Mr John Brandenburg was the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Nunawading beginning in the 1970s for almost 20 years. He is responsible for many of the earlier native (…not necessarily indigenous…) plantings in the park. He is also recognised for his work on the Community Gardens at Nunawading and continued his stellar career in NSW after leaving us. The Brandenburg Line refers to a former path in Blacks Walk* , straight as a die – leading from Albion Street to the car park area used by the Scouts and Laburnum Primary School**. If you stand a little to the left of the new seat, you can still see vestiges of the old path – slightly raised against the surrounding area.The old path was replaced in 1984/1985 under John’s auspices by the current paths – one closer to the school boundary with the other following the creek. We should note he was not responsible for the original, less imaginative, path. Sadly, funds ran out before the Brandenburg Gate could be constructed.
Excerpted from Windows on Nunawading by Diane Sydenham, 1990
The photo shows John at the right – no doubt explaining the benefits of the new paths to an attentive Bob Hawke and other luminaries. Incidentally, Councillor Wendy Reid (second from left) was a great supporter of the acquisition of the MMBW land to link and integrate our parks (Blacks Walk, Furness and Kalang Parks) into the Blackburn Creeklands in 1983.
*Blacks Walk was named after Mr Malcolm C Black, City Engineer of the former City of Nunawading, 1947-1968. Blacks Walk was acquired by the City of Nunawading (now part of the City of Whitehorse) in 1967.
**Laburnum Primary School was built in 1964 – the same year as the parkland was developed. LPS celebrated its 50th birthday in 2014.