Weston Creek

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Weston Creek is a residential district of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, situated to the west of the Woden Valley district and approximately 13 km southwest of the Canberra city centre. The district was previously situated adjacent to the large Stromlo Forest pine plantation until the forest was destroyed by bushfires in 2001 and 2003.

History

Weston Creek was named after Captain George Edward Weston, a former officer of the East India Company who arrived in Australia in 1829 and was granted land in the Weston Creek area in 1831. The 'four-square mile' (2560 acre) grant to George Weston at the 'Yarrow-Lumla plains' was completed on 31 October 1831. The land was originally settled by James Martin, a former soldier in the NSW Corps, who in August 1827 applied to the government for permission to rent of land on which he had already built a dwelling and barn, was grazing cattle and sheep, and had sown with wheat. Martin's claim, however, was not successful.

Along with the adjacent Woden Valley, the area later became part of the Yarralumla Station owned by Frederick Campbell until it was resumed in 1913 as part of a land acquisition scheme after the Federal Capital Territory was declared in 1911. In...
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