If you like what you see come back for regular updates. If you like this sort of stuff keep an eye out on this website for the heritage walks and courses that are sometimes run by Sunbury U3A. In fact if you like history of Australia in general then this course might be of interest, Australia’s History – Post Federation
The following are not old Sunbury in the historic sense, but are images of some of the beautiful parks, wetlands and walks around Sunbury. In time they may become the ‘Old Sunbury’ as the out of control development takes over our once beautiful rural environment. Click on the image to see a much better image.
The Hume council have released a 20 year plan for the development of the land between and including the tip and the current Mt Holden Reserve, so many kilometres of new walking tracks for our children and grandchildren. Click on this text to have a look at the drawing and details.
In 1863, James Stewart Johnston first planted vines at Craiglee. He built this bluestone winery near his home.
For ten years Johnston made wines his internationally recognised 1872 Hermitage.
His sons continued making wines until the 1920’s, Like many other wineries in Sunbury they suffered due to the economy and changing tastes.
The winery was closed and the property became focused on lamb raising.
Fifty years later in 1972, some of Johnston’s 1872 Hermitage bottles were opened at a function in Melbourne. John Brown Sr. of Brown Brothers was so impressed by the wine that he visited Sunbury and met Pat Carmody whom he convinced to replant vines.
Pat planted vines on the original site in 1976 and processed his first wine three years later.
Over the next 40 years he produced well recognised and awarded wines especially Chardonnay and Shiraz.
Pat and his wife Dianne are still making fine wines from grapes grown, hand-picked and bottled at Craiglee in the same bluestone building first built by Johnston 150 years ago.