Monday, January 12, 2009

A Volcano in Melbourne?

A volcano in our Royal Botanic Gardens? How odd! It may well look like a volcano from the outside, but as in this photo, in the south east corner of the RBG, sits a crater, lined with bluestone and in the past it was used to store water for the gardens before the gardens were connected to the mains water supply in the 1950s.

The crater was full leaf and plant litter and very overgrown. It has been cleaned out, connected to local storm water drains and a boardwalk is being built on the perimeter. Look out for a water feature and floating garden beds too. What an exciting project. I ought to go and have a look.

Pic courtesy The Age.


  1. Hmmm...I hope they convert all the other water features to use recycled water soon.

  2. What water features? The last time I was there, the lake was muddy sludge.

  3. Anonymous10:18 pm

    Mud features be honest, I don't care. I think water features are a sign of wealth...and it saddens me that it's mainly areas like Toorak and Southbank have 'em.

  4. ooh i did hear about this on the radio before Xmas, the guy involved was interviewed on 774. Thanks for reminding me.

  5. It'd make a good gladitorial combat arena.

  6. YAY! Proof someone, somewhere, has the intelligence to recycle something of minor historical engineering importance into a workable current feature
    Water features (even the stone boy pissing into a fountain) are good for the health of a body of water; aerating it, stopping the growth of algae and disturbing any mozzie larvae developing.

  7. That's great! Perhaps in the meantime it could be used as a velodrome?

  8. Wonderful discovery Andrew, I should like to look at it also. A great bit of history unfolds yet again. Just like the discovery of those cellars under the shops in St Kilda..I thought that was awesome too. So many secrets..or hidden treasures.

  9. It is as you say Reuben and the gaps between the privileged and the average will only become greater.

    Yeah Fenz, I heard about it some time ago, also on the radio but slipped my mind until I thought of it yesterday.

    With people pushers Brian, so that they can't escape.

    Correct Jayne, and also good for people's mental health.

    It would be a rough old ride Deb, but it does look like that.

    What is this about St Kilda cellars Cazzie?

  10. Anonymous12:19 pm

    Ooh. Shall have to gather the gang for a picnic and have a gander.

    (Apologies for the excessive use of words beginning with g.)

  11. Maybe too late MD as I saw another photo with some water in it.