Craigieburn was named after a village in Scotland, Scotland being where William and Elizabeth Rankin had just immigrated from in 1860 on board the ship Robert Henderson.
They were lucky to have come here with some money, as this lead to the buying of 7.2 hectares of bush block as a subsistence farm.
They quickly got to work clearing the native bush and trees, as coal was not reliable locally at the time, firewood was worth a substantial amount, and they carted that to the city for sale.
William died in 1872 and Elizabeth then married Edwin Tanner in 1879. Edwin was a self-taught surveyor and he put a deliberate halt to the removal of tree's from Craigieburn.
He is the person responsible for us having all these old Rimu trees still standing to this day. Thank you Mr. Tanner.
For more info on this wonderful place, please see the links above - Stu