Faces of Greythorn walk, Balwyn North

Corner of Sylvander Street and Doncaster Road, Balwyn North

Faces of Greythorn walk, Balwyn North

Corner of Sylvander Street and Doncaster Road, Balwyn North

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20 m
.55 km
Very Easy

Something old is made into something new. Something crafted gives you a clue. Take a journey along Greythorn Central discovering six larger-than-life statues that chronicle the area's history.

Faces of Greythorn walk, Balwyn North

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Something old is made into something new. Something crafted gives you a clue. Take a journey along Greythorn Central discovering six larger-than-life statues that chronicle the area's history.

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An easy and relaxing walk along the Greythorn Central shopping strip where you can walk by all the wonderful businesses in the area and discover the six statues (the Faces of Greythorn) ready to greet you along the footpath.

Each statue has a short description that gives a little history of the shopping strip and an interactive written chat where the statue asks you a question to think about and find its answer on the statue or about you.

The statues are larger-than-life and represent one of the many people who were part of the history, creation and establishment of Greythorn. Greythorn is a vibrant residential and shopping hamlet in the northern reaches of North Balwyn.

The street enjoys elevated views across to the Yarra Valley.

The Greythorn Traders Association invites you to Discover the Difference and enjoy a walk through time enjoying the stories across time that live on today through the Faces of Greythorn statues walk.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Greythorn Central is accessible by bus routes 207, 284 and 285. The number 48 tram stops on the corner of Balwyn Road and Doncaster Road and it is a 15 minute walk to Greythorn Central and the start of the Faces of Greythorn walking tour.

Read about the statue creators here.

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Points of Interest

1. Ferdie - Sylvander Street Corner

This statue is inspired by Ferdinand Finger (1870–1956), a notable orchardist and fruit grower of German descent. Some of the streets were named after his and his first wife Luise’s eight children.

2. Don – Tannock Street Corner

Donald (Don) Wood, settled in North Balwyn in 1948 and opened his modern chemist shop (283 Doncaster Road) in 1953. Don and his wife, Lilian, worked in the Greythorn pharmacy.

3. Albert and Maddie – Trentwood shops park area

The statue of father and child represent the generations that have lived in the district since. Greythorn in the 1950s was blessed with rapid succession of local schools and shops.

4. Maria – Trentwood Avenue Corner

Greythorn has a friendly atmosphere, and since the 1950s residents and proprietors have volunteered their time to improve the centre and its facilities.

5. Lily – Agnes Avenue Corner

These days trackies are de-rigueur for Gen Zs and Gen Alphas. They have comfort sorted! Lily represents the new generation of residents who are drawn to the centre’s shops, cafés and fast-food outlet.

6. Evie – Harrington Avenue Corner

From the earliest days, women played an important role in the Greythorn Shopping Centre, working tirelessly in family businesses.


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