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Update September 19th 2019
Unfortunately, the walk for September 21 has been cancelled due to forecast rain.
These walks are great
A Great Walk For Families With Children to Ellisons Gully
The City of Mitcham is the second oldest council area in South Australia after the City of Adelaide. In 1853, there were twelve public houses, five mansions and 457 houses in Mitcham, with a population of 3,000 people and settlements at Coromandel Valley, Mitcham Village and St Marys.
Like many older suburbs, people in the Mitcham area have been careful to preserve their heritage, and it can be found in some quite unlikely places. Local resident Richard Irving has lived in the area for many years and is proud of the rich history of Mitcham. He's inviting people to join him on guided historical walks around Mitcham in April, and repeat walks in September. Not only will you see little known heritage places, but you'll also benefit from Richard's personal memories on the tour.
All of the guided historical walks are free, but you are asked to make a donation to help the Lung Foundation Australia as thanks for doing the walk. It's up to you how much you donate, but it's a very worthwhile cause. All five heritage walks are completely different, and I can personally recommend them after doing them last year.
Bookings are not required, just pay your donation online and come to the meeting place with water and camera. Children and dogs on lead are welcome on these walks.
Look Out for Wildlife: We Saw a Koala Drinking in the Creek
Brownhill Creek & Ellison's Gully Walk April 6, September 1, 21 Meet at 1pm at the Manure Pits on Brownhill Creek Road. This is one of my favourite historical walks. Starting at the old manure pits in Brownhill Creek, you will soon find yourself in the little known scenic beauty of Ellison's Gully. This easy walk suitable for all ages will take you through farmlands, over a stone bridge and to disused silver mine shafts.
Take a break at the 140 year old Mitcham water works which once also supplied Unley and Adelaide. Then keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you take the easy walk back to your starting point. This walk is great fun for kids and a few families joined the tour I did.
Brownhill Creek Heritage Trail April 7, September 7 Meet at 1pm at the Keystone Bridge in Mitcham Reserve. Brownhill Creek is a beautiful place to go bushwalking, but has a surprising hidden history too. Visit a former quarry which later became a rubbish dump, and accumulated old bottles and artefacts once made in the area.
You'll pass a massive ancient tree that people once lived in, see a century old drinking fountain, stop at a popular swimming hole, and hear about a bushranger that once hid from the law in Brownhill Creek. While the walk is free, please remember to make a donation to help the Lung Foundation Australia.
Remember a Tram that Ran on Welbourne Street in Mitcham Village
Mitcham Village Heritage Walk April 13, September 8 Meet at 1 pm at the Rose Garden next to the Mitcham Reserve. Unlike the two previous walks out in nature, this heritage walk looks at shopping and commerce in Mitcham Village over the years. See one of Mitcham's earliest chemist shops, hear about the trams which ran in Mitcham until 1958, and keep a lookout for the awesome ghost signs on a former Temperance Hotel. This is another easy walk that will be fun for kids and adults.
One of the Biggest Breweries in Adelaide was in Mitcham
Hawthorn Historical Walk April 14, September 14 Meet at 1pm at the Community Centre, opposite the Mitcham Council Chambers. The Hawthorn Historical Walk also looks at the heritage buildings in the area including four breweries, a flour mill, the Mitcham railway station, and Willowbrook mansion. You will also discover how Mitcham changed because the Governor's wife tore her stocking, and where "some of the finest art pottery made in Australia" was made in Hawthorn.
Locals will be surprised to hear the stories behind many places that they pass daily, thanks to Richard Irving's wealth of knowledge.
Hear the History of the Vogue Theatre at Kingswood
Kingswood Historical Walk April 28, September 15 Meet at 1pm at the Mitcham Garden of Remembrance outside the Library.
Go back in time to 1955 with Richard in this guided walk, and hear what shopping in Kingswood was like sixty years ago. Visit the first doctor's surgery in Mitcham - now a fine restaurant, see an early modernist house, a convent and an army site.
On this walk, you will see Kingswood in a way that you have never seen before!
While all the walks are free, please remember to make a donation to help the Lung Foundation Australia.