Forty Kilometres south of Melbourne CBD the oldest house in the suburb of Frankston was built in 1855 for the Liardet family. Surrounded by gardens it is a French-style farmhouse that would once have had views of Port Phillip Bay. On the hill above an old windmill stands, a rusted pipe leading down to the house. The farmland is now an expansive recreation reserve with sports fields and an adventure playground. In my meanderings, I counted at least 4 games of cricket in play on a summer Saturday.
Life for the pioneering Liardet family would have been vastly different to today. The small fishing and farming community has grown into a busy suburb of 147,000.