In 1836 George Evans with the Jackson brothers and other pastoralists Aitken and Sams grouped for mutual protection on the outskirts of what is now known as Sunbury. George Evans moved his flock into a valley which later became known as Emu Bottom. The other pioneers moved out and George Evans became Sunbury's first permanent settler.
Sunbury was named after the English township of Sunbury-on-Thames by the Jackson brothers. The town has now expanded and has a population which exceeds 30000. It is located approximately 20 kms north-west of Melbourne Airport. Sunbury boasts a number of award winning vineyards including Goona Warra and Craiglee. It is also the home of one of Australia's most important mansions, "Rupertswood", birthplace of the Ashes.
SUNBURY U3A Inc.
Early in 1996 a public meeting was held to form a branch of the Hume U3A in Sunbury. The newly elected committee began planning activities. The first courses conducted were in Line Dancing, Art, Italian Language and Creative Writing. The Sunbury branch operated as a branch of Hume U3A until a special general meeting voted to be come independent. Sunbury U3A became incorporated in July 1999.