Tuesday 17th December, 1833 p. 63
Monday 24th November, 2014
From here I followed the lake around and headed north again towards Herdman Lake. Hügel’s probable route led him to a swamp—comparing Dymphna Clarke’s map to a contemporary map of Perth, I imagine it is Herdsman. The Perth area was very swampy, like many parts of Melbourne, large areas of Perth had to be drained before the suburbs and city could be built. Herdsman Lake was given an English name in 1836, three years after Hügel had moved on. The Lake’s history, documented in the Gould Centre at the lake records the story of many joined wetlands which once lay on the outskirts of a city but that now are consumed by housing the remnants attended to by conservationists. Some anthropogenic degradation is only visible through water quality testing while others, such as the rampant growth of Kikuyu grass, serve as a physical barrier between lake and walker, making it more difficult to imagine this landscape pre-settlement.
|The lake is in behind this Kikuyu Grass and Typhus.|
|About 9:30am, Herdsman Lake, clear skies, high 20's.|
|Housing overlooks the lake.|
|Shady and Kikuyu free(ish)|
|New housing abutts the lake.|
|The Settler's Cottage relocated to allow for new roads.|
|Guessing this Gero Wax (Chamelaucium uncinatum) is a cultivated variant that has jumped |
the garden fence and is detrimental to remnant bushland.
|Paperbark shade, a pleasure after all the Kikuyu.|