The Eynesbury Station Homestead, now a club and function room
Now considered Victoria's newest township, Eynesbury was named after a town in the United Kingdom (north of London) where Simon Staughton was born (1797). Mr Staughton moved with his family to Australia in 1841 and settled on 101,000 acres which was subsequently subdivided in 1852.
The township of Melton was created from the 30,600 acre subdivision. When Mr Staughton died in 1863 his four sons and one daughter inherited his holdings of 70,400 acres. In 1870 the property was divided into four lots: Exford; Nerowie; Staughton Vale and Eynesbury – each station apart from Eynesbury had its own Homestead.
The Eynesbury Homestead constructed by Samuel Staughton in 1872 was the most grand of the four homesteads.
Simon Staughton inherited the 20,000 acre Eynesbury property. The Eynesbury Homestead, which was built in 1872 has been restored and is heritage listed. This also includes the Bluestone Men’s Quarters (now the Golf Club locker rooms); coach house & stables (now the Golf Club pro-shop).
The Eynesbury station currently has 60 buildings and structures dating from 1870 to the 1940s including a shearing complex, manager's quarters and two unique Myer "Kit" homes.
In 1947, Eynesbury Station was purchased by M.L. & J M Baillieu (Charlie and Antony Baillieu are still involved in the pastoral business and new township development).
Eynesbury Township development
- Distance from Melbourne's CBD: 40;km (west)
- Total area of site (including farm and development zone): 7,896 ha
- Area of Development zone (16% of total property): 1,224 ha
- Total number of predicted residential lots: 4500
- Wedding reception centre (Eynesbury Homestead).
- 18 hole golf course
Eynesbury is home to one of Victoria’s largest remaining Grey Box Forests. The forest is part of the entrance to the township and contains native flora and fauna including the endangered Migratory Swift Parrot, the Diamond Firetail, the Native Barking Owl. Covering 288 hectares and bordered by kelly`s backyard which has native grassland reserve, the Grey Box Forest is also home to the threatened tree species; Buloke, the Brown Tree Creeper (a bird of state significance), as well as hundreds of kangaroos, emus, Blue Wrens and Speckled Warblers.
The Grey Box Forest is registered with the National Estate and is included within the Melton Shire Natural Heritage Overlay. This environmental wonderland is easily accessible via a network of picturesque walking trails.
Every home at Eynesbury is also connected to Class A recycled water. This supply is delivered via a controlled ‘third pipe’ system, completely separate from the regular drinking water. The recycled water system can be used to supply toilets, wash cars, and irrigate parks and gardens.
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