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Glenburnie Road, Mitcham

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published January 3rd 2021
Glenburnie Road is a road of two contrasts.

Street sign
We are here.


The section from Canterbury Road to Langford Road is narrow and undulating as it gently meanders for 600 metres. Melways street directory advises that it is unsuitable for large vehicles.

bush street scene
The narrow section.


It is a well-established area with all houses on large blocks. Every front garden is a garden, hardly any lawns, but plenty of trees, flowering bushes and flowers.

daisy
Definitely a daisy

hebe bush
Hebe bush.


As soon as you turn into Glenburnie Road from Canterbury Road, you feel you are on a drive in the country as many of the houses are not visible from the roadway.

Roadside verge
Vegetation to the road edge.


What would normally be the nature strips, were all covered in trees, shrubs and agapanthus.



A little way in is Buckanbe Park. It is a pleasant diversion with a large pond, often home to a number of ducks.

buckanbe park
Park entrance.


lake
The peaceful pond.


Christmas had passed but many garden ornaments were still there.

reindeer
Is it Dancer or Prancer?

With no footpaths, pedestrian traffic, by necessity, need to use the road, so careful progress is the way to go, although speed humps and the narrow road tend to slow all vehicular traffic.

walkers on road.
It's a safe stroll.


Totally unsuitable for wheelchairs but a drive by would give a pleasant feeling. Buckanbe Park is wheelchair friendly and a small off-road car park is the only facility there.

shared roadway
Shared roadway.


The residents of this section of Glenburnie are proud of their little strip of paradise and many have signs opposing inappropriate development. The large blocks and older houses would be tempting to greedy developers.

sign
Message to developers.


My fascination with picket fences and roses were well catered for.

fence and roses.
Picket fence and roses.


red roses
Red roses.


I saw no spoon villages but a street library looked after the reading requirements of local residents.

Street library.
For the book worms.


A Coreopsis and Day Lily bushes were an attractive sight.

coreopsis
Coreopsis flowers.


day lily
Day lily.


A magpie almost hiding behind a tree was the only bird encountered in this section.



On reaching Langford Road, Glenburnie Road continues for another 400 metres, turning into a normal suburban street, with footpaths, nature strips, a wide paved roadway and the occasional nature strip tree. Practical perhaps, but not as interesting as the other end.

flowering gum.
Several of these were nature strip trees.


A couple of examples of 'inappropriate development' were evident with up to eight apartments being built on deep blocks.

walker
Walker about to pass some inappropriate development.


A spotted dove was the only bird seen in this section but a bear tied to a lamp was noticed.

spotted dove
Spotted dove.


toy bear
An all-weather bear.


Dogs not being walked are more often heard rather than seen, but an unusual sight was a cat prowling around a front yard, happily with a bell attached to warn our avian friends of their presence.

prowling cat
On the prowl.


Of interest were several picket fences and a modern lychgate.

lych gate
Lychgate entrance.


With the more formal gardens, many individual flowers were evident. A single stem of a Solanum stood out as did a colourful Abelia bush.

Solanum
Solanum flower.

abelia bush
Abelia bush.


Glenburnie Road could be described as a suburban bushwalk.
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Where: Glenburnie Road, Mitcham. Melways map: 63. A.2.
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Your Comment
So many beautiful flowers in just a street and I love the all weather Teddy Bear!
by Cris (score: 2|414) 148 days ago
I remember Glenburnie Rd. My grandparents lived there in the 1950s and 1960s. It was wonderful, the whole area was wonderful and rang with the calls of bellbirds. How sad the day my family went to visit and the usual walk through the forest of tall trees was no more. I'm so glad that Glenburnie Road was retained. And just for your interest, there was once a terrible murder...
by jetov (score: 0|5) 97 days ago
Beautiful.Street But goodbye to the tree homes of those lovely birds and plants, once those concrete money making monstrosities invade
by ifaye (score: 1|74) 261 days ago
I used to walk to school along the laneway section of Glenburnie Rd in the early 70's. A beautiful part of Mitcham. The park and pond used to be a paddock where the local dairy kept their cart horses, from memory the dairy was in Canterbury Rd along with Harrington's bakery. Back in the 70's the pond was known as The Dam, we'd jump in for a swim on a hot day, a lot of leeches in there though.
by icham (score: 0|2) 114 days ago
I remember Glenburnie Rd. My grandparents lived there in the 1950s and 1960s. It was wonderful, the whole area was wonderful and rang with the calls of bellbirds. How sad the day my family went to visit and the usual walk through the forest of tall trees was no more. I'm so glad that Glenburnie Road was retained. And just for your interest, there was once a terrible murder...
by jetov (score: 0|5) 97 days ago
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