Everyone would be aware that today was SAGE’s  South East Harvest festival in Moruya. This festival showcased the richness and diversity of locally grown produce.

Moruya and the surrounding districts have long been associated with agriculture.

An account of the very early days of European land use in the area can be found in William Bayley’s Behind Broulee(1978). The book has been serialised in the society’s quarterly Journal.

Journal articles from the book that are most relevant to the district’s early agricultural industry are:

Chapter 4     Early growth          September, 2002; and
Chapter 8     Pastoral Development  December 2004.

This book is available for purchase from the MDHS on CD for $25 (including postage) while back orders of the journal are available for purchase for $4 each.

Beyond Broulee Page 21
Beyond Broulee
Page 21
The excerpt above, while clearly illustrating the difficulties that the early settlers faced also outlines the increasing potential of the district as an agricultural centre.  As the excerpt mentions, everyone grew potatoes in the early days – particularly on the Mullenderree flats and around Tuross, Bodalla and surrounding areas.

With the amount of wheat grown there was a flour mill at Gundary. One of the millstones in the front of the Museum shed is from that mill. To find out more about the mill please read the following Journal article:

The Millstone From Gundary Ridge   June, 2008 

The earliest farming took place north of the Moruya River. In 1828 Francis Flanagan took up land locally, constructing his home two kilometres north of modern Moruya, at the site of Mullenderee. His ‘Shannon View’ house is pictured below.

Early drawing (1850) of Shannon View Estate Mitchell Library, Sydney
Early drawing (1850) of Shannon View Estate
Mitchell Library, Sydney

Other MDHS publications on this topic that may be of interest are:

Milk and Cheese, Eurobodalla’s Dairy Industry     $8
Pictures from the Past :  An album of old photographs of Moruya and District $10
Life on The Moruya River by John Sewell     $12

For a full list of MDHS publications click here

For a full index of MDHS Journal articles click here

Opening of the Moruya Cheese Factory in 1892
Opening of the Moruya Cheese Factory in 1892

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