A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published September 28th 2014
Remembering the Father of Heathmont
The Herman Pump Reserve is a strip of land that runs from Royal Avenue to Tagell Road in Heathmont. I visited recently because I was told of a photography competition that's currently running, in which entrants submit a photo taken within the reserve.
A pathway running through the trees
I don't think I'm being unkind if I say it's a fairly nondescript piece of land. It's a long but narrow strip that runs between rows of houses on either side. It does however contain some mature gum trees, and, when I visited, it was green and lush, making it an inviting haven. There were quite a few birds in evidence, suggesting they also appreciate this green suburban corridor. There is a pathway running the length of the reserve, curving its way through the trees.
My visit was the day after there had been a torrential downpour in Melbourne, with some local flooding. The Herman Pump Reserve had suffered with this extreme weather. There were workmen cordoning off a section of the playground, because apparently one of the pieces of play equipment had collapsed due to the volume of water.
The playground, under repair on the day I visited
If the playground hadn't been damaged, it looked like it would be a fair place to bring a child, boasting as it did a slide, climbing mat, spiral ladder and monkey bars. There was also a see-saw, springer and swings. There is a seat nearby. Be aware though that there are no toilets.
Back to the photography competition. It is a community event which commemorates 60 years since the death of Herman Pump, after whom the Reserve is named, and who donated the strip of land to the people of Melbourne.
The Reserve is land donated by Herman Pump
Herman Pump arrived in Australia in 1890. He married in 1896 and bought land in the area, developing it into an orchard of apples, pears and cherries. At one time, his farmhouse was the only house on Canterbury Road east of Wantirna Road. A civic minded person, Herman took on the roles of President of the Railway League, and President of the Progress Association. He became known as 'the father of Heathmont'.
To be eligible for entry in the competition, photos must have been taken of the Reserve, or its plant life or visitors within the Reserve. There are two categories, colour and monotone, and two divisions, student and open.
Lush, green foliage when I visited
Mounted, unmounted and framed photos will all be accepted. The entry fee is $2 per photo. Professional judges will be supplied by the Ringwood Black and White Camera Club. Application forms and further details are available from the co-ordinator, John, on 0437 758 281.
The competition closing date is 10 November 2014. All photos will be displayed in the foyer of the Heathmont Uniting Church on the weekends of 22nd-23rd and 29th-30th November.
So get yourself along to the Herman Pump Reserve, located at 45A Royal Avenue, Heathmont, and see if you can snap that winning shot!