1592 - Brimbank City Council Post-contact Cultural Heritage Study 1999
Statement of Significance
Last updated on - January 1, 1999
Individual place statement of significance::
Milburn's weir is significant to the State of Victoria because of its historical association with the beginnings of irrigation for agriculture in the state. While representing the later development of irrigation, it is connected directly with David Milburn, who is described as 'Victoria's First Irrigator', having been originally constructed by him to supply water to his third generation of pumping equipment. As such the weir provides a physical link with the beginnings of irrigation and market gardening in the Keilor area. Precinct statement of significance::
The market gardens of Keilor are of regional historical significance as they are associated with the beginnings of irrigated horticulture in Victoria and have been continuously cultivated since the mid nineteenth century. The landscape is of regional significance as an expression of the early and long- lived farming practices adapted to the richer soils of the river terraces. The farms themselves also have long links with local families, such as the Milburns and Senserricks, and the pattern of houses and farm buildings reflect the original population distribution.