Culture and heritage
Aboriginal peoples’ association with what is now known as the Albert Park Reserve dates back many thousands of years. In the past the reserve consisted of a series of swamps and lagoons. These provided an abundance of flora and fauna that were used by Aboriginal people of the Kulin Nation for food and the manufacture of important cultural items.
The Corroboree Tree that is located at St Kilda Junction is said to be the site of Aboriginal ceremonial activity prior to European settlement, and later as a fringe camp by surviving Aboriginal people.
Originally called South Park, this was changed to Albert Park following the death of Queen Victoria’s consort in 1862. At that time, St Kilda Road formed the southern boundary and until 1875 the present Queens Road was a carriage drive within the park.
During the 1870’s work began to transform the swamp into a lake suitable for sailing and rowing. A promenade was later formed around the lake edge.
Throughout the twentieth century Albert Park saw many uses including Army Barracks, chariot and motor racing, and other sporting activities.