1860 – 1870: The Lagoon

One of the most pressing issues for residents of Sandridge was the condition of the Lagoon. This once beautiful stretch of water had become little more than an open cess-pit dividing Emerald Hill from Sandridge. The two municipalities each blamed the other for its condition and neither was prepared to accept the responsibility for rectifying the problem.

The upper section from Bridge Street was quite shallow and plans were emerging to fill it. Some advocated that a channel from its western end could be dug to connect it to the Yarra near Princes Bridge where facilities for a city harbour could be built.

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