‘Charnwood’, which he called ‘Fernvale’, and his brother Michael Brennan who selected land to the west of the Deep Creek, which he called ‘Pine Hill’.  Pictured in 2003, 'Fernvale' on Running Creek, Brennan's Road East.  The Evelyn Observer of 1917 reported that Marty Brennan accidentally deposited a passenger and some empty fruit cases on the roadway while travelling in his horse-drawn fruit wagon
Early settlers included Pierce Brennan who, in about 1867, selected land along the Running Creek to the north of William Murphy and Charles Draper’s ‘Charnwood’, which he called ‘Fernvale’, and his brother Michael Brennan who selected land to the west of the Deep Creek, which he called ‘Pine Hill’. Pictured in 2003, 'Fernvale' on Running Creek, Brennan's Road East. The Evelyn Observer of 1917 reported that Marty Brennan accidentally deposited a passenger and some empty fruit cases on the roadway while travelling in his horse-drawn fruit wagon
Looking across the former Horne orchards to the headwaters of Arthurs Creek and Pheasants Creek.  Bruce G. Draper, November 2003
Looking across the former Horne orchards to the headwaters of Arthurs Creek and Pheasants Creek. Bruce G. Draper, November 2003
Running Creek, upstream from Sugarloaf reservoir in Kinglake National Park, 2003
Running Creek, upstream from Sugarloaf reservoir in Kinglake National Park, 2003
Sugarloaf Reservoir on the Running Creek above Streamville, 2003
Sugarloaf Reservoir on the Running Creek above Streamville, 2003
The Arthurs Creek below the site of the Shepherd's Hut, 2003
The Arthurs Creek below the site of the Shepherd's Hut, 2003
Cascade below overflow at Sugarloaf Reservoir.  Bruce G. Draper, 2003
Cascade below overflow at Sugarloaf Reservoir. Bruce G. Draper, 2003
The garden at 'Charnwood' c 1900 with Charles Draper (1825 -1909) and Jessie Ellen Fisher (1867- 1933).  The Garden Gazette of 1902 wrote of its visit to Charnwood with camera and pencil 'confronting you on every side as you ramble through the winding paths are roses of every hue, mostly teas, with a few fine old favourites, as Madame J. Lang, Captain Christy, Paul Heyron, La France, and other hybrid perpetuals of fragrant beauty, dainty polyanthus roses, Cecile Brunner, Perle D’Or, and Marie Pavie, wonderfully robust standards with glorious heads of massive blooms that would make a city florist’s fingers itch to pick them; and all growing at their own sweet will, yet tended with that consummate skill that removes all signs of neglect and decay, without destroying nature’s handiwork with formal trimming and prim devices.’
The garden at 'Charnwood' c 1900 with Charles Draper (1825 -1909) and Jessie Ellen Fisher (1867- 1933). The Garden Gazette of 1902 wrote of its visit to Charnwood with camera and pencil 'confronting you on every side as you ramble through the winding paths are roses of every hue, mostly teas, with a few fine old favourites, as Madame J. Lang, Captain Christy, Paul Heyron, La France, and other hybrid perpetuals of fragrant beauty, dainty polyanthus roses, Cecile Brunner, Perle D’Or, and Marie Pavie, wonderfully robust standards with glorious heads of massive blooms that would make a city florist’s fingers itch to pick them; and all growing at their own sweet will, yet tended with that consummate skill that removes all signs of neglect and decay, without destroying nature’s handiwork with formal trimming and prim devices.’
Running Creek near Ardchattan.  In the early days, the Parish of Linton encompassed the rolling hills and creek flats at the junction of the Deep Creek, Running Creek and Arthurs Creek. Bruce G. Draper, September 2003
Running Creek near Ardchattan. In the early days, the Parish of Linton encompassed the rolling hills and creek flats at the junction of the Deep Creek, Running Creek and Arthurs Creek. Bruce G. Draper, September 2003
Oak tree at the site of the Ardchattan homestead with the old dairy on the left, and the former Brennan family property across Running Creek.  Bruce G. Draper, September 2003
Oak tree at the site of the Ardchattan homestead with the old dairy on the left, and the former Brennan family property across Running Creek. Bruce G. Draper, September 2003

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