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Roxburgh Park

(3064, 21 km N, Hume City)

Originally part of rural Somerton and now bisected by the Hume Highway, Roxburgh Park was the subject of a design by the architect Philip Treeby for a model suburb called Hopetoun in 1889. Parks, schools, tennis courts and shops were all part of the comprehensive and costly plan, but economic depression prevented its implementation. In 1988 the Urban Land Authority acquired land and planned a new suburb for about 20 000 people. Building began in the early 1990s. The suburb, formerly known as Ruthvenfield, is named after Thomas Brunton's 1890s property Roxburgh, in turn named after his house in Scotland.

Jenny Keating