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The Battle of Yering Memorial and Walk

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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 March 1st 2019
It's the story of a battle, but the walk is no battle
The Battle of Yering took place on 13 January 1840 between some 50 Wurundjeri indigenous tribe members and troopers of the Border Police. The armed conflict was over the capture of the Wurundjeri leader Jaga Jaga. During the conflict shots were exchanged and the Wurundjeri retreated into a nearby billabong.

That area is now known as the Murrup Brarn Yarra Flats Billabongs, only a few hundred metres from the Yarra Glen Township.

sign
The entrance to the Yarra Flats Billabongs over the old Melba Highway bridge.


A bronze plaque mounted upon a large boulder on the perimeter road tells the story of the conflict.
Trees and memorial
Half way around the perimeter road a stand of trees hosts the memorial plaque.

memorial
The memorial plaques on boulder. The plaque on the right is a very faded depiction of the battle.

plaque
The details of the battle makes interesting reading.


The area was subjected to flooding from the adjacent Yarra River after prolonged rainfall, with the Melba Highway often under water cutting off access to Yarra Glen from the Lilydale direction.
river
Looking up stream of the Yarra River from the old bridge.


In 1999 a new bridge, crossing the Yarra River was opened and the approach to it straightened.
river and bridge
The Vasey Houghton bridge across the Yarra River, noticeably higher than the old one.


The old Melba Highway now forms a "U" shaped walking path surrounding the Yarra Flats Billabongs. Being the old highway it is wide and smooth and very wheelchair navigable.

road
The old highway makes easy going.


A gravel path cuts across the middle of the area allowing a closer look at some of the billabongs.
boardwalk
A boardwalk bridge takes you onto the gravel path.

billabong
One of the billabongs viewed from the boardwalk bridge.

billabong
The view from the other side of the boardwalk bridge.


Like most billabongs they are only filled when the rivers they were once part of floods.
viewing platform
A viewing platform extends from the roadway.

billabong
The view from the viewing platform.


Information boards are placed along the walks indicating that five species of frogs can be found, or at least heard, in the billabongs and 70 species of plants have been identified in the reserve. With active regeneration of the area it is hoped that wildlife will return.

It is a very easy walk and provides moderate exercise, education and a local history lesson.

The Battle of Yering
Melba Highway, Yarra Glen.

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Neil your contribution to the area is always a delight to read. Keep up the good reporting and excellent photos. David J
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