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History of Brimbank Park

Europeans first settled Brimbank Park in the 1830s, soon after Melbourne was founded. It derived its name from the practice of the locals driving their stock ‘around the brim of the bank’ of the Maribyrnong River.

Archaeological surveys at Keilor indicate that Aboriginal occupation extends back 40,000 years, making it among the oldest known human inhabited sites in Australia.

This area was home to the Wurundjeri people. They led complex social and cultural lives interacting with other tribes of the Kulin nation.

Since the early 1840s, what is now called Brimbank Park has been used for various farm activities. In the early years, sheep and cattle were grazed to be sold at the Melbourne market.

From the 1880s, dairy farms and apricot trees took advantage of the rich river terraces.