Glen Iris Plumbing Experts Since 1988

Phone Newman Plumbing on: 0418 328 767

The District of Glen Iris is roughly drawn rectangle – overflowing the city boundaries of Camberwell into Malvern and Hawthorn – enclosed by Tooronga, Toorak, Summerhill and Tower Hill Roads, Dunlop and Dent Streets and Wattletree Roads. Patches of parkland on flood prone flats still mark Gardiners Creek and Back Creek, and the Malvern and Waverley Road still follows the old stock routes along the high ground. The creeks’ natural beauty was slowly eroded by clearing, stone and concrete channels, railway lines, transmission towers and most recently, the curving arterial road link with concrete barriers, bridges and light poles. The hill top of neighbouring Boom mansions can sometimes be identified by schools and institutions which still exist.

Although the eastern part of Glen Iris was last to develop, as the suburban sprawl spread from the west, it was the Camberwell side of the creek where settlement began. Records are few, but Robert Allan, a squatter who arrived from New South Wales in mid 1837, established a station within the curve of the creek, which then took his name {with a more usual spelling}. The Allen’s Creek Run survived with successive holders, but the creeks name reverted to Gardiner {who settled earlier near its outlet into the river} and the first local government district for Malvern part of Glen Iris was also named for him.

Captain Thomas Henderson, of the Royal Navy, had arrived on a ship called “Iris” in 1850. His block was bounded by the creek, High Street, and a line extending Summerhill Road to Gardiners Creek. In August 1851 he mortgaged the property for 300 pounds, possible to build a fine new house, but in less than a year it was for sale. As “Glen Iris”, it was advertised in the Argus, 14 June 1852, with:

“Rich soil, well fenced. Abundance of wood and permanent water holes and a creek boundary. The house is commodious and comfortable, built recently of the best materials and has an excellent dining and drawing room, 17 feet by 17 feet square, a spacious lobby, and six good bedrooms, with substantial verandah in front and rear, detached kitchen and store, and a large water tank with pump: the garden is also well fenced and has a water hole in it.” The house would have been on much the same site as Allan’s, with the best view over the valley and close to the associated station outbuildings and stables, and an underground tank for additional household water supply.

“Glen Iris” was offered either as one property, or in five blocks, each with roads leading to permanent water holes and Government roads. In July 1852 it was conveyed to James Murray for 5000 pounds, but on 19th May 1853 it was advertised again as “The Glen Iris” estate. Conveniently sized sections, extensive frontages to the Government road {High Street}.

Newman plumbing are the experienced plumbers in Glen Iris providing plumbing services to homes and businesses including:

  • Blocked drains
  • Hot water units
  • Roof leaks
  • Burst pipes
  • Taps & Toilets
  • Water jet drain cleaning
  • Gas leaks

Knowledgeable in solving plumbing issues that are common to Glen Iris properties we are able to expertly help you with your plumbing needs. For a reliable and prompt Glen Iris plumber contact Newman Plumbing on 0418 328 767.

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