Couple go Down Under in Eynesbury

A HUNTINGDONSHIRE couple found themselves literally in a home from home while on holiday in Australia.

A HUNTINGDONSHIRE couple found themselves literally in a home from home while in Australia during a recent visit.

Suzanne Williams and partner Simon De Simone were surprised to come across Eynesbury in Australia, thousands of miles from their hometown of Eynesbury in Cambridgeshire.

The township in Victoria state, 40km west of Melbourne, was founded by 19th century Eynesbury resident Simon Staughton.

According to Australian records Mr Staughton, who was born in 1797, emigrated to the continent in 1841 with his family. He bought a 101,000 acre plot, which was sub-divided in 1852.

The township which now boasts a championship golf course and Mr Staughton’s original homestead made of local bluestone, bears little resemblance to its Anglo-counterpart.

Music teacher Miss Williams, 46, said: “It was a small town, but they are developing it, a bit like Cambourne. They are building a large township there.

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“To get there you have to go through a national park, that is the largest remaining grey box forest in Victoria. I stumbled across Eynesbury while I was looking on the internet for things to do in Melbourne.

“We saw that Eynesbury, Victoria was not that far out of Melbourne and we went out there while we were there, and look at the other Eynesbury.”

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