The area was gifted by the Hooke family to the former City of Nunawading in 1968. When entering the sanctuary from Ronley Street, you will notice many trees with a metal sign at their base. Closer inspection reveals a name and date cut out of the metal.
A friend of the sanctuary was observed de-weeding an area. When asked if there were any fauna in the area, she replied, "Only bush rats. As there are no creeks running through the area there is no corridor for others to arrive."