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This website aims to develop case studies of the development of farming practices and attendant transformations of local ecologies of defined blocks of land. Through these biographies of particular plots of land we are developing localised analyses of the wider historical trends in the political economy/ecology of the Northern Rivers.

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Married life

Marie: That’s when we started looking at each other across the counter…

Eric: I met Marie when she worked at the shop. Well, I’d probably seen her before, but we started courting, then three years later we were married. We were fortunate enough that, although I was sort of forward-thinking at the time, when we left the farm I had sheds down there, and then when Dad moved to Nimbin I bought a block next-door.

I was living at home and built the sheds for the trucking business at the back of the block so that I could put the house on the front. Eventually we got married, so I built the house, and we moved in – and I was fortunate enough to be able to borrow the money to do that – and I moved in, Marie and I moved into that home when we came back from our honeymoon they handed me the keys.

Marie: It was lovely.

Eric: We never ever moved since, from there to here. Forty-one years we were in that house, and we never ever shifted.

So that was ’62 when you married, into the house—

Eric: And 41 years later we came here [to Alstonville].

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