The site was originally used as a holding pen for livestock for the Newmarket Saleyards. The garden itself had its beginnings in1989 from an idea developed during the International Year of Peace in 1986. Designed by a team of women, the garden has benefitted from the work of many volunteers as well as the local community and schools.
A sign explains the history of the garden and its symbolism
If you'd like to stroll further, go down Darcy Lane from the Women's Peace Garden and follow the peppercorn shaded bluestone walkway. This is the old stock route and it runs from Racecourse Road, under Epsom Road and right through to the Maribyrnong River. Along the way, and particularly at the Racecourse Road end, there's signage which relates the history of the saleyards. Bluestones and remnants of the post and rail fencing are a feature of the area.
Walk through the remnants of the Newmarket Saleyards