The area now known as McElligott's Quarry has had other names in the past. It has previously been known as the Brownhill Creek Quarry and, until very recently, was the Fullarton Dump. During the 1980's Mitcham Council bought the site, reclaimed the land and the name changed again, this time to its current name of McElligott's Quarry Reserve. It's now a lovely grassed park and picnic area with magnificent views to the city.
The park is named after the McElligotts - a family who lived in Mitcham during the late 1800's. They ran the quarry operations from 1899 to 1934. The McElligotts were not the only family to own and use the quarry. Charles Anderson ran the quarry during the 1850's. Quarrying was, at the time, Mitcham's biggest industry.
Being the site of a quartzite quarry, there is a short geological trail which provides some interesting information on the rock formations and features along the quarry face.
The park offers a barbecue, picnic tables, swings and lots of room to throw a ball or two. But, unfortunately, there are no toilets in the area at all. There are none within a several minute car ride, which I think is a real shame and huge oversight by the council.