The Back story

The Back story

From the people of the Kulin Nation, to orchard groves and market gardens, to manufacturing the bricks prevalent in Melbourne’s iconic brick veneer homes, the Burwood Brickworks site has a long history of delivering for the community. 

 

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    Farming roots

    Red Williams pear trees, apples, cherries and daffodils were once grown widely across the Burwood area, including on the Burwood Brickworks site

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    Bricks and more bricks

    At one point, the New Northcote Company was producing up to 100,000 bricks on the site each week

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    A new community

    Frasers Property Australia acquired the Burwood Brickworks site in 2014 with the first sod turned on the new community in June 2018

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Traditional owners

Burwood Brickworks acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, the communities of the Kulin Nation, and pays respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

The importance of the land and spirit of where Burwood Brickworks is situated lies within our history and our culture. Melbourne has always had a strong underlying Indigenous history that has been both diverse and complex. Many of the descendants of the first people of Melbourne have played a major role in bringing about change. There are two particular communities to thank:

The Boon Wurrung Foundation represents the traditional people and custodians of the lands from the Werribee River to Wilson Promontory and are proud members of the Kulin People – the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung.

The Wurundjeri name derives from wurun, meaning Manna Gum, and djeri, after the grub found in or around the tree. The Wurundjeri were a carving culture, the influence of which is represented in the ceiling mural and window artwork at Burwood Brickworks courtesy of Wurundjeri, Dja Dja wurrung and Ngurai illum artist Mandy Nicholson.

The flat lands of the Birrarung (Yarra River) include many tributaries. In the Burwood area the most significant is Gardiners Creek, which forms one of the traditional boundaries for Wurundjeri.

These flats were once vast plains full of boorimul (emu) and marram (kangaroo). The river’s creation took place around Burwood, before making its way to Narrm Narrm (Port Phillip Bay), a name that means ‘much scrubland’.

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