Historical information

William Henry Slater emigrated from England and began growing medicinal herbs near Koonung Creek, Blackburn North in 1862. He also distilled eucalyptus oil for use at Melbourne Hospital and it was exported overseas under the 'O'Possum' brand. He later replanted his land with orchards but land taxes and rates forced the sale of the property. In 1979 the Nunawading Council purchased 7 acres of the land, now called , Slater Reserve

Physical description

Colour photograph of the Slater family tombstone at Box Hill Cemetery.
William Henry Slater died 23 May 1894 - 66 years of age
Mary Ann Slater died 12 August 1912 - 83 years of age