Maroondah Reservoir Pictorial Heritage 1862 to 2011

Historical Timeline
The First Weirs1878-1891
Construction 1915 to 1929
The Yarra Track
The Blacks' Spur
Heritage Pictures 1872 to 1926
Images of 1957
Gallery of 2011
Interesting Features
Maroondah Reservoir Park
Walking Tracks
Present day Maps
Old Maps
References and Bibliography

1910 - Auburn Tram


The on-line Autobiography of Bob Padula is now available, published December 2011, and contains 70 Chapters, 300 pages, and over 1000 images, including sound and videos. It chronicles the most important events and activities of the author's life, spanning the years 1939 to 2011.

It's titled "Looking Back - the Autobiography of Robert V. J, Padula - 1939 to 2011"

Its available for viewiing at

The Autobiography of Robert J. Padula, OAM


The Reservoir in 2011


2011 view of reservoir

This is the Home Page of the Maroondah Reservoir Pictorial Heritage 1862-2011 editorial research project.


I am Bob Padula, OAM, a communications’ engineer from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Victoria, Australia - this Project is made available free of charge to any interested persons, anywhere in the world.


The Project is essentially an assemblage of images from many sources, and accompanying text, describing the history, development and evolution of the popular scenic  Maroondah Reservoir, 65 km east of Melbourne, near the town of Healesville.


I have included comprehensive additional information, maps, and imaging, which include the history of Healesville, the famous Yarra Track, Blacks’ Spur, the Reservoir Park, Walking Tracks, Railway proposals, the historical ghost-town of Fernshaw, and the Maroondah Catchment area.


I have always maintained a strong and continuing interest in this beautiful forest region. This started back in 1957 on my first visit to Healesville, and in the succeeding decades I have been back on innumerable occasions, concentrating on enjoying hiking and photography in the many public trails in and adjacent to the catchment area.


There is no charge for viewing this Project but as I incur hosting expenses, you might consider making a small financial donation via PayPal to assist me with these costs, which will keep the site free of commercial advertising.


There is a vast amount of information in this site, so it will take you a little while to travel through it and look at its many features and images.


So, please come back soon, or, better still, visit the Reservoir and experience first-hand this wonderful place!


Links in the Navigation Bar at the left of each page will take you to your chosen destination.


Bob Padula, April 2011

Please consider making a small donation, which will help pay for the site's hosting charges, and keep it free of commercial advertising. You may use the PayPal link! 


Please note that all images in this site are thumbnailed - click any image to see a full sized photo!

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The author at Warrandyte State Park 2011

Bullock train near Fernshaw in 1892

Town of Fernshaw in 1866

Below are embedded players which you may use to watch, and hear, two of my recent videos at Maroondah Reservoir.

1905 Steam Bus at Warrandyte

Silvan Reservoir 2011

2011 Shoreham Beach


Check out these important FREE sites, authored by me, and updated regularly!

Guide to Short Walks in Victoria (hundreds of walks described - fully searchable!)
Bob's Australian Bushwalking Journal (hundreds of searchable entries, with selected images, in chronological order!)
Bob's YouTube Videos of hikes - nearly 200 Videos!)l
Bob's Photo Album (searchable descriptions of nearly 1000 walks, with over 10,000 images!)
Bob's Picasa Photo Albums hundreds of images from Bob's Australian Bushwalking Journal - static or slideshow!

Your reactions, comments, and suggestions about this site would be appreciated, to