Wyndham History

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    Original ford in the Werribee Park grounds on the Werribee River.

    Photograph taken by M. Dixon.
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    This photograph was taken on the approach to the Melton Reservoir. The white stripe across roadside is the remnant of an ancient river bed that once flowed into the Werribee River. It is made up of small pebbles.

    This same river bed can be viewed upstream from the Maltby Bypass Bridge. Striations that are found on these rocks are consistent with rocks found within the Werribee Gorge viewed under an electron microscope.
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    Members of the Truganina Fire Brigade teach juniors how to refill their fire truck at Cobbledicks Ford.

    The Werribee River is an important source of water when there are grassfires on the Werribee Plain.
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    The Werribee River Weir is used to provide water to irrigate the market gardens at Werribee South.

    The history of this weir starts with the Chaffey brothers in the late 1880s.  The Chaffey brothers built the first pump that provided water to Werribee South.  The remains of the old pump stand are still visible today above the weir.
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    The Werribee River with with water flowing across the weir wall. Underneath this weir wall is the first weir wall built by the Chaffey brothers.
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    This photo shows the Cottrell Street Ford in 1959, before major alterations to raise it height had been undertaken.

    Regular minor flooding closed the Ford, so that as the population grew higher bridge was essential.  The photo looks towards the railway bridge and Watton Street.
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    The Cottrell Street Ford in flood in 1977. Significant floods used to occur every seven to ten years.

    In 1983 the flood levels reached the white box on the telephone pole. Flood mitigation controls have since been implemented, so that flood levels are more predictable and less destructive.
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    The scars on this tree have been caused by larger trees washed down the river during heavy flooding. This photo was taken below the Werribee Weir.

    The hole in the river red gum would have taken around 160 years to form, and now provides a home to wood ducks.

    The photographer was lucky enough to see baby wood ducks jump from the hole and float down to the ground.
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    The swimming hole at Cobbledicks Ford. It is known as the Frog Pool because in days gone by local children went tadpoling here.
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    The original railway bridge was an iron lattice construction across the Werribee River. It had a walking path about one meter below the bridge.

    Children used to stand on the path to look up and watch the underside of the steam trains go past. It was removed seemingly overnight, and new modern bridge added.

    The original blue stone piers are still standing beside todays railway bridge.
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